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learning from toddlers

Learning from Toddlers

My daughter Zola’s teacher asked me to come to her class and teach the kids about yoga. I didn’t hesitate, because I LOVE to show yoga to anyone who asks. Just talking (and writing) about it is a thrill.

I began by asking my friends who teach yoga, what should I do with kids. I knew that my lesson wasn’t going to be about achieving a perfect pose, but instead about getting them to move. I also wanted to make it fun and something they would be excited to talk about later. My yoga friends agreed, and I went to work.

I wrote a little story that the children and I could act out with various simple yoga poses. We focused on Nature. The smell of earth and the feel of the sun. We began as trees in the woods. Then along came a breeze, which got stronger and toppled us over. Then we became cats smelling and moving in woods and then morphed into cows mooing in the woods. Then the cows saw dogs running in the woods. The dogs were running from a pride of lions. The lions were distracted by some birds that were flying away from some snakes. We went through all the poses: tree, cat, cow, dog, lion breath, bird and cobra.

I think the kids enjoyed it — they were smiling and listening and excited.

But, I think I got more out of it because they were such great teachers.

So, what did I learn?

For one, I know that in my yoga asana, I tend to hold myself stiff, using a lot of muscular energy. These kids were all about organic energy. They are just little balls of energy. They fell and laughed and tried again and again. It was quite fun to watch—I wish I could have watched more.

But, what they did to me is amazing. I had my own class after this little session, and I let go of the muscular energy and surrendered to the organic energy ENTIRELY.

Know what I found? Places in my body where I needed to let go and surrender and other places where I needed to be stronger. By letting go, I realized where I needed to be stronger. It was such an ah-ha moment for me.

What else did I learn?

Joy. Yoga is about finding joy. It’s not about finding the perfect pose and looking perfect. It’s about finding that place where joy and a smile come across your face. Where you are at peace. These kids were all about peace and joy. It was pretty cool.

So, a short 15-minute yoga demo to a group of toddlers ended up being an enlightening experience for me that I will work to remember the next time I need to let go!

Bold Goals for Database Sherpa

As I mentioned before, I’ve been working with a great marketing firms, DVQ Studio. The company is run by two amazing women, Emily and Gretchen. Brilliant and nice.. combinations I admire.

Anyway, the process started with a lot of questions and note taking. It forced me to think about the future of Database Sherpa. This was interesting, because I’ve been really taking it one day at a time. I don’t like to think too far ahead because I tend to get distracted by the big pictures and move to that before I’m ready.

But, I know that thinking about the future is important. It keeps the momentum moving forward. But, I need to focus on the here and now. So, while those big dreams about the future of Database Sherpa are buried in Emily and Gretchen’s notes, I wanted to share some of my current bold dreams:

  • Bringing joy and compassion to database development.
  • Blending yogic and Buddhist principles into consulting.
  • Bringing in another Sherpa.
To make these dreams happen, I need to get busy. Soon, you will be seeing my newly transformed web site and materials that outline how joy and compassion can be brought into database development.
Secondly, I’ll be documenting the practice of being a Database Sherpa. My advisor, Veronica, will be helping me along the way.
Finally, by the end of the year, one Sherpa project will be lead by Veronica to refine the process and documentation.
This is a very exciting time! There is much change in the horizon, but change that will come with compassion and love.
I can’t wait to share this with you all as things are completed. So, until that time, I wish you peace, joy and love.