Hello. Welcome to the “Unfolding” community..it is a pleasure to share energy with you here!
This is on the cover of a National Geographic magazine that I keep prominently displayed on my shelf in the living space of the boat. I pass by it numerous times as I move throughout my day. I love this particular phrase “journey of a lifetime” because it reminds me that my life is not this small forty-foot space on the boat–it is far larger than that– encompassing time, space, connections that span the universe and realms within the universe. If I allow the busyness of life to fill each moment, I may forget that World exists outside of my small space..and that my life’s purpose is not to invest my precious energy in such minutia; rather to open my heart to flow and experience World.
The word “journey” reflects to me: movement, adventure, exploration, experience.
In my personal life, this same statement applies to my practice of yoga, so journey to me is much like my practice of yoga. I show up on the yoga mat (or sand on the beach, or grass in the park..wherever I happen to “be”) and I open my heart to the process. Sometimes I enjoy being led by a teacher, sometimes I delight in sharing with a friend, sometimes I stand alone. But, I am *there*…mindfully aware of my surroundings and full of gratitude for being *there*. I embrace the process of *living* in the same way: I show up, open my heart to the moment, and celebrate with gratitude.
Yoga for me is as spiritual as it is physical..as I move my body and honor each individual piece that allows me to be me and to connect with you..I also honor namaste to the core. I have recently begun carrying this heartfelt namaste with me as I move through life. I generously offer namaste to everything and, in return, I graciously receive namaste back from everything. Magical. In this space, I recognize the interconnectedness, I feel the expansiveness, I celebrate All; I am fully tapped into Universal Flow. *Everything* truly is possible.
In yoga, and in life, there are moments that I do not “feel like” showing up; I feel something less than that allows me to hesitate to be mindfully present. There are also moments that I feel I’d rather be comfortable with what I “know” than to stretch fully into the unknown. There are many different ways to process this: some deny, berate, hide, bury, deflect the Feeling. I choose to allow for unfolding..to Feel the moment as it is..because the depth of that moment is perfect for me and the space I am in. If I do not feel like showing up, I open my heart to the discomfort and stand there until grace guides me to move..I practice familiar movements that lovingly, gently stretch into the unfamiliar movements (almost effortlessly bringing me from known to unknown)..then I thank my self for stretching.
(A quick aside: as you move through life, please take the time to thank your self. So often we ask self to ‘open up’, ‘push through’, ‘carry on’..yet do we stop and acknowledge the step? Does self feel loved, accepted, and cherished? As you thank those around you, please honor self with gratitude as well.)
I also recognize that when I become most comfortable within my space, I tend to allow “clutter”. Over time, this clutter may accumulate and begin to distract me from the idea of journey..this clutter may even weigh me down so that I feel the idea of journey is not possible. Clutter takes different forms..old ideas or thoughts that no longer fit, material possessions that are broken or in disrepair, connections that are stale. I notice that when I begin to feel too comfortable, I also begin to relinquish my creativity and my dreaming process..I may still be creative and still dream, but not as often or as vividly or as boldly. I love the idea of ‘journey’…and I live the reality of my dreams..so when I Feel too comfortable that is my sign to look into my space to see where clutter may be present and to lovingly release that clutter as I simultaneously celebrate the new space.
I am Aware that standing still and stillness are quite different.
When I choose to stand still, it is due to fear…
when I choose to honor stillness it is due to reverence.
Mainstream society would have us stand still..miss the journey..by convincing us that what we “need” in life is comfort: usually layers of something (clutter if you will) that weight us down. And, then in order to move..we “need” this latest and greatest, or this self-help book or therapy process..or this golden ticket. I believe that when I choose new and different I am given new and different results, so in my life I have chosen to release this mainstream belief. I celebrate stillness each morning by reflecting at water’s edge, yet I then move through stillness as I embrace my journey. When I allow for unfolding, there is an effortless fluidity to movement..not “pain” or “struggle” or “exertion” as many believe; rather: excitement, curiosity, joy, peace.
This is the space I am in as I share with you today: I have shown up; I am lovingly, gently stretching from known to unknown; feeling immense gratitude for the process of embracing journey and the abundance within my life..and in this space I would like to thank you for all that you share with me: your emails, comments, prayers and love inspire me to move..and I appreciate all of it..
My life truly is as magical as I allow it to be.
As you celebrate all that is in your life, may you consider the journey and all that allows it to be so…