What’s amazing about Arthur’s Seat is there are so many different walks – discovering lots of different areas you’ve never been to. That’s what Honey the Dog and I did today. Exploring a whole area of newness!
Have you ever heard of Five Rhythms Dancing? It is a type of movement meditation, following the fundamental idea that everything is energy, which moves in waves, patterns and rhythms. By moving the body, releasing the heart, and freeing the mind, one can connect to the essence of the soul.
It’s made up of five distinct rhythms (Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness) that forms a ‘wave’, lasting up to 2-3 hours. When in Chaos, you are at the top of the wave, your body moves in a cathartic energised manner letting everything out. By the end of the whole wave, you are absolutely exhausted and just want to rest.
Why do I mention this? About 10 years ago or so, I used to go to yearly weekend workshop of Five Rhythms Dancing in Glasgow, run by Ya’Acov (who later developed something similar called ‘Movement Medicine’). During one of these workshops he said something that has stuck with me. We had just finished a 2 hour wave, wanting to sit down and rest, but he started another wave straight away. We were all exhausted, thinking this was impossible to gather anymore energy…yet, he encouraged us to just keep moving, saying our energy would return. Sure enough, just by simply walking, after a while, I found a whole new source of energy.
In this lock-down, I experience some good days, some really hard challenging days, some days with lots of stillness and silence inside me and other days when I have no energy to do anything. Yesterday, I was energy-less – I did very little. But just like Ya’Acov’s words, I stuck with it. And sure enough my energy has returned. So I urge you all, when times are hard, just stay with it, keep going, with a trust…a knowing…that you can ride the ‘wave’ and soon things will shift and it will be different.
For my regular blog readers, you will know that yesterday was so hard for me. But I “grudgingly” wrote my blog – it was a struggle and draining, but glad I did.
One, regular reader, Helen from Sweden, shared with me – that it struck a cord with her. The two blogs that she have liked the most, are the days when I have been struggling. I wonder, whether it has been when I have been more real, showing my vulnerable side to the world?
Helen shared a lovely story with me, which on her consent, I will share with you…
Almost a year ago, a vision came to her. She was climbing a rock face. Clinging onto dear life. Her muscles were tense and cramping, but she thought that letting go meant falling into the abyss and losing everything. All that time of climbing and toiling, it turned out that she had wings the whole time.
She has been signed off sick from work, for many months, which “has been really scary”. Her whole identity was linked to her job and being an engineer. Everything she had: her family, her life in Sweden, the house they built, everything; was in her mind the result of working hard, climbing the corporate mountain and accumulating “things” along the way. She thought “If I let go now, surely I’d lose everything”.
After getting so burnt out and putting herself in a state of complete physical and cognitive exhaustion, she had no choice. She had to let go.
In the vision, instead of plummeting to the ground, she soared up to the sky, she writes “All this time, I hadn’t been stopping myself from falling, I’d been holding myself back from flying”.
Helen wanted to create an image to remind her of this revelation. She’s only got as far as cleaning up this picture of her indoor rock climbing from a couple of years ago. She still wants to add wings and superimpose it onto a rock face.
Yesterday’s blog reminded Helen about this and has given motivation to finish the picture!
I guess, she was maybe inspired, by the story I told at the end of yesterdays blog (Day 12). Which, I must add, I didn’t write myself, instead I took from the book ‘Illusions‘, by Richard Bach.
Thank you Helen for that and letting me share your story. I feel honoured and touched, that my blog is touching people’s hearts.
On our walk today on Arthur’s Seat, I chose to listen to the audible book called ‘The Art of Letting Go‘ by Richard Rohr. This is the third time I will have read/listen to it. The book really strikes a cord in me.
Near the start of the book, he shares a poem by the Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke. The poem is called ‘How sure gravity’s law’ and I think it captures what I / we have been exploring.
How sure gravity’s law by by Rainer Maria Rilke
How surely gravity’s law.
Strong as an ocean current,
takes hold of even the smallest thing,
and pulls them toward the heart of the world.
Each thing –
each stone, blossom, child –
is held in place.
Only we, in our arrogance,
push out beyond what we each belong to,
for some empty freedom.
If we but surrendered
to earth’s intelligence,
we could rise up rooted, like trees.
Instead we entangle ourselves
in knots of our own making
and struggle, lonely and confused.
So, like children, we begin again
to learn from the things,
because they are already in God’s heart;
they have never left God.
This is what the thing can teach us:
patiently to trust our heaviness.
Even a bird has to do that,
before it can fly.
How did you get on with Round Four of the Quiz – TV and Film Characters?
Here are the answers, provided my folk who originally shared it and Fi (our in-house blog quiz solver!). Anyone worked out what 18. was?
Round Five of the Quiz is also here – Songs of the 80s.
I will give the answers on Tuesday.
I want to finish today’s blog from another response I had today. I do love hearing from you all reading, so please do get in touch if a blog touches you or you want to share something. Either email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or via Facebook or share a comment at the bottom of the blog.
So, today I heard from Joyce Hutton, who said she was enjoying the daily blog and shared a photo of when I was visiting the Isle of Canna in April 2019.
The Isle of Canna is a lovely untouched island, in the Scottish Inner Hebries. Just 4.3 miles long and 1 mile wide, it has a population of just 16 people.
It is well worth a visit, if you are looking for somewhere to retreat – the sun always shines on Canna!
I was visiting my friend, Fi who runs Tighard Guest House and her parents (Joyce and Graham) were visiting too. That visit included me doing the first ever magic show in the small isles. I was planning a mini magic tour this Easter, at Canna and the surrounding islands – Eigg, Rùm and Muck. But alas, that is now on hold.
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