I want to celebrate an important milestone on my inner journey with you. I am opening into just being, and it feels wonderful! I have always allowed myself to be ruled by a steady stream of “shoulds” and “have tos” in my mind, and at long last, I am able to release and allow myself to just be.
I sensed that I needed to do this as summer holidays beckoned and colleagues talked about their summer plans. Whenever I was asked about my plans, my answer was always the same, “I want time to just be.” I hadn’t given my response a lot of thought; it just rose from within me. As it was expressed, I knew it was what I needed to do. And that is exactly what the first two weeks of my summer break have been all about.
Extended periods of time along our walking paths every day have provided me with a space in which I can be in nature and honour my inner call to experience connection to all that is. How therapeutic it has been to spend time just being present on tree-lined paths! I thrill to being quiet and opening to the life that surrounds me and to all the sensory expressions of its sweetness and beauty. The tranquility of those moments soothes and nourishes my soul.
Yoga has been another way for me to regularly connect with my body and to allow it to move in ways that help me to open and release even more. I love the moving meditation opportunity that it provides, and the deep relaxation that follows a yoga session opens me to being in an expanded state and to experiencing who I am beyond my body.
Daily meditation opens me still further to the depth and breadth of my spiritual being. It allows me to connect with the wise and ever-present guidance of my soul and to feel and experience the incredible loving energy that is always available to me.
I am learning to allow myself to be the presence in which my life happens — to be the observer of events, feelings, and thoughts. Instead of fixating on each and every little thing that happens and agonizing over what it means, I am releasing and finding inner quiet as I observe and notice all that transpires each day. As I experience this inner quiet, I feel like I have reached a point on my journey that I need to celebrate.
When I focus my attention within me, there are no anxious thoughts or worries or old wounds seeking my attention. No “what ifs” or feelings of guilt or what I should be doing shadow the glorious freedom of just being. I feel at peace — truly at peace — not because it is a state I am trying to reach, but because I am experiencing it. It is exhilarating to be here!
I know that there will be times when I become overwhelmed with life again and I will lose this inner space of quiet and well-being, but now I know how to return. Because I have shared with you my inner work to overcome so much pain, I also want to share with you my triumphs. It feels that I need to honour this inner state in some way, and so I am sharing it with you.
My dear spiritual brothers and sisters, I pray that you will find your way to the release and freedom that is to be experienced in just being. It is a wonderful place to be, and it is what I want for all of you. Namaste.