A Walk About...
The energy in the Yoga room was magical. Flowing through our practice we ended up at the back of our mats to begin our walk about. Lifting the heel of my left foot, rolling up into the arch, peeling the pad and feeling the rebound of my toes lifting off of the yoga mat…..journeying from side to side until I reached the top of the mat…exhilarating and liberating all at the same time. I’ve never quite felt my connection to life quite like this before.
“How can you come into the same space time and time again, and create a new adventure for yourself?” Wade’s words echoed off of my heart. He released each of us to delight in our personal “walk about.” This concept originated with the Australian Aborigines as a "rite of passage" for young males who were journeying through adolescence. The length of the mat seemed too short for the journey contained in my heart. Each thoughtful movement towards the top of my mat left me feeling invigorated and peaceful. Instead of following the hamster wheel in my mind, I fiercely felt this walk from the inside out. As the Bhagavad Gita so beautiful states, “For him who has no concentration, there is no tranquility.”
I could feel this passionate concentration propelling my body forward, with eyes closed; I felt the organic connection to Mother Earth. The intense support and the gentle nurturing undertones. The wave of tranquility washed over me like an overzealous waterfall. In this space, there was nothing to do but to go in and in.
We often move through our lives, arriving in many familiar spaces, and at times we can feel anxious and overwhelmed for no apparent reason. We set our internal cruise control and end up missing the conversation with life. We fall down the mountain of our distractions, and concentration hardly seems relevant as we search for a stable ledge to land on. We lose our footing and then at times we lose our peace. We fragment ourselves into distortions of the past, into anxieties of the future; seldom remembering that our power lies in this present moment. That each moment offers us the gift of a new adventure!
This past weekend Yoga immersion with Wade Gotwals left me feeling inspired and curious about my own “walk-about.” The lessons I explore on my mat, become a mirror for my growth off of the mat. I hope that your walk about, your rite of passage will be inspired by the words of the Bhagavad Gita. May you travel with tireless concentration and may each step be blessed with peace as you walk towards your new adventure!
May you Sweetly Seek!