“Today, at age 44, I took my first Zumba class. You’ll either know what I mean or not…but it was a total TRUST thing. Glad I did it!”
And there you have it, a post on my Facebook page after attending my first, but NOT my last Zumba class.
What does Zumba have to do with trust? Everything.
See, every time we step out of our comfort zone, every time we push ourselves to do something new, different, and a wee bit scary, we are trusting ourselves. And in trusting ourselves, we are allowing ourselves to experience more of what life has to offer—in essence, we are allowing ourselves to grow more into WHO WE ARE.
By tasting more of life, you are trusting life.
Taste more, trust more. Trust more, taste more. The cycle works in both directions, back and forth. As it works in both directions, the snowball continues to grow…in a good way, not a bad one.
If you were born to dance, with a natural swing in your hips and a persistent rhythm or beat thrumming in your head, this example probably makes no sense to you. Like I said on Facebook…”You’ll either know what I mean or not.” But if you’re like me, someone who prefers silence in her head, and deeper, a little girl who grew up believing swinging-hips were meant for other girls, the thought of dancing, and dancing in public (!!), was more than a wee bit scary.
I do not drink alcohol. I have nothing against alcohol, I simply don’t like the taste. At least that’s what I’ve always told myself…or is it that deep down within the quiet places inside me, I’m afraid of losing control? I have never tried pot. I was teased in high school for it: “Oh, you think you’re too good or something?” No. Not at all. It just never seemed like an especially good idea to me. Or again, was I too scared of the unknown?
No drinking. No drugs. And no dancing?! Girl, live a little! So I did. I danced. I moved my hips. I raised my arms above my head and swung them wildly. And you know what else? I smiled like a lunatic the entire time! Later that day, after the music had left my head, a bit of it remained in my cells…and in that moment I could easily place the feeling that had created the genuine child-like-beaming-smile: I felt free. I trusted myself, I let go, and I felt FREE.
That is the art of trust.
That’s what trust is all about. We trust in order to let go. We trust to find our inner peace. And what does inner peace feel like? Your inner peace is the feeling of freedom.
Consider these facts: I have studied trust for 16 years, I write about trust, I coach one-on-one on trust, next month I will start offering trust workshops for small groups of women, yet it is still a daily practice of mine. I have not mastered it. But I am very, very good at it now, and I can show you how to become good at it, too.
If learning to trust yourself, to let go, and to feel free sound inviting to you, consider yourself officially invited! Mark your calendar for January 31, 2015. I will be offering my first, but NOT last trust workshop in the Dallas area (limit 20 participants).
Stay tuned here on my blog or on the Trust Life Today Facebook page for more details and information on how to sign up.
I look forward to connecting with you: leave a comment, send a private message (firstname.lastname@example.org), or come see me soon in person. Until then…whatever you choose to be, do, or try for the first time, OWN IT!