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.
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.
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