The Duchess Digest: Yogi, of Yogi! Wherefore Art Thou, Yogi?

Several months ago I found myself deep in the doldrums. I knew a handful of people in  my new home town of Los Angeles, I was feeling lonely and stuck. My career was not doing much (I think I saw a snail actually zoom by it in a blur), my romantic relationship was D.O.A. the moment I pulled my moving truck into the city limits, and things were just generally pretty icky.

So I did what anyone intelligent grown woman would do:  I called my mom, crying.

Yes ladies, even as an adult I still call my mom and cry when things don’t go my way.

So as I bawled my eyes out to my mom, I managed to put on my gym clothes and walk my sorry tail down to the local dance studio for ballet class. I’ve always subscribed to the Elle Woods way of thinking that, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don’t kill their husbands. They just don’t.” After class and crying I still was by no means Suzy Sunshine, but I did feel nominally better.

As I made my way home a man with a very thick accent stopped me.

“Excuse me,” he said, “You have a very lucky face.” All I could think was great; this guy is going to ask me for money.

“Thanks,” I muttered and didn’t stop walking.

“In India, this crease in your brow means you will have a very lucky and long life,” he was walking beside me now. “I want to tell you that there is a light about you. And that I have a message for you. The universe has a message for you – and it is this . . . that you will be successful. That the work you are doing to help people will bring you wealth and happiness. You worry that you won’t have a family, but you will. It is all coming for you. Wealth, happiness, family and success. They are all on their way. You don’t have to worry anymore.”

There was more to this exchange, but I’ll leave it at that for now. My yogi didn’t ask for money. He didn’t accept praise. He just delivered a message, smiled and walked away.

HappinessSince that experience, not much has happened. I find myself stronger and happier than before – but without having had any monetary relationship or career gain of note since my yogi encounter and prophecy. However, I find that having had that interaction gives me something to fall back on when I doubt myself and the pacing of my life. My yogi didn’t say it’s all happening tomorrow. He didn’t even say soon. Just that it’s all happening.

I guess that in the end, it’s true what they say – life is what you make it. So I’ll continue to make mine the best it can be, knowing that what my yogi spoke is seeking me.

Just like your goals and dreams are seeking you right now.

So easy does it. Oh, and have some fun – it’s not meant to serious all the time!

—Jill Brown

Jill Brown - Duchess GuideJill Brown is a Los Angeles, California based Life Coach and Writer. She earned her Bachelors in Humanities and Sociology from USU and is a member of the National Association for Conflict Resolution and the Ladies Who Launch Network. She is the founder of “The Duchess Guide” a website dedicated to helping women become their most fabulous and unique selves. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast, traveler and health nut. When she isn’t writing or working on Duchess, Jill loves spending all her free time with her Labrador – Betty. For more on The Duchess Guide or Jill visit: