When I went through my 200-hour yoga teacher training (YTT), it was the first time I truly grasped the concept of Unwavering Faith. For me, that was like plunging off a metaphorical cliff of trust; I decided I didn't have anything to lose by deciding that the Universe had my back. That everything happens in perfect time. That everything I do - even the hard stuff - will be meaningful in the long run.
Despite my best intentions, I'll be honest: Unwavering Faith can be, well... wavering.
A theme that's been coming up for me lately is communication. With social media at our fingertips, sending a strongly worded email, or blocking an enemy on the internet is as easy as a click of a mouse. POOF! Confrontation avoided, situation "managed."
(And yet WHY are we still thinking about it incessantly?!)
To be "heard" in today's world, we labor for hours to craft the perfectly worded email to convey our perspective, when we know it's going to hurt feelings and perpetuate the problem. And while I won't pretend that I do this right every time, I have been working toward leaning into confrontation... or rather, conversation.
Yes. I'm talking about old fashioned face-to-face communication and vulnerability. (Gasp! Eye contact!)
During Yoga Hive's 200-hour YTT this past weekend, we took a class with Holly Purdy. I absolutely love her sweet energy, and dynamic flows. She read us the most powerful Mother Teresa quote, that profoundly impacted our discussion for days afterward. It speaks to this exact scenario — when we lean into clarity with those we're struggling with... sometimes we still find ourselves at odds and question whether to move forward at all.
Our faith wavers.
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
At times, speaking up and being our authentic selves is met with resistance. And it's hard to not think, "Well, at least I tried. I'll go back to the way I used to be." But the reality is that as we change, some people may not change with us. Should we just give up? I think you know my answer...
Be you anyway. Work toward open conversation. And at some point, agree to disagree and move on.
(Either that, or get your butt into a yoga class and let it go!)
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.