A simple reminder of peace. A knowing that there must be an acknowledgment of the mud in order to witness the blossom.
For myself I am realizing again that life is a balance of evolving and being still with what is.
When pain strikes, pausing to feel that I am alive. When joy comes, taking it all in as beautiful light. When worry takes over, coming back to the present breath.
Ponder the idea of blossoming from the mud in your life, and taking part in being present when life show 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.
Being outside is one of the greatest and fastest ways for me to get grounded. Stepping outside and feeling life around me immediately brings me into the present moment.
I recently had major hip surgery and I noticed that as the days got closer, I opted for more and more time in nature. My soul knows what she needs to stay calm and connected.
A jaunt through heaven on Earth–the Garden of the Gods–which is nearly in my backyard the day before surgery was just what I needed to move into the weeks ahead of no hiking and finding news ways to get grounded (which I have learned is simply sitting in my garden and observing with all my senses).
Deliciously beautiful isn’t it? And the mutts are kinda cute, too.
Being in nature is so important to me. I consider the benefits to be so great that I find myself craving the trails. Here is what I think nature does:
- I become grounded. I feel connected to the Earth and I am much quieter and calmer following a walk amongst the trees.
- The fresh air fills my body with life. I breathe deeper and the intake is crisp and clean.
- The abundant colors remind are soothing to my eyes. The sky, the trees, the winter weeds gone brown. All of it is pure glory.
- Joy is present. The happy dogs running free and the people who exchange hello’s fill my heart with happiness. How often do you cross paths with someone at an inside location like the mall or a grocery store and never say hello? In nature, I find people greet others with an open heart.
- My thoughts become quiet and I have space between the thoughts. For me, exercising indoors on a treadmill is monotonous and the sounds are disruptive to my thoughts.
- My body is stronger. The up and downs of trail challenges my physical body and I feel amazing. The greatest feeling is coming to the end of the trail and my body is invigorated from the miles.