It is Friday! I am unemployed and I have somewhere to go. As part of building community, Sanctuary Yoga offered a free blogger’s workshop.
What was appealing about sharing this time? I actually met three other bloggers that participated in the Sanctuary Yoga Austin community. That meant three more people, besides friends and family to bounce off ideas. They, like me, are in the process of building their blogger muscles.
Ryan Jordan, our presenter, gave the extra information we needed to move our blogs from ‘okay that’s good’ to a bit more ‘this is what may prove useful for the google seeker.’ He would know as the former education director of the Amala Foundation.
I got some snippets about his exciting trip to Africa as part of his work for Amala.
The workshop was located at Sanctuary Yoga. Better yet, we got to attend the workshop in the studio space upstairs. A lovely spot filled with enough furniture for comfort and with a lovely view of the yard and the famous tree.
While waiting, I broused through, Live for the Soul, a book written by Vanessa Stone, the founder of Amala. I actually wrote down some words of inspiration. The way I am hardwired, sharing a new space takes some effort on my part. Her words hit the right spot.
Untie the knots around your tender heart
Allow it to breathe
Let it be seen
This is the beginning
The call of a new life
sharing a chair
Volunteers provided a community lunch in the main house and we were invited. The community of volunteers cooked the food, set up the dishes, arranged the chairs, and washed the dishes. Our goal was to enjoy and participate by sharing our words, feelings and thoughts with quite a diverse group (age, gender, ethnicity, hair color).
The lunch included some type of peanut butter soup, a cabbage salad, roasted cauliflour, quinoa. I make soup every week so my main focus was the soup. Yummy! Reminded me of the gravy of a dish a friend from Nigeria made but with meat.
As the people outnumbered the chairs, I was invited to share a chair. The closeness encouraged intimacy in my talk with my fellow blogger. We mostly discussed how pleased we were to be part of this ‘new to us’ community. And, our new journey to redefine our work life.
My Friday was filled with gifts as our yoga community shared.