Observation #1. Walking against the wind is hard. It takes more effort and time than letting the wind be at your back. But sometimes to get to your goal or in this case, a super cute pergola for our morning yoga practice, a walk against the wind needs to be endured. Along the way, as the sand was blowing like drifting snow (but 70 degrees warmer) I noticed if I shielded my eyes from the sand, I could only see what my next few steps looked like. That brought relief from the sand in the eyes, but I could not see into the distance.
Sometimes when life gets hard, we can find relief in the present moment. The unknown of the future is unsettling and maybe even painful, sort of like sand in the eyes. So with my husband in his "be present" shirt, we walked. As we walked, we came across huge letters in the sand, B E. The lesson was obvious and I know that yoga has taught me so many times to be present on my mat and in my life. I love the clarity of this lesson.
On the start our walk there was a pelican that was enjoying pecking away at a freshly caught fish. Nearly an hour later, upon our return, the bird was still there, guarding the fish, but clearly no longer eating it. He wasn't even pecking at the fish. He was merely protecting his catch. He flew around when he saw no one near enough to threaten the fish. But quickly returned when he became aware of competition. It made me giggle at the thought that we, too, can spend so much time and energy protecting our assets, ideas, and experiences rather than sharing our bounty.
Is there something in your life that has lost its usefulness to you, but someone else might appreciate? Or, in my case, I know I have a gift to share, and rather than spending time protecting my idea, I am choosing to share it freely and openly. It feels right.
Like the wind behind our back or beneath our wings, the lighter our load, the higher we can soar.
In light and love, Julie