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We are thrilled to announce our beloved instructor, Tara (Becky) Eschenroeder’s first book out now. We were completely inspired by this collection of sacred poetry that inspires vulnerability, compassion, and vibrancy. What an incredible source of inspiration spoken straight from the heart and where each word has been carefully chosen to touch the reader and sprinkle a dusting of sparkles.
Almost 5 years ago I was given a journal by my gracious parents who continue to be my rocks and my gurus. This Journal became my voice. Little did I know, it would also become a gateway and a source of permission for others to express their own.
It was also five years ago that I began to travel and teach yoga all over the country and in Central America in the capacity of leading retreats, teaching workshops, presenting at festivals and the like. It became a ritual that every time I boarded an airplane that I would take out my journal and begin to write. Sometimes inspiration would flow like water and others it felt a little bit more like tar… Barely moving but I would continue on.
I then found myself beginning to take my journal out in the midst of my travels to reflect and digest all of the life experience that I was taking in. Little did I know, seeds were being planted.
I look back upon my entries now as I feel my feet rooted into the present moment and realize just how powerful the law of attraction and mindful manifestation are.
“Collecting Feathers” is not only a collection of poetry… It IS my path. The words and intentions that poured out of my heart and to my fingertips have come into fruition.
I am in complete “awe” in every sense of the word.
I continue to write and the words continue to come, sometimes easier than others. I am not sure where this path will lead but I am so grateful for every step and every tumble and every leap that has now allowed me to fly.
I encourage you to write.
I encourage you to draw.
I encourage you to sing.
I encourage you to play.
Whatever will allow those intentions to pour out of your heart and into this world.
Do it. Please.
Your voice needs to be heard!
I give you permission.
I was searching for something: Excerpt from Collecting Feathers by Tara (Becky) Eschenroeder
I was searching and in the midst of doing so they began to present themselves to me….one by one. I had come to the realization that my Dharma and my purpose was so much bigger then my physical self and location. Fear had held me back for quite some time but it is only so long a bird can be held in cage.
In this realization that flight was required in order to share the message that my teachers had given to me and all of their teachers had given to them, I was able to see and decided to trust in something so much bigger than myself.
Upon my searching they continued to present themselves to me as they still do… Sometimes in the form of a bouquet after a long walk through the woods. My path was being laid before me and I followed.
Paying very close attention to where they appeared, who I was with and the intention behind why I was where, it begin to make sense. I return to the places where they find me the most with a continued reminder of the importance of non-attachment. Feathers are not meant to be held down. I know I will return when the time is right.
My searching and continues but I no longer feel lost. They are there to remind me that I am not alone. They are there to remind me of this path and this Dharma. They are there to remind me of the importance of my flight and each and every place they guide me to land.
They are there to remind me of these wings that existed all along.
I was searching for something, but now they find me. As I collect these feathers… As I spread These Wings… I am home.
Check out this book and more in the Om On Boutique, and catch Becky this Spring as she returns to RVA to offer her Poetry of Yoga Workshop. More details coming soon!
Guest Post: Tara (Becky) Eschenroeder
TARA (BECKY) ESCHENROEDER— A 500 HOUR E-RYT, 200 HOUR E-RYT, RCYT, YACEP, CERTIFIED COACH AND MENTOR, AND SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHOR —IS AN ACCOMPLISHED YOGI WHO WAS VOTED AS ONE OF THE TOP THREE YOGA INSTRUCTORS BY RICHMOND MAGAZINE IN 2015