October Reflection (2016)

“Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.” ― Margaret J. Wheatley

Each month, I set aside a chunk of time to reflect on the previous month: memorable moments, lessons I learned, how I spent my time, how I’m different, who/what I’m grateful for, improvements for next month, and goals to work toward. I want to be more intentional in my personal development this year, and posting each month serves as a way to help keep me accountable.


  • When you say you want to do something, do it. Don’t let your words just be words — they don’t really mean much until you turn them into actions. Sometimes it takes a while to make things happen, and that’s okay. I’ve wanted to hike the Green Ribbon Trail for probably about 2 years, and I finally conquered it this month. But I did it, and that’s what counts.
  • Especially with all of the recent events surrounding the election, consent when it comes to physical touch is such an important issue. Just because you are in a yoga class doesn’t mean consent should be tossed out the window. Your yoga practice is your own. Teachers like myself are just there to offer guidance and give you the space you need. You should get to make the choices that are right for your body, and as a teacher I need to respect that.
  • It can be hard to let go of physical “things” sometimes — I for one used to hold onto things for purely sentimental reasons (and I still do at times). But moving out is the perfect time to purge. So I took advantage of my recent move and cleaned out some of my belongings that I’ve been holding onto for too long!

What big lessons have you learned over the past month? Share in the comments below!


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