Month of Purpose

September is here and with it clear skies, sunshine, and the first signs of fall. We’re feeling a newfound appreciation for the fresh air gracing the valley and are looking forward to witnessing the leaves changing color on the trees outside the studio.

2018 is our Year of Radical Self-Acceptance here at Solstice. Our theme for cultivating radical self-acceptance for the month of September is PURPOSE, and we’re exploring this theme while reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. 

Our special event this month is our final rooftop event of the season. Friday, September 14th at 5:30pm Sunset Yoga on the rooftop followed by a glass of wine and pizza at The Curious. Tickets are $35 with all proceeds going to Mamas for Mamas. Space is limited to only 25 people. Tickets can be purchased online through MindBody, or in the studio.

Radical self-acceptance is loving ourselves as we are in this moment and acknowledging we’re doing the best we can for where we’re at right now. What makes defining purpose both beautiful and challenging is that is is highly personal and unique. I like to think of purpose as the intended result of our intention, focus, and determination. Our purpose can be as simple as carrying out random acts of kindness and as grandiose as bringing innovative ideas to life.

Discovering and living our purpose, or our “personal legend” as Paulo Coelho puts it, requires taking a step back from the hustle and bustle and tuning into our own needs. Pausing to pay attention looks different for each of us: it can be journaling, going for a walk, being in nature, or attending a yoga or meditation class. Each of these things prepare us for living purposefully and loving ourselves by embracing the possibility of right now. They give us the stamina it takes to overcome the barriers that may present themselves along the way, the strength to press on when the going is rugged, and the rest and recovery needed to get back up and do whatever is necessary.

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It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the unknowns, the what ifs, and the finer details of our dreams, but like Santiago learns in The Alchemist, “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” Whatever you feel your inner purpose is, start working towards it. Try choosing courage over comfort––get out, be curious, ask questions, take risks, and notice when doors begin opening as a result. 

From the book, “To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation.” Living your purpose will require being creative, seeking outlets for expression, setting challenges for yourself, and ignoring other people’s agenda’s and sticking to your own. Know that your definition of purpose is really the only one that matters. We look forward to supporting you on your journey in the studio!