Loving learning what we already know…

I have just been caught in a strange position on the floor by Fatima our dueña!

I am writing in the riad, with luscious  plants and a solid sandy coloured, font like water feature in front of me… It is very tranquil – I am sitting on a velvety golden chair, surrounded by more beautiful furniture – paintings and candelabras…

Every day, when I run on the beach, I see men and boys doing all sorts of impressive athletic exercises – I am always inspired… Their bodies are lithe and free; there seems an elasticity in their movements

Today, I saw a young man kneeling on the sand, but with his toes active and ready to spring… He leapt from that position up onto his feet and then jumped into the air… As I ran past I gave him a thumbs up, and we were united for a moment in sporting joy and recognition.

And so I was trying to re create the movement on the beautiful red patterned Moroccan carpet here in the riad! I could achieve it if I used my hands… A bit of work is needed to do it like him – hands free… As I was practising, here alone ( I thought!) Fatima appeared to water the plants…

I explained to her – as best I could in my limited french – what I was doing… She has become used to us now – on day one she said ‘you are different…’ And so whichever way our difference goes now, she is very accepting…

She listened to my explanation and then said… ‘Ahhh – you are learning then…’

I am learning… I love learning, and practicing what I learn… If we approach learning as a never ending journey, and practising as an ongoing process, again one which never ends… Then always we see the vastness of the universe in each moment. the limitlessness of all that there is… Every moment holding a myriad of possibility…

This way, we move from the place of  perceiving learning as a medium by which we ‘get’ something; ‘a grade’, ‘a qualification’, ‘an ending of learning’… Instead to seeing learning as a place we bring ourselves to – and give of ourselves in the dance of life, and discover and learn what we already know intrinsically as consciousness, but wish to experience in human form..

Of course, the awards, the diplomas, the distinctions we might be awarded along the way; the medals and the trophies are all part of the journey… A fun and celebratory part of the journey!

But it is important to recognise that we have ‘made this up’ as humans; we have put measurements on expansion and growth and opening – and this has created an illusion of separation rather than developing an energy collaboration and cooperation…

Of being One, of being different aspects of the same whole, all with our unique contribution to offer… Celebrating one another and what we bring… The quality, the expression, the unique energetic quality and ‘colour’.

Being inspired by one another, to aspire and open to ourselves in deeper and more profound ways.

But all too often, we have attached an importance to the result rather than the process…

Instead when we reconnect to the joy of delving into the place we don’t know, or we are ‘remembering’; or the places we think we do know, but find we can uncover more, then the process leads us to the ‘results’ and they may be far more magnificent and inspiring that we ever knew…

Always there is more – as I am discovering in my sporting journey of already over fifty years…

I love to stretch on the roof here with the cats… It is fun to be in the sun, with them all playing with my feet, and to notice how my body keeps opening…

How the process of being supple happens within – although of course the exercises are helpful and the outer expression of the inner stretch – and they are more helpful if done from an energy of opening. In the words of Godfrey Devereux – with ‘repetition not aggression’…

And from a desire to love ourselves more, not to push or hurt ourselves…