I wrote these words after attending the
Fall 2018 “Together We Bake” Graduation event
Call it what you wish, but for me my soul is a vital organ. Like blood pumping to the heart. It needs circulation to keep its vitality. It is as important as feeding and exercising my body and mind.
My ‘soul’ practice is not random acts of “kindness” but “intentional” acts. Acts that make me feel comfortable and not so comfortable. I heard a yoga teacher once say, “put yourself in challenging situations and teach, that will help you grow as a teacher and person.“
I recently had the honor to be a small part of the women’s empowerment experience, teaching the benefits of yoga to the TWB women. In the brief time I shared yoga with these women, they fed “MY” soul, even though I was the “teacher”.
I knew I wouldn’t want to miss the morning of their graduation ceremony, knowing it would be an inspiring day. It was on my calendar weeks in advance. It would be good for the soul given all the despair and negativity we hear daily.
As I get older I feel my body and mind slow down a bit, though my soul is picking up the pace. After 15+ years practicing and teaching Yoga, it is a tool that reinforces the importance of spirituality and “soul-full” work. It goes hand and hand to live more intentionally, connected, and a more fulfilled life. More then ever, I believe the need to pay attention to the incredible resource of our “true nature”. That place within each of us that is inherent and deeply rooted in kindness and love. We need to believe it, trust it and SHARE it!
The heart has an inherent quality to love and be loved. It is one of the many things that connect us as humans.
These days there is too much focus on what doesn’t connect us. This idea that we have this “outer armor” we wear and not the inner inherent quality we are born with. There is a beating heart in each person. These women had many differences (color, race, religion, language, etc.), yet the commonality for love, respect, and to find and share their unique gifts with each other and the world was inspiring. Attending the empowerment graduation ceremony I could see it was a profound experience for them and for me as an observer!
At the end I passed Louise. I stopped, gave her my congratulations, she responded “I LOVE the yoga!” She continued expressing, while at the bus stop she uses her breath, even raising her arms above her head, helping her find calm and energy to her day. Another women shared as she spoke to the crowd, “It’s ‘people’ who lift each other up.”
I agree. Let’s reach out, soften your armor, and feed our souls.
Soul Practice ~ Delia Campagna Sullivan