I have been occupied lately, working on a special project. My usual writing times have been devoted to other tasks, so my plan was to re-share a post from a few years ago.
Then this happened!
Last night I took a painting class with my dear friend Elmari. The theme was about releasing our false self and letting our true essence shine. Dare I say, "UN-Tucking the Fringe". The class started with a meditation and journaling exercise centered around seeing our "I am". Simply, "I am". No words needed to follow. Just "I am".
There was quiet beauty in blessing my canvas and putting all parts of me in the movement of every brush stroke. I had no idea what it would look like and at times I could feel the anxiety of perfection coming to the surface. I released those too. With every thought, "I am". And in the end I started to paint her fringe. Little brush strokes that represent parts of me that I have hidden for fear of being rejected. Now showing it all because, I am ~ simply ~ I am.
Today, April 19th, is special to me as it marks the five year anniversary of teaching my very first public class and likely the first time I instructed my students to Tuck the Fringe when they rolled up their yoga blanket. My UN-Tucking began several years prior to that day and the metaphor for Tuck the Fringe, came in an ah ha moment a few years later, but today marks the day when I was thrust into "I am". It was the day when the purpose God gave me was realized as REAL. And nothing else needs to be said ~ I am ~ this is ME.