It is a big deal for me to post a photo of myself to this site, but I think that visibility is part of my challenge for the New Year.
I have kept myself invisible for a long time now. I thought it was necessary to protect vulnerable parts of myself. I thought it was necessary to keep myself small and to not admit my desires and dreams.
No more of that!
Thanks to that lovely, beret-wearing woman on the left side of the photo, Megha, our YogaDance teacher trainer, I am ready to be Big and to be Seen and to be Fully Myself.
My word for 2010 became obvious to me about three days after returning from my final teacher training.
My word for 2009 was fly. Fly, I did.
For the first time ever, I sprang forth from this blog to teach a workshop in Cleveland -- in a place I had never seen and with people I had never met. I had to travel to get there and stay in a hotel all by myself. All of these things were big challenges.
And, of course, I went to Massachusetts for my YogaDance teacher training -- twice. For a whole week each time. Again, going somewhere strange to meet strangers and to do new things.
The more I have pushed myself, the more I dance, the more I explore my true desires, the more I get out of my head and into my body. This has taught me so much about the relationship between body, brain, and mind, and how that affects the quality of our lives.
I want more of that, and I know for a fact that a lot of you have had a similar life experience of living mostly in your head.
I know a lot of you are feeling the push to live from your intuitions, from your heart, from your center, from your body.
We are spiritual beings, yes, but we are sent to have a sensual, body-based experience.
For 2010, I will be delving deeply into body issues of all sorts, including our relationship to beauty, our war with weight, and our need for pleasure and playfulness.
For 2010, this Blisschick's word is:
(By the way, that tutu is the special something I ordered from here to wear to my YogaDance Teacher training graduation ceremony. And check out the makeup on the model. Totally fun!)