This week I spent some time with a friend who is saying good-bye to her 30’s as she anticipates her 40’s. Interestingly, our conversation focused a lot on her feelings about being (or not being) authentic in her life. She was doing that life review, backward and forward, as many of us do when a “big” birthday is upon us. It was wonderful to listen to her as she evaluated where she is and where she thinks she wants to go. From career, to kids, to life passions, she wove her way thru her possibilities. And, what to keep and what to let go. The conversation kept circling back to being authentic in all life aspects and ways to accomplish this, sometimes terrifying task.
The privilege of being a couple of decades ahead of her is knowing that the road ahead is exciting and powerful and precious, and nothing to fear! Driving home, I had time to reflect about being at that same threshold and where I have journeyed since. It was amazing to me how the issue of authenticity was the persistent thread of our conversation.
In yoga, our fifth chakra, vishudha chakra, located at the base of our throat, is where we find our authentic voice. Tapping into that energy/power can be scary, especially for women. Much like any new skill we wish to develop, practicing speaking our truth in words or thru our bodies (in asana practice) is well worth the slow and steady stretching we do.
Please come and join us as we honor our authentic selves, stretch in ways that nurture our bodies and spirits on Monday Nite July 25 from 6:30-8pm at the UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial. Given our recent “warm up”, our practice will work on balance, stretching and strengthening. Come and explore!