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"When one experiences truth, the madness of finding faults with others disappears" - S.N. Goenka.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Shortly after my teaching career in yoga began, I journeyed to my first yoga retreat. It was a secluded weekend at New York’s Omega Institute, a place labeled “The nation’s most trusted retreat center for wellness and personal growth.” I finally gave myself permission to go and felt compelled to spend it alone. Eager to gain a deeper perspective on myself, I packed up my Honda Civic and headed north. Leaving my family for the first time I was caught between two worlds, the selfless devotion of motherhood and the selfish journey of self-exploration. With the windows down and sunroof open the August wind blew through me, time utterly suspended. The earthen smell of cut grass filled my lungs while Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” played on the radio. I cried but didn’t know why. Cranking the volume I sang like a 16-year old touching the steering wheel of freedom for the first time.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The third time the MC stepped on stage my nervousness rose and settled at the base of my throat. I stared at him with wide eyes as if watching a car accident rather than stand-up comedy. The laughter from the audience coaxed me back to reality, “he’s going to do fine,” I repeated to myself, “he’s been doing this for years!” Pete was the next comedian scheduled to perform; he was third on the list – perfect, I thought, just enough time for me to adjust and ease my nerves. It took a few extra minutes for me to warm-up to the first comedian before laughter took over and my anxiety hid under a pile of hilarity, almost forgetting that Pete was moments away from performing.