>I remember teaching one of my first classes many years ago. It was a beginner yoga class that I taught in the Philippines back in the late 90′s. At the time, I was fresh out of college and working as a manager in the group of companies my father had built from the ground up. Though my education and training was in management and business, my parents allowed me to teach classes after work hours.
As I coached the yoga class into the positions and taught breathing patterns, along with moving themselves to the flow of the healing music I selected for that class, I found myself suddenly “in-the-flow” of what I was doing. Even if I had prepared something different for that evening, I gave in to the energy that began stirring in me. As the class ended with everyone in savasana or corpse pose, I found myself putting together a spontaneous visualization script that to this day, I consider as the exact moment when I knew that teaching was going to be part of my life.
It was like being an appliance or electronic device that suddenly got connected to an electric socket. I was simply becoming a vehicle or vessel through which a higher energy was coursing its message. And through the years, amidst my greater involvement and success in personal training and facility management, I have been given the privilege of experiencing this sense of connection.
Though it has taken it’s form primarily in a teaching or 1-on-1 training or stretching environment (all are forms of passing on energy, and in some degree, healing), I’ve also found myself in a similar state of “connectedness” when mentoring others, and in fact, in presenting at conferences or even smaller-scale speaking before a team of peers.
The feeling is not easy to describe, but there is a definite sense of gut and intuition that kicks in which then allows for the words and overall message to come through.
When speaking before my peers in a presentation capacity, it’s what drives the message home and gives a unique character and spirit to the presentation.
When mentoring others, it’s what makes the take-home message/advice effective and resounding.
When training, it’s what brings about unique solutions or gut instincts on how I can best meet the needs of my client, if something isn’t working. It’s also what inspires workout programs when I’m sitting before my laptop creating them for each person.
When teaching class, it’s what drives the creation of effective and innovative programs and exercises that give the class a unique flavor. It’s also what inspires movement, I’m sure in a way that isn’t unlike the inspiration experienced by choreographers and dancers.
These are all descriptions of what it’s like; to feel connected, to be “in-the-flow” of what I do and what I feel I was put on this earth for. It’s a great feeling — addictive because it reminds me constantly of being on-track with what I was designed to do.
Interestingly, no amount of money seems to be tempting enough to match the gratification that comes from this feeling. Even more interestingly, money and happiness appear to flow generously the more I tap into this connectedness.
This is what it’s like to be me when I’m at my best. What’s it like, for you?