In the last 23 days, I have been to Old Orchard Beach & Portland in Maine, Nauset Beach for a blues festival in Cape Cod and up to the Northeast Kingdom in Vermont. Three very different experiences and all of them equally rich in adventure, as I have never been to any of these places. I love to travel; I catch myself sometimes discounting travel within the U.S.A. as “not really traveling” and yet, I’ve come to understand that the adventure exists, it’s up to me to be present and experience what is available with an open mind and heart.
I’ve been meaning to write about camping in Maine and the awesome yoga class I had at Greener Postures in Portland… and then I had a lot to say about the fun family day festival, where I finally got to see Citizen Cope live, as well as G. Love and a great band named Ripe. Days passed quickly, too busy with work and planning for teaching in Vermont and I just didn’t get around to it. The rad thing is that I was actually busy living life in the moment, enjoying my surroundings and planning to guide yoga & meditation classes as well as assist in the offerings of a retreat at Whetstone Wellness Center in the NEK in Vermont.
It was at Whetstone Wellness Center where I met a friend of a friend and some other amazing humans who live and thrive in this great community of the Northeast Kingdom. Through discussions with strangers who felt like long lost friends, I was reminded of the importance and benefit of a strong community, how it takes a village to raise a child and how the village upholds one another. We had blissful yoga, great workshops and lovely connective conversations over fantastic vegetarian dinners catered by the Craftsbury General Store. I got to participate with my son, Zachary in the Greensboro Free Library reading / playgroup, which was an honor and a comfort and I was reminded to slow down and just be in the moment when I was stopped on the highway to wait for 50 or so cows to cross the street. Vermont in its beauty and nature really drew me in. I look forward to returning here to this community someday soon. The greatest ah-ha moment I had was in creating my newest mala bead necklace at the retreat workshop. I had to let go of my desired perfection and forced outcome, as I had been encouraging students to do all week, and accept the final product… perfectly imperfect. The asymmetrical gaps in-between the beads will symbolize for me that I have room to grow. I have noticed in my yoga practice that when there are gaps in the breath flow it represents opportunity to examine what is going on for me. When we hold the breath we can either experience the discomfort, or open up to growth. May you too find your space for growth in the gaps. 🦋
“Keep on growing, keep on going, keep on flowing, yeah, yeah, yeah”