I have watched myself and others do amazing things to avoid the unknown. Stay in our rooms, in tiny boxes, in bad relationships, in horrible cities, in ways of behaving that are comfortable because they are familiar.
Behind a door of what is unknown lies the world of possibility.
Intellectually we may all know this, but the action of stepping off the platform of what you already know creates internal discomfort that many of us create amazing circumstances around in order to avoid.
While in the 300 hour (that just finished a few days ago) and chanting the maha mritjunjaya mantra, the line that struck me was the one that says: Free me like the cucumber, which, when ripe, is liberated from the vine. I’ve chanted this mantra for over 10 years, but I wondered anew about where am I ripe, but clinging to the known? It feels like there have been so many unknowns in my life. Moving from LA to Bali in 2010, leaving Bali for no fixed base for over seven years, forging a school based on faith and desire… and as I take this month to fill myself up in order to tour for the eighth continuous year, I am putting in front of myself another unknown.
I plan in 2020 to take most of the year away from touring so that I can fill myself up: study, contemplate, reform, integrate, absorb, write… I don’t know yet what that will look like, but I know that the constant scheduling of a program of happenings that has me jumping all over the world has reached a point where even that has become ripe.
I am excited to look at a list of events for 2019. Ever since my friend and fellow yogi, Clemens Frede, offered to organize a European tour for me in 2012, I have followed invitations around the globe, non –stop.
And while we have just rounded the calendar into the very beginning of 2019, I am writing you this, dear friend, in the hopes that you will find me this year in one of the many events I am joyfully offering around the globe. Including some new locations for me: Zurich, Barcelona, and Karlsruhe!
I want to spotlight also two retreats:
Co-teaching with my Sadhana brother and phenomenal co-teacher Marc Holzman is something we commit to because we know that our teaching complements and enhances one another. Plus we laugh a lot together.
In Greece we will come together for our fourth annual HARMONIZE retreat in our beloved Paros, Greece, at Okreblue, June 30-July 7, 2019.
An offering I have been looking forward to and waiting to manifest for years: Marc and I co-teaching at one of my favorite retreat centers in India, the unparalleled Samata Goa. This retreat will be 10 days of Ayurvedic food, yoga, and a journey into the landscape of the continuum of the Universal Body that takes the form of us.
Our UNIVERSAL BODY retreat in Goa, India, January 21-30.2020.
I will plan to offer 200 and 300-hour trainings in 2020, and a few retreats, but I say this to you here to keep me accountable for my own plan, and also to hopefully inspire you to come, and not wait until “the next time”.
I look forward to meeting you again somewhere soon.