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​Love over fear {Things I've learned from Rachel Brathen}

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I was first introduced to the idea of “love over fear” a few years ago by Rachel Brathen (@yoga_girl on Instagram); likely in one of her many posts on this topic. I didn’t really get it, but it felt big. I thought about it and said it over and over to myself daily, and tried to get the idea to sink into my head. “Move the way love wants you to move,” but what does that mean? For me it started with moving away from fear. I realized fear was the driving force in my life, which is the opposite of love. So even if I didn’t know exactly what it meant to move the way love wanted me to, I could at least stop moving out of fear. I was going to work out of fear of not having enough, not because I loved what I was doing. I was staying in a relationship that wasn’t working out of fear of being alone. When I ended that relationship and job, it didn’t feel like I was moving out of love. It felt like fear. Because I was afraid. Now what? Where was I going to go? Where was I going to live?

             "Fear is so overwhelming – like a dark cloud covering your life – that you say things which you   don’t want to say, but fear makes you say them. You do things which you do not want to do, but fear makes you do them.” (Osho).

I started to make my way back to Austin, because this is the first city that ever felt like home to me. At first it wasn’t easy. I lived with friends, sleeping on futons and barely being able to pay for food, let alone a rent or my student loans. I took every single opportunity life threw at me to get me closer to what felt right. I wanted to teach more yoga, teach and do more paddle board yoga, and find this love thing that was supposed to be moving me. I took a job renting paddleboards at dock making barely minimum wage. I worked in a paddle board store selling them for about the same. I took every teaching gig I could find; even at 6am and and for less than desirable pay.

And even though I could barely pay my bills, I started to realize I was happy. It felt like I was moving towards love; heading towards where I was always supposed to be going. Closing each yoga class I taught with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude and knowing I was in the right place.

My take home point is this: keep moving the way love wants you to move, even if you don’t know what that means. If you want to live a life of love and feeling like you are exactly where you are supposed to be, but you don’t know how to get there, keep going. Everything life throws at you is a lesson. What can you learn from this, and how can you grow? And can you keep moving the way love wants you to move? Once you start, you’ll feel it. And it will keep getting stronger and stronger. And if you start to lose your way, all you have to do is slow down and listen to what your heart and the universe is telling you. The messages are always there; sometimes we are just too busy to hear them. Slow down. And let love guide the way.

Blessings, yogis and friends! - Krystin Scott

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