My name is Catherine Coe, I am 44 from Royal Oak, Michigan USA. I currently live in Bali, Indonesia where I have been living for 1 month. I have been a Yoga Teacher for the past year and a half and a full-time traveler for the past 3.5 years.

This is me…

I grew up in a suburb of Detroit and moved to Chicago when I graduated university. After 18 years of a fast paced urban lifestyle (which included alcohol addiction, intense self-loathing, and fear), I knew there had to be another way. I was existing and not living. I believed this was what my life had become and I could not do any better. I thought I was stuck, this was the hand I’d been dealt and I had no choice.

In 2012, after leaving a toxic relationship, I began a disciplined yoga asana practice. It was here that my personal transformation and spiritual journey began. By the end of the year I finally ceased drinking, was living with an open heart, and being driven by compassion, gratitude, and love. After receiving clear answers from within, I decided to let go of a life that was no longer serving me. During the following months, I sold all my things, quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Bangkok and boarded a plane to the unknown in April 2013.

During the last three and half years, I have been living and traveling in southeast Asia learning about new cultures and meeting people from all over the world. I’ve completed a 200-hr yoga teacher training, and taught English in China and South Korea. Currently, I’m back in Bali for a couple of months teaching yoga to Balinese high school kids.

To say there have been no challenges in the last few years would be a lie. However, choosing to embrace rather than resisting them, combined with authentic living, turns the challenges into welcome opportunities of growth. We all possess the answers and guidance we need to live our full potential.

Looking forward, I feel the need to put down some roots somewhere for a bit and dive fully into yoga teaching. A dream is to create a loving, supportive space to inspire others on their path to personal truth and liberation.

You’re never stuck unless you choose to be.


 

What makes you happy?

Realizing that happiness comes from within…

…simplicity

…nature and all that it teaches and all it provides

…sand between my toes

…hugs

…discovering more of my own truth and living from that space

…a gentle breeze tickling my skin

…authenticity

…stomping in rain puddles

…swinging on swings

…connecting with the Divine…

 


 

What makes you sad?

Different things make me sad…

…global oppression of women

…people not realizing their potential

…greed and ignorance

…consumerism and material wealth

…human cruelty to sentient beings and the hypocrisy of it

…corrupt leaders and governments…

 


 

What makes you proud?

To name but a few…

…witnessing other people’s strengths

…activists who tirelessly advocate for causes that are for the betterment of humans and the planet

…being able to inspire and be a part of people’s journey to truth through teaching yoga…

 


 

What makes you wonder?

What was my spirit before birth and what it will become after death?

Why have we not yet discovered other lifeforms/civilizations in the universe?

Why have we not been found?

When humans become extinct what will take our place?

 


 

What does it mean to be human?

Being able to feel and experience the beauty of Mother Earth.

The gift of spirit in this physical body.

To have empathy.

To contemplate.

To live with compassion.

To love.

 



When was the last time you felt sand between your toes or stomped in a rain puddle?

Where were you?

Who were you with?



Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read This is me…

Have a great day

 

One thought on “I chose to embrace rather than resist

  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Wonderful. I am very proud of you and I know that your mother has the same feelings. Enjoy your journey.

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