Good Morning! I hope this reaches all my classmates before we venture off to our first day of clinic. Swyann from my Bikram studio read this passage in class recently and it just resonated on so many levels both personally and professionally:
The Chick Being Born
“When in the midst of great change, it is helpful to remember how a chick is born. From the view of the chick, it is a terrifying struggle. Confined and curled in a dark shell, half-formed, the chick eats all its food and stretches to the contours of its shell. It begins to feel hungry and cramped. Eventually, the chick begins to starve and feels suffocated by the ever shrinking space of its world.
Finally, its own growth begins to crack the shell, and the world as the chick knows it is coming to an end. Its sky is falling. As the chick wriggles through the cracks, it begins to eat its shell. In that moment — growing but fragile, starving and cramped, its world breaking — the chick must feel like it is dying. Yet once everything it has relied on falls away, the chick is born.
It doesn’t die, but it falls into the world. ” ~The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo
I have been so blessed to be surrounded by such brilliant, kind, and motivating classmates these last two years. After all the group work, “think, pair, share” moments, and big labs…today we are set out in the world solo. It is kind of scary not to have the safety net of all those 36 brains to back me up. I will miss the cozy incubator of Foggy Bottom and my beloved nest mates. But here is the thing:
We are ready.