How Yoga Unlocked My Creativity... And Why My Intended Blog Post is Late
It’s a new week, and yet again I am faced with a problem that’s becoming all too familiar: the post I really wanted to share didn’t come together in time, as planned. I’m probably not supposed to tell you that. I’m probably supposed to write a quick post that makes no mention of the real struggle that happens to a writer behind closed doors, as I have done many times in the past.
But to be honest, I’m no longer interested in what I am “supposed” to be doing. I’m interested in the truth--the real, raw truth of what goes on inside a person. It’s what I like to read about and find most interesting in others, and it’s the way I want to express myself moving forward.
The truth is that I am in the middle of a big shift in my life--a creative resurgence of sorts. It is both thrilling and uncomfortable. It has been incredibly fulfilling while at the same time causing upheaval in what was a nicely organized life. It means I feel quite differently about my writing now. It’s taken on new value to me; I’ve learned to revere it because for the first time, I understand what a gift creative expression is.
Interestingly, I have my yoga practice to thank for this revelation. Yoga is supposed to be about self-discovery, right? Well, what I learned about myself through yogic inquiry is that without a creative outlet, I’m only half the person I’m meant to be. For a couple years I’d shut off my creative side to focus solely on yoga, only to become plagued with anxiety and sleep problems. Now that I am honoring my creativity, that angst has magically disappeared. Very few things in life have such a clear solution and it was powerful to have made this connection.
But it’s not always easy. Just like a dedicated yoga practice, commitment to creative pursuits requires humility and hard work. I struggle to learn new ways of writing just like I struggle with the mechanics of a new asana. But the lessons yoga has taught me about discipline and setting aside my ego have proved to be exactly what I needed to grow as a writer and a creative person.
I am so thankful I have a supportive outlet where I can share my writing and my thoughts on yoga through Finding Isvara. Thank you for reading my thoughts, and for taking this journey with me.
I hope that yoga helps you, too, to understand what makes you tick and provides you the foundation needed to bring all your self-expressions to life. It’s not always perfect and joyful, but it is incredibly fulfilling to live out your passions. Yoga should never stifle any part of who you are, but help you to express ALL your truths to the fullest.
Much Love n’ Namaste,