A Journal Entry - July 25, 2017
(written during my summer yoga teacher training. -Stacey Wawrzyniec)
Today I thought about what I would tell people about my time in Pavones when I returned home.
I know it's not possible to articulate the details enough for them to fully understand and appreciate the experience the way that I do but here are my
thoughts on what I've learned:
-That life in a tiny town on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica could be so simple and so rich at the same time.
- That without the distractions of everyday obligations, responsibilities and expectations, the inner layers of your heart that you've fearfully kept closed,
can blossom open revealing deep insight to thoughts and feelings your conscious mind didn't know you had.
- That by sitting with these thoughts and feelings you could begin to know and love yourself in a way that makes all of it, even the messy parts, okay.
- That healing can only happen when we accept the impermanence of life. Being able to let go and accept what is releases our suffering and creates space
in our hearts for better things.
- That there is so much to learn from nature. Every part of it plays an important role and if we only realized how interconnected we are to it without
trying to control it we would experience a deep sense of harmony and belonging that we all search for in life.
- Lastly I learned that yoga isn't about the perfection of poses. It's a way of living that promotes having the courage and compassion to stay present
in our minds and bodies, on and off the mat. It's about listening to ourselves long enough to make conscious choices about how we live our lives and
respond to life's challenges with grace in our actions and peace in our hearts. It's understanding that when we stay true to our intentions, our lives
will always be filled with fulfillment, purpose, authenticity and joy regardless of the paths we take to get there.
Stacey Wawrzyniec, Director
Buffalo Dance Center