October 4, 2018
Every so often, change or a shift from the usual is needed. It is so in many different sports, dance, yoga - in the body, the mind, the spirit.
In this recent move from Sedona, Arizona to Berwyn, Pennsylvania there has been the challenging and the amazing. Moving is a challenge in itself, especially when moving away from things of the heart. Luckily, there has been the moving towards other things of the heart. In this, the practice comes to me again, fresh in this new environment: to begin again, notice what is familiar, and to allow myself to be in the unknown without attachment. To feel for how to just be.
In the unknown, the ripples of old fears surface, aided by a wider world in chaos, the constant attention of the media on the blame game, everyone in some way pulled into the drama of politics. The “old silos” going up, the walls to separate and to protect ourselves and what we hold to be right or true. We hold onto our politics, resisting change like sports fans to their favorite sports teams. We cannot let ourselves appreciate the beautiful play of the other team. The old fears show me my attachments, and I invite myself to let this all go yet again, let go of the attachment and trust that something else is going to appear by doing so.
When I was in high school, one of the things we were challenged to do was to memorize and recite a passage from poetry. The one I chose was written by William Shakespeare, and begins with, “To be, or not to be, that is the question.” Another line of the longer passage has kept visiting my thoughts, “To take arms against a sea of trouble and by opposing, end them.” How do you oppose something when “to be or not to be” does not believe in taking up arms, a shield, a sword?
It comes to me, “What if arms are simply arms? Your arm reaching out and taking mine? What if it is that simple? To let ourselves connect in again, change the story, shift away from the drama and choose the heart, the smile, laughter, joy, a love that has no need for anything more than to simply be.
You are loved, we are powerful together.