February 25, 2011

It’s a Calling, and it Speaks to you Every Day, to Walk Your Way

What’s calling you? What’s missing?

There are these stereotypes about yoga teachers. We’re flighty, naïve, innocent, good at meditating but bad at balancing our checkbooks, great as floaters, bad as planners. And don’t ask us to meet a deadline—we don’t even know what that is.

But…what if we do? And what if we can? Ask your yoga students to process this—like I have over the past few days—and you’ll get a variety of reactions, mostly confusion and mild distress. We like to put people in manageable boxes. This, not that. That, not this. It makes life easier to handle. It makes being who you are more challenging.

And how about entrepreneurs and business people? They’re A-types, hard-edged, know-it-alls, bad at connecting to their softer, essential self, but great at making a buck. Ask them about deadlines and they’ll tell you they run their lives.

But…what if they don’t? And what if they’re not?

What if we can all be both?

What if our capacity to tune into our softer, essential self, our deep and guiding intuition—not to mention the physical health-inducing benefits of being a meditator and a yoga-lover—actually means we make rockin’ business people? And what if our entrepreneurial leanings mean that we can take our passion for being of service to greater levels out in the world? Not convinced? Just ask tuned-in and turned-on raging successful entrepreneurs Jonathan Fields, Danielle LaPorte—or even hip hop fashion man Russell Simmons .

So as of December 2010, I decided to follow a dream.

Screw the stereotypes. Forget trying to fit myself into a box. I’m a yoga teacher, a spiritual gal to the core, a business woman and an entrepreneur. I’m committed to being of service in this world, to helping make it a healthier, happier place, and I’m gonna do it using every skill I have. If this makes people uncomfortable, I’m sorry. I feel bad, I do. But I feel worse if I limit myself.

So I’m launching Libre Retreats: immersions in creativity, adventure, and mind body soul. Because health and happiness are not by-products of chance. They’re the radiant results of a life well-loved, a life fueled by creativity and adventure that nourishes our body, mind and soul.

The best part is that once we begin to live this life, the life that calls us, we begin to give back. The proof is in the latest research:

“Happy people are more altruistic, more productive, more helpful, more likable, more creative, more resilient, more interested in others, friendlier, and healthier. Happy people make better friends, colleagues, and citizens.”

 – Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project

So it’s about you. And it’s about the world.

The next Vancouver retreat is May 20-23. Spark: Re-Ignite Your Creative Self , where you’ll dive into a revitalizing, intensive weekend dedicated to re-igniting your creative self. Workshops include: Creative Writing, Performance Art, Artful Expression + 6 Yoga Flow classes at Semperviva Yoga Sea Studio to get you in the groove.

I’d love to share this dream with you. But that’s not the whole point.

The whole point is this:

Love and the living are one

Sit back, relax, you got a job to do

The only who understands it

Is the one who’s living right inside of you

It’s a calling

And it speaks to you every day

To walk your way

– Ma Chant by Wah, on album Love Holding Love

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Bob Weisenberg Feb 26, 2011 8:39am

Congratulations, Lindsey. I can relate deeply to all of this, except I went in the other direction. I was a hard-driving software entrepreneur for 30 years, and then got into Yoga.

Long before I was a Yoga writer, I was a business writer. And you are absolutely correct. The first thing one needs to do is throw out all the stereotypes. You or anyone else starting a business will find this interesting and hopefully useful as well:

Leadership Is Like Tennis, Not Egyptology–
The Four Strokes You Need To Be A Great Player
(With Apologies To My Egyptologist Friends)

Bob W. Yoga Editor
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Joe Sparks Feb 26, 2011 4:27am

My Action Plan for 2011 is reclaiming my power and transforming society. The key issue is deciding to want big again, deciding to win, deciding to do what it takes, especially with regard to human connection, having close supportive relationships in and out of yoga, and having a connected, unified, society.
Thanks for sharing your vision!

Dan Feb 25, 2011 5:43pm

i too at the beginning of this year began the process of trying to remove all of the edges i place around all of the people and things in my life. It is weird and challenging and confusing at times. But it has also allowed me to experience people and things in my life in a whole new way. I am excited for you and the direction you are taking. BTW i am a entrepreneurial business owner, project manager single father of three boys and I have an awesome yoga practice. What i no longer have are friends that only are friends in certain places that cease to exist once that event or time has stopped. I no longer have a certain thing I “do”. Most importantly I am now free to be and the people in my life are free to as well. Thanks for your eloquent way of putting this philosophy into words. Namaste

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Lindsey Lewis

I’m a yoga teacher, life coach in-training, retreat host, business woman, and entrepreneur. I write, I paint, I draw, I dance. I get outside every day. I challenge myself. I meditate. Riding my cruiser bike along the seawall rocks my world. Being of service is essential. I’m committed to helping the world find their freedom. I believe in love. I believe in the human capacity to evolve, to grow, and to make the world a better place—even if it’s simply through our re-vitalized presence. Let’s connect! I’m at Libre Living.
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