30 Apr Ellen Pierce – She is Leading the Wave
We’re thrilled this woman broke through her fear of performing to share her voice with the world! Meet Ellen Pierce – She is Leading the Wave.
“Most millennials believe that they have arrived here on earth to ‘do something great’. I’ve heard it from SO MANY of us.
I am no exception.
Since yoga arrived in the USA in the 1920s with Yoga Nanda, it has been promising the same rewards that we still want today: a sexy body, great relationships, lots of money, power and influence. I used to try to live my life based on what I thought others would see as great, but that has come to mean very little to me. It doesn’t mean that I don’t want those things.
But, in my view, the path to ‘greatness’ is forged in our own hearts and lived day-by-day through our habits.
If we choose to go inward we find what really matters to us.
From the place of our purest essence – rather than the cloudy fog of social and familial patterning – our future selves call us to create lives that are inspiring and meaningful.
I create a meaningful life through my singing and songwriting, through my business Yoga in Your Park, and through my coaching. I work with people who are ready to move beyond their anxiety. It has NOT been all cake and butterflies getting here.
I was living in Sitka, Alaska, working as a therapist when I had the realization that I could live a good life there. I would be a respected member of the community, I would help people, I would find a partner and have kids. I would have epic outdoor adventures. I could see my future rolling out before me. And I knew, though it is SOMEBODY’s beautiful dream come true, it was not meant to be mine.
In that moment, I made a choice. I could NOT let my dreams die without ever giving them a chance to live!
‘I have to sing more,’ I thought to myself. And from that moment I began to dig in. It was like an unstoppable fire was lit within me, and I would do anything to open my heart.
I showed up to open mic nights to sing OTHER PEOPLE’S songs while shaking, sweating those stinky fear sweats, dropping the guitar, crying, forgetting the lyrics and MORE! Because that’s what happens when you are in fight-or-flight mode. I was terrified. And doing it anyway. It was AWFUL!!!
I cut my hair, started to take care of my body and wear different clothes. I decided I wanted to be me. I decided I was worth it.
I ended up hiring a coach who changed my life, for good. She called me out on my shit, held me in loving kindness when I couldn’t do it for myself, and held my vision for me when I couldn’t yet see it fully. Even having just ONE PERSON in your corner who totally believes in you can change EVERYTHING.
If you told me in 2009 when I started Yoga in Your Park – just me in Acadia National Park with a deep love for yoga exploring the effects of attuning to nature – that I would be CEO of a tech-enabled platform and playing MY OWN SONGS at large-scale shows, I would have told you that you were nuts.
But now I can see this life was within me the whole time. I just played my first 1000-person show. And I felt…. grateful. And inspired. It was amazing. And easy.
I truly believe if we all did this: Stopped. Looked around. Asked ourselves, ‘What do I really love? What do I really want? How can I live into it?’ – we would have a new renaissance of creative people living life on their own terms. Thriving.
We live in an incredibly ABUNDANT and CONFUSING time. We have never had more comforts or the possibility of more time to ourselves.
And yet, I am not sure we have ever lived in times of more fear.
Even the richest of the rich are scared about losing their money. Don’t buy into it. Create what you want to create. Spend your time doing what you love, and cultivating your own unique offering. Even if you do it at night, after work, when your kids are asleep.
You get to be you.
The Dalai Lama came to America and saw a rampant disease of self-loathing that confused him. Self-loathing perpetuates fear. Transform your fear with loving kindness. Hold yourself in the warm honey bowl of your own loving attention. If you can do that for yourself, you will not need other people to do it for you. You will be free to live YOUR life.
After all, the world needs you and the greatness that ONLY you can give. Love yourself enough to do what it takes to share your greatness with the world.”
Ellen’s coaching and music continue to draw interest from audiences around the globe. Her intuition, empathy and deep listening create a truly inspirational presence that allow you to thrive. Ellen received a master’s degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy (Naropa University) and was trained in the art of yoga at the 500-hour level at the Nosara Yoga Institute with extensive training at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Yoga Therapy.
Also check out Ellen’s upcoming shows:
- June 3rd at Samadhi Yoga (Denver)
- June 25th at Shine (Boulder)
Tickets can be purchased at a discount until the end of May at http://www.ellenpierce.com/music.html