Well I made it sober through the election which was not an easy task. Not easy at all. That’s all I’m going to say about that. This is what I believe right now.
“We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?” (136-137)” ― Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras
It’s beautiful and sums up how I’m feeling at the moment even with this heavy heart, a small dose of fear, and a smidgen of righteous anger I am going to keep smiling and moving forward.
I have been thinking a lot about what I want to do next, and I have been coming back to yoga and teaching. These are things I love. I never knew teaching would be my thing, since I hate public speaking. but since stepping onto the mat with fear and anxiety (I took a lot of xanax back then) to lead my first yoga class I have been hooked. I crave it lately. It feels like I’m making a real change in someone’s life and bonus points if the laughed or smiled during class.
A friend recently told me about a sobriety 12 step yoga options. I don’t subscribe to the 12 step process. It isn’t for me, but she said the yoga program is supposed to be different. I can’t find anyone who teaches it here to see if it would be worth getting certified in it. Incorporating yoga into recovery seems like a no brainer. Learning to control your physical and mental self would be so valuable to individuals trying to be sober. I know I have come back to my own yoga practice since getting sober. It has felt so stabilizing. Of course, I mean that only after I worked through all of the tight and weak muscles!
I’ll be on a bit of a mission to discover more about yoga and recovery. If you have resources or have taken the Y12SR, I’d love to hear from you. Or do you have anything physical way of working with your sobriety?