Imagine... I was 9 months old and my brother was nearly 2 years old when my dad quit his job without having anything else lined up.
Of course, my mom freaked out, but I think my dad knew deep down that he just had to make it work.
No matter what, he found a way to adapt and continue moving forward. He tried being a locksmith, doing carpet cleaning, delivering food for vending machines, selling mattresses, and eventually started his own business selling blinds and window coverings.
To me, that is resiliency and growing up I have been lucky enough to witness it firsthand. It inspired me to pursue my passions and goals unapologetically. And, if you ever met my father you could easily pick up that I am his daughter.
However, the last 10 months has really challenged my ego. I was forced to confront my attachment to the path I laid out for myself 8 years ago when I quit my steady job to pursue teaching yoga.
I don't know what lies ahead, but just like my father did when met with deep uncertainty, I know I am equipped with everything I need to dig deep and be the most resilient version of myself.
This is one of the many reasons why I co-created The Resilient You Workshop with my friend and mindfulness teacher Orlee Klempner. You are not alone. Whatever challenges, misfortunes, or change you are met with, let's work together to move through them with resiliency.
I still vividly remember what it was like to be a child; retreating to the safety of hiding under my covers filled with fear, sadness, and anxiety. Although my parents didn't realize at the time, I would catch a glimpse of them watching the news and the horror of the world's realities.
This past week, as I listened, processed, and watched the news, just as I did as a child, those same feelings came up for me.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Yet instead of hiding from those emotions we often deem as negative, bad, or weak... I used the tools of my practice to allow myself to be with them, be curious about them, and acknowledge them. To me the process of resiliency involves vulnerability, curiosity, and acceptance. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
With so much going on in our world as it is, many of us are simply just trying to survive.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Yes, it is very loud right now.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Yes, there is a lot out of our control.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
However, there is still so much within our control. It all begins by recognizing our own power. Let's not give it away. ⠀
I believe now more than ever it is imperative that we regain our personal power and find our inner resilience. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
I am co-leading a workshop with my dear friend and mindfulness teacher Orlee Klempner called The Resilient You. Together we will share valuable tools, refuge, and community. I invite you to join us.
Hi, I'm Lauren and I am here to support people to find freedom in being authentic and the power to carry that out in their lives and community. Writing is one way I like to explore that for myself. Here is my archive of reflections.