I was cut off this weekend. Removed all the straight lines in my life.
The square box of the tv. The computer screen. I didn’t look through windows. Or open a rectangular fridge. Gone was the sexy iPhone and the large bathroom mirror. I didn’t have a right-angled bed. I never walked down an orderly hallway. Or even opened a door.
I was in nature, in Yosemite. Where straight lines hardly, if ever, occur. And being so surrounded by the sensual curving of mother nature, I felt cradled (albeit a bit cold at night).
My girlfriend Paula, the one who always has the ideas for pushing outside of the comfort zone to do something ANYTHING different, invited me on a Balanced Rock backpacking trip. Their motto?
Look inward. Explore outward.
So 6 women (and two amazing guides), all connected through Paula and some connected with each other, strapped everything we needed for 3 days onto our backs and walked 6 miles in (and up) to a beautiful pristine alpine lake. Yoga ensued. So did amazingly delish food. We slept under the shooting stars and learned the 7 D’s of proper poo-ing in the woods. We adhered to a “leave no trace” mentality, down to the little itty bitty bits of food in the bottom of our always empty bowls.
And while doing all that, or perhaps because of it, we also paid attention to the things inside that were speaking to us. Perhaps with a tiny little whisper. Or, for some, with a howl that had been building and building over time. We circled the wagons and open ourselves up to each other, and learned from collective wisdom.
What else did we have to do? We had all the time in the world. (We were reminded that we always have all the time in the world.)
So I’ve let go of the concern about “bothering” people to learn of my work, because all I’m doing is asking them to listen. And offering something that is really quite beneficial. And they are no different from me. (Can I hear a “holla at cha girl?”)
And others put shape and form around ideas that I believe will make life more rich and interesting and full.
Let’s hear it for nature’s classroom. May she only be a few steps away when we need to get things straight in our own heads. Or just take some time out to chill.