POWER OF STORY


Until recently, I never really told my story… at least not my real, true story. Of course, I gave out my historical timeline, the linear dissertation of my life events; my childhood, education, and my employment and family history; and yet, I never really shared with the world my life path: the unique and personal life experiences that have created me, and the gifts that I share with the world.

Until NOW...

As a yoga therapist, yoga teacher, music professor, speaker, and parent, I always felt that the focus of teaching and conversation was best directed to the “stories” of the student. Until recently, I didn’t soulfully believe that “my story” mattered, or was of any great value as an inspirational tool or learning aid to anyone else. It was not that I was embarrassed, insecure, or ashamed, I just didn’t see the intricacies of my life path to be of any great value to my student or client. If anything, I believed that it was quite self- indulgent to divulge my innermost experiences to a mere stranger. Recently, I discovered something new…

 

A few years back, as I was creating structure and cohesiveness to the teachings of LIFEYOGA, I began to delve more deeply into the cause and effect of my transformative existence, and the true origins of the LIFEYOGA information that I was sharing with the world. Through this process I discovered that although over the years I had acquired volumes of inspiration and information from my many great teachers, the true driving force behind the transformative power of the information I had to offer, and my need to share LIFEYOGA was the path of my own unique transformative experiences….my life path.

 

Now one would think that upon this discovery I would immediately rush out and share with the world the most intimate of my life experiences: and yet, I did no such thing. I continued on for some time to shy away from my path of “human being”, and relied mostly on sharing the “ factual information” that I had gained as a result of my life experiences…. Until…

 

One evening I was giving a lecture on LIFEYOGA Breath and Energy Transfer Techniques, and one of the students asked me “How did you really discover this transformative information? Where does it really come from?”…

 

And so, in that moment, I began to tell my story. Everything shifted. Suddenly, I was no longer the figurehead teacher from whom my audience had come to acquire information… I was simply a human being sharing the experiences of my life path with other human beings. I noticed as I felt and talked how the entire energy of the room changed. My “students” were entirely engaged in the experience of the information that I was sharing. We were communicating human to human. Although I was feeling a bit self indulgent and exposed as I was talking, I could see and feel that the simple sharing of my life story not only connected me, as a human being to everyone in the room; the exposure of myself, who I was, and how I came to be in the room sharing information, gave a powerful grounding and substance to the “information” that I was offering.

 

I was a bit taken aback at the end of the workshop as my students thanked me profusely for sharing my story with them. While I felt a bit embarrassed, smiled shyly, and said “It is what it is!”, my listeners exclaimed, “No! It is much more than that! It is powerful and empowering, and gives depth, substance, and meaning to the transformative information that you are sharing!” This made me think…

 

“How many times have I felt that my own story and life experience were just average, or not worth mentioning? Why have I allowed myself to be in and rely upon my knowledge base when my real transformative power is best shared through my “human being” and the stories and experiences of it? How often have I told my teacher training students, yoga students, singing students, and private clients to engage in this quote?...

 

‘WHO AM I TO KEEP MYSELF FROM THE WORLD?”

 

Suddenly, the light clicked on, and I understood what “this quote” really meant. I began to see the power and empowerment of divulging and sharing deep personal, human experiences. However uncomfortable I may have felt in the following moments, I began sharing my story! I then began sharing it in this video through the power of the internet.I began to give freely to the world my information; my book, my knowledge, and my tools! To this day, I am still somewhat surprised that someone really wants to listen, and then I remind myself…

 

“ITS NOT ABOUT ME… ITS ABOUT THEM!”

 

So what does this mean?... Every human story… my story, your story, however perceptively grand or miniscule, is a catalyst for another human being’s transformation; a tool for self growth and empowerment, and the inspiration for another being to transform and recreate our world… and so I ask…

 

“WHO ARE YOU TO KEEP YOURSELF FROM THE WORLD?”

 

Dig deep! Find your story and share it!!… It matters!!

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