Step by step; paso a paso…

What a brilliant day, rich with experience and fun, sisterhood and connection…

I turned up at the gym to run, because it was raining again outside…!

Anadi commented earlier today that we have become ‘sensitised’ again to English weather ?

When we lived here we were more like other English people, and very accepting of the changeability and grey skies; and although still ‘accepting’ in a we are ‘here – now’ way  ? We have become more accustomed to permanent blue!

I was speaking with Maricarmen, my Spanish teacher this afternoon, and she described the weather in Spain as more ‘fresco’ at the moment… At 26 degrees, instead of 33 ?

This doesn’t take away my love of the UK, and all things British, and as I walked into the gym, a year since I was last there, I was greeted by Dan – who was managing the gym floor – as if I had been in last week…

‘Hello’ he smiled warmly ‘how’s the running going…?’  And we took off where we left off – except that so much has changed since last October when I was last there… I was just at the very start of my barefoot journey then…

Seeing the enormous change in the strength in my feet, and in my overall fitness and condition, reminded me that this has come about through the connection to each moment and to the messages from my feet… They have responded to each footfall; strengthening adapting opening up, freeing up…

This has happened ‘slowly slowly’, and yet walking back into the gym was like but a flash in time; almost as if I was seeing myself anew.

The paradox of life is that this earthly plane asks that we are patient with the density of matter; because the souls dreams that we see in our minds eye, happen immediately on one level… But the challenge of the paradigm of polarity is that we are working with that ever moving dichotomy, which unbalances and pushes and pulls – and if we get caught up in trying to push through this, then we can end up stuck and knock about back and forth locked in a loop… Missing the opportunities the create and clear…

On watching the slo mo part of my vlog, I can see that the left foot is still doing the slight collapse that it has done for some years now; but in a much reduced way than before…

In seeing this, I was encouraged… I like to see what is happening as it gives me the arena to clear, to work to heal and help the process. When I saw it, I immediately intuitively knew what was needed through witnessing the movement, outside looking in… And now I can go within again and contribute to what my feet are doing anyway; We can all work together…

This is why when there are areas within us that we are aware need healing or transforming, the key is to come from a position of love… My foot needs loving back to strength… It doesn’t need any energy of disappointment, despair, annoyance… it needs understanding and love…

This is the same for any part of ourselves within, that on the outside is showing imbalance or lack of cohesion… These parts need love… We need love – and in that energy it is far easier to stay with the process, stay in each moment… Let go of any rush, or trying to get anywhere, or any attachment to an outcome…

Step by step, paso a paso…

Like my Spanish…

My barefoot running and my Spanish seem to have gone along hand in hand ( or foot in foot!)… In the last few weeks I have had such a breakthrough in my Spanish, I just love it…

One of my methods of learning is to watch to films and interviews and soap operas in Spanish – with Spanish and English subtitles – I really look forward to them, and I am finding such joy in the beauty of the structure of the language, and in being able to understand more and see everything more clearly…

It has been a steep mountain to climb, but I have definitely reached a nice pass, which I am enjoying walking along and it seems to be completely in step with my running…

I am wandering merrily along this pass, aware that I am about to set off up another step climb, with both disciplines…

The running in training for Barefoot Across Spain, and the Spanish so that I can speak to people as I run through their land… !

Rosy and I met for lunch in West Bay, in the gorgeous cafe Anadi and I found when we arrived… We met in the car park near the ‘pay and display’ machine and said ‘Hello’, and then realised we hadn’t hugged… And Rosy said, it’s because we’re used to seeing each other, and it’s like we’ve just walked in from the next room…

The fun of ‘living’ near her for a week, and driving twenty minutes to meet for lunch as if we do this all the time… We had a wonderful lunch, sisters together… Forever.

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