This evening something wonderful happened during yoga class. Toward the end of the class, just before shavasana, the woman next to me began to cry. And I thought of my friend K, who’s told me she sometimes cries during yoga. And I thought, Sad that this woman is crying, but beautiful that this yoga class offers both a means to come-to in our emotional experience as well as a safe space to process our emotions.
Then as we lay there in shavasana, I felt very much ‘on my mat’—at ease with everything—in the midst of the stress of finals. And I felt the joy of a successful personal journey I’ve taken this semester creep in—slowly, but so strong was this feeling that it actually stretched my lips to a big, confident grin, and then slowly released.
After the class, the woman next to me and the two next to her were all crying and embracing, still on their mats. They seemed to be grieving something. Three girls sat a few feet back, seeming to want to comfort them but knowing no more than I about what was going on. As I was leaving, the yoga instructor and another instructor who had taken the class were working out how to let these grieving women have the space and time they needed in the studio which they would normally just lock up.
To me, this is such a beautiful picture of what the world needs more of: space to process our emotions, time to grieve or to rejoice or to just sit with any strong feeling, and the moral support and physical affirmation from other humans with warm hearts and warm bodies to just *be* together and there for each other. Regardless of how well we actually know one another, making _space for_ one another—and especially for the ‘other’—is one of the most humanizing, affirming, and love-filled acts we can offer.
It takes a conscious and conscientious effort to do this, and often the best way for each of us to start is to make space for ourselves, to get into tune with our own humanity: joys and pains, strengths and flaws, clarity and confusion, and for everything in between.
We all could use more of this kind of space. What space can you create for yourself? And what space can you create for others?
Now that classes and final crits are through, it’s ALL THESIS, all the time, til Friday. / on Instagram http://ift.tt/1aQpNwu
Draft thesis midpoint poster. Need to replace dummy content, add design direction, and add more hierarchy. / on Instagram http://ift.tt/19uHvG2
So this is kinda what it feels like to be an animator. (This may be cheating.) / on Instagram http://ift.tt/1kr5pHC