Harbor view from my hotel room in van city!
Writing in university was much more mysterious than I had remembered it to be in high school. I discovered that I never truly knew what I was going to say, and still don’t, until I start writing it down. I feel more like an archeologist sweeping away the debris at a promising site, and hoping for a skeleton. Over the years I’ve failed to keep up my writing. A year ago I thought about starting a blog to dust off this old skill set. But I couldn’t figure out what to write about. I couldn’t figure how to write for an audience who weren’t professors. I couldn’t find something that felt ‘right.’ That all changed, however, during a recent trip I took to Vancouver.
I was one of a lucky few to be selected to travel to Vancouver to partake in a conference that examined the connection between leadership and vulnerability. When I got the itinerary I was beyond excited to see big names from the yoga world come up like Eoin Finn, and Baron Baptist! I was even more excited to see that we had the opportunity to meditate with Eoin every morning. It would be at 6am mind you, but I was determined to attend every one.
What I would soon learn to be in true Eoin Finn style our ‘warm up’ to meditation was a reasonably strong vinyasa flow class. I had foolishly assumed I would be motionless until at least 7:30 that morning! After our ‘warm up’ we meditated while the sun rose over the mountains in the distance. We ended our session in a ‘puppy pile,’ piling up and around each other for a savasana not soon to be forgotten. At this point in my yogic journey my meditation practice was quite simple. I sat still, and I breathed. I let thoughts come and go. No enlightenment, no great insights, nothing…
Day two of meditation came, and I was ready for anything this time. Straight up no expectations. After our ‘warm up’ Eoin walked us through our mediation for manifesting. I started meditating as I always have; sitting still and breathing, letting thoughts pass by. This time, however, a thought came into my head so strong and clear that it couldn't be ignored. It was the entire concept for this blog. I truly mean the entire concept. The name, and the pictures of everyone in trees pose. It was all there!
When we finished our second puppy pile of the conference it was instantly clear to me that I would follow through with this idea, and that Eoin’s teachings would be the first I write on. I approached Eoin and told him about this blog that I have called ‘forest for the trees,’ and that I take pictures with inspirational teachers in partner tree pose. Eoin is still unaware that, at the time we took that picture, I had conceived the idea just seconds earlier! I thought it would be fun to send him a link to this story when the blog was up, and let him find it out this way! Hi Eoin!
I’ll cover some of what I learned from Eoin’s classes in my next post!
Forest for the trees yoga is about sharing wisdom. It’s about acknowledging inspirational people in our lives. People who have had a significant impact on the way we think and act. We all know someone like this, but do they know the impact they had on you? Have you every told them? It’s never too late to start!
My name is Garret and I’m a yoga instructor living in Ottawa. Through yoga I’ve learned to not only listen for lessons in my daily life, but to actively seek them. I can think of no better way to learn than to regard everyone I meet as my teacher. Everyone has something important to say, and to learn. I’ve been very blessed to have the teachers in my life that I do. I want to share these teachers, their lessons, and give them a little shout out, because they have had such a positive impact on my life.
If the sum is truly is greater than its parts, then a forest is greater than the trees that compose it. But a forest isn’t greater in the sense that individual trees are inferior. It is that a forest, as a whole, is sustainable and more in harmony with itself than any single tree. The same can be said for human understanding and self-exploration. Every one of us represents an important contribution that can support the health of other members in our community. The overall health and longevity of our human forest is dependent on the individual. It is dependent on us.
This is a space where everyone is encouraged to contribute. Feel free share what you have learned from an amazing person in your life. Also, just to drive the metaphor home, take a picture of yourself doing partner tree pose with the person you’re writing about! Or just add a picture of one of you doing tree pose. If you’re newer to yoga and aren’t sure how to do tree pose / partner tree pose check out the picture of Eion Finn and I at the top of this post!
Thanks so much for checking this out!