Hi Be Embodied!
Wednesday, I gave a presentation at work. I got laughs, I got engagement, and I got the interaction I wanted. At no point was my heart racing, or was I stuttering, or did I turn beat red...or is it beet red?? I was seen as an authority figure and expert on the material I was presenting. Afterwards, I got compliments from many, including the VP of my department.
Why am I telling you this? Well, I've honestly wanted to email you for a long time, but things come up and I forget. Every time I forgot though, something else comes up and I'm glad I didn't email you before because I always have something new to tell you. "Something new" includes joining a group of friends, assembling a new group of friends at work, building an emotional support net, being other people's emotional net, having a (relatively) successful relationship, going out on a multitude of dates, asking girls out in person...the list of accomplishments and achievements goes on and on. But through those events, I'm finding what's truly valuable - a sense of self-worth, confidence, strength, courage, realizing people like me for who I am, and that I never have to try to impress.
When I would go into our sessions, I now realize every time I said I was "good", it was far from the truth. I was definitely well beyond the miserable state I was in when we first met, but I never left your care at a point where I would now consider myself "good". And that is not a reflection of you. In fact, it's the opposite. I'm good now. No, I'm great! And that's all because of you. Make no mistake, I'm not necessarily in the best place. I'm unfortunately single, and I'm ready to move on from my job, but maybe for the first time in my life, I'm truly happy and I can always find happiness.
You instilled lessons and knowledge in me that I cannot put a value on. Every day, I grow and learn from you, even though I haven't seen you in a couple of years. What you taught me makes more sense now and means more to me now than it did when we had our sessions. In fact, I've guided a handful of people your way and have been able to pass your teaching along to others who suffer from some of the same anxiety issues I had.
Although this is well overdue, I wanted to thank you for all you've done and continue to do for me. Without you I don't know what state I'd be in. You have truly changed my life for the better and I cannot thank you enough.
I am a success story, and this story is yours. You took a broken person and made them find happiness that was absent in their life for almost 30 years. You changed my life. You deserve so much credit and praise for that.
I'm sitting here feeling like these words aren't enough. I can't explain how much you've done for me or how I much value I put on what you taught me. Please believe me, the gratitude and praise I want to give you is well beyond what I can express through words.
Again, thank you so much for everything you've done for me. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about the lessons you taught me. I am so lucky that I had the opportunity to learn from you.
Even before I started working with Be Embodied, I would go to hot yoga classes and work through the movements and stretches, and while I was not yet self-aware enough to notice the specific effects yoga had on me, I did notice that I felt happy after the class. When I started to learn about yoga, meditation and mindfulness, especially as a person who has struggled with anxiety, it seems overwhelming. I thought, “How could I ever train my mind to think like this?,” because I was so used to NOT being in the moment, but rather being anxious about the upcoming hours, days, etc. However, I pushed myself to remember mindfulness mantras during difficult times. I started to focus on my breath, take note of where I was sitting or standing, what my body was touching...All things that helped to bring me back to the present moment and made the things I was anxious about seem more so like manageable activities and less so like looming tasks. I felt like I could handle it, and that feeling was (and still is) so important to me. Today, although my anxiety is not nearly as extreme as it was several years ago, I still practice mindfulness and do relaxation meditations to get the most out of my days and to cope with the worrying thoughts that still pop up. Mindfulness and meditation can help clear my mind and refresh me at any time of day, not just before bed. Through these practices I continue to learn new things about myself and have become more appreciative of small, seemingly minute things. I have also learned that it is both normal and okay to struggle with being mindful or doing a meditation, but I can truly say that learning how to inwardly focus my attention and simply sit with myself for a few moments has been one of the most helpful things I did for my mental health.
Mindfulness is all over the media and has become an extremely popular buzzword for both yogis and the general population. I started practicing mindfulness a few years ago as a cognitive behavioral therapy method and I had no idea that I would be making a complete lifestyle change. Mindfulness isn’t just a method for therapy -it’s truly a way of life. It offers a very liberating perspective to carry with you every day. Mindfulness meditation involves paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, nonjudgmentally. This seems simple, but training my mind in this way has allowed me to begin to see things how they really are, and perceive the exquisite vividness of each moment. Developing this clarity has allowed me to gain access to my own inner resources for insight, self-development, spiritual transformation and healing. I discovered so much about myself and made realizations that otherwise would not have been possible. I was able to take back the power of my thoughts, emotions, and behavior. I became happier, my relationships became stronger, and my quality of life changed in a way I never knew was possible. Practicing yoga strengthened my mind-body connection, made me physically stronger and aligned. I was transformed from a very anxious, self-sabotaging, suffering graduate student to a more liberated, balanced, and authentic self. Most importantly, I found a home within myself. It takes a special person to teach mindfulness techniques- someone that truly embodies the practice. Be Embodied truly exemplifies what it means to be a mindfulness practitioner. Their passion and commitment to their clients in both yoga and mindfulness coaching has changed many lives and will continue to make Western New York a better place.
Mindfulness completely changed my life. I used to be a very type-A personality. I was always living in the past (causing depression) or the future (causing anxiety). Mindfulness allowed me, for the first time since childhood, to really stop and just look around me. To notice what I'm feeling, what I'm sensing in my surroundings. It introduced me to the now, a time in which everything seems more manageable. Yoga also allowed me to get in touch with myself, in the now. With Be Embodied's help, I learned how to calm my body, calm my breathing, and therefore, calm my mind. It's helped me through stressful situations at work and in my personal life. I can truly say I live a fuller life now that Be Embodied has taught me about mindfulness and yoga.