Last week I wrote a post about knowing or finding your tribe and really connecting with them. A big part of practicing resilience is about connecting with a community and allowing yourself to receive support while also being willing to give back in return.
I am here in Greece leading a yoga retreat with twenty-two amazing yogis and this morning I taught a Buti yoga class which combines tribal dance with yoga. It is such an empowering practice and especially liberating for women because it allows us to unleash that beautiful Shakti energy and be in our feminine power.
That said, the theme for today’s class was that of connection and collaboration rather than competition or comparison.
As people, not even just women, we tend to separate ourselves from one another by feeling like we need to compete, compare, or idolize.
In many ancient wisdom traditions, it is believed that this sense of separation is what keeps us in the illusion or the nightmare of our fear. As stated in A Course In Miracles, the truth is that there is only one of us here and what you do to another, you do to yourself. When you cut yourself down, you are cutting down your fellow brothers and sisters. When you compete, you live in a space of scarcity and when you idolize, you give your power away and go to sleep. You literally enter into a state of trance.
To truly rise up and feel empowered it is important to remember that we are all on an equal playing field. Someone may know more about one thing than another but that doesn’t make them anymore or less powerful or important.
We all have a unique gift to offer the world. We all have a unique light to shine. We are all worthy of connection and love.
When we recognize that, we can send love to those who challenge us. We can celebrate the success of those we think are our rivals or competitors. We can take our idols off their pedestals and allow them to be human. We can accept that the reason we admire them is because that which we see in them, actually resides right there inside of us. We are all simply a reflection of one another.
So, dear one, how can you elevate yourself by elevating your fellow sister or brother? What are you willing to give up? Who are you willing to be? What are you willing to do differently so we can all rise up?
Because when we rise together, we rise stronger than ever.
From my loving resilient heart to yours…