"Don't be too timid or squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"It is not our abilities that show who we really are. It is our choices." -Dumbledore
When I wanted to do my senior thesis work on Harry Potter the Literature Department encouraged me in different directions. Any direction really except the one I REALLY wanted to go in. In fact, at first, I couldn't find a faculty member in the department who would take on the project with me. I didn't give up. Actually, it's when others say that something I love can't be done that I become the most stubborn and adamant supporter of my cause :) I wanted to end my undergraduate career doing something I loved. Why spend all that time- a whole year!- pour all that effort and work into something you're not passionate about??? I did my senior work on Harry Potter and it was the best part of my entire college career and one of my proudest accomplishments. It was a true expression of myself to the utmost degree.
It is so important for a person to express their True Self. What this means shows up differently in everyone and, even more exciting, shows up differently every day! There are so many layers and bits and pieces that make up a person that each and every day, each and every action really is a chance to express a different piece. Isn't that fun! I have always been a big promoter of self expression. Whether it was through different hair colors- I've done all the colors of the rainbow at one point or another- whether it was through crafts, or writing, clothing, decorating my home, tattoos, whatever. It's all a new chance to express me!
Yoga is a beautiful expression of the person doing the practice. The way that it changes from day to day, the way that a pose is expressed differently over time is so much fun to experience! When we go out there and try on different yoga styles in different classes with different teachers, we are able to try on a different way of expressing our yoga. Some styles and teachers may not mesh well with you while others make your soul sing out in affirmation. As a student as well as a teacher it is important for me to express my yoga; listen to myself and see what happens!
In yoga, in life, what makes you feel like, "yes this is me and it's awesome!"?
Spring is a super time for self expression. While nature is bursting with blooms and life we too can awaken and express parts of ourselves that have been dormant. Quit hiding the True You and let it all burst forth! Crack your heart open and see what adventures you find!
Voila the Butterflies! My latest edition making their debut in the sunshine as the temperature rises and the winter layers are shed :)
Also, check out the new page! Julia's Craftiness for some crafty expressions... Julia Curtains! Julia Tablecloth and such!