Dharma + Meditation by Kelly Ramirez
It took me quite a while to become the yoga teacher that I am today. In fact, I might even say that it took a lifetime. I took my first teacher training course in San Francisco with no intention of becoming a teacher; instead my plan was to solely deepen my own practice. After the training I was regularly taking class and reading books for my own growth, but something was missing. As much as I wanted to avoid teaching yoga – eventually I couldn’t deny it any longer. Yoga had brought me so much clarity and equanimity that I knew it was my purpose to share that with others. Through so much learning, and growing, and discomfort, and self study – I am who I am today.
There’s a concept in the Bhagavad Gita called Karma Yoga, which describes how to turn our lives around and make them into a spiritual practice. An essential element of Karma Yoga is dharma – our behavior, our actions, our contributions in this life. Although it took me quite a while to listen, it became crystal clear that part of my dharma in this life is to share yoga with others. That’s one of the ways I contribute to the happiness and well being of others.
With all of the distractions and desires in the world, it can be tricky to identify your own special gifts to contribute to each other. I find it helpful to create a special space and opportunity to listen – through meditation, through quieting the mind. The other day I was reading a book called Light is the new Black which read “you can’t hear the calling of your soul, if you don’t create space in your day to listen to it.” Today, I’d like to encourage you to take a moment to take a seat, anchor into the moment, and allow for some quiet in your day. What does your soul want you to hear?