Blue Belt, a week of somatic education, unlike any other! Who ever said that sitting up a desk with your feet flat on the ground with proper posture was the best way to learn? That’s what I was “trying” to do when I was at school “trying” to learn. Well, according to me, after experiencing the most profound life education whilst sprawled out on the floor half asleep, that theory is officially disproven! I’m pretty sure that my mind was on slow speed the whole week, yet I received the information through a relaxed body and joyful spirit. Relaxed, playful, stress-free, and harmonious…. now that is my ideal learning environment.
I have always learned a lot through Nia trainings as the education model is somatic based. However, looking back, the achiever in me was still “trying” to learn and remember. I don’t think I will be doing that again, I’d rather reserve that life energy for something a bit more fun! Relaxing and trusting that what comes in just comes in is my new approach to learning anything. Even learning new teacher routines and music now feels more easy, because I stopped “trying” so “hard!”
Arggghhh! That word “try!” I wish I would have gotten rid of that a long time ago. “Relax” and “Do” are now replacing “try” in my life, and with an excellent success rate I must say!
I have endless gratitude for the life changing lessons that I received at my Blue Belt from my totally awesome teacher, Winalee Zeeb, and our entire Blue Pod. “Nia makes the obvious, known,” is what Winalee shared with us over and over again. So, Nia is pretty much just common sense! However, adapting common sense into everyday life is a whole other thing. And this is why the Nia trainers are so golden! They show us how it is done! They hold a JOYful space for us to play and explore so we can grow to “know” the obvious. And the tools that we’re given are simple, practical, and rocking awesome! Nowadays, I have a tool in my back pocket for just about any situation!
My focus for this year was to rest more. I realized how much effort that I put into expanding and growing last year, which was perfect, but unsustainable clearly. So, I went into the Blue Belt with the intention to relax into my greatness. When I say, “my greatness” I mean my truth, my authentic self in each moment. No self expectation, no judgement. Just true! Feels good to be on this stretch of life’s journey. Thanks Blue Belt, thanks Nia, and thank you my sweet hubby for sending and supporting me!