Express the best within us…

I love this place in Morocco, miles from anything that is familiar to me… I am the alien on the beach, the only woman in shorts… This wild windy expanse with horses, galloping on the sand, and camels too, ambling slowly along, and lying with the legs tucked under them; blending with their habitat…

Running back along the beach the surfers and kite surfers are starting to appear, a more familiar sight, warming up in their bare feet; loving the wind that challenges me!

Today I saw a Moroccan woman running along the waters edge, running easily and relaxed, she was in her long robes, holding them up to prevent them getting wet; her head covered, but her feet were bare and she was running along in the surf, the gulls swooping and squawking around her and the wind blowing on her back…

She looked free within the constraints of her dress code, her culture and her traditions, her feet looked free…

Freedom is an inner state…. There are plenty of people with the freedom financially, culturally, actually to do as they please  – who are not free at all.

Freedom is knowing we are all one; that we are all born of consciousness, of love, of god… That there is no separation. When we know this deeply, we experience it, and then there is no other state but freedom…

And we experience it, by clearing every single shard that separates us; every single shard there is, that arises in the smallest irritation with another, or feeling of less than or resentment or competition…

Everything must be cleared, this doesn’t mean accepting any form of abuse from another; but it is about knowing that any inner reaction is ours to clear so that we are do not project our own pain on to another, in our relating…

Anadi and I went for a walk on the beach this afternoon –  to the wild windy beach, and walked and talked about this illusion, of being separate…

We talked of how competition – trying to be better than another – starts it all, rather than simply expressing the best within us… The world encourages competition which ultimately destroys rather than enhances…

Paradoxically the boom of ‘sport for all’, has gone along way to bring competition to its best state, that of taking part in something which allows each person to be the best they can be… Changing it into a celebration, a show, a delight; more like an orchestra when there there is a lead singer, or lead musicians… But also a recognition that everyone else plays a vital part, and that everyone is needed because they are part of the whole…

And so it is with sport, with professions, with art, literature- every single contribution is needed to make the whole…

This way those at the front of any race, or creation are there as a light leading the way, inspiring and bright, for us all to see our possibility reflected therein – and to truly give ourselves permission to let our own light shine…

Not to feel less than, but to see our shining aspects reflected there and live out our truth…