I've been facilitating personal and professional development and holistic fitness for over 15 years. So you might think that, as someone who stands up in front of groups of people, publicly liberating her inner child, warrior woman and nurturing healer and encouraging others to do the same, I'd be fairly relaxed about putting myself out there. Sharing my passion for Nia, inspiring people to live their joy and offering innovative ideas for balance and wellness lights me up. While I now love to express, shimmy, rumble, dance, kick, sing and embody my authentic self, I am still learning how to self promote and receive compliments with grace.
One of the (many) things I love about Nia is that it shows me where my growth edge is and gives me tools to move through self imposed limitations, to make choices that increase my personal power so I can step into my potential. Perhaps my unease was imbued by Australia's tall poppy syndrome or a childhood fear of not being good enough or maybe it's a girl thing! Whatever the reason, I am ready to leave it behind.
Regena Thomashouer writes in Mama Gena's School of Womanly Arts that most women need a lot more bragging practice and suggests forming bragging circles! She says through bragging big and small we can inspire and motivate one another to heights unknown.
Whether your dreams for this year are about finding your life's purpose, cultivating more joy and love, connecting in community, having more adventure, exploring your creativity or getting into the best mind-body shape of your life, choose something you feel good about yourself right now and share it with a friend, loved one, on facebook or at Nia class. In talking about the good, more good can come your way.
Here's my brag: in June 2010 I was one of a select group invited by Nia's co-creator Debbie Rosas to apply to join Nia's international training faculty. It has been an exciting, challenging, intense and deeply fulfilling process that culminated in me graduating last month as Australia's first Nia Trainer. Thank you to my friends, family, students, colleagues and mentors for your support on this amazing journey.
And thanks for some great feedback after the 52 moves playshop. "I really enjoyed Sunday's 'playshop'. I feel I have a better understanding of Nia and of some of the basics. You really are an inspiring teacher, your love and passion for Nia just seems to flow out to all of us. And your energy seems to be contagious too." - Tiffany
It may take practice and some supportive encouragement to brag without comparing, qualifying or self-criticizing! What's your brag? I'd love to hear it.