Here’s To The Sisterhood
Sorry guys, I love you dearly, and hate to exclude you, but this one is all about women!
I found myself this week, in gorgeous Granada, running a retreat which was entirely female, and I was secretly a bit pleased. Why? Because I have seen the most incredible transformations take place when us women get together and decide to support each other. This always happens on a yoga retreat, it’s just the way it is.
What I have observed over the years, is that no matter how diverse the group, in terms of age, background, experience, profession, or lifestyle, when we get to know each other, when we realise we all have similar struggles, the barriers come down, and that’s when the magic starts.
It would be so easy to get caught up in the trap of competing with each other, whether it is comparing our bodies, our ability to get into a pose, or even how successful we are back home. We do seem to live in a society which wants to pit us against each other, but we must not get sucked into this way of being. It’s toxic, and it’s bad for our health, as well as our interpersonal relationships.
For me, much of this starts with compassion. I try to get students to focus on just what is going on for them, and to watch what they are saying to themselves as they practise. We must first and foremost be kind to ourselves. When we accept ourselves more, we are more likely to accept, and be happy for, each other.
I thoroughly believe in, as I have observed it first-hand, the therapeutic value of women helping each other. We are natural empaths, we have so much inner strength, and collectively, we are powerful beyond measure. We just need to make sure we choose to use it wisely.
I saw this post the other day, and I felt it captured the very essence of this sisterhood:
“Other women are not my competition. I stand with them, not against them”. To whoever said that, you go girl, I’m right there with you sister!
In adopting this attitude, we also find unexpected benefits for ourselves. We rise by lifting others. It feels good to make others happy, to support, to know you have made a difference. I get that feeling too, and to watch a group of women go through a journey of self-healing together makes me go all warm and fuzzy inside.
Our workshops turn into group therapy sessions as we share our stories, and this is immensely powerful as a healing mechanism. To feel you are listened to, valued, supported, and encouraged, is like a tonic for the soul. The world needs more of this if you ask me.
So, here’s to the strong women supporting each other, building each other up, not knocking each other down. Here’s to the “sisterhood”.