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When surrendering is the last thing you do

Dr. Lissa Rankin, Ariana  Shelton, Beth Elliot

Dr. Lissa Rankin, Ariana Shelton, Beth Elliot

I spent this past week-end at Kripalu Yoga Center in Lenox Massachusetts.  I recommend this spot for anyone looking to unplug from the craziness of the world and plug into quiet, open space.  Because it was Easter week-end (my son was with his father and my guy with his family),  I felt called to go there.

I was looking for a place to land, post surgery, where the energy could support my recovery.  I also knew  my sweet Sister, Dr. Lissa Rankin, author of Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself, was leading a workshop, and I was hoping to catch up with her, despite her crazy busy schedule, over a cup of tea.  I got way more than my wildest dreams could have conceived of, when she invited me to assist her for the week-end and I was able to bathe in the waters of her teachings.

I drove to Kripalu clear on my role: to be of service to Lissa as participants found a way to heal.  Little did I realize then I would receive a transformative healing of my own.

The truth of the matter is that, since last week, something her been shifting in me in ways I still don’t feel I have language for right now and, although I am accepting of this iteration of myself, it has transported me to territory I am unfamiliar with.

In fact, I feel like I’m in the middle of a fast moving river where the rocks and branches are just out of reach.  And I have choice: fight the current, struggle to find something to grab (both of which I am well-versed in), or turn the struggle over to a Higher Power….

10 years ago, when going through Black Belt Nia training with one of the founders, Carlos AyaRosas, I recall being handed a Roadmap to this “River.”  It was in that space, he told us, if one chose to surrender to its flow, that we, as evolving Spiritual Beings, could know what action (or non-action) to take even in those moments when we had no idea what to do.

I am familiar with the River, and trusting that I always know what to do even when I had no clue has been a very useful tool for me in my life.  But…

“Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore…”

This time, I’m in The River and I feel like Dorothy on her journey to Oz – all of the sudden living in Technicolor.

Ariana Shelton, Toni Bergins

Dorothy, catapulted into a twister, leaves everything she has known to return home deeply transformed – all the while guided by Toto and Glenda – is the kind of journey I feel I have embarked upon this week.

My own guides have come forward in full force: many of them women I know, who just happened to also be at Kripalu (unbeknownst to me), were touchstones for me to steady myself throughout the week-end as I swam in these uncharted waters.

This River is about trusting things that look crazy and about being willing to practice radical surrender. (This is a Tweetable!)

While I don’t have navigational certainty at this moment, I feel as if there has been, over the course of the past week a quickening.  In this unknown place I am receiving guidance more clearly than ever before – in fact, my clients have noticed a deepening in their sessions with me.  It’s as if, as I pick up speed, they are, like geese in V-formation, finding their way to transformation with as much intensity and rapidity.  

(It would seem that when geese get into this alignment, an upward suction is created, a phenomenon known as a lift.  It’s apparently, a goose’s secret for staying aloft….)

My coaching work has been up-leveled.  I am more intuitive, clearer.  I am downloading information so quickly it catches me off guard – and still I say yes with faith.

It’s uplifting, and my clients are on the ride with me….

This week-end, I feel as if I am finally getting a glimpse of what living alignment with Divine Will means.  It’s as if all of the sparkly things my Ego has been encouraging me to chase (recognition, financial abundance among them) have pointed me to landmarks that are now in agreement with my calling.


Beth Elliot, Ditte Ruderman

What is this calling?

It’s unclear at this moment.

Except I can tell you this: being of service is at the source of it all.  It always has been.  From now on, however, I’m being guided to extend my tendrils, be more far reaching, my impact, greater.

I’m not certain how this will unfold.

But I’ll be sure to let you know.

Thank you for supporting me all these years.  Your love means the world to me.

In love, service and pleasure,

Joelle Lydon



6 Responses to “When surrendering is the last thing you do”

  1. Dearest!

    It sounds like you got exactly what you required this weekend, a deep fueling stop…and what better company and place to refuel.

    Blessings on your journey.
    and much love!

  2. Adelle says:

    Sweet Warrior sister… it was so fun to see your picture on facebook with my dear friend Toni Bergins… at one of the place that I love, Kripalu! I have yet to meet Lissa, yet I know her and read her words.
    I keep up with you, and know that we will dance together again soon.
    I love you!
    Adelle… Yellow Planetary Warrior sister in the dance of life

    • Joëlle says:

      Yes, yes, YES! I know we will. Will be in touch about doing some of my work your way… Love you, Sister! xoxo Joëlle

  3. Rita says:

    Beautiful Joelle! So so happy for you! I love Lissa’s work. In one of her posts she mentioned Tosha Silver-I have been rereading Tosha’s Outrageous Openness-so right on about surrender. Kripalu-ahhh-love the energy of that place. Thank you for sharing!!

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