How has a friend changed you or your perspective on the world this year? Was this change gradual, or a sudden burst? (Author: Martha Mihalick)
I hesitate to speak of the Sparkle Parties. I mean, it’s not like Fight Club or anything (“the first rule of the Sparkle Parties is: you do not talk about Sparkle Parties…”) But, like a rare antiquity, these gatherings seem best suited to being rarely exhibited.
This began as professional support and development. Teaching yoga can be an isolating profession if one does not seek out the company of colleagues (and here at It’s All Yoga in Sacramento, we do seek each other out…oh, we do.) This can either result in paralyzing lack of self confidence or delusions of grandeur. Maybe you’ve taken some classes that feel like that’s happening? So, Kim, Michelle and I committed to a monthly meeting to break down those habits together, offer constructive feedback and grow as teachers and yoga practitioners.
Yes, triangle poses are analyzed, crackly spines listened to, angry hips considered. And also. You know that quote in the bible, “For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them?” It’s ancient like that. It feels like stepping into a continuum of spiritual seekers who have gathered before us and will continue to gather when we’re gone. It’s an unabashed container for the involuntary primal scream that spiritual seeking can sometimes feel like.
Maybe it’s not entirely dissimilar to Fight Club after all. They’re my Warrior Sisters. Despite the light in the name of our gathering, the spiritual journey so often feels more like a tooth-rattling sucker punch in the dark. But the fight goes on as long as it has to. And we don’t fight alone.