My hope for you this Christmas season is that you experience comfort and joy in the midst of the hustle and bustle–that all is well and all is bright.
This piece was inspired by www.cynthiagroseclose.com, thank you Cindy for inspiring me to write about dreaming and doing! The pictures were captured by www.LeighWebber.com, thank you Leigh for capturing images that reflect beauty, strength and patience to grow dreams!
To dream. a succession of images, thoughts, or emotions passing through the mind during sleep. an involuntary vision occurring to a person when awake. a vision voluntarily indulged in while awake; daydream; reverie. (Dictionary.com)
Dreams that become a reality, take time, patience, nurture, rest and support. As you see this beautiful Angel Oak Tree did not become this large and beautiful overnight, it took hundreds of years to grow deep roots and thick wide branches. In order for this tree to survive, there are ropes to help support the weight to display her beauty. Similar to our dreams, our dreams need support. When we see others living out their dreams and envy takes root into our minds, we need to weed the insecure thoughts out and replace them with the awareness that it probably took some blood, sweat and tears for their dreams to come alive. There is always a backstory to a dream.
I had two children in diapers when I graduated from a 200hr yoga school and started to play yoga with them and wrote imaginary yoga journeys to experience movement through story, just for fun. Then I met a mom who was an artist at a playground who asked me what I did, I shared that I wrote kid yoga stories for my children. She said, “I am an artist, let me see your stories.” I chuckled and said, “well, it is just for fun.” But something in me whispered, send her a story and so she began painting the most whimsical beautiful pictures. Still not a clue where this playful dream would go until I met another mom at the school playground while our children would swing on swings and climb trees and this is where I discovered that this mom was a writer and offered to edit my story. My dream had taken on a new shape, my artist and writer friends were transforming this dream into something more than I could have asked, dreamed or imagined. We linked arms and with lots of labor, sleepless nights, literally it was like a having a baby when we got the opportunity to what was hoped to be a hardcover book, to be the first kid yoga app ever on Apple’s revolutionary iPad in 2010! What was just for our children to share became a story for other children to experience too, this dream started to unfold into a reality for many children across the world. The past five years have been the most eye opening, challenging and joyful years of my life as I live out my dream as a writer, yoga teacher, business partner, mother and friend. The one thing that matters the most is to embrace the support and to trust others as they come along side. The dreams that are worth living for are the ones that include others, they are the kind of dreams that can exist without you, where they thrive and live on if you are the one carrying them out or not.
Do you have a vision or dream that you are hoping to come true? If so, be patient and start here…
Write down all your hopes and dreams, use words and or images.
Share your dreams with your friends and family, when you speak your dreams it is like the sun coming down on the Angel Oak, giving light and energy to your dreams. You never know who hears your dreams might share the same one and want to bring it to life alongside you.
Do something everyday that nourishes your dream every phone call, every meeting, every email, every social media output is a step in living out the dream. The little things keep the dream alive.
Failures are just as important as successes, failures are our best teachers, they keep us humble, they keep us human, they keep us going.
Say I am sorry, I am learning, I need help often!
When you feel discouraged and you want to quit, reflect on all that you are doing right to keep this dream alive and recognize that struggles bring strength.
Be patient and know that just like this beautiful Angel Oak, it takes time to grow and expand.
Dreams are most successful when you can close your eyes at night and smile that you are actually living out your dream.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
“Shrinking back” or “playing small” doesn’t serve God, me or anyone else, so that is my purpose for this blog. It’s a place to completely be myself and share what I offer — from my yoga teaching schedule, yoga teacher trainings, faith, advocacy for public-school friendly yoga, products, to raw writings, virtual webinars and a way to connect with you — it’s all here and I am grateful that you are journeying along, in whatever way it serves you best.
Welcome to this space. I welcome your thoughts, too. Echoing Marianne Williamson’s idea, who are you not to share here? I am eager for your reflections and stories. Do these words resonate with you? Do you feel brilliant ? Fabulous? Talented? If not, why not? If so, why so?