Working in a studio, I get to interact with tens to over a hundred people each day. Honestly, it’s quite incredible and wholly different than any of my past-life, business-centric interactions. When practitioners walk into the studio, they walk in with whatever is on their minds or stuck in their bodies, and often, they are willing or even needing to share. Other times, you enter the room and though not a word is spoken the weight of the air says it all: it’s easy to surmise how a studio full of people feel when they walk in and immediately lay down on their mat, ready and aching for the final Savasana -- ready and aching for that time of peace, the opportunity to truly let go, and allow the body and mind to approach a semblance of stillness.
As 2016 wound down, more often than not (even in the midst of holidays), I felt I ought to be teaching a restorative class rather than the scheduled ‘power’ or ‘flow.’ The latent energy was so tangible, I found myself checking in more than once to make sure everyone ‘really’ wanted that power class. There was a collective “itch” to hand 2016 over to the past and step into 2017.
Like clockwork, on December 31st, it was as though January 1st was already here. There was (and in some ways, still ‘is’) a renewed sense of life, so palpable you can literally taste it. Students sit erect on their mats, often chatty and open to communicate with the others nearby. Its actually harder to start class on time, because, who wants to interrupt that joy and connection?
The question begets, what is different? In some ways you might say it’s a new commitment to life. For some it’s a do-over, proverbial clean slate. But again, what’s different, what’s truly different beyond this shared sense of a new beginning? I’d venture to say, nothing. We choose to make it something bigger because we need reason to let go and to grab onto something new. As the earth finishes its rotation and begins again around the sun, that’s the new beginning. But really where is the true starting point? Is there one? And if there isn’t, can that starting point be whenever or wherever we choose?
Whether it’s today, tomorrow, six days from now or six months from now, know that this sense of a new beginning comes from within. It’s truly something you create, possible at any point in this year to come. In fact, every moment, every second, can be a new beginning …let’s not wait for 2018!
With love and light,
Rachel (to receive these weekly in your inbox, sign up below! :) )