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An Opportunity For Non Attachment

Life is a good and consistent teacher.  She is constantly giving us opportunities to be stronger, to go deeper, and evolve. She is always teaching non attachment. Case in point. This morning, I woke up to find out that I am no longer admin of a Face Book page that I started and had no admin but me.  Yep. I cannot post on the Ashtanga Yoga Project as the Ashtanga Yoga project.

I immediately started searching Google and YouTube looking for hacks, solutions and people I could e-mail. Boy was that disconcerting. This happens all the time. No one knew how to fix it or posted getting it resolved. Like numerous other people, I reported it to Face Book. I hope that my story is different from theirs. They never heard back.

Ahhh, Face Book. First they created an algorithm that buried my posts so that, even people who are subscribed to AYP, don’t see them.   Then they sell my information to the highest bidder. Last but not least, they pretty much steal my page.

It may not seem like much, but that page had close to 16,000 followers. Nothing else comes close. Not my Instagram. Not my e-mail list. Nothing. I don’t have access to the followers so I cannot even start another page and transfer them over. If Facebook doesn’t respond, I have to start over…if I start over.

An hour or so ago, I was completely prepared to call Thursday off. The energy snow ball effect was starting to happen. You know, the one bad thing after another thing that happens when you allow negativity to take you. I got a notification from my bank shortly after. It wasn’t pretty. I started questioning my whole entire life…all because of one incidence on Face Book.

I wasn’t going down like that, though. I got up and made pancakes and they were yummy and I thought,  “non attachment”.  If Face Book does not restore my admin status, there is nothing I can do. Crying won’t restore it. Bitching and moaning won’t restore it. Continuing my attachment to it won’t restore it. It will keep me from moving on though. From deciding my next step. It will block me from the state of ease and grace that I enjoy so much about my life. My precious Thursday, the only day I have off,  could disintegrate into an abyss of tears and darkness, but nah, I am calling off the pity party. It is good that this happened today. That I can sit with it. Perfect timing. Grace is still there. I will turn my eyes to her.

Something else came to my mind as well, Yoga Sutras 2:21 “the seen exists only for the sake of the Seer”. Everything that is happening is for my benefit. The universe is kind. There is more to be gained from this than heartbreak. To tell you the truth, this theme of ” moving on” has come up a lot in my life recently.  I have had conversations with loved ones about it. I have had business discussions about it. I have friends that have recently done it.  My beloved teacher, Life, is speaking with me, I am going to listen. I will keep you posted.

Really, if you start seeing post again on the AYP Facebook page, you will know it was fixed. If you have had this happen, please e-mail me. I would love to know what you did and if it was resolved. If you are like a computer wizard and know some work around, I would like to hear from you too.

I am going to post on my personal Face Book page. Please share and subscribe to my e-mail newsletter below. It is the only way to ensure that we stay connected. Thanks for your support!

P.S. If you have a Face Book business page, set someone else you trust as an admin. That way, if you get deleted, they can add you back.
P.S.S It is working again. Face Book never answered or anything. Hopefully, it stays fixed.

Shanna Small has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga and studying the Yoga Sutras since 2001. She has studied in Mysore with Sharath Jois and is the Director of AYS Charlotte, a school for traditional Ashtanga in Charlotte NC. She has written for Yoga International and the Ashtanga Dispatch. Go here for more information on AYS Charlotte. For information on workshops, please e-mail shanna@ashtangayogaproject.com.

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