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Forest dancing

Sunday, September 13, 2009

I’m now embracing the fact that each day will not be structured perfectly with 4-6 hours of personal transformation practice and 4-6 hours of productive social justice work.  But I’m finding that simply by bringing a bit more intention to my day that it naturally encompasses more balance because I’m a bit more attuned to what I need in each moment. And engagement with nature has offered some of the most powerful opportunities for renewal too.

Take yesterday, for example.  I was working away again intensely, when I looked up and noticed that the sun had finally warmed the fall air that has begun to arrive each morning.  I felt inspired to go jogging.  I grabbed my iPod and shoes and headed out onto my dirt country road.  It was gorgeous out and I might not have noticed if I hadn’t looked up. 

I felt an amazing surge of energy and ended up going further than I have in a very long time, abeit with a mix of jogging, walking and stopping to admire the view.  I took a detour through the woods and just as I neared my favorite spot – this little mossy glen - Osho’s Kundalini Meditation series started playing on my iPod.  If anyone is familiar with Kundalini meditation you know that it starts with extremely dynamic movement.  I literally ended up dancing in the middle of the woods by myself for another half hour.  It was truly invigorating, and I felt exquisitely alive.  

How often have you danced in the woods by yourself?  I highly recommend it.  You’ll find your priorities start shifting as the beauty and scent of nature infiltrates.   And then the minute your mind empties of the to do lists and the planning process, the most creative and innovative ideas arise.   I’ve had similar experiences weeding my vegetable garden or hiking.  I end up feeling calm, full of wonder about things like soil and pine cones, rebalanced and solidly grounded. 

I’m sad that we’ve lost touch with the Earth in so many ways.  But the most important thing we could do for ourselves every day is to stand outside facing the sun or the rain clouds and just breathe the air for 5 minutes.  If you’re so lucky as to be outside a city and can get to a place where you can also smell the leaves and soil, then you must.  Or stand on the grass with your bare feet before it gets too cold to do so.  And if you’re brave enough, despite who’s watching, add a little wiggle or a jig.  You’ll be amazed at how great it feels.

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