Before I was able to write that short blog, I read the words of many other teachers and friends. Reading and reflecting helped me understand what I wanted to say "yes" to, during a time of grief and confusion following the US Presidential election.
Here are a few people who inspire me to reach deep inside myself and out into the world. I offer this list in hopes that one or more of them will touch you too.
- Joy Mazzola Reichart writes "Beginnerdom," which is rooted in her experience with Aikido and her keen observations about how learning to do something new and demanding with our bodies prepares us for life.
- I could not be more grateful for the day I stumbled into Jay Fields's yoga workshop, and found not only a teacher but a dear friend. Jay's writing is raw, honest, often irreverent in the best possible way.
- Jay introduced me to Mandy Blake, whose precise and deeply informed courses about the body's intelligence inform how I coach and how I live. Look for her upcoming book, Your Body Is Your Brain, for an opportunity to learn from her wisdom.
- My dear friend Sasha Davies feeds my soul with her open-hearted musings about the world around her. (If you're in Portland, she will feed you wine and cheese, too!)
Words matter. The world needs our skillful speech and our skillful action. I am committed to finding my own words, slow and painful though that may sometimes be, to say what is in my heart. And I am grateful for the words others are offering through blogs, books, poems, protests, and more.