|| Sunday, April 05, 2009
Family Yoga Off The Mat
As I have mentioned in previous blogs, I based the idea for ‘Yoga for Families’ on the concept of encouraging family members to increase communication, which then allows them to strengthen relationships. The purpose being that we are then better able to support each other in our true passions, which then encourages each individual to reach their fullest potential.
This week I write about doing some yoga with my own family, and since we are 3000 miles apart, we are practicing yoga off the mat.
Last year, when I decided that a blog/newsletter was the best way to communicate my ideas about ‘Yoga for Families’, my fingers started to shake each time I came close to my keyboard to write. After excelling in math and physics in high school, but struggling to write purposeful and effective essays in English class, I knew I was going to need some help. I wanted to be able to communicate a message with clarity and accuracy so that the message was always best interpreted.
As I looked around, I remembered that my uncle had spent his career as a high school English teacher, and was always walking around with a pen and note card in his shirt pocket to jot down the latest idea for his next book. Uncle Fred (same last name) has been retired for many years, now spending his time writing novels and keeping in touch with the family via email.
I asked Uncle Fred if he would be willing to review my blogs before they went out each week and correct them for both grammar as well as story fluidity. This was great since it is often hard to correct one’s own work, and simply having another set of eyes on the work would prove to be invaluable.
What I have found over the past few months is that by having a project that we can work on together, we have increased our regular communication, strengthened our relationship, and supported each other in our true passions. With the encouragement of my uncle, I feel that I can reach the 1500+ people on my mailing list with efficacy and strength. I feel confident to help change their yoga practice, and through that, hopefully change their lives.
In addition, what I have also realized during our working together, is that the 3000 miles that keeps us apart between New York and Los Angeles, have no way affected our ability to practice yoga together. Yoga means union, and I have at no other time in my life felt closer and more connected to my uncle who is 41 years my elder.
At the same time, I have learned more about my uncle’s passion for writing, and have recently read the two books that he had published many years ago. It is with great pride that I endorse his publications in my newsletter this month.
It is with this good experience that I encourage you to look for projects that you can work on with your family members. Is there a weakness in your repertoire that can be filled in by someone else’s strong suit? By working together, two heads most often are greater than one, and by working together, we begin to build synergies between us.
See if one of these projects can also incorporate one of your or his/her passions, since you never know where this project can end up, and how it can help the both of you. By working with my uncle, he has not only helped me, but by reading his books, I learned more about his writing and interpretation of our life’s events. In the process, I have also learned a lot about myself and our family history.
If deeper family connection and support wasn’t valuable enough, we also can be aware that in hard economic times, we may be reluctant to pay for a service. If we take the time to look around, that skill may be sitting right under our nose, or on another branch of the family tree.
Love and peace,
Posted by Ingrid on 04/05 at 05:54 AM
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