Are you one of the lucky few – one of those who can say they have truly ‘found their passion’? Or better yet – is your passion also your profession? Maybe even, your passion is also your purpose?
There are lots of words here that can be muddled and are often interchanged. In my experience, passion doesn’t have to be one single thing or any single purpose. In fact, that might even be a little boring! I have a passion for people and find purpose in being a good friend and co-worker. I have a passion for teaching and have turned that into a purposeful practice through my yoga studio.
Coming to this awareness, however, and realizing them was not immediate. For me, awakening my passions and finding my purposes was a path that started when, after many years of a successful career in marketing and sales, I was stopped in my tracks by a health scare. Shortly thereafter, I experienced the death of a parent and a mentor, a sister. For me, it took a jolt like this to take stock of where, how and why I was spending my time, talent and resources. Every one of us will have similar “jolts” in our lives, it is inevitable, but how we react and how we adapt is often the source of inspiration.
In speaking with friends, clients and young professionals now, I offer three tips to help them cultivate their passions: Be Bold, Be Observant, and Be Here Now.
We also talk about the signposts that life throws up along our paths, signals that we are off-balance and perhaps in need of a new path. For me, a health scare and grief coupled with trying to balance life as a working mom, I realized that I was running on complete empty – both literally and figuratively – this was my sign. I needed to focus on what I wanted, and that changed my direction dramatically.
So, be bold, observant and fully in the here and now. Reflect on your values and purposes, and your passions will awaken.
This post first appeared in our column, Off the Mat – Belmont Citizen Herald.
Artemis Yoga is committed to enable individuals with disabilities to participate as fully as possible in classes at our yoga studio. On the first level there is a wheelchair accessible entrance, yoga class studio and bathroom.
All classes on the first floor are wheelchair accessible in our flagship, primary studio. The lower level studio is reached by two stairways. In the event that a class in the lower level is not accessible to a participant, the studio owner or manager on-premise will adjust that class location to the first floor, grade level studio. With reasonable notice, this change will readily be made as an accommodation.
The request can be made in person, via email or telephone and advance notice of the request to the studio is appreciated. Artemis Yoga will make an earnest effort and attempt to provide reasonable accommodation pending timely notice by participants needing such accommodations.
Artemis Yoga will also work with the individual to ensure that participation in class is achievable. This may include providing additional props, chairs or hands-on assistance that the teacher is able to deliver while continuing to teach the class to all participants.
If you have any questions regarding this policy, please reach out directly to the studio owner, Liz Padula.
Artemis Yoga offers “live” online yoga classes through Zoom. To join, find an inviting space to practice and follow the steps below:
Step 1: Use your MINDBODY account with Artemis Yoga to register for the class.
Step 2: Log into https://zoom.us/join and enter the Class-Specific Meeting ID then click “Join”.
Step 3: Once you click on the Meeting ID, register with your name and email in Zoom. Please use your real name so we can match with Mindbody. You will then be entered in the “Waiting Room.”
Step 4: When let in from the waiting room, click “Join with Computer Audio.”
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