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A Lesson in Making Space

 

Today, I put the Patreon on hiatus. You can still go and have a peek at the current structure, patron levels, etc., but I don't plan to work with it more until at least the beginning of the year. I'd like to take some time to look at how better to serve people in a manner that is most beneficial.  In the meantime, you can check things out here on the blog, social media, etc. If you're interested in being notified of the Patreon coming back to life, stay tuned to those channels.

  

It took a lot of deliberation as to how to proceed with the Patreon. I knew I wasn't giving to it what I wanted to, therefore I wasn't seeing the response that I had hoped for.  One thing I think about a lot in my endeavors (e/u included) is how much space I have made around the project. Maybe I haven't left enough space for the Patreon to flourish.  

 

I know this can be true in a lot of other areas of my life. I wonder why something doesn't happen, but then I realize that there isn't any room. I pack my schedule pretty tightly, so adding something on can be hard. In relation to my acupuncture school studies, I see that I want to be doing better grade-wise, but I haven't built the time for it, haven't made the space. 

 

This isn't just time and schedule related, though. Sometimes we don't make space in our heart or our expectations. We cling to what we think something needs to look like instead of making the space for it to be whatever it is. It's way easier to have a specific vision of something than to let things flow as they will.  That's not to say you have no control over an outcome or shouldn't work toward something, just that not allowing for different possibilities can be limiting. 

 

I have seen this a lot in my own life over and over. It's one thing that draws me back to paying attention to the present. In the present moment, I can make space for so much possibility. We can just be here now, with what's happening now. It can be less about expectation and therefore less about the pain we might find in disappointment. Sure, when something doesn't work out how we'd like, it's normal to be disappointed or feel down about it, but we can recognize that each moment brings new possibility and that particular feelings (whatever they are) about the circumstances don't last forever.

 

The next time you find yourself stuck in some way or maybe clinging too hard to an outcome, make a little space and see what happens.

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Patreon and the Future of e/u

One year ago, I started this grand adventure called Equanimity Unlimited. I didn't know what would happen or where it would take me. I worked hard to think of ways to engage people and help them to find meditation or other mindfulness practice that could benefit their lives.

To that end, there's been some pretty great stuff. I've gotten to work with amazing people on their journeys. We've had two 30 Day Sit programs. We've had some classes. I even traveled to Kitchener, Ontario to see what it might be like to work with people in a market setting. I've also been lucky enough to partner with Under Aurora and Pinned Community Acupuncture to regularly pair two things I believe in: meditation and acupuncture

All of that said, I keep asking myself: what's next?

Throughout this year, I've been met with a lot of funny looks and the words, "Oh, I can't meditate. I'd love to, but I can't." Meditation classes are a hard sell and I can understand why. It's uncomfortable to not know what to expect. Plus, if you're already convinced you can't do something, then it's going to be pretty impossible for you to do it.  So how can we make it possible?

 

The three things that have really kept me going on this path have been community, accountability, and the guidance of teachers. So how can those things become more accessible? 

I think I figured it out.

What's next for e/u? We're going to Patreon!

 

If you haven't heard of Patreon before, you can think of it as a subscription Kickstarter.  In the case of e/u, I'm going to be providing all kinds of things depending on your level of subscription (or reward or patronage, however you'd like to refer to it). You sign up for the level that you want and then you join in on community posts, virtual meditation sessions, individual sessions, and so on. I've tried to break down my mindfulness coaching offerings into levels that make it easy for people.

I believe that Patreon is going to help us come together and learn from each other. With that in mind, I also know not everyone wants a lot of community involvement and that's okay too.  You'll still have the chance to get things like meditation sessions in your living room and regular mindfulness notes sent your way. Your patronage also allows me to spend more time creating new resources for you. I put a goal up that will allow me to start an A/V library just for you, where you'll be able to access classes and talks whenever you want. There's a lot more information on the Patreon page. If you have questions, let me know

If you couldn't tell, I'm really excited about the direction this is headed.  I think that Patreon is going to be a great place for e/u. I hope you'll consider joining me there.