Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Changing Transforming

There's all kinds of good quotes like, "let your smile change people, but don't let people change your smile," and "Make the money, don't let the money make you. Change the game don't let the game change you."

Know what I think is fun? To decide: "I'm going to let this change me."

There's this one relationship in my life that is absolutely changing me, and I'm glad, I want it to. This past weekend, I was a student in a Restorative yoga teacher training. Most days before I went to Restorative class, I did my "regular" practice, a much more active style of yoga followed by some meditation. Yesterday as I was doing my personal practice, I noticed myself slowing down, exhaling through my mouth and pausing between poses. I realized the work I was doing in the teacher training was changing me. "Neato," I thought. "I'm going to let it."

What's really fun is to be aware. Through awareness we can pick and choose, "I didn't really like that one part. I'm going to take what I liked and leave the rest," or "This new way of doing things works for me."

When we're conscious about changing, I think we get to use a fancier word: transforming.

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