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People and Their Deepest Secrets

December 19, 2014

Authored by Ben Crosky

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Katie is the author of the up-coming book, Healthy, Happy, Sexy – Ayurveda Wisdom for Modern Women. She is also a nationally-recognized yoga teacher, Ayurvedic practitioner, writer for Yoga Journal., and a senior teacher within the Sri-Vidya ParaYoga lineage under Yogarupa Rod Stryker. Katie was named one of San Francisco’s Best Yoga Teachers by Common Ground Magazine in 2009, and one of “70 Yogis Changing the World” in Origin Magazine in 2014. Her signature teaching style blends classical yoga, vinyasa-based asana and life-changing Tantric/Ayurvedic philosophy.
On our retreats with Katie Silcox, one thing we learn is that through each other’s secrets, we find commonality. We find sisterhood. And we find unique beauty in shared human experience.
 At some point we truly learn that the people around us share some of the most difficult challenges that we know. These stories actually tie us together and provide incredible opportunities for support and growth. Katie sheds light on moments that remind her of this realization below.
I get the honor of meeting with people in private sessions where they reveal to me their deepest, darkest secrets. Here is what most people are so afraid to admit. Its also what ALOT OF US SHARE. Ready?
  1. People want to be having better sex and more intimacy with their significant other.
  2. People feel fat.
  3. People feel totally unworthy of their dreams.
  4. People do one or more things “too much.” They eat too much sugar, drink too much wine, smoke pot, and the most shameful one – they eat for comfort. The crazy part? They know it.
  5. People don’t do one or more things that they really want to be doing. For some reason they gave up yoga, meditation, painting, writing, or singing. And the soul weeps for their lost muse.
You see, sometimes we KNOW what we should do, and we don’t do it. And we know what we SHOULDN’T do and we do do it. You still with me? Tantra says this about our weird inner battle – there is no good and no bad. You shouldn’t do or not do anything. It’s all about what is useful and loving at any given point in time. Breathe. A Sigh. Of Relief.
But it’s still not an excuse to go catatonic in the Lazy-Boy watching The Bachelorette. Tantra also says that until we feel that we are living our purpose, we are gonna’ suffer. That purpose is both service to the world, as well as spiritual liberation (with a side of just straight-up pleasure).
Original post here. Republished with permission from original publisher.