I know it’s been awhile since I’ve connected with you in this way. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to see and practice with some of you regularly in my online classes. Many of you though I’ve lost touch with during this strange and isolating time. For those who aren’t aware, the studio continues to be closed to in-person classes. It’s a situation that has been difficult to navigate, but at the same time, I’m feel it’s the right thing to do given the size of our space and the guidelines that are still recommended for safety.
I have to admit, I was not initially a fan of the online format. I resisted it, like I’m sure many of you did (and maybe still do). However, I have found that by breaking through that resistance and embracing a new way of teaching and connecting, I’ve been able to experience it as the lifeline that it is and can be at this time.
I understand the lack of desire to practice in this new way. I understand the need and preference for human, face-to-face interaction. I understand the frustration that things are not yet “back to normal”. I also understand the toll it’s taken mentally and emotionally to not have access to the people and activities that are enjoyable and necessary for my well-being. I’ve found though that even if I’m seeing your faces on a laptop screen, it doesn’t diminish the fact that we’ve chosen to be there together in that moment. The truth is, spiritual work is hard no matter what. In many ways, it’s easier than ever right now to show up and do the work (from the comfort of your own home!). But you have to want to do it. There has to be, underneath all of the inconveniences and heaviness of this time, a strong desire to become more compassionate, open and connected.
Ecce is going to continue to offer classes online, when and how it can, throughout the rest of the summer season and into the fall season. It’s my hope that you will join me (along with our other beautiful teachers) and continue on this path of greater awareness, healing and community.
Take good care and hope to see you soon!