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Essay By Bristol Yoga Studio Director Featured on WRNI

Hear Bristol's Tracy Ramos read her essay about attaining what she really wants in life.

Bristol resident and director, Tracy Ramos, will be this week's featured contributor on Rhode Island public radio for her "This I Believe - Rhode Island" essay submission.

According to the RI NPR website, "This I Believe - Rhode Island..." is a segment aired in "effort to share the many stories of people of Rhode Island... the personal experiences that have helped form the opinions of your neighbors."

Tune in to WRNI on Wednesday at 6:35 am, 8:35 am, and 5:44 pm to hear Ramos' "This I Believe" essay or listen online at www.WRNI.org/listen-live.html. Below, read about Ramos' enlightenment when she decided to take her future into her own hands.

I JUST WANT TO LOVE PEOPLE!” I sobbed into my cell phone while driving down Route 6 one early morning in the fall of 2004. I was talking to my old friend, Kelly. I was distraught. I was working for a woman I didn’t trust, doing a job I didn’t believe in. For the third time that week this unfulfilling job had me driving from Bristol to Hartford, to work on a project I didn’t like or think would be successful. To top it all off, it was slowly becoming clear that the guy I thought was the “one” wasn’t that into me. I was heartbroken.

On that drive, it seemed that all my hard work to get what I wanted from life was for nothing. And then, in a moment of desperate clarity, I told Kelly: “I just want to love people.” I believe we have to ask for what we want.

As soon as I said it I immediately dismissed it as ridiculous. “What does that even mean ‘to love people?’ Who says that?! How stupid!” I told her. Kelly disagreed. She said “If that’s what you want, you will do it.”

I lost that job working for the woman I didn’t trust. I ended the relationship with the guy who wasn’t that into me. I entered into yoga teacher training in 2005, and as I deepened my own yoga practice, I came to understand that Kelly was right; it was possible to do exactly what I wanted. So I did. I partnered with another yoga teacher to open a yoga studio in 2007. I fell in love with an amazing guy who was really into me. We got married and now have two incredible kids. With every moment, the love keeps multiplying.

I’ve learned that sometimes, in the hardest moments of life, we find clarity about what really matters. And actually saying it out loud plants the seed for whatever we want to grow into reality. Of course my life still has some challenging moments, but now I can see these moments as opportunities, knowing that my work as a mom and a yoga studio director is meaningful and filled with real love. I’ll never forget that morning when I got clear about what I really wanted, and I’m so grateful that I get to live it out every day; all because I asked for it.

Kat December 28, 2011 at 05:12 PM
I found this article very inspiring and a seed for my thinking in the new year - very timely! @Karen, you are absolutely right that Love is our Actions. I have seen Tracy and her family perform acts of love and kindness time and again in their community and for their friends, family, and total strangers. To post such a spiteful comment on an article that is meant to be uplifting and a sharing of love and light is not only not an action of love, but one that is pretty indicative of the need for some serious soul searching. Tracy's essay was an ACT of sharing. Your comment is an ACT of hatred, or at the very least, lacks class.
Lauri December 28, 2011 at 07:36 PM
Beautiful person, beautiful life, and beautiful story!
Christine Reed December 28, 2011 at 08:03 PM
@Kat, I could not have said it better myself. I am Tracy's friend and former business partner at BYS. Though her character does not need defending, your comments directed at Ms.Booth were spot on! Christine Reed
Karen Booth December 28, 2011 at 09:10 PM
I am sure you think you know me. I am not offended by the misconception of your thoughts.
Tara Brennan December 28, 2011 at 10:27 PM
Tracy's letter is truly indicative of her character. It is a strong and humble person that allows the universe to guide her into the right arena. It has been a pleasure to watch and hear about this evolution into such a great life. Humility and acceptance does reap a plethora of rewards! Well done Tracy - I love this letter! Tara Brennan
lindsay green December 29, 2011 at 01:20 PM
Ran out to my car this morning to listen to it as I could not find the station on my radio...aurrgh! The piece wasn't overly sanguine or sappy or self involved. Beautifully read revealing how HOPE can change to action when spoken out loud and clarified! By sharing you are helping so many that may be where you were in 2004. Go GIrl!
Kat December 29, 2011 at 03:25 PM
@lindsay (and others) you can go to www.wrni.org and search "this I believe RI" and listen to archived essays. They seem to be about a week behind though. :/
Liv Fetterman January 07, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Tracy fortuitously entered my life in 2005, shortly after deciding to strengthen her life and love in Yoga. Tracy and I have spent countless hours together, sharing our values, love, and goals. Not only does her writing and life story fill my heart with awe and amazement, Tracy fills my life with love and truth. She has showed me a new way to look at being human through her practice in Yoga and the happy, joyous and free life that she leads. Tracy truly sees me and understands me, and therefore I am a better person. I am so grateful that Tracy has shared her hope, love, and commitment to leading a meaningful life in her beautifully written (and read) piece so that others may also benefit from her love as I have.

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