tapas: not just for happy hour.

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.” -Harold Whitman

Last month I received one of the best compliments ever in the history of Lisa-compliments. (It was second-hand, but repeated by a trusted source, so I’m going with it.) “Lauren said you don’t do anything until you know EVERYTHING about it. Like you’re an expert.”

Omygosh to be called an expert is just, for me, like the best thing. (Next to being a called an incredible dog mom and a trustworthy friend.) Because learning makes me come alive. I have an insatiable curiosity to know more, search harder, dig deeper and seek with greater clarity.  Specifically when it comes to yoga, teaching, meditating and spiritual development, I’m going to read every book and take every class and learn every thing so I can become an informed, graceful, inspiring and expert teacher.

I’m not interested in competing with others to “THE BEST,” but I want to be the BEST for me. Because my Soul is fulfilled and inspired when I’m teaching. That is my dharma.

In my previous post, I introduced the niyama of tapas: the personal commitment of developing curiosity, the spirit of exploration and zeal for life. Tapas is the fancy Yoga Sanskrit word for passion.

And without it, our sense of curiosity grows dull. We feel discontent.

Living with tapas has very little to do with success… because we tend to define success by other people’s standards anyway.

Living with tapas means asking the deep questions and then being brave enough to follow the answers.

What really inspires your curiosity? When do you feel most fulfilled? What makes your Soul come alive? 

Ask these questions… listen deeply, and then go do it. Because the world really needs more people whose Souls are alive.

Happy Tapas,


P.S. if you also love learning, check out my Upcoming Events + Workshops and Yoga Teacher Training events in 2018. All details here.

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