A friend of mine from high school, Dee Meyer, just sent out a beautiful quote by Rumi: “Whatever you love, you are.” It reminded me of another quote, which is perhaps the flip side of this, by Tennyson: “I am a part of all that I have met.” We love, and we become that which we love, and we, in turn, become part of that which loves us back. Good, bad, or indifferent, it is not possible for us to go through our days and not leave a trace. In sanskrit, the word for this energy exchange or pulsation is “spanda.” We live within this rhythm, touching not only people, but the world around us, in ways that often go by us unrecognized. Perhaps today is the day to be intentional about what we love, how we love it, and the trace that we leave.
In yoga and Nia, we’ve been focusing on the core — that grounded center of the body, source of our sense of personal power and firey energy — and how that translates into the ways in which we claim and exercise our power in the world. A hero claims personal power and then uses it with great wisdom and courage. We (perhaps especially women) sometimes have an uneasy relationship with personal power. We are quick to give it away, and uncomfortable claiming it as our own.
Claiming our center, our core, our power, isn’t easy. I’m reminded of someone who came up to me after class, face glowing, and said “Wow . . . how did you get me to do that?” I responded by saying “YOU did it . . . all I did was provide the safe container, and the community around you provided the energy that helped give you the courage to go for it!”
On of my yoga teachers, Tiffany Wood, who has been in Moscow at Nourish Yoga teaching this week, spoke last night during class of the “Guru principle.” My take away from that class is that the guru isn’t a person, but rather that which opens your heart to its full potential. It is anything that teaches your entire being, even for a moment, how to sing. The guru connects the heart and the center — the true self and the source of power — and thus mentors the hero. As Tiffany said, your guru might be a blue yoga block, which when hugged tightly to your body, teaches it to open in a new way.
The guru and the hero are both, ultimately, inside of us, inviting us to know ourselves as we are, nudging us toward who we are becoming. Thanks to my teachers and to my students for being gurus and heroes this week.