I have had three people tell me in the past few weeks that taking a Yoga Teacher Training is on their bucket list. THREE! And when I asked each of them if they intend on taking our 200 hour training/immersion this October, the answers varied. Two were an instant yes... and the third was questioning whether it was the right time for her.
As I inquired further, a technique I read in Baron Baptiste's book, "Being of Power" came to mind. (Great book, highly recommended!) As the topic of the teacher training was fresh, I asked her to sit down and write down her worries, complaints and negative thoughts about the situation — any and all running in the background of her mind. No judgement, no filter. These thoughts are the "Bad Wolf." The survival mind, as Baron calls it. It says, "No, not ever possible. I can't change this — it's just how things are. I can't deal with this. I am not worthy of this." As she wrote, I reminded her that she's listening not to empower those thoughts, but to separate so that she can begin to dissolve them.
Next, she wrote down any positive thoughts welling up in her subconscious. The "Good Wolf." The part of us that often gets shut down because we're taught somewhere along the way that happiness takes work... that worthiness is earned... that you can't have it all because that's not possible. It says, "Yes, go for it. I am ready. I am worthy. I can do this, even if I don't know if it's the right moment. Game on." The inner sense assures us of our intuition, even if all outward signs point to no. This voice has energy and aliveness, expansive and peaceful, even amidst the fear lingering from the first part.
This exercise allows us to separate out which part of us — Good Wolf or Bad Wolf — is "talking" in a given situation, and which one is listening. At any given time, we are able to empower either one to take the reigns. It's all about recognizing the situation for what it is, and having control over who's in charge. (And if you ask me, Good Wolf is my favorite friend to have along for the ride!)
In the end, she decided to take the leap. Good Wolf wins... no turning back!
If this resonates with you and your own bucket list, I'd love to schedule time to chat with you about the infinite possibilities that a 200 hour teacher training can provide... AND, I'm so excited to announce that our early bird pricing has been EXTENDED to August 1st! This October is going to be a whirlwind — we would love for you to join us.
Other fun things — this Sunday I'm teaching at Walking Lightly Ranch. Come join us for yoga and a pot luck in one of the most tranquil places in the valley! Details here. Also, we have another mala making workshop at the Whitefish Studio on August 1st... sign up on the app or online schedule, and you'll want to reserve your spot soon — space is limited!
Have a great week, filled with sunshine, rainbows and all the happy things in life!
My business coach called me earlier this week, and asked me how I've been.
"Meh. Things are OK..." I replied tentatively.
She inquired further, and I launched into a story of how exhausted I am from this project my husband Sean and I have taken on this summer: Building a Tiny House. It has been consuming our every motion, breath and dollar... and I explained how I felt guilty for giving so much attention to that project, and not more to the other parts of my life, my relationships, and my work. We're on a tight deadline to finish, and I can't see the light at the end of the tunnel.
After yammering for a few minutes (like I am right now), I mentioned I was confused as to why I even used that answer... told that long sob story. Truly, life is good — life is GREAT. We're building a freaking Tiny House with our bare hands! Why am I putting out energy on a lower vibration?
She said, "Mollie - I'm hearing that you're depleted. Physically, emotionally, spiritually... it's not bad. It just is. When you're depleted for one reason or another, you can't help but answer from a place of lower vibration — and that is a place you're not used to being. Which is why it feels off."
And then she asked me how meditation has been going. (Which is the part where I skirted the question until I admitted I hadn't made time... at all!) She reminded me that being depleted takes me completely out of my rhythm; Meditation is one of the greatest ways (along with yoga) to elevate my energy, and to return to a higher, more positive vibration.
Although I still can't see that light at the end of the tunnel, I'm here to tell you that we all have moments of depletion. Perhaps you (like me) have a huge project on your lap that's throwing you a curve ball, or you've had a constant stream of visitors in town because the world loves northwest Montana in the summer. Routines are off, and your vibration gets wobbly.
Join me in accomplishing my goal of taking 10 minutes in the morning, and 10 minutes in the evening for meditation. Even if it's just sitting still and being aware of breath, that simple act for myself — WITH myself — will effectively raise my vibration back where it belongs.
Are you with me?
Love and light,
Originally hailing from Wisconsin, Mollie is a cheesehead transplant to Northwest Montana, with degrees in Retail and Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Today, she lives off the grid, half the year in a Tiny House & half the year in a yurt — both of which she and her husband, Sean, built by hand. Nonprofit Executive Director by day, Mollie also owns and teaches at Yoga Hive — a chain of community yoga studios in the valley.