Sometimes we all just need a good bear hug, and mine came to me in the form of a card from little 18 month old grand baby, Aurelia - of course with the help of my loving daughter, Jenn in London.
So much has happened in one week - Again:) Some amazing presenters and incredibly beautiful weather have been the backdrop of the week. Each day has been sunny, with light winds and mild temps. Those who frequent the beach have been enjoying each day and loving the calmness of the waters.
We had one silent meditation walk along the beach which was lovely. I also taught twice on the beach platform, and relished the opportunities to teach. I taught a third class on another platform this week, and it was such a good group that really generated nice energy.
Teaching yoga for me, is only surpassed by practicing yoga. Yogis say that the best teachers are the best practitioners. Practicing and teaching well, go hand in hand. I practice every day, and each day is different - a different me that shows up to the practice. Working with each different version of me that shows up is a definite challenge. I love practicing and teaching yoga!
You may be wondering why I felt I needed a bear hug.
While I don't think we need a reason to want a hug or comfort, today as I write this blog, I am ending a week of HR/personnel issues that are so reminiscent of the past. Whether in an office setting in corporate America, a government office in Midwest Illinois or an ashram office in one of the most beautiful places imaginable, Paradise Island - Bahamas, people are still people. The pettiness that exists outside of the ashram also exists inside the ashram.
Two professionals on the team in different countries, thousands of miles from each other, can still manage to become so agitated that one of them leaves a conference call before the meeting's end. Both strong team members and strong women, with different approaches and less tolerance than is needed to get along with each other for long periods of time.
It has been a few months since the last major upset with these two, and so this week was a tipping point and personalities clashed.
Then there are the team members who argue over whether to have the windows open or the a/c on. They fume over someone bringing in an article of clothing and leaving it hanging on the chair that they are going to sit on, as they share space on different time schedules. They argue about equipment.
They complain about smells in the office, while they themselves continue to bring food into the office and eat while they work. They argue over who gets to use the large screen computer monitor and when. Some leave crumbs and food droppings to others' dismay. One prefers to only work with females, and yet there is a male sharing office space.
These petty complaints are then each brought to me, with one telling on the other person, and each of them having their own version of the situation. It's comical in many ways and a bit disheartening in others.
I notice that I do not react as strongly as I used to. I also can easily see the many different sides of the situation and actually empathize with them all. Yet, this takes an emotional toll on me. I am taking in all this emotional drama and their venting, while trying to mitigate as best I can.
The result this week was that I just plain felt like I needed a hug - and then I got one😊
Thank you little Aurelia. Grammy loves you.❤️
Sending You Love from the Bahamas.
Thank you for taking this journey with me!
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