Liberate: set (someone) free from a situation, especially imprisonment
Happiness: Pleasure, contentment, Joy
Freedom: the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.
Life can seem a bit depleting, confusing, and even tumult at times. We don’t know what is going to happen, but we know within our selves we are yearning for change. We seek out the advice of others, we find teachers that help elevate us from where we were/are, and we find liberation in that brief moment where we are able to divinely connect to the power that is within us to feel relieved and fulfilled. Often I see people journey on the mat in seek of a transition. Needing an instant fix, fill me up, person, or physical workout to help them feel better in themselves. Yes, the physical yoga sparks change, though week by week I see people come right back, in the same space where they began, seeking improvement through someone/something else. It’s interesting. So many people roll up to the yoga studio, day by day, class by class, claiming they need to make it to their mat in order to have a certain outcome. What is that about? I believe that what we need is usually what we are too fearful of really coming to terms with. Instead of seeking solstice on your mat, or with your favorite teacher, why not take some time to find it within yourself first? That’s liberation. Come to terms with who you are and be able to gracefully pronounce your magnificence to the world and society around you. Tuning into your physical body – yes, but listening deep within you and going beyond the breathe to movement to break barriers in new ways. Every teacher and every class can offer you a new vantage point and state of refinement and liberation. Yes. However, to live in liberation is to be able to create it for You. To not rely on that one person, but to enjoy what they provide, and be okay with or without it; not relying on it. Then to take the message, the workout, whatever it is, to new levels within yourself and personal life. You upshift by making conscious changes. You stop doing that same thing over and over again and you take the reins to break your own addiction of thinking you need something more to fulfill yourself. Then you Liberate. Breathe. Go deeper and do what it takes for you to show up and shine – despite the conditions, circumstances, teachers, etc. Deem yourself the star, show up for yourself. If your body is craving a practice, get on your mat and breathe, workout your disaster, and enjoy the semblance in restoring your state of being by mastering your own attitude. People can help you feel good. People can teach you wise lessons. Only you can put the pieces together to make the best of where you were at, and shift the pieces to brighten your own life and enhance your own well being.
In this new month, I feel tremendous liberation. A time to cleanse the old, purify and recollect your own goals and find self-gratification by living. It’s not a matter of showing up for other people, or getting to that one yoga class that will ‘challenge’ you, or even shift you in thinking life is amazzing. Reality happens, life happens, and it’s the actions that take place that help you shine a lot brighter by choosing what to accept and what to remove. No one can tell you that but you. I’ll admit life is not always well and jolly. We need time to change and transform, and sometimes it takes longer than you think it should, and that is okay. This new month I invite you to wake up and shine. Quit worrying that you may not be ‘on path’ or that your dreams may not align with where you are at in this moment. Seek the solace in remembering one day they will. This month be you and shine in your fullest. Be the start, that bright light, and let the light within you show in every moment. Make change, be courageous, and let your inner light glow higher by choosing yourself and what you desire deep within. Liberation is being content in your choices, your mind, your body, your your heart. It is acting for you. It’s living and being happy in your own dance of creation and fulfillment of love. Leave the fear behind, let go of those thoughts and be the unbound warrior of change as you highlight your own radiance and live fully in that spot. It’s always about living, how you show up, what you choose to believe, and in awakening your own awareness to shift matters and be the change you wish to see for yourself. Liberate the past, let go of what you use to do or what seem ‘normal’. Be your own firework and light up your life. Celebrate your Independence. Create the stars, paint the stripes, and let your freedom flow…