Thursday, September 17, 2009

Joy



"When you do something from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy." --Rumi

After a flow class yesterday, a student courageously came to me to share. More than a week ago she was at her breaking point (a stay at home mom with 4 children) and asked her husband for a little break on Friday night. By the time Thursday rolled around, he went into the hospital with a serious infection. She was already fragile when that happened. Today, he's home and recovering... but she's still weary and beyond fatigue. For Savasana at the end of class, I offered her a blanket. Just a blanket. She said that simple act of placing it under her brought on a flood of tears.

To be able to cultivate a safe, loving environment where a student feels able to release fears and experience a kind of calm that transcends where you are... this is why I teach. It's really not about what you do on the mat, is it?

"You can feel that river flowing when you reach out and help someone in need, when you are in love, when you come through the fire of a difficult endeavor, or when you finally surrender to a painful situation- when you stop fighting the fear and heartache, and you give the reins to something greater. When you tire of your own constriction and you open, come what may to the flow of life, you and your soul become one, and you feel a river moving in you, a joy." -- Broken Open, by E. Lesser

It's an honor and joy to teach...

Melissa

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