A young idealist. A wild couple of years. A wild lifetime would probably be a more accurate paraphrasing of the last 25 years of my life as I walked a path that led to such a state of brokenness that I doubted even superglue would be strong enough. But you can read about that journey, that past-life, that pre-awakening in my other blog, Breaking Up. This blog is about something more. It’s about the life I lead from here on out; the one free from abuse, free from the chains that for so long I’ve locked up my own heart with. My journey to Costa Rica and beyond as I struggle to find my sense of humor and passionate engagement with life once more.
My name is Lauren, by the way. If I could I’d reach through the screen and introduce myself properly but science hasn’t caught up to that idea just yet. Oh well, back to the one-sided introduction at hand. Having completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training, I set off into the wilderness of the Costa Rican rainforest to battle fifteen foot pythons and Rodents of Unusual Size through the powerful asanas of the yogic discipline. Or, to translate, I went to a lovely little ecolodge to teach yoga for a month. But now I’m back, and calling Austin, Texas home once again.
So what does it mean to seek the Great Perhaps? Well, the last words of the French poet François Rabelais were “I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” The only difference is, I choose to seek this Perhaps while I’m still alive. The Perhaps is that big, lingering question mark that pulls me onward, as if I’m hooked on a chain and Fate cranks the wheel that tugs me along.
I invite you to share in this journey. Share a joke, share a story, share an email, or simply share some of your time by brushing your eyes across my words as we seek the Perhapses of this life together.
Lauren Bringle is a 200-Hour Dharma Yoga Certified Yoga Teacher and writer based in Austin, Texas. She has taught at several studios in the Austin, Texas area, including Dharma Yoga, Yoga Black Lagoon, Sanctuary Yoga and UT RecSports, and her teaching has taken her as far as Costa Rica. Her writing has been featured in Be Yoga Pure, Conscious Connections Magazine, and her blog Breaking Up has received national attention as a feature on overcomingsexualabuse.com. Lauren’s teachings are also available online through the YogaTX YouTube Channel.
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