"When I met Andrea, I was seeking a container in which to explore integrating an embodied understanding of my chakras into my daily life. I wanted to use this knowledge to transform my relationship to myself and provide concrete pathways towards self evolution.
I thought it would be exciting and fruitful to learn about this with a small group of women who also shared the same interests.
At the time I was beginning to come to terms with gaining a LOT of weight and how much of that was influenced by trying to escape my body, my feelings, and any intimacy I could not control. I think I felt that working on the chakras in an embodied way would offer me a pathway back to my body, my feelings and intimacy.
I came across Andrea on Instagram. Reading your posts really touched me again and again and I began to seek them out as the combination of wisdom and kindness that you shared was so comforting and also inspiring. The things you wrote resonated with me again and again and I looked forward to reading more and thinking about your expansive yet very grounding perspective.
I was feeling somewhat lost on my path, especially as it related to my sadhana (personal practice) which I saw as a litmus test of my dedication and personal progress. I think that my practice had become the backbone of my stability during the health crisis with my father and was both incredibly important and edifying to me and also a way of identifying myself to myself in what felt like the wreckage of my life. As I wavered and felt baffled and betrayed by my own resolve, you offered that my personal practice was there to serve me and it could change and evolve based on my needs at any given time. This was a lightening bolt of meaningful information to me. It changed my relationship to my practice and I have been building on it again pretty much ever since. That somehow spoke to an underlying hope/belief that I could be a co-creator on my path and additionally that Bhakti also meant self love and that, yes, these practices were also there to serve me.
You also made me realize the importance of actually having a teacher and a relationship with your teacher, the difference that could/did make. The intimate way you dealt with everyone’s personal situations and then also brought the classes back to practices that all could benefit from.
Your guidance and sharing of your experiences in similar situations somehow made the practice more alive.
I learned many things through you and also through sharing and witnessing the others in the class. It was encouraging to be with a group of women who were also actively exploring these topics and and searching for meaning. This also lessened my feelings of isolation and discomfort with how important this process had become for me.
You said a number of things to me that made me feel safe, and thus able to really feel whatever was standing in my way at the time, and thus transform that energy and move forward.
Safety sounds like a benign word but I do not mean it in such a way. You created space for my fears to be felt and effectively honored; you provided contexts that made them feel less petty or small; your compassion gave me permission to believe in moving forward, to believe in my self.
The self compassion idea you basically introduced me to is huge for me in terms of a spiritual practice. It’s been challenging to uncover all of the emotions and belief systems that I hold, and I’m far from done but I also think it’s showing me so much about myself and also hints at bigger experiences of love and unity with others.
These threads further commit me to my path even if that commitment waivers; it’s just another reason there is no real turning back!
On a scale question: 10!!!
Kind, wise, supportive, intuitive, visionary, creatively loving.” - RM.
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