Last week I was irritatedly walking through the woods, remember?
I’ve been sitting in that for the past few days, sitting in the thought of being “in a hurry” during my walk.
There’s this space in my life right now where, at times, I am really good at walking through this space slowly. I’m really good at feeling my feelings, at looking at my emotions, at seeing the areas where growth and change are required and in doing that very necessary work.
And there are times when I just want to be in a hurry in this particular space in my life. There are times when I just want to put my head down, stop looking around and observing where I’m at and feeling my feelings, and simply walk on through.
My dear friends. There are times when we just want to put our heads down and hurry through the hard times in our lives. There are times when we don’t want to look around, when we don’t want to see and feel, when we just want to forge ahead.
But dear friends, what will we miss along the way if we don’t take the time to slow down, to feel our feelings and to see the areas where growth and change are required? What will we miss when, instead of doing that necessary work, we simply move through without looking and observing?
I hope, this week, you can see and observe. I hope you can show up for the necessary work in your life even when it is hard and scary, even when it is the thing you don’t want to do.
I hope you have an amazing week my friend.
I was walking in the woods last week. It was a glorious day, a touch cool and cloudy, but not too cloudy. The leaves on the trees were starting to turn colors, but I was still blanketed by that deep, rich green all around me. It was such a beautiful day.
And I was irritated.
There was a mosquito buzzing in my ear, and no matter how often I smacked the air around me, I couldn’t get it to go away. There was a man walking his dog 70 feet in front of me, talking on the phone, and while I recognize I have no ownership over the trail I was on, I just really wanted to be alone. The beginning and end of the trail was close to the road and there happened to be a bunch of traffic on that particular road that day. I hate notifications and usually have them on silent, but somehow some notifications were turned on and I hadn’t figured out how to turn them off. I was in a bit of a hurry and didn’t get to do the full loop I wanted to do.
As I was walking, I was noticing how I was feeling. I was trying not to judge myself for them, instead, just trying to notice the feelings.
As I noticed, I also noticed how deep, how rich the green was around me. I noticed the smell of the damp earth and how refreshing it was. I noticed several gorgeous blue jays flying in and out of a beautiful oak tree. I noticed the beautiful colors of the leaves both in the trees and on the ground. I noticed. I noticed and was so very grateful for the beauty around me.
But I was still irritated.
My dear friends, I wonder if we can notice how we sometimes hold multiple truths at the same time. Can we notice without judging ourselves. Our lives, our emotions are complex, and sometimes we hold multitudes. May we see ourselves holding multitudes with a little less judgement today. May we see ourselves with a little less judgement today.
I hope you have an amazing week my friends.
I was walking in the park several weeks ago. It was a lovely, warm, but not too warm day towards the end of summer. I was glad it was not too warm, as the air around me was still and there was no breeze.
As I walked I noticed the stillness of the air, and the effect it had on the water. While you can frequently see reflections of the world around you in the water, even if it is moving or murky, on this particular day the reflections were so clear, almost like a picture of the world around.
As I walked I was thinking of our own reflections, our feelings, our own recollections of our past. I was thinking about how sometimes, as the water, those reflections can be muddled, they can be fuzzy...and there are times when those reflections, those feelings we had in the past can be crystal clear in our bodies. There are times when we can feel what we were feeling at the time, where we can be present in our past.
While sometimes those reflections do not serve us, I think many times we can look back, we can see and reflect on our past, and we can see how far we’ve come. We can see the changes we’ve made that perhaps, in the moment, we did not notice. Through time and space we can feel the difference in our journey, and while we might not have that crystal clear picture, we can see a little more clearly how far we’ve come along the way...
My dear friends, may we embrace the reflections of our past, and may we see how far we’ve come on our journey. May we embrace the journey.
I hope you have an amazing week dear friends.
The leaves are starting to turn, seasons are beginning to change. Around this time a year ago I started this blog with a post titled “Change is Required”, and oh boy, was I right. Change was required in my own life in deep, profound, and unexpected ways.
Several months ago I was walking down a trail in the park. I was walking a loop, but I was on a schedule as I had a client later that afternoon. As I walked, to my left was a smaller trail I hadn’t ever been on. Seeing as I had a client and not a lot of wiggle room in my day, but I was curious about where that trail went and what I would find, I continued on my walk, but made a mental note to come back to that trail another day.
As I continued on my way, I was reflecting on this past year in my life. As I’ve moved through this really strange and pivotal year in my own life, the word that keeps coming back to me over and over again is curiosity. Curiosity about what life might look like in the future, about how it might feel, about what might change and what might stay the same. Curiosity.
My dear friends, can we move through our lives with a little more curiosity? Can we face inevitable change with less judgement and with a genuine curiosity about what comes next, about how it might feel and what it might look like?
I can’t say this year has been easy for me. There have been plenty of times of pain, doubt, despair, anxiety, fear...I would be lying if I said I hadn’t experienced those emotions or that I don’t continue to struggle with them at times...but one thing that hasn’t changed throughout is my curiosity about what comes next…and I genuinely think that curiosity has allowed me to explore this year of deep, profound and unexpected change in my own life in a more full and beautiful way. And it has been beautiful, deeply meaningful, and profoundly needed...this year where change was, in fact, required.
My dear friends, thank you for taking this journey of curiosity with me this past year. I cannot tell you how important it has been for me to take this journey, I cannot tell you how important it has been to show up and write to you each week, and I am so grateful you’ve been on this journey with me. I hope, as I have, you too can find a little more curiosity in your own life.
I am so very grateful for you.
Hi, I'm Krista!
Krista Mason is a yoga and fitness instructor based in Washington DC. She owns an online studio and loves it!