Create a Clearing

I’ve been taking a pause from teaching Yoga and everything that goes with it like emails, facebook, marketing and planning classes and events. It’s been a much-needed time to turn towards myself and listen inwardly without having to hold space for others. So many gifts and new understandings have come out of this spaciousness, including my energy being channelled back into creativity and art and I have landed back into my old love of drawing and painting.

This well known poem by Martha Postlethwaite describes the recent process that I’ve been allowing in my life very well.
 

CLEARING by Martha Postlethwaite

Do not try to save
the whole world
or do anything grandiose.
Instead, create
a clearing
in the dense forest
of your life
and wait there
patiently,
until the song
that is your life
falls into your own cupped hands
and you recognize and greet it.
Only then will you know
how to give yourself
to this world
so worth of rescue.

How does this idea of creating a clearing in the forest of your life sound to you? Have you taken any space and time to pause and listen in recently? How’s your Yoga practice going as a refuge for this kind of self-inquiry?

These are great questions to ask at this time of year – here in NZ it is Winter Solstice, very much a hibernating energy bringing with it a natural invitation to pause. But really anytime is a good time to ask if you are creating enough space in your life to listen in to the song of your life!

Warmly,
Sam

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