I spent last weekend in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with seven of my new best friends. Our purpose: explore and respond to our soul’s whisper and heart’s desire. The journey within can be more fearful than traveling to the most remote corners of the world. Here is my ode to my fellow travelers.
Eight daring women step into the arena.
Four stalwart horses stand at attention, electric with anticipation.
Eight daring heartbeats racing, pulsing through the sultry, arid ether.
Eight daring women eye-to-eye with one-thousand pound sentient beings.
Eight daring women exposed and vulnerable.
Eight daring women open to the possibilities.
Eight daring women supporting one another through tears and laughter.
Eight daring women forever changed.
Thank you Beth Bryce, my fellow travelers and my two equine teachers, Dandi and Lilly, for helping me understand the importance of stillness and letting my bright light shine.
The road to personal growth, self-awareness and enlightenment is not always smooth. Here is a triptik about some of the things I have learned on my journey in the past few months.
I’ll be humming along on my journey through life and see the “construction zone ahead” signs and take a detour. I find it appeals to my need for change and test my flexibility. I have always considered my flexibility an asset. No real lesson, just a pop quiz that keeps presenting itself from time to time.
I believe that if you do the right thing, you will be rewarded in some life, if not this one. Pay it forward! So I often choose to do what I consider the right thing. Let the tough lessons begin.
Sometimes I am doing the right thing on the outside but the voices in my head create roadblocks that must be dealt with. What looks like a selfless act is often negated by my inner attitude. Aha, a lesson! I will continue to ‘do the right thing’ while working on my inner voice.
Audrey Hepburn said it well:
“It’s that wonderful old-fashioned idea that others come first and you come second. Others matter more than you do, so ‘don’t fuss, dear; get on with it’.”
Speed bumps are there to slow us down. I suspect my speed bumps are there to slow me down and teach me patience. I would go days on end and never take the car out of the garage. Now I find myself out on the roads in high traffic times for anywhere from two to four hours a day. It goes something like this: drop a child off at school, pick her up from school, take her to swim practice and then pick her up. In between I will run errands, go to a part-time job a couple times a week and to my volunteer gig once a week. All of this takes patience on the road. Along with patience I am learning some less travelled routes that avoid the busiest roads and intersections. With a minor child as a passenger in the car I am also working on my outer voice by not yelling bad things at other drivers.
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.” Douglas Adams
And so the journey continues.