“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
I was preparing to write a blog post about all of my gratitudes for 2012 and to declare my intentions for 2013, but then I stopped. Just yesterday I was in yoga class, and I heard the beautiful quote above. I set it as a new mantra, a daily intention. It’s not tied to a specific goal, situation, or year. It is something I will carry with me whenever I walk.
To walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet is to walk with purpose, compassion, and love. This is what it means to me. It also means to feel everything – the ground beneath my feet, the air on my cheeks, my livelihood. And in that presence, I can appreciate all of the gratitude and love that surrounds me daily.
I was thinking today of what 2013 will hold for me. How will my yoga practice evolve? How will my teaching change? What does my career hold for me? How will all my passions continue to collide? And then I told myself to stop thinking about what I can’t control. Right now, I know yoga feels amazing for my body, mind, and soul. Teaching helps me to connect with the most amazing people over their own aspirations and intentions. And everyone and everything has become my teacher. I want to read more books; I want to learn as much as possible about psychology, love, relationships, communication, God, spirituality, the body, etc; I want to experience these things in the context of life – to presence myself so that the knowledge I acquire, through experience, can become wisdom. In the end, I just want to live daily and feel alive always.
I just finished reaching The Alchemist, and I found the novel completely profound in its simplicity. Its lessons are the key to truly living. Below are a few of my favorite quotes:
- “But if you believe yourself worthy of the thing you fought so hard to get, then you become an instrument of God, you help the Soul of the World, and you understand why you are here.”
- “It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.”
- “…intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life…”
- “…he learned the most important part of the language that all the world spoke – the language that everyone on earth was capable of understanding in their heart. It was love.”
- “It was the pure Language of the World. It required no explanation…Because, when you know that language, it’s easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it’s in the middle of the desert or in some great city. And when two such people encounter each other, and their eyes meet, the past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one’s dreams would have no meaning.”
- “It is we who nourish the Soul of the World, and the world we live in will be either better or worse, depending on whether we become better or worse. And that’s where the power of love comes in. Because when we love, we always strive to become better than we are.”
Each day, my partner just holds me in his arms and tells me how much he loves me, and I feel his human heart beating against my chest. If I can feel the earth beneath my feet, feel the beat of a human heart, and feel so much more each day…what’s not to appreciate? This is living. This is life. No worry, no stress, just being. This year, I’ve come to realize that love has helped me find myself. Love has made me want to be a better version of me. And love will enable me to fulfill my purpose in this world. Here’s to 2013 and to walking this earth daily, radiating love.