Meet Jay Fields
MEET THE MUSE: Jay Fields – author of “Teaching People Not Poses,” founder of Grace & Grit Yoga, developer of Out of Your Mind Embodiment Training, and biker chick.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Feeling totally at ease and in deep connection with self, other and nature—regardless of the situation.
What is the trait you are most grateful for in yourself?
What is the trait you most cherish in others?
What breaks your heart?
All sorts of things—despite my playful and sometimes “tough girl” nature, I have a very tender heart.
What is your most marked characteristic?
Commitment to being real.
To not think so much!
If you could inspire one change in the world, what would it be?
More education for emotional intelligence and self-awareness/expression in school system.
Where do you look for inspiration in your daily life?
Nature, through being in my body, conversations with friends.
What do you want to be remembered for?
What is your motto?
If you’re not being you, what’s the damn point?
What organization/project are you currently working on?
I’m currently teaching an embodiment training program that I developed for organizations and corporations called Out of Your Mind. It’s about self-management through embodied self-awareness so that you can be better at and more fulfilled by your job. I’m excited to be partnering with Patagonia!
What/who inspired your work?
Too many people and experiences to list! I’m someone who can’t really compartmentalize life and work—it’s all the same. So I’m inspired by every experience I have in my life. But on a more practical level, my work is inspired by yoga, outdoor/expertiential education, my first mentors in vision quest guiding and in spiritual counseling, and my geeky love of poetry and neuroscience.
Why does your work matter?
I’m sure it matters to other people and to the world in some way, but to say why it matters to others feels presumptive to me. The reason why my work matters to me is that it brings me joy.
What are the challenges you face with your work?
It demands that I be present and vulnerable.
What do you love most about your work?
It demands that I be present and vulnerable!
How can we support your work?
Keep inviting me back to Muse events where I get to be inspired by the amazing women there, and share my work with people who really “get” it.
Because this is our “Back to School” Issue:
Who are your greatest teachers?
I’ve had many phenomenal teachers, but right now my greatest teacher is my motorcycle. Truly! I’ve learned just as much about the important of presence, right relation with self and other, and my tendencies around believing I’m worthy of goodness and love from motorcycle as I have from my yoga teachers and mentors!
What has been your most difficult lesson?
How to stay true to myself even when it might hurt or disappoint someone else.
What are you learning right now?
That having more play in my life and approaching the “hard stuff” with more lightness actually makes me better at what i do professionally—I can still be deep and be taken seriously if I bring out my inherently playful nature.
What do you know to be true?
That feeling is almost always more useful than thinking.
What do you want other women and girls to know?
What it feels like in a visceral and action-oriented way to have their own backs.
Thank you for the inspiration. xo, muse
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