Jul 21, 2019
Social situations have always been a challenge for Harris Montanye. After years of practicing classic yoga and meditation, he realized this practice was creating a shell that kept him from engaging with others. That realization has thrown Harris on a path of self discovery and authenticity. A path where “interaction and community, now feel like the healthiest thing for me. It feels like I just ate a nourishing meal,” he says. Harris and I discuss his journey, his insights along the way and what is next in his life. Join me in a thoughtful and engaging discussion about engaging in your world.
02:58 Easeful Living Practice
05:28 Interview with Harris Begins!
14:48 How Harris’ Yoga perspective has changed -- from classical to Tantra
19:37 Tools for navigating insecurities and moving toward curiosity
24:38 Meaning of Authenticity
29:10 How Harris acts on Self-love
46:20 Courageous Self-Care Tip
“Being with people helps me become a more realistic version of the person I want to become.” -Andrea Catherine
“I’m trying to engage in my world rather than turn away from it.” -Harris Montanye
“I believed in enlightenment and blissful reality. Now I’m trying to show up.” -Harris Montanye
“What lights me up are my insecurities. When I really look at them, they make me turn toward life and make me curious.” -Harris Montanye
“Sometimes I feel like I’m teaching myself when I say something to a client or a class. It is a reminder to self, a check, that I am in integrity with what I am saying.” -Andrea Catherine
“Internal authenticity creates a conversation with external motivation and makes it more authentic. That conversation has to start from inside, not outside.” -Harris Montanye
“Even when we are on a path of authenticity, if we are not in a place of self validation, then we can’t hear or understand that authenticity.” -Andrea Catherine
“One of the gifts of human creation is that no one in the entire universe is like you. You get to decide who that person is going to be.” -Harris Montanye
“Advice is only helpful if you make the changes.” -Harris Montanye
“Self love is an action more than a feeling. I can feel upset with myself or feel really foolish about a mistake or an action I made. But that fool in me needs just as much compassion and care as the one who feels on top of the world...maybe even more.” -Andrea Catherine
Harris Montanye has his Bachelor's degree in psychology and has spent the last four years teaching and studying yoga. He is in his early twenties trying to find a way of living that is meaningful and authentic. In many ways he is lost and insecure trying to navigate the maze of life. He has found that the only way forward is to keep moving and to keep breathing. Knowing that sometimes the best movement is stillness and the greatest skill is being able to choose what you pay attention to.