Meeting the lowest and rising from there

Or: whats so great about acknowledging feeling bad?

I love dancing. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of dancing with founder of ‘Soul Motion’ conscious dance, Vinn Arjuna.

He attracted in over 100 people to dance together that Monday night, and I wasn’t surprised – he was old enough to be in the Vietnam war, yet his joy of life was of a child.

He was vibrant, charismatic and had the most sparkling blazing blue eyes I’d ever seen.

In short, an inspiring role model.

He ended the class saying one of the more humble thing I’ve heard a leader of his scale say... it was something like ‘Lets all find something to be grateful for… For me, well... most days I’m alright – I can get up in the morning and dress myself, tie my shoes and that’s something. Right?’

When I heard him speak those words I immediately felt my heart open.

You see, he’s been down. He’s honest about it. And he’s obviously learned to deeply appreciate the small things like waking up in life with a moving feeling body, as a result.

I felt he had connected with everyone in the room at their lowest and elevated them.

Ending the isolation of these low points, ending our pretense that they don’t happen. In fact, accepting our low points is how we start to learn, grow and reap the gifts from them.

It reminds me of the Indian story of the young girl and the well.

The young girl walks to the well every day to gather water. She carries the water back on her head, and as her clay vessel has a crack, it leaks as she walks home. She cries to her mama, saying she’s sorry that she keeps losing water as her vessel is leaking…. As time and the season pass the path she walks has flowers growing alongside it.

Where did they come from? They grew from the seeds that were watered daily by the girl and her leaky bucket.

This is truth. Other things, beautiful things, are growing all the time as a result of what seems like misfortune.

Similar to the Indian girl, you may be drawn to withdraw around and even be ashamed of failings.

You may, like she, be surprised to hear that your vulnerability,
your tears and struggles with life are actually a gift waiting to happen.

To appreciate this, we need to get humble and aware of the small things, like Vinn Arjun.

The 'flowers' may seem small because they are outside of our focus, but in reality once we start to see - we enter a new world of growth.

Here we start to perceive with all of our senses, not just our thinking mind.

Our mind is predictable because it mostly sees only what it expects to see, according to its beliefs. That's why it misses the flowers.

Difficulty is something better trying to happen

I dreaded the day I would need to take full responsibility and care for my father, who has been a stroke survivor since my childhood. It took up a lot of my energy struggling with this, I was like the girl watching the water dripping from her vessel..

And then when it happened I re-membered a few cool truths about life.

I was reminded that:

1. Power is in the present moment. Basically, worrying about things in advance is like a form of torture, as dealing with them can only happen in the moment.

2. Life helps and supports. The present moment offers up possibiilties that can't be imagined in advance. Support is found in unexpected places and people.

3. Appreciation rocks with awareness. Most days are ok. In the simplest, no big deal kind of way. Appreciating having all my basic needs met, shelter, food, safety. Then I may pay attention to recent connection with friends and family and be nourished by that. Paying attention and receiving the joy of these things, puts me into a nourished space.

'Wherever you are, be there' Ekhart Tolle

It may not be comfortable always, but it's designed perfectly for you.

Here's to enjoying the journey, together!

with love, Sho


Shoshana started her path of healing while living in India as a yogini for 4 years. Since she’s continued awakening by growing from her primary relationship as a mother, and from all her relationships with life in it’s many forms. She is a healer and teaches meditation, yoga and nutrition and founded Karuna Detox Retreats.





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