For today’s Thoughtful Thursday post, I’m sharing the story of why I made the decision to enroll in yoga teacher training. This decision was sparked by a series of incidents where I was asked to dig deep inside and listen to my calling. What exactly does that mean you may be thinking? Well, I believe that everyone has a message or skill that you are called to share. The hard part is finding out what it is.
Since I began my career in the marketing world about 6 years ago, I’ve felt that something was missing. Personal reflection led me to believe that this something was tied to health and fitness, but I wasn’t able to grasp an action to fill that emptiness. Since before I can remember I have dedicated a portion of my life to healthy living, but other than being healthy myself and giving advice to close friends, I’ve never done anything with it. I didn’t feel confident that I could connect with and potentially help a larger audience.
In early 2017, a recurring theme started showing up in my life. I’d listen to a podcast about putting meaning in your life. Our priest’s sermon would be about using your talents to serve others. I’d read an article about how short life is and the importance of making the most of it…. I could go on and on. This theme wouldn’t leave me. And finally, during a silent moment in savasana after a hot yoga class, I had an AH-HA moment. Maybe I could share the benefits that yoga has had on my life with others… Maybe I could help people improve their lives through yoga… Now I am no yoga-guru with extreme balance and flexibility, but I believe in the power of yoga. I think yoga “saved” my life because it brought mental “peace”, open mindedness, physical health, and patience from my former impatient, go-go-go, cardio-queen mentality. Full Circle Yoga was offering a summer yoga teacher training, and it is the perfect opportunity to explore how I bring my passion to others.
Are you struggling to find purpose and meaning in your life?
Here are some questions to ask yourself and thoughts to consider to help you find your calling.
Nobody’s life is perfect. Life would be wonderful if we could all make a living doing ONLY the things that bring us joy, however, that’s not usually reality. Many of us have to work some grueling jobs to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table — as long as that job has some kind of purpose in your life, don’t let it bring you down. *If your job is hurting you physically or emotionally in any way, I do recommend getting out of it and finding a new solution.
What makes you happy? What brings you joy? If something comes to mind, let it sit for a bit. Keep returning to it to see if more thoughts come your way as to how you could do more with it in your life.
Authenticity is everything. Make sure this passion is something that is permanent and not just a fad. Also, make sure that you represent this passion. A lot of times people may have a passion for “world peace”, yet they are fighting with their neighbors. If you practice what you preach, you will have a more powerful impact.
Engage in groupthink — brainstorm with your friends and family. Ask the people that know you best what they think your best attributes are. What do your peers look to you for? Groupthink can spark creativity to find new ways to serve others. What would your friends sign up for?
Try positive visualizations. Take some time to sit and think. Visualize yourself engaging in your passion. What does that look like? Picture yourself using your gifts to help other people and make it happen!
And final note – remember that you don’t have to do it all. Don’t take on more than you can handle or it likely won’t bring you joy anymore.
What are you passionate about? Do you have a story to share about how you changed your life by putting your passions front and center?