Sunday, 11 March 2012

The Real Deal

The Real Deal. I'm on a quest to discovering and articulating what this is. So far it's been an impression, a thought I've had about people I've met along the way. Now I've come to a place in my life and teaching where the Real Deal is not only needed but required to elevate this world. I'm 100% committed to being the Real Deal, I may waver and falter, but I'm committed none the less.

This weekend I had the great pleasure of being in a workshop with Nico Luce from YYoga's North Shore Elements. His workshop was based on the teachings of the Tao Te Ching, the "being" in an asana practice as opposed to the "doing". He presented his interpretation of these teachings with such richness that it was like stepping into a botanical garden and drinking in all the sensations. His voice is lilting and sweet, most of all his words are true. It was the depth of authenticity that struck me and set me deeply at ease. I watched him teach and it was as if he were a muse to our inner artist. The deep pleasure that he gets from teaching is so evident that it's contagious. Nico has nourished my love of yoga and it's softer side. What he allowed was for me to be in a yin state even while doing a handstand, the result - authenticity.

What I see is that the over efforting and grinding determination creates hardening and will ultimately land us deeper in a hole. I know because I've been there. I'm a determined woman, and so, what would it be like if I just trusted, softened and let the "doing" happen by simply "being"? This is a beautiful concept that I've long struggled with - the notion of sitting back just wasn't going to work for me. But what I experienced yesterday was a mirror on my mat, and man, I liked what I saw. I thanked Nico after the class and sang his praises and you know what he said to me? "You are a reflection of what you see in others"...man this generous dude knows how to light me up. Yes, I suppose why I loved his teachings so much wasn't that he knew how to get us into some amazing poses, but that his message aligns with mine - that who you are is so much more beautiful than what you do. This is what I'm up to discovering and empowering in others, and most of all, in myself.

Thank you Nico for creating the space for me to see something so beautiful and something completely mine. Thank you for teaching me to hold on to centre and not reach out wildly for something outside of myself. There is beauty in the truth.

2 comments:

Bruna Berka said...

Thats was an awesome class, really! :) Loved it.

astoren said...

Beautiful Erin! I needed to read this :)
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