Every week, we get to share this space with an incredible woman from the health, wellness and personal development community. This is our chance to connect and collaborate with some amazing ladies from around the world as they follow their passion. This Wednesday, we got Meagan Ruppert, founder of Return to Roots Gathering and Ascending Circles, to share with us.
I am a visionary business coach and the founder of Return to Roots Gathering, a hoop dance, yoga, flow arts, and music festival that creates a space for conscious, spiritual, and community transformation.
My awakening happened when I discovered hoop dance in 2008. The empowerment and self-love that came out of my hoop practice inspired me to start Return to Roots Gathering in 2011. While I had no production experience, nor any professional connections that did either, I took action in faith – knowing that this project was much bigger than myself and that I would be divinely guided through the process. Now in it’s 5th year, this event was one of the first East Coast Transformational Festival, drawing people from around the world.
In addition to producing Return to Roots Gathering, I am a business coach for conscious entrepreneurs in my business, Ascending Circles. My purpose on this planet is to inspire awakened beings to take bold action in their lives and in the world through entrepreneurship and to be ambassadors of the evolving consciousness on planet earth, so that they can create their ultimate reality.
Passion Yoga School: How do you use your work as a spiritual tool?
Meagan Ruppert: For me, my work is simply an extension of my spirit. The work I do is me fulfilling soul purpose. Building a successful business requires FAITH and so each time I take a giant leap forward, I am trusting that all will fall into place, which it almost always does. :)
PYS: The cracks are how the light gets in. Tell us how your core wounds have inspired your work.
Meagan: Oh gosh. Haha - every time a crack happens my business grows leaps and bounds as a result. I've been transitioning through one the last 6-8 weeks, so I'm excited to see how it develops. ;)
The biggest wound I have healed through my work was when I began Return to Roots Gathering. I was on the mend from drug and alcohol dependencies. It was a challenging time for me because I had to admit some pretty intense stuff to myself. Things I'd been pushing deep down with substance. In order to support my transition away from dependency, I began hoop dancing every single day as a means for meditation. I began eating right, connecting deeper with people who lifted me up and inspired me, and taking care of myself on a level I'd never experienced. About 4 months into this process, the idea for creating a space for healing, connection and awakening through hoop dance and movement came through me during my hoop practice. That night Return to Roots Gathering was born. No experience, no connection, nothing. Just a vision. 4 months later, the first event went off beautifully and the event is now going into it's 6th year, maintaining the integrity of healing, connection and awakening.
PYS: What is your worst habit and what are you doing to improve it?
Meagan: My worst habit is consistency. This hinders me because I'll build up momentum and then the momentum falls off because I get sidetracked or move my attention elsewhere. I've improved hugely around this in the last two years to a point where I am able to follow through much longer so I can see thing through to completion. What's worked really well for me is 1) Forgiving myself. Rather than beating myself up for it, which can result in a pity party and not getting back on track for even longer, I now take notice and recommit. I'll do this as many times as I need to in order to see the task or project through to completion. 2) I started training for half marathons. My business coach has a program that has clients on a training plan for running 13.1 miles. I was never a runner but I saw how following through on a plan could help. What I learned was that I could see my patterns through my training. Finishing the daily assigned work outs helped me to get better at getting my work done and staying on it. When I would run 8 miles, I couldn't just stop at mile 7 and go do something else. I had to run that last mile so I could get home! So this mindset did translate over to my business.
PYS: What advice would you offer to other goddesses working to actualize their potential?
Meagan: Don't try to do it alone. Get a mentor or find a mastermind group to support you through it. Until I hired a mentor, my success was mediocre. My stuff was sticking but it wasn't paying the bills - literally and figuratively. I spent many years DIY'ing my business, so I experienced a lot of trial and error. It was REALLY hard and I definitely wasted a lot of time stuck because of my mindset. Invest in yourself and don't let your self-doubt keep you from showing up. Your works is SO IMPORTANT in this world but it won't make a difference if you don't step into your power and potential.
PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?
Meagan: On a good day my practice is meditation first thing upon waking then an hour of yoga, hooping and dance. On other days, it's just a short meditation in the morning, 15 minutes of stretching. Every day I try to take random 1 minute breaks to breathe and reconnect with my heart so I can stay in alignment with my WHY. And also, I'll throw on some music and shake it out so my energy doesn't get stagnant. Movement is my medicine. :)
PYS: What secrets (past or present) have kept you from living in your truth?
Meagan: Definitely. The story I shared about the beginning of Return to Roots was definitely the opening up to the shadows I'd been keeping deep down below. I stifled my uniqueness to fit into a mold and "be normal". I hid the truth of who I was because I wanted to be accepted by people. Even the realization of drug and alcohol addiction alone was dark. But bringing this stuff to the surface, though hard, was a process of lightening my load. Today, I am moving through fears around intimacy. This goes deeper than just sex. It's intimacy with self, with work, with friends and so on. I am opening up to getting closer. I am a Pisces and so I tend to hang out in the ethers and not let a lot of people in because I don't want to be judged by them, be accountable to them, . I see how this hinders me and I see how this was a defense mechanism to protect me in the past when people did judge me for being different. Getting vulnerable and allowing people to see the WHOLE me has been scary and liberating at the same time. I'm enjoying the process!
PYS: Who inspires you?
Meagan: SO MANY PEOPLE. I love watching women step into power more an more as the days progress. But if you are looking for your next interviewee, I would say Prema Lee Gureri. She's an amazing woman! She's a Vedic Astrologer and coach. She's my soul mentor and I think she'd be a great fit!