December 14 – reverb11 – Jnana (Self-knowledge)

Via on Dec 14, 2011

Name something you did that was completely out of character. How did it feel?

Gracias to Yoga As Muse Facilitator and writer Dawn Curtis for offering this #reverb11 prompt.

Reverb is a month-long endeavor in reflecting on the past year and envisioning the year to come. Find out more about Reverb11. Check out the daily prompts and feel free to write publicly on this blog or privately in your diary, as much or as little as you want, as often or seldom as you are compelled to.

The beginning of self-knowledge: recognizing that your motives are the same as other people’s.
~Mason Cooley

About Michelle Margaret Fajkus

Michelle Margaret Fajkus ("fake-us") is a proponent of natural, lifelong learning through yoga, mindfulness, living, loving and letting go. An avid reader, writer and blogger, she's a longtime lover of words and languages, especially English and Spanish. Today, Michelle is a 34-year-old expat from Austin living at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala with her life partner, daughter and black cat. Michelle is the founder of Yoga Freedom. She learned yoga from a book at age 12 and found Buddha in California at 23. She's written over 250 posts about mindful living on elephant journal since 2010. Her writing also appears on Rebelle Society, Be You Media Group and her blog, Daily Life Practice. Read her memoir, chakra guide or (free!) beginners guide to mindfulness and yoga here, or come on down to Guatemala for a retreat! Connect with Michelle on Google+ or Facebook.

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3 Responses to “December 14 – reverb11 – Jnana (Self-knowledge)”

  1. Michelle Margaret Fajkus yoga freedom says:

    I’m an elementary school teacher at heart. I somehow morphed into a high school teacher upon moving to Guatemala. But I always said, “I’d never want to be a middle school teacher.” And here I am, smack dab in the middle of teaching middle school! Definitely out of character for me (and I am seeking a move back to elementary next year) but in the meantime, teaching 8th grade is an interesting, enriching and challenging experience.

  2. Valerie Carruthers Valerie Carruthers says:

    This year, quite recently, I plunged into working with clay. Coming from a family of wonderful visual artists I've always been somewhat inhibited about my own art-making skills and always focused on writing. I started with clay to feel more grounded, just to enjoy the sensation of damp clay in my hands. I found a great teacher in my area and attended her weekly classes. In a short time under her expert guidance I have produced several hand built pieces. Pretty rudimentary but mine, all mine. My favorite project was mask making. While the other students (who are more experienced) sculpted recognizable faces, in my own crude way I made a deity. When our pieces had dried and been fired, we started on painting them. So all this was really different for me, I didn't always feel comfortable with the learning experience, but it opened up a door in me that I'd kept sealed shut for most of my life.

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