Rediscovering our lightness…

I drove down from my mountain retreat to sunny Malaga airport… It was like driving to another land…

The sun shone bright orange warm… I parked my car and raced to arrivals as my friend Ange’s plane landed… And then there she was, having arrived in another place, so far away from an England now in so many ways, a landscape and climate so different as storm Brian started to make the announcement of his arrival in the UK …

We chatted as we drove along the open road, towards a vista of mountains, blue sky and sun… Before we knew it Almuñecar welcomed us into her now familiar bosom, enclosing us both in Friday night Spanish chatter, warmth and the sound of the lapping sea…

This morning we ran along the promenade, and it was hard to imagine just a few days ago I had been wrapped up in a shawl feeling the cold, while a mountain  thunder storm danced, played and crashed around my rocky scenes with insistent and enthusiastic energy.

Once again, I stepped into the barefoot step and almost forgot my mountain retreat; my croaky voice a reminder, but the day here the only one… The time with Ange immediate and as if we only had a coffee together last week…

A few of my things are still in my little white house, and I am aware that my energy however is very slightly in two places. I  said to Ange that every so often I have a sense of ‘having forgotten something’… A slightly strange Alice in wonderland like dream state and a ‘mad’ feeling of  – ‘did I remember to organise for someone to feed the (non- existent!) cat…’

It demonstrates to me, how much the nomadic life works for me, to be walking barefoot on the planet and living exactly where I am; completely here and now. And how so often as human beings we are ‘two places at once’ without being aware of it… In fact probably many places!

It is the practise of being fully here that allows us to experience our human journey at a far more profound level… Because nothing else actually exists except the reflection of our energy, and if it isn’t in our reflection then it isn’t there… So the more we are present to where we are, the more we have the experience of connection and a deep relaxation, because the connection is to our deepest selves. Not our conscious illusionary self, but the eternal truth of who we are…

As we set off to run along the seafront today, I briefly wondered what my body would feel like with all the change of location, climate, altitude… But I felt so good. I felt light, my legs felt light… This has been my increasing experience since I have been barefoot. There is a lightness in my body, in my footfall and in my legs…

After breakfast Ange was reading from her Scaravelli yoga book, and she found this paragraph that summed up exactly for me the experience I am having as I tread the planet…

‘Locking our legs in positions disturbs the dynamic connections through the legs and feetWe can learn how to use our legs better from cultures where walking barefoot and sitting on the ground are a way of life.
With intelligent use of the body, the legs can rediscover their lightness.

Many of us may not have experienced this since we were infants…’

Feeling light in our bodies and in our legs is the natural state; being able to move with agility and ease, flexibility and the joyous delight of experiencing ourselves through our bodies…

Pain is the aberration; ease the natural state – but pain is also a communicator and if we follow its messages and resist not listening to it through with denial, because we become ‘used to it’ – or distraction with stories that this is ‘natural’ in the ageing process, or blocking it with pain killers… Then with time and patience we can explore a re discovery or discovery of a greater lightness within our body – as if it were for the first time because we may have forgotten the feeling…

The feeling of lightness in the legs, in all of the body and so enjoy a freer journey on planet earth; and even if the shifts are only fractional it is worth the process and practise…

Ange and I swam later and we enjoyed again the magical healing properties of the mediterranean sea… We sat chatting on the sand about the journey ahead that emerged from within me… To run barefoot right through the middle of Spain and about Ange’s pledge with her daughter Pru and Ruby to support the cause to raise money for FSH – Friends of Sussex Hospices – by doubling every penny that is raised… She spoke of how the hospices supported her family at the end of her father’s life 7 years ago –  and how she now wants to support me raising money for the cause.

And so it is… We all have our gifts emerging through our unique vibration, we are all completely different in our own energetic make up, and if we  trust in our own expression then the way is clear for us all to support and love one another as we adventure on this unknown life path….

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