This book. Weathered, tabbed, highlighted and so worn. I’m returning to it (again).
Spring time 2004 was when I began to shed old patterns and beliefs and emerge into a life of awakening and presence. This book came along a few years later and was paramount in my path. It is always a treasure to re-read and ponder the handwritten notes to see where I’ve been and what resonates in my current life.
I remember exactly where I was on the trail and the sound my feet made as they crunched along the path. With each step, I was walking away from old beliefs and going towards such a vast, open and welcoming new life. I felt free and light as I was no longer weighed down and heavy, both physically and emotionally.
In time, the inner light that was always there began to shine beyond the sadness and the ponderous load I had felt I had to carry for decades.
With light came freedom and a life of deep purpose. Aligned with my soul and now open to allow all that IS into my daily life. In return, I circulate that goodness.
What an incredible wake up.
About 15 years ago, I began to listen to my intuition and to what my soul was calling me to do. I knew I was here to do great things, as we all are.
It is my belief that we are all here to serve and make a difference in some capacity. Sometimes we get caught up in the thinking that it has to be something grand or famous, but the truth is even the simplest of lives can be the most impactful. It isn’t about being seen, but rather meek in your actions to create a world that is more peaceful and more full of compassion and unity.
When I began to get the nudges to look deep inside, I did so without an intention of a return. So often our culture teaches that you give to get. I was certain I was not going to fall into that. Instead, I listen to my gut and lived in a way that served my highest food with zero attachments to an outcome.
Eventually, I was able to leave my day job (and a dysfunctional relationship) and now I do what I am called to do, and that is share yoga and wellness with people who are living with a disability. I specialize in brain injuries and seniors but I enjoy all types of people and my client base includes a spectrum of abilities and interests.
My services include adaptive yoga, wellness coaching, essential oil education and level 1 healing touch. Each day I head off to work I realize that this isn’t work, it is soul.
Have you found your calling? If you are still seeking, stop thinking so much and instead try a few of these ideas:
- Ask yourself this–“I am best when I am ________”. Be truthful.
- Journal about the things that bring you joy. They may be subtle like children laughing, making sure neighbors are taken care of, cooking, nature, laughter, etc.
- What are you passionate about and where do you speak up? Sometimes those “triggers” lead you toward something.
- Start to identify your everyday actions and interests that could lead you to a life of meaning. Cooking, sharing success with others, natural living, yoga, teaching others a skill, and more.
- Practice gratitude. Just you being you is a worthy adventure. Celebrate who you are by identifying things about yourself you are grateful for.
- Stop comparing yourself. Your life journey is yours and yours alone. Remember that when we fall face down, that is often when we come up even stronger. Wipe off your dust and keep at it.
Practicing Gratitude is not just recognizing the ‘big’ things in life, such as a great job, a home, or fulfilling relationships. Instead, I find that looking for small, yet remarkably large points of gratitude humbles me into a deeper practice of appreciation.
I was thinking about the women around this world who are as physically tired as I am. Aching joints and sore muscles with long days of hard work that tire their bodies as much as my body tires. As I soaked in the sweet-smelling bubbles I realized that not only do I have a giant soaking tub, I have hot water to fill it. What a simple, yet profound luxury that I have at my fingertips each day. How many women across this planet have never slipped into a hot bath? How many women whose aches and pains are never relieved by hot water much less epsom salts and lavender bubbles.
This morning I was not unconsciously washing my body and warming my muscles. I was taking in the glory of just how fortunate I am not just for the home that my tub is in, but for the availability of hot water. I imagined women all over the world who work tirelessly and have no relief. I marveled at just how abundant my life is.
What can you be grateful for today?
Seek out happiness. You may be surpassed where you find it.