…and the lessons I learned along the way.
Yoga is a way of life for me. It is how I live day to day. It is how I treat, or don’t treat, people. It is my passion, my hobby, and my dream. I became a yoga instructor less than a month ago and just a few weeks ago I started my own business as an Independent Consultant for Bellaroma. Since yoga is a way of life for me I incorporate yogic teachings into how I started and run my business. Starting with the first limb of the 8 limbs of yoga we have the Yamas: Ahimsa being the first and meaning nonviolence. While you cannot imagine selling a product as being violent, but this doesn’t just mean physical violence. You could also see it as not doing harm. So, I do not want to do any harm to anyone in the process of starting and running my business. Next is Satya or truthfulness. This one is very important to me. Lies are one of my biggest pet peeves. People lie all too much. Lies are self serving and damaging. I will never lie to someone to sell my product or further my business. Asteya is non stealing. In yoga we learned that this could mean stealing all sorts of things not just physical objects, but also stealing someones time. In my business, I will not steal. At this point I think that you get my idea here. I will not go through the entire 8 limbs. That would border stealing the time of my readers. I think I make my point by now.
Anyhow, while I can say that I feel good about myself and how I have started by business and I plan to run my business I don’t feel good about the sad lessons along the way. We also are taught, and some seemingly believe, in yoga that we are all one, we are a community or union of humans living together on this planet and should help and support one another. This is a strong belief of mine and those that know me well know that I do practice this with all of my heart, even in ways that not everyone sees. However, I have learned that those I thought believe this too in fact do not. Those that I thought I had built friendships with were not there to support me. I was and still am so excited to be out there spreading the yoga love and showing people what Bellaroma is all about. I set out and invited these people to yoga events and Bellaroma events, invited them to “like” and share my page, because certainly this I have done….and still do, for them. My point is, that support we all spoke about was and is not there. This is so disappointing to me. Clearly I can go one doing my thing without their support, but its just a sad revelation in my life to see this behavior in people. I could say that I feel better knowing that I am doing the right thing, but that doesn’t make me feel better. I feel bad for those that look up to these people because they too may feel disappointed later like I am now. In any case, another lesson learned….Always, always, always continue to support.
See, we never know when someone will need our support the most. I started Bellaroma for many reasons, one of which being one that is embarrassing, but since I am being real and raw here I will be honest with my readers who have taken the time to support me and read what I have to say. The truth is that I also needed money and in a bad way. I am not the kind of person that lives a lavish life, I never have. I don’t make a lot of money and never have…probably never will. My life and jobs are not chosen based on monetary gain. I have chosen jobs that serve others. EMS does not pay well, yoga instruction does not pay well, and being a teacher does not pay well, but these are all things that I want to do for my fellow humans on this earth. I believe that I have the ability to make a difference in that sense, so that is what I have chosen to pursue in my life. Since that is the choice that I have made then I have to face that times are going to be tough and I will have to do what I have to do to stay afloat….Bellaroma is one of those things. I am an extremely hard worker. As my mom says, I never do just one thing. I always have a full plate. Working, teaching, and Bellaroma are no different. I give it more than 100%, it is what makes me feel like I am doing what I was put here to do, it feel that it is my calling in life. But see my friends, when people do not take the time out of their own lives to consider the possibilities of why people do what they do, or understand where people come from, then they miss the opportunity to be a blessing to someone or to support. So, another lesson learned, never judge someone for what they choose to do…you never know where they come from or why they are doing it. This is another yoga teaching…non-judgement.
I don’t want to end this on a bad note, so I will say that I was blessed to find support in people that took a chance on me and didn’t even know me that well. I had met one lady through a business networking group and had only met her in person one time. She has been there the whole time being my number one supporter up there with my mom and my boyfriend. Second is a girl from my kickboxing class that I have never spent a moment with outside of our sweaty class. See, these people did not know me or Bellaroma, but took a chance on a fellow human being. This shows their true nature and who they really are. To them I am very grateful for their reminder to keep my faith in all people even when a few let you down.
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