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!