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.
Hi, I'm Krista!
Krista Mason is a yoga and fitness instructor based in Washington DC. She owns an online studio and loves it!