I was lost recently. My GPS failed me, as usual. I remember feeling frustrated. Because I was lost and because I didn’t have any cell service.
Annoyance was present. Fear. Some loneliness, as I was alone, navigating a strange neighborhood. Disconnected from the present moment, as I started thinking about the pandemic and oppressive systems and injustices sitting on our chest — making it difficult for many of us to breathe. And for many of us to feel calm.
When. Out of nowhere. A RIVER. I gasped. Leave it to nature to bring me back to the present moment.
I parked, and took a deep breath as I stepped out of the car. I walked slowly towards the lake, hearing the leaves I stepped on, and feeling the sun against my skin. I was filled with so much gratitude for being able to witness this beautiful scene.
Gabrielle Roth wrote: In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop being comforted by the sweet territory of silence?
And, I would add — please, if you can, dance by the trees and rivers. Sing while looking at enchanting yellow flowers. Read while sitting on a bench by the lake while the sun is setting. Sit under a tree, meditate, and feel what it’s like to hear your breath, to sense your body rising and falling, and to hear the birds sing sweet songs.
OK. Definitely make sure that you’re not in an area with bears and mountain lions when you’re meditating :D
Below is what I saw that immediately took away all of the uncomfortable emotions I was experiencing, and helped me remember how breathtaking this world can be.
I’ll see you out there.