By Erin Anderson
Posted in The Real Deal, on April 16, 2012
Every once in a while I get all fired up about something...the latest is the notion that some yogis are driven to be models and not role models. It's a very interesting debate that I have with myself; about how we as entrepreneurial yogis put ourselves "out there". This is really no different for anyone working for themselves (and I'd even suggest that EVERYONE works for themselves on some level). I know one thing, there is no formula, no golden rule on how to generate business, get your name out there or cultivate a following. And yet, I find myself clear and passionate that I am more about digging down to the truth and being of service to others than about getting my mug on the cover of a magazine. Now some people may take offence to this, and I say awesome! What I like about reactions is that they trigger either a big block or a big source of passion.
My reaction to the media in yoga has made me clear on what I want to create in my life and work. I want to create something that matters. I want to be a catalyst for change. I want to be of service to the growth and transformation in peoples lives. This is a grand statement - I know. And I have big dreams for how I am going to create this possibility in my life and work. I have a desire which I find both frustrating and invigorating. And am I walking the talk? I know that I take myself on, that I am both aware and in action and that I've got so much to learn.
What motivates me is seeing the spark in someone's eyes. What matters to me is happiness, mine and other's. Getting there can sometimes be messy. What I know is that messy is real. Messy is courageous. Dropping the act and getting to the truth is very very cool. The fluffy stuff is boring. The fake smile and the word "fine" I admit bug me. I would rather be a part of a struggle than a cover up. I'd even more like to be a part of an unveiling of deep raw truth.
I would love to hear what matters to you? I would love to hear what inspires you, what motivates you, what fires YOU up? This is the kind of conversation that moves me. This is what matters. You matter.
In the meantime I've seen some pretty real stuff in the studio. There is something to working hard, sweating, and courageously staying in a pose that shows the truth. It is absolutely beautiful how masks drop, stuff peels away and spirits shine through a powerful practice.
Come on, leave it all on the mat. Drop appearances and get real, it's a beautiful thing. We'll do it together.