Do you have a favorite song to play in the car when the weather is beautiful? Just the other evening it was so lovely out that it my trip home from HEB a delight. I was rockin' the 'burbs with windows down, sunroof open, and blaring Aerosmith's Sweet Emotion. I was transported back to my teen years, also rockin' Aerosmith in the 'burbs, but in my mom's big 1974 Chevy Caprice Classic convertible. It was AWESOME.
But now I'm a yoga teacher instead of a teen, so I hear things differently. I realized this time that "sweet emotion" is a perfect phrase for chakra 2! Svadyaya is the Sanskrit word for the second chakra, and it's where we can connect to our emotional selves as well as the pleasure principle. Being able to delight in life and get information from your emotions is what svadhisthana is all about!
I don't know if this is what Aerosmith had in mind, but I think they captured it perfectly.
Emotions are such an integral part of our lives, yet naming them and tuning into them can be challenging. This is why Brené Brown's latest book, Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience, is flying off bookshelves and into homes and kindles.
And I'm going to teach from it starting this week in the Online Yoga Membership FREE Trial. And everyone's invited! The Tuesday/Thursday Hatha Zoom room will be open to one and all. If you can't be there at 9am CST, you can simply practice with the recording on your time. I think this is going to be a very impactful series, and I can't wait to get started...today! There is some great stuff in this book, and my hope is to tease out some of the most relevant topics and understand them with body, mind, and spirit. It's a new journey, and I'm excited!
Speaking of journeys...I continue to enjoy this new podcast journey around the "mountain of life." This week in episode 7, I have a great conversation with Chelsea Cohen, a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor specializing in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). We talk about what it is to be out on the edges of the emotional spectrum, and how finding the right coping mechanisms helps highly emotional people get the balance they crave. She enjoys working with clients to identify how they can effectively utilize coping skills to maintain sobriety and build a life worth living. I learned a LOT, and I know you will too.
You can catch the latest podcast episode on Apple, Spotify, Amazon Music, or HERE on my website.
May you be like Aerosmith and tap into those sweet emotions, whether you're on your mat or rockin' the 'burbs.
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