Yoga, walking in nature, and writing brings me joy. These activities place me in the NOW, allowing my purest form of free expression and expansion to come forward in my life. Each one on its own provides benefits.
Yoga, the practice of uniting the body, mind, and spirit into alignment keeps me grounded, flexible, and balanced through the practice and beyond. With it comes a sense of spiritual community and a place of belonging within myself and my world. In yoga, I am enough. Showing up for a class or a pose in yoga is all that is required. Applying this to life relieves the self-imposed pressure of striving for the end result. It helps me to be present in the process of living. Yoga is a teacher in the art of being human.
Its lesson is joy.
Walking in nature among wildlife and birds, and trees bring me to a state of awe and wonder. Constantly amazed by the profound beauty in nature I gaze upon the seemingly chaotic wilderness and relax. With fresh air and sunlight, I am cleansed of my worries. Moving through this landscape, I am connected to every critter, creature, and plant. Together, we share the benefits of Mother Earth. Its message is joy.
Writing, at times is difficult for me, to find the willingness to sit with it. Yet, it can provide a great sense of accomplishment, more than the other two. It requires extended effort to be in quiet space without the added release of movement that yoga and walking supply. Delving into larger landscapes of untamed thought processes can be frightening. Exploring this unknown or unresolved territory is more challenging than an advanced pose or a rocky path. Writing brings me to the real me. There is no resting in child's pose or hiding behind a shady tree. You are open, exposed, and vulnerable to yourself and your readers. Its reward is joy
What greater joy is there than to know and experience your true self in its authentic form.
Susan J. McFarland
April 24, 2019