There's a favorite Rumi quote painted on the wall of my favorite yoga studio, which is situated in a beautiful space overlooking the river. It reads, "When you do things from your soul, a river runs through you." As someone who is on a spiritual journey, I connect deeply to this quote. I have learned that when we are still enough to listen to our own soul and courageous enough to follow our own unique life path, abundance flows in the most amazing ways.
As I approach one year of being in practice for myself, this quote and this river have even deeper meaning for me. Not only is this the view from my sacred space of healing, but I have come to recognize how closely this view resembles our own soul and the energy that flows through us. Each day when I arrive at the space, I take my shoes off and head straight to the window, mesmerized by the sight and the sound of the water as it flows over the edge and across the rocks. I have even been known to venture out in waist-high waders to clear away any debris interfering with my precious view. Throughout my first Autumn at the Mill, I was mildly frustrated by how the fallen leaves and small branches blocked the flow. I found myself waiting in anticipation for a good strong rain so I could see that steady flow in and out once again.
And then one day it struck me. This is not so different than how most clients present to me when they come in for energy healing. This is not so different than how bottled up I was before my own journey began. Energy moves through our energy centers (chakras) not so differently than it flows through this old mill. There is a flow of information and energy coming into us from our experiences with others and the universe, and there is a flow moving out away from us. When every thing flows smoothly in and out, we feel peaceful and balanced. What I very often find with people who are seeking healing is that plenty comes in, but it's not processed and allowed to flow out freely and authentically. We often bury our feelings and fail to communicate effectively. For many of us, it is difficult to fully express when we are afraid or hurt or vulnerable. We are told from an early age not to cry, to be strong, to suck it up. We find it difficult or even feel selfish to say, "no" or to put ourselves first. We try so hard to fit in, to succeed, and do what we are "supposed to" that we often fail to be true to ourselves.
Life's disappointments, our heartaches, our fears, our worries, are like the leaves and branches in the river. Often the flow of our own river slows down or gets blocked by the debris and it takes a good "rain" to clear it away. Sometimes, as it was with me, the rain comes in the form of a tragedy that tears you down so you can build yourself up again. More subtly, it can come in the form of an energy healing session or a yoga practice. Both have the amazing capacity to cleanse, to heal, and to bring you to back to the rhythm of your own soul.
To what are you holding on? What are your leaves, your branches, your debris? Are you in need of a good rain? Join me for my upcoming workshop Self Healing Through the Chakras or come visit me at the mill for some energy healing, private yoga instruction, or meditation.