I recently became a prescription glasses wearer. I knew for a while that I needed glasses for distance because of the little things I noticed. I also had perfect eyesight most of my life. I knew I would need a prescription when I finally had an appointment. I didn't even make an eye exam appointment; I went to one because Mark needed to get in earlier but forgot to cancel his original one, so they offered me his timeslot. In the world of eyeglasses, I have a light-strength prescription. But that light strength has changed my world. I have been in constant childlike wonder over all the simple things I could notice suddenly with my new glasses. Road signs- crystal clear as the beautiful fall leaves start to turn; I even get to see the sharpness of the crisp shape of the leaves; it has added a whole layer of beauty to my favorite season. Even TV watching, I have become more attuned to it. I hadn't realized how, in some ways, my world had dulled a bit, and I may have disengaged in its beauty for a while by not getting glasses.
I have been thinking about how this new bright perspective has let me view a few other things in my life differently. If you read my last blog, I struggled through a few weeks in August to redo an exam for school. I was devasted and still have not energetically recovered from how much that experience ran me down. However, my new perspective is one thing that is starting to lift me back up. Work, school, and life- none of its demands will slow down anytime soon. I know it and hope to coast back into a flow with the routine instead of a consistent sense of being run down. I am not in burnout. Been there- this is not that. But I acknowledge that a break from it all is desired, but it is not possible at this time.
One of the shifts that I have been thinking about is why I was so depleted from my experience, and this gal's new vibrant vision saw something on the horizon: I acknowledge that I am passionate about Yoga, being a Yoga teacher, and heading into the field of Yoga Therapy. Yoga has had such a momentous impact on my life and course that I put my heart into all I do in practice and my current pursuits in my Yoga Therapy program.
With my new vision without and within, my takeaway is this. I can become the best yoga therapist through this program; it matters. I want to learn and share what I learned through assignments and writings, so when I turn in schoolwork and share my thoughts and how I digested the materials, I put out a piece of my heart like a piece of Art in the world for viewing. I want the receiver to love what I love. However, Art is up for interpretation, and I have the opportunity to learn from some of the best, most knowledgeable, and tenured Yoga Therapists. When I receive feedback for an exam, a project, or an assignment. I choose now to see that these esteemed yoga therapists are supporting me to fulfill my dreams and passion. Not to grade it harshly for rejective reasons, but genuinely to make growth and improvements for me. I also understand this has been in place in this program all along. But the change is I am seeing this through a different lens.
To my professors, mentors, and clinic facility, I am deeply indebted and grateful to you.
Is there something in your life that you can see differently? I would love to hear what you have changed your mind on.
I'm Valerie, Yoga Teacher and following my Sankalpa!