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Have you ever felt like the mainstream spiritual & personal growth communities are missing the mark when it comes to being inclusive of neurodiverse & chronicall ill folx?

Keep reading below to learn how I plan to change that. 👇

Struggling to fit in

When I started getting serious about my spiritual and personal growth practices about 14 years ago, I dove in with everything I had. I was devouring books and online articles, reading Yoga Journal like it was the Bible (this was before I became aware of how problematic this publication is), and getting on my yoga mat for asana practice every single day.

When I was able to start practicing in a yoga studio, I noticed that during meditations and savasana, my mind would wander endlessly. I felt more stressed out than calm during these practices, but figured that I would eventually “get it”, and that my mind would someday calm the eff down and be steady and serene.

After practicing yoga consistently as a student, I felt called to become a certified yoga teacher. I was certain that by immersing myself more fully in the practices of meditation and asana, that my mind would learn to stop racing and my body would learn to be still. But, 14 years later, this still isn’t the case.

Though my attempts at meditating have been anything but consistent over the years (another gift of neurodivergence), I feel that I’ve put in a great deal of effort to meditate the way I’m “supposed” to: quiet the mind, be still, and enjoy it.

I’ve only recently come to realize that I’m not “doing meditation wrong”.

My brain just works differently, and my body has different needs, and instead of struggling to make them do something that’s not natural to them – and stressing myself out in the process (the exact opposite of what meditation is for), I feel it’s time to start embracing this way of being, and showing up for my practice as my authentic, erratic self.

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Focusing on Santosha – Accepting Myself as I Am

Santosha is the yogic principle of contentment, one of the 5 niyamas, or observances that help us cultivate peace, happiness, and self-confidence. By anchoring more deeply into this principle, I realized that even though my mind may not work the way society expects it to, and even though my body has been through several injuries and a chronic illness, they are beautiful and perfect just the way they are. 

It doesn’t mean I don’t feel challenged by these things, or that I don’t experience sometimes devastating and debilitating setbacks, but that even though I experience these things, there is still a Divine Spark within me that never changes, and that I can access at any time in my own unique way.

When I decided to let go of judgements and expectations surrounding my practices, they became more accessible to me and because of this, more impactful.

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How I Plan to Serve My Community

 

My own journey and research has led me to realize that I’m not alone in these struggles. The mainstream spiritual and personal growth communities aren’t exactly inclusive of those with neurodiverse minds or chronically ill bodies. 

And while a lot of attempts at inclusion have been made when it comes to “queering” these practices, there is still a long way to go in breaking down the dogma of energies being gendered – which can cause a lot of difficulty for people in the queer community.

So, I decided to create the sacred, inclusive, and accepting space that I wish I had when I first started my journey. A space that provided techniques that were accessible to the way my mind and body work, without trying to change it. Practices that don’t make me feel “othered” because I don’t fit into certain boxes.

Here’s what you can look forward to getting from the realignment of The Space Between:

#1 Mindfulness that honors the way your mind is right now

 

Forget practices that ask you to “quiet the mind” or “sit still”. Instead, we’ll discover practices that are accessible no matter what your mind or body are experiencing, so that your practice can be sustainable and have lasting impact.

 

#2 Doing away with the “rules”, and offering flexible and adaptable practices

 

We’ll bust through the rules and barriers to practices like “you must do this every day” and “sticking with one technique is best”. We’ll learn how to tap into what our minds, bodies, and souls are craving whenever we decide to practice, and how to choose a technique that honors what we truly need in the moment. 

 

#3 Affirming diversity in body, mind, and spirit

We all bring different things to our spiritual and personal growth journeys. From neurodiversity & chronic illness, to being part of the queer community and more – we all show up in unique ways. So, instead of trying to offer one-size-fits all solutions, here at The Space Between, you’ll find a variety of tools and techniques that have been carefully curated to help you grow on your journey in a way that feels good and authentic to you.

#4 Creating a community where you feel honored, just as you are

No more feeling like the odd one out in spiritual & personal growth communities. I’m working to create a community of acceptance, where you and your Divine Spark are nurtured as you explore ways to deepen your connection to your Self & Spirit. I’m not quite sure what this is going to look like just yet, but I’ll definitely keep you updated as things become more clear.

In the meantime, I created something special just for you!

I know that it can be hard to treat ourselves with gentleness and to not feel like we’re taking leaps backwards on our paths towards personal & spiritual growth when we’re having bad days – whether it’s from a pain flare or low moods. 

 

That’s why I created the Easy Journal Prompts for Hard Days. It’s got simple questions to help you reflect on your experiences and stay self-aware, no matter what you’re dealing with. Check it out below!👇

Until next time,

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