Alexandra Franzen sends me a newsletter every week or so, and in it, she offers some good advice about how to write. Last week, she mentioned a book she read called, Die empty. In this book, the author, Todd Henry, urges, “Don’t die with your best work inside you.” Now, I didn’t read the book but just this mention has stayed with me all week and each time I think of it, I’m moved. If I have something inside of me that I know I need to do, share, or create, I could live my life to get it out there into the world, so that when I die, I die empty. Wow.
This seems like a beautiful way of describing the yogic idea of dharma. We all are here, born in this particular time, in these particular bodies of ours and in our very special circumstance so that we can have some experiences. And through these experiences, we may come to know ourselves and the important job we are here to do. If we are lucky enough to be aware of it…to have a sense of what it is we are here to do, there will be a deep satisfaction in fulfilling that role and doing that work, whatever it is. When I read Ms. Franzen’s email I immediately thought of painting and how much I love it and how important my heart thinks it is even though my mind can’t make much sense of this. As the week progressed, I also thought of my work and role a mama to my girls and of this lovely, challenging and surprising relationship with my husband. And I can’t help but think of what feels like an indescribable and often irrational sense of purpose and calling to learn, practice and teach yoga. It’s possible that I could live my life so that when I leave this body my best work will be out there, in the world andI’m wonderfully inspired to do just that.
Amanda teaches breath centered yoga in the tradition of Mr. TKV Desikachar. If you’d like to know how this very special practice can help you to uncover your purpose, Amanda would love to hear from you. Send a note to amandagreenyoga at gmail dot com.