If you’re anything like me, you probably like workshops, opportunities to explore, learn, and think a little differently.
I jump at any chance to go and immerse myself and create the chance to grow and expand my knowledge and awareness.
Sometimes, it can be really challenging.
Several years ago, I attended a one-day workshop with a wonderful Master Storyteller, Ashley Ramsden from the International School of Storytelling in the UK. I still remember a lot of the stories he told and the lessons he taught.
I also remember being excruciatingly uncomfortable with some of the exercises that he had us try out.
The most challenging for me, was the very physical movements and games that demanded that we do incredibly silly stuff.
What do you find most challenging in your practice and your performance?
It might be getting up in front of an audience to speak. Or perhaps you find it difficult to close a sale? Maybe marketing yourself and your services is the most challenging…
Think about it? What gives you that horrible feeling like you just don’t feel like it’s right for you and you’re no good at it?
The chances are, that very same thing that you find difficult, is really important in your business and a part of your ability to be successful.
So, what can you do about it?
Well, let me tell you something strange. Last month, I had the opportunity to spend a whole week with the very same Master Storyteller.
This time it was completely different.
I loved the exercises, especially the ones that required us to be fully in our bodies and using all kinds of physical silliness!
Ashley actually asked me, “What’s happened, what’s changed?”
I thought about it for a while and then I realized, it’s Zumba.
You see, for the last 18 months, I have been living and loving zumba four or five times a week.
And it’s completely changed my relationship to my own movement and my body in general.
I love the music, the dancing, the freedom, the creativity, the sweat and even the sometimes complete silliness of it!
I love my teacher who makes us believe that we can do it, even if the mirror tells us something quite different!
I love that I’ve rediscovered all kinds of places and movements of my body that simply connect with my wildest spirit and deep into my soul.
My Master teacher began to call it ‘the Zumba affect’. When I started to tell a story and was disconnected from my physicality or in any way stiff, he would ask me to do some Zumba as I told the first few lines of the story.
It looked pretty silly but it did it’s magic. I immediately reconnected with my body and began to tell in a whole different way.
So, what’s your ‘Zumba affect’?
What can you do that you love and will shift that specific place where you are blocked?
What can you try that will lift your spirit and touch your soul so that you resonate with your true essence in all that you do?
If you don’t know, well, lucky you, you’ve got so many places to look, so many things to try!
And don’t worry, you’ll find it. We all have such an incredible ability to connect to our brilliance and shine forth with our truest nature.
You have exactly what you need inside you; you may just need the key to unlock it. The right key or the right piece of music, or the right zumba moves, keep looking, you’ll find it!© Copyright 2012 Lisa Bloom