Gazing at the water drops on this leaf there is a sense of capturing an exquisite moment. Yet our experience tells us that in the next moment this will change as everything is always in motion. Riding the inevitable movement of change is what this life of ours is all about. What do we do with change – resist it, or choose to see and be open to possibility.
This past week during a class I was teaching on the breath at our local University here in Austin, Texas there was a moment that asked for a different awareness. Participants were paired up to practice opening breathing spaces with each other by simply laying hands on shoulders, backs and sides of body. At the end of the exercise the giver was to give a gentle shoulder massage and simply be present in the moment. Coming over to one pairing I saw and felt the possibility for a shift and believed that it was there to emerge.
Placing my hands lightly on the person’s mid-back and fingertips mid-chest I simply encouraged the breath to release. In that moment the person who was receiving was filled with breath as if she was being breathed. She became taller and expanded her breathing spaces to such an extent that it felt like a miracle to her. The amazed expression on her face was enough to validate that within change there is always possibility for yet something else to evolve if we are open.
The person responsible for the photo above, Dewitt Jones, says that we “won’t see it until we believe it”. That can be said for feeling it as well….a sixth sense if you will that something else is about to emerge that is even more extraordinary than what is presenting in the moment. Do we have the patience and the trust to simply wait and be directed from a deeper place than our minds. Do we have the wisdom to look at what is right with our lives, our relationships, our breath, our world.
It is always right there within the framework of change… Please take time to watch this 22 minute video by Dewitt Jones on celebrating what is right with the world and staying open to change. As we enter into the holiday season it may offer an entirely different perspective to live and be grateful from.
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