Are you comfortable asking for what you want?
I didn’t think so. Me neither.
Because many spiritual traditions emphasize putting others’ needs before your own, it can feel awkward to reach out and make an ask. But here’s one perspective: when you ask for assistance, you offer others a chance to practice generosity. And doesn’t it make you feel good to help out when you can?
Over the past three years, I’ve gone through a major transformation in how I work. I’ve gone from being a full-time Ashtanga Yoga instructor managing a studio with daily classes, to working full time as a Life Coach at a mindfulness-based recovery centre while starting up a private counselling practice seeing clients on-line. If you’ve been with me for a while, you’ve seen this process of evolution.
Asking For What You Want
In order to ask for what you want, you first need to be able to articulate it. This is where practice comes in – stilling the mind in meditation helps us to see what is extraneous, and to get really clear on what is important in life.
One thing I’ve realised through this transition is that in order to get where we want to go, we need to get clear on where we are headed. Sometimes, that means learning to ask for what you want.
Here’s What I Would Like From You
I’d like your feedback. I’ve created a 10 question survey that would help me focus the content of this blog to better serve you, dear reader. Would you please take 5 minutes to complete the survey?
My whole purpose for this blog is to to spark dialogue around how practice fits into and influences your life. You may be reading this as a brand-new beginner to meditation or yoga. You may be a Dharma teacher or a certified yoga instructor. You may be a therapist or life coach learning how mindfulness can serve your clients. The point is that we are all here because we’ve developed an interest in contemplative practice of some sort, and we’ve experienced how it might benefit us or those around us. I’d like to help catalyse a movement that shows how our sanity–both as individuals and as a global community– depends on creating a healthy relationship with our minds. I’d like to share the tools to help you establish that through connecting with a daily practice.
What Would You Like?
Here’s the link again to the survey. And let us know in the comments below how contemplative practice has benefited you. Let us know what you struggle with…I guarantee you are not alone!