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Welcome to Rooted & Rising

It’s finally here!
I’ve been working on this site for the past couple months now and I am so incredibly excited to finally reveal it!

Rooted & Rising started out as a random thought (maybe I should start a blog?!) and with your help and a mini crowdfunding campaign, it has turned into what you are now looking at: probably the coolest piece of art I’ve ever created. It combines my love of design, writing, poetry, and my newly acquired skill of web development. But more than that, it’s an offering and a testament to overcoming and rising above the darkness.


The meaning behind Rooted & Rising (read the full manifesto here

I brainstormed a bunch of different names and this one just felt right. I knew I didn’t want to have my name in the title (Aurora Lyra Yoga) because as much as these stories are about me, the blog is meant to embody a bigger purpose: I’m just showing up behind the scenes to contextualize some of the ideas I have been wanting so desperately to talk about!

The kinds of stuff we’ve been told we should hide because it’s too messy or complicated or embarrassing or inappropriate.

Mental Illness
Feelings
Insecurities
Anxiety
Intimacy
Depression
Death
Relationships
Love
Loss

All the stuff that makes being a human so difficult but incredibly beautiful at the same time. And the more I realized that I wanted to talk about mental health (because it’s so stigmatized), the more I realized that the human experience is stigmatized!

The parts of myself I thought I needed to hide in order to find acceptance are now exposed, and ironically, it’s these parts that enable me to connect so effortlessly with others. Because it’s not about my story or my scars: it’s about the message behind them, the one that proudly proclaims I’m in this with you, I’m just as confused as you are, but I’ll walk alongside you and we can figure it out together.

During the depths of my depression, I started writing, and a lot of what you see here are the stories, poems, pieces, and reflections that arose from a place of searching so desperately for answers. I wrote to keep track of my racing thoughts, to sort out and filter through the bullshit, to try and capture some truth and meaning to add validity to my experiences.

So here it is.

All of me.

I don’t have everything figured out, but that’s the point. I was tired of feeling like I was keeping all these secrets to myself and I wanted to immerse myself in more honest conversations so I started one.

Online.

With strangers from all around the world that I now consider some of my closest friends.

It’s my hope that these stories offer comfort and a reminder that although we are different in our struggles, there’s no need to hide the parts of ourselves that have been weathered by the weight of what it means to be alive. It’s time to acknowledge and dare I say celebrate the imperfections and the struggles. Because without them, who knows where we’d be?

Welcome to Rooted & Rising

-A

 

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Candy
    April 5, 2017 at 11:36 am

    My Dearest Aurora,
    Words can’t express how proud I am of you and all the hard work you put into everything you do.
    You are able to shine so brightly in spite of or maybe because of the deep dark places you have been to. Without darkness there is no light.
    Keep following your dreams, and inspiring others as you have inspired me.
    I’ve always said, “I want to be just like you when I grow up”
    Love Always & Forever
    Mama

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      auroralyra
      April 5, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      Love you mama! Thank you so much 🙂

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    Janell Johnson
    April 5, 2017 at 2:50 am

    Brave step & congratulations are in order. Your hard work has paid off! So proud of you for stepping out. It takes a lot of courage. You bring out the creative side of me that laid dormant for so long. I forgot, I loved poetry. You ooze positivity, empowerment & reflection. Love our long deep talks. It always surfaces darker issues. You are such a blessing. Dare to be excitable you. Goofy, funny & carefree. Love you to pieces. So thankful we met. ❤

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      Aurora Myers
      April 5, 2017 at 8:23 am

      Thank you Janell! This is such a sweet message and I hold it close to my heart. Thank you for these kind words and for our long, deep talks. I love you!

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    Alex
    April 3, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    This yogi, this Aurora, she is a special one. A natural sharer and creator of connection. A friend and guaranteed smiling and listening and loving face. A curious explorer and fearless leader. A fearless woman who presence and tories always inspire me.
    Y’all should feel blessed to be reading this blog, because you are. Aurora is a gift and I am so excited that she will share it here. So stoked. For her and for all that read it.

    Much love for you Aurora, thank you. Thank you so much for what you do and the engery you put our into the universe.

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      Aurora Myers
      April 3, 2017 at 10:09 pm

      Alex, you’re the best. Thank you for your endless support and encouragement. I feel so blessed and lucky to know you.

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    Stefani E.
    April 3, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    I’m so proud of you for putting this all together! This is incredible work!

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      Aurora Myers
      April 3, 2017 at 9:03 pm

      Thank you Eliana! I love you so much!

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    Deanne
    April 3, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    You are one gorgeous soul. This speaks to my heart on so many levels. I’m incredibly grateful we connected and am UBER excited for all to come for you, Aurora!

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      Aurora Myers
      April 3, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      Deanne! You’re the best. Thank you so much sister. I feel the same about you 🙂

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    Ian Saner
    April 3, 2017 at 3:23 am

    Aurora this is awesome!! Everything looks so good!

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      auroralyra
      April 3, 2017 at 3:24 am

      Thank you Ian!! 🙂

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    Devon
    April 3, 2017 at 1:31 am

    So amazing!! So excited for what is to come! You truly are a person here for others!

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    Corinne
    April 2, 2017 at 1:13 am

    Yay! So glad you are sharing your light with the world!

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      auroralyra
      April 2, 2017 at 11:59 pm

      So lucky that I have you on my side!

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