I spent the weekend at Wanderlust in Snowshoe, WV. Wanderlust is a yoga and music festival. I love yoga so to pack up and go away for the weekend to practice and learn is a no-brainer. I love learning about the yoga practice, about yoga philosophy, the stories, the deities, the perspectives of other teachers. Going away and immersing in yoga for a day or two is a great way for me to learn. And as expected, I learned so much this weekend.
Svadhyaya, self-study, is our focus and spending a weekend with a bunch of yoga teachers is just another way to do that. One thing I have learned, a long time ago, was managing expectations. This is something I am constantly working on and reminding myself to manage. One of the main reasons we choose to go to Wanderlust was because one of our favorite bands, Nahko and Medicine for the People were going to be there. I was also happy that MC Yogi and his wife, Amanda Giacomini were going to be there, as we have practiced with them before and it’s always fun. With that said, I wasn’t expecting a transformational weekend, I honestly was just looking to have some fun. And I did, Nahko put on a great performance and played some of my very favorite songs, which I hadn’t heard him sing live before, and MC Yogi and Amanda taught fun, light classes.
Everything is through our own lens. Everything. Amanda shared a Jataka Tale, which is a story about the many lives of Buddha before he was Buddha. There are over 500 of these short, cute stories about the Buddha’s lives as animals and they all have a moral. I love these stories, and I also think Amanda is a good storyteller. After class as we were walking out, I overheard the conversation from the people in front of me. I heard one of them say, “that was over the top” and when her friend asked what was over the top, she responded, whispering, “Amanda’s story.” And I was fascinated. I don’t know why I was, because I experience this all the time, two people having opposite experiences in the same room. Also, two people hearing different things from the same thing said.
We all have a story, a narrative that affects all that we take in and give out and it was amazing to have played out in front of me to serve as a reminder. A reminder that we all open to things differently, there is no you are ahead of me, or I am in the lead, we all are on our own path and it’s all perfect. I was proud of myself in that moment, I didn’t judge those women for not liking the Jataka Tale, I was instead understanding of how they could have that reaction.
What are you learning? Are you taking time to reflect, to let things simmer before you make your judgments?