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Being Where You Are, Not Where You're From

#NowStartsNow by Manduka Ambassador Hadji Jones.

We spend so much time wondering ‘what if,’ when it’s much more powerful to ask ‘what now?'

This very moment has the power to unfold your dreams - all of your possibilities are already with you right here, right now. So what are you waiting for? What’s stopping you? Why are you delaying your destiny?

These are questions that I asked myself for years. I grew up in Philly - born and raised and proud. This city had (and still has) a strong effect on who I am, so it was important to me to be part of it, an ambassador of Brotherly Love with a hand on the heartbeat of the community. For 5 years, all my ‘nows’ were dedicated to bringing yoga to the city. After all, healing doesn’t know ethnicity, size, age or social stature, healing only knows now.

I became a staple on the yoga scene, exactly like I wanted. "The Black Yogi” became a personality, taking interviews in the local papers, doing photoshoots in art museums. I was working hard for every now, and it was working.

There were a million reasons why I could never leave Philly, even when I stopped being happy there. So much of who I was was wrapped up in Philly, so who would I be if not in Philly? In the cradle of liberty, I had clipped my own wings. I gave myself every excuse why it wasn’t meant for me to move, even when I spent my every inner spark on dreaming about somewhere new.

One day I hit the reset button on my thoughts and my whole perspective shifted. It started with my ritual practice of yoga. The practice that reminds us: take leaps, try something new, stay true to who you are, and ultimately to listen to your heart.

My heart was telling me to do the scariest thing in my life: leave everything I knew. It was the biggest #NowStartsNow of my life.

That is the power of #Now - it is the only moment we truly get. Life isn’t happening ’someday,’ it’s happening here and now - and it needs you in it. Yes, the you with all those hometown memories and comfortable routines. Now needs you.

It needs you to start what’s been burning inside you for a long time. Now has everything you need to be happy and fulfilled - but the first step is yours to take.

So as I write this, in sunny Atlanta, with a new full-time teaching practice in a new community in a peachy city with a very different heartbeat, I am happy in completely new ways. #NowStartsNow is about getting to your TRUTH and doing something about it. Now is for you to shine.

Follow Hadji on Instagram at @TheBlackYogi or at Facebook.com/TheBlackYogi.

We want to hear about your now – how you are living this moment as your bold, beautiful, wild and true self. Explore off the mat, start something new, put your self out there and share on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram tagging #NowStartsNow and @MandukaYoga.

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