Breath breathing inside
Listening to the cadence
Of hearts deepest call
Recently I returned from a two week trip to Ireland which was inspiring, challenging and eye-opening on many different fronts. The land itself feels tired though it is refreshed everyday with storms that sweep over the island and remind the land, and the people, of a wild and mythical beauty that used to be and is now only remembered in the stories of what used to be. I wandered the streets of Galway and Dublin and thought…what chance do our young adults have to thrive, to feel nourished, to understand how important they are when bombarded at every moment with relentless invitations to escape into alcohol, sex, drugs, and virtual realities?
I dropped into a place of hopelessness that lives inside of me and then took a deep breath as I reflected on the workshop I just attended. There are pockets of people and individuals who are lifting their eyes to see beyond the shadow our culture is casting, to feel into the new story that is being woven and participate in the weaving of it in their own unique way. I am not alone in the work I do. I am part of a whole voice that is emerging – it may have different trappings but the essential story that is emerging has familiar and similar threads. I don’t think we know what it is yet but if you listen, you will begin to hear the call for connection, for attending to the health and development of the whole, for a gathering where the sky meets the water, where the masculine aligns with the feminine in peace and solidarity, first within each of us and then with each other, and where individual acts of courage contribute to the wellbeing of our children’s inheritance.
I am not alone in the work I do and it is sheer ignorance on my part that keeps that thought in place. I listened to women teach these past weeks the same thing I teach though in a different format. I was on my porch developing a new yoga flow for my practice. I went to a yoga class the next day and my teacher taught the flow I had been developing. I thought it was mine. I don’t think there is a ‘mine’ anymore. I felt, clearly, that in listening and moving, I was tapping into something greater than me but of me. My responsibility is to express it as it moves uniquely through me and know the meetings that are happening all over the planet supporting an emerging new story to be heard.
Martha Graham illustrates this magnificently in the following passage:
There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open…