Cleaning the mirror within…

Today we started the day with our run – swim route, five and a half miles of running and then half a mile round the bay back to the car….

A couple of miles into the run, we met our friendly black dog on the road. He was miles away from where we met him last time…! ‘I’m not doing any more of this run with him’, I immediately announced… It is a very bendy Corfu road and the cars zoom along…

The dogs look after themselves, but it can still be very hazardous having one running along beside, as they seem to absolve responsibility and make me their pack leader!

Fortunately a Greek man who could speak English was washing his car… ‘He’ll stop following after awhile,’ he assured… ‘No he won’t’ I laughed… ‘He likes me, and doesn’t leave once he’s found me’…

So he shooed the dog in the opposite direction and then said ‘Go, run…’ and we did…

I reflected with Anadi how we adjust to different cultures…

In the UK, on finding a dog wandering about on a road, it would be more usual to look for the owner… And when I first visited Corfu, the wandering dogs in the roads ‘worried me’, but no more…

Here, dogs are good at looking out for themselves and this one seemed delighted to meet us again and seemed to think it was adventure time!

Nomadic life lends itself to dropping into different ways of living and being, different attitudes and ideas… Different paces of life too.

It feels like I am an observer often, a witnesser to what is occurring rather than being totally in it. It allows me to be, to watch and see… Not so much the things going on outside, but rather the inner landscape within me… Because by being in the cultures and communities but somewhat detached from them, it feels easier to become more connected to the all of humanity… To recognise that we are all a hologram of the whole, and it reminds me always of the importance of being responsible for clearing the mirror within, so that it doesn’t distort the outer reflection.

We are the mirror of all that is occurring, so all that touches us on the outside is something to clean off the mirror on the inside.

Yesterday we travelled to Kassiopi to watch our friends who were taking part in the very extreme Kasias Dias trail race! I was happy to not be competing there this year, enjoying instead a run and breakfast while we waited for their return…

The two top finishers turned in awesome performances on the course, some fifteen minutes ahead of the third placed runner…

I felt emotion rise up in my chest watching them finish. Although I am aware that this points an arrow to my own heart’s calling, the feelings welling up are still to be cleared, for they take me away from the moment…

In fully feeling our feelings, and yet knowing they have come up for clearing, not to be ‘acted on’, it allows for the true expression in each moment to emerge…

For me the running step is part of this, but I have learnt over the years that any push that emerged from ‘desire’ has only served to take me away from my truth rather than lead me to it…

 

Today the tide was against us for our lap back to the bay!

We clambered out of the sea at the end of the half mile swim, and lay on the beach in the sun like ship wrecked survivors!

The water had felt freezing too, but I rather liked the feeling of the world spinning as I lay on my back with my eyes closed…

It seems I can get high through swimming  in cold water!