For the last year, I have been working on my certification to teach yoga. I was confident in the material, but when it came time to record my final video - a sixty-minute class - I was so nervous.
Thankfully, I have an awesome sister-in-law, who recorded with me and we had such a wonderful time. It immediately calmed my nerves. But she asked me a really important question - what am I doing with this material? And for the first time, I was able to give voice to the desire of my heart.
I eventually want to use yoga to work with people who are grieving. I'm not sure what that looks like, but I am just taking it one step at a time. And passing this certification course was one of the first steps.
How about you? Who do you trust to hold your dreams - even when you haven't fully fleshed them out yourself? Who champions you in the process of seeing those dreams be birthed?
I am not someone who navigates well in the car. I received my first GPS unit in college when I accidentally kept hitting the Canadian border in New York and my parents decided I needed help beyond an atlas for the car.
All of that is to say, that without a GPS, I am hyper-vigilant to the point where I miss what is right around me because I am so afraid of making a wrong turn or getting lost.
But with the GPS, I feel like my eyes are less worried about looking for the next sign and can actually see what is right around me.
I was driving in an area that I don't go to very often, but felt comfortable enough to notice my surroundings. And what did I see? The most beautiful orange wildflowers growing up in large patches beside the road.
I passed these striking wildflowers so many times that I started to wonder how they got there. Did the wind blow them to this location? Why that particular spot and not another? Will they come back year after year?
I may not find answers to my wondering questions, but I did have the statement come to mind "wherever the winds may blow."
May you have the opportunity to pay attention this week to where the winds are blowing in your life and the beauty that just arrive unexpectedly because of that change.
Michelle is a Spiritual Director and End of Life Doula. She is the founder of Abide in the Spirit.
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