Freedom in Vulnerability

As some of you may already know, The Magazine of Yoga is no longer publishing new stories. In the four months I spent as part of the team of contributors I learned so much from the editor (Susan Maier-Moul).

After what seemed to be a random email inviting me to write for her magazine I remember feeling terrified by the offer.

“What do I have to say and why would anyone take the time to read it?” – This was seriously my first thought.

In many ways the writing process mirrored my yoga practice. Showing up to my first class with uncertainty of what to expect, finding ways to modify the practice to work with my unique body. My articles were no different – with every submission I sent in there was a fear lurking in the back of my mind that my words would not resonate with anyone.

I chose to use this fear in a positive way and let each story become a bit more personal, than the last. My mantra for my writing became “authenticity & vulnerability” – we all have stories that need to be told. I wanted to share things that I knew others could relate to but maybe were too shy, embarrassed, or just plain nervous to share. I was blessed to have Susan as a mentor during this process as she always encouraged me to tell my story in my own voice. Could I have done that on my own? Sure. Sometimes we just need a little encouragement and she provided that and so much more.

After The Magazine of Yoga stopped publishing new work – I took a break from writing feeling a bit uncertain by not having an amazing editor like Susan to work with. I have finally gotten over my pity party of no longer being able to write for the magazine and will get back to sharing stories.

Big stupid love to you all,

Jess

My articles on The Magazine of Yoga

3 thoughts on “Freedom in Vulnerability

  1. Jessica,
    You are a brilliant light, yogi, and writer. I am so grateful that our paths have crossed. The more you tell your story, the more I am inspired to share mine. Thank you for your contribution to this world. I look forward to reading more!
    Your Sister,
    Chelsea

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