You Name It
Have you ever been so afraid to "jinx" something that you refused to talk about it? Have you even been so confused or unsure that you couldn't find a name for what you really wanted? Today, I invite you to entertain the possibility that naming something brings it one step closer to reality - that describing a dream or speaking out loud about a goal helps you to realize or achieve it
I have often grappled with the What-do-I-want-to-be-when-I-grow-up conundrum and, as far as I can tell, I may never land on one finite answer. In embracing change and life-long learning, I no longer consider that a negative. Furthermore, I realize how much unnecessary anxiety I've generated around this issue by wallowing in quiet denial and chronic hesitation. So, I've changed my strategy to what I believe is a more positive and motivating one. I meditate, I craft a message to myself, and then I share it strategically with people who will support me in my endeavours. From the chakra perspective, it's about receiving inspiration from the universe (crown chakra), pulling it in and developing your own insight (third eye), and drawing it into the throat chakra where messages can be articulated and transmitted. These are crucial steps in riding manifesting energy - grabbing something from the ether and pulling it down, through you, into being.
This year, my objective is to increase my visibility as a yoga teacher and be more disciplined with my writing. I love to teach and connect with people and I'd like to reach out to a larger audience, broaden my at-home following and stretch beyond the boundaries of Toronto. I am also writing more - I'm passionate about it, good at it, and I am enjoying the difficult but rewarding effort of prying open some long-dormant creative wells.
When I first set my sights on these goals, I could barely admit them to myself, let alone to others. I thought: it seemed self-aggrandizing to believe that I would have anything original or valuable to send out into the world. The very act of uttering this conceivable reality was frightening yet empowering. Talking about it meant making a promise not only to myself but to others, and I seem much more likely to follow through for someone else than I am for myself. The result is more determination and awareness of every single step on my journey. There is the additional bonus that those people who are actually in a position to help are coming through with opportunities to get out there and express myself.
So now, I'm encouraging you to take a chance: tell me a secret. Put a name to your goals, whisper quietly or shout from the rooftops, so I can support you on your path. Whether it's to practice more or get into a pose that you find challenging, to be more present or stop texting while driving, to make healthier choices, change jobs, revive a childhood interest or be more patient with your kids... Share your secret. If not with me, then with someone close to you. Name it. It's a solid step in making it real.