When I tell people I am going home for Christmas, I feel a little confused. Isn't Reykjavik my home now or is Portland my home? I like to think I have many homes, Portland, Seattle, Reykjavik, AcroYoga, Samarya Center, unfold studios, etc. So what makes a place home?
For me the feeling of comfort, acceptance and familiarity are very important. And ultimately it is about knowing people and feeling supported by them. And sometimes knowing people isn't as important, but knowing people care for you because there is a feeling of connection, whether is because you have a similar hobby, spiritual life or mutual friends.
I fly into Seattle on my way to Portland. I am so excited to see my friends there and to see the Samarya Center, the place of all of my yoga training and my teacher, Molly Lannon Kenny. I had also planned to teach a workshop there. Recently I found out the Samarya Center would no longer be the Samarya Center. My initial reaction was one of loss and sadness. Very quickly I remembered what makes the Samarya Center feel like a comfortable place for me and its not a building or a location, but instead a feeling of acceptance, of heart centered and warm teachers, staff and students. The good news is that the Samarya Center has found a new location and you can help them make the move by donating to their relocating fund. http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-samarya-center-matters-please-support-our-transformation
Wherever I am, wherever The Samarya Center is, it doesn't matter. We have the challenge to feel at home with ourselves and help others feel at home with themselves. Whether we are in a relaxing yoga studio or a dingy bar, can we be accepting, supportive and comforting and create "home" anywhere?
Written by teachers at unfold studios and guest authors.