Some get strong. Some get strange. Sooner or later, it all gets real. Walk on. -Neil Young
Some get strong. Three years ago, I moved to New York City. A 20-something idealistic young woman from Minnesota with no job leads, no big savings account, no permanent place to live, nada. What I did have was a strong intuitive feeling in my body. A zing. A deep sense of inner knowing that this was the right move for me. I also had a ticket to see the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. That was September 11, 2007. *Side note- I recently attended the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert and highly recommend checking out any of the footage on their website.*
When is the last time you remember you just knew something? Where you felt it in every cell of your body? Where you honored the wisdom that came from your body? Where you took a risk and had faith in your own strength?
Some get strange. Life is bizarre. It takes random twists and turns. People you trust make decisions that affect you, sometimes negatively. People you can't imagine effectively running a bake sale get elected into public office. It gets weird. And as we go through our days, our own perception shifts and evolves. Some mornings we feel elated. Some lonely nights we feel victimized and wronged by the world. Some afternoons we are just trying to see past the cloudy fog of indecision. Either way, the only constant is change and sometimes the change is strange. We can easily look around our personal world and/or the collective reality and say WTF is going on? One thing to remember- sooner or later, it all gets real.
Sooner or later, it all gets real. All things must pass. Instead of getting caught in the dramatic loop, try to ask yourself, "how is this serving me?" Just by asking the question, you open yourself up to the answer. There is a great book about this process of looking for how a difficult situation maybe serving you called Radical Forgivenessby Colin Tipping. Eckhart Tolle says, “Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at this moment.” If we can get real with ourselves, we can start to see the soul gift of the circumstances we are in and walk on.
Walk on. So what do you do? What do you do while in limbo? What do you do in those inbetween places where you are living between the clear desire of what you want and the reality of where you are? Neil Young strums his guitar and sings Walk on. In our case, I invite you to dance on. Imagine taking a sticky situation in your life on as your dance partner, as a welcomed dance partner. Start to dance with it. Start to dance with life.
Remember, there is a very simple thing that always works to get back into our bodies. A way in which we can get real again. A way in which we can walk on. It's so simple, no experience required. You just have to be willing to try.
What is it?
1- Watch this short 2 minute video and shake along with it! On your own, shake each part of your body for 10-15 seconds. You will feel rejuvenated and more like your true self. That vibrant true self. Use this simple exercise as a tool to get back into your body, to get real and to walk on anytime you need it.
2- Click here to listen to Neil Young's song Walk On as you slice organic red peppers for dinner, walk to your next appointment or get ready for your day. Feel yourself taking life as a dance partner as you go from task to task. Notice how a little music can brighten up the most mundane part of our days. Feel the cycle of life moving through you and just like you accept the seasons changing from summer, fall, winter to spring, find that same acceptance with change that some get strong, some get strange and sooner or later, it all gets real, walk on.
3- Come dance with me! If you're in New York City, I'm teaching 4 classes a week and your first class is FREE, drop-ins are $30 or you can purchase a $100 all you can dance Qoya pass good through December 8, 2010. Click here to see Qoya class dates and times. There are also 4 spots left for our Costa Rica Retreat December 11-18, 2010.
I look forward to dancing with you,
I invite you to shake right now. Notice how you feel. Notice the zing in your body.