What determines authenticity and why is it so important?
How do we find our truth, and have the courage to sing it out loud?
With technology at our fingertips, and yoga on every corner, glossy social media posts of happy little yogis getting spiritual on the mat are shared left & right. This can make us feel like even our practice isn’t good enough. We can be left wondering what is real and what is a facade. What is genuine and what is the glossed over, photoshopped, nipped & tucked version of yoga fit to a square dimension on a gadget screen.
I am no exception to sharing on the social meeds. The Face Book told me recently, over my 4 years of travel, I made 500 friends in countries other than my own. Staying in touch is important to me. I utilize social media as a way to say hello, show up & inspire. I hope I’ve shown you the truth of the matter, not everyday is rainbows and butterflies and perfectly timed handstands.
Yoga is about unearthing our true selves. In the unearthing process, you’re bound to get a little dirty.
Each of us has a world view. It’s like a window in which we view reality. Mostly, it is not a clear view. Social conditioning fogs up the glass making it difficult to see. Society has told you what you need in order to feel worthy, your parents have guided you towards what they desired for you in order for you to be valuable to society, & religion has saved you (or tried), and Yoga teaches you how to “save” yourself.
Through yoga practice, we begin to wash away layers of conditioning, trauma, and ignorance. As we practice, we clear out, making it easier to see ourselves as the worthy, valuable and whole individuals we were born as.
Sometimes in the clearing process we re-experience trauma, and karmic entanglements. When re-experiencing, we have the opportunity to acknowledge the truth of what is coming up, and continue to clear. Stand in authenticity, which isn’t always pretty, & continue on the path towards our highest truth.
Authentic expression is about examining the reality of what is, then pausing, and expressing yourself accordingly. Walking a spiritual path does not mean whenever anger arises, we act as though we are not angry. When anger arises, expressing anger in a healthy way avoids larger blow outs later on.
Expression can even avoid disease later on. Energetic imbalances effect you on a cellular level. The verdict is out, humans do in fact experience a mind body connection. Psychologists have termed the word psychosomatic for problems of the physical kind that have originated in the mind through thoughts & emotions. When the mind & our emotions are unbalanced, we experience dis-harmony & dis-ease in the body. It is no surprise that many people, women especially, develop thyroid issues.
The thyroid is the butterfly shaped gland that sits at your throat and is responsible for producing the hormones which regulate your metabolism. The throat is where the energetic vortex of the vissudhi chakra lies. This chakra governs our true expression. When we are unable to fully express our truth, the energy becomes stagnant in this area, and dis-ease may arise, often resulting in problems with the thyroid gland. This isn’t to say that every time we are angry, or sad, that we should lash out, or we will experience dis-ease. This is where the pause comes in.
Like the space between the breath, or the valley between mountains, life continuously gives us opportunities to pause, reflect, and still yet, react from a place of truth. When someone has done an unkind thing, or you just can’t seem to get into the flow, or its raining when you swore the forecast said sun; pause, breathe, and express how you truly feel. What does it feel like to say, “I am MAD, and its ok” What does it feel like not to blame, point fingers, or find the weatherman and ring his little neck. What if we paused, took a few breaths, and still we screamed into the ether as to let those emotions go.
If you’re sad, cry, if you’re scared, reach out for support, if you’re angry yell into a pillow. Don’t hold that shit in to linger and cause disease. Give yourself permission to feel authentically real. Give your self permission to have emotions, express them, and then LET THAT SHIT GO.
Express it, and then let it go, don’t stay in that vibration for longer than it takes to acknowledge the pain. Don’t let the world victimize you or hold you down. Find your truth and sing it out loud. LITERALLY SING OUT LOUD.
Studies have shown that singing releases the feel good hormones dopamine and serotonin, the good stuff, the stuff that makes you feel high. Singing together in a community has an even greater effect. Don’t worry about the quality of your voice. it’s not the performance that matters its the vibration. The vibration of your vocal chords and the humming inside your head when you sing makes you a happier person; says science and says I.
I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember, and I’ve been writing songs to express my emotions. The emotions that flow through me in writing become a gift for the elements. The natural world loves our emotions. It takes them in and transforms them into useful stuff. Its an energetic exchange. When I sing, I can feel my energy levels lift. When I sing, I transcend from a place of worry, confusion, and into the pure space of beingness. I am present and standing directly in my truth.
I present to you my newest song called secrets which is a nod to the divine, a flirty exchange with the universe, and a letting go of energy that doesn’t serve my playful nature. Learn it and sing along with me: “For all souls know its never too late, wrapped in a bow, tied to this life, I just want to play”
Come to Central America and learn how to live outrageously authentic in our Yoga Soundscapes retreat this Spring. In this retreat we will connect with our truth, dance with our creative nature, & dive deep into matters of the heart. And there will be songs! A whole lot of song. Come play with us in Guatemala. Early bird prices available now.