Everything in us is connected.
Our leaves and blossoms are what we present to the world, they may be riotous and colorful. Or they may be evergreen and hardy. Each wanting to thrive and grow. And for each trunk and every stalk, there are roots. Roots that can grow deep into the dark, aspects of us that we may prefer remain underground and in the dark. But if we are to truly offer our gratitude, we must welcome all of ourselves.
The curl of the toes begins the engagement of the roots of our legs. The dig and the drag of the feet creates the hollows of the front ankles, the backs of the knees and the hip creases, and ensures an even tone as the hips move back and wide. The broadening of the sitting bones and pelvic floor help us to ground our energy, as the outer glutes engage up and in towards the sacrum in support. In these movements we have learned how to posture ourselves in a steadying and supportive alignment that keeps us rooted even when storms are swirling.
Our roots are a source of nourishment and inner strength, channeling growth into our branches and leaves. But they may also be a source of old patterns, hurts and memories that we cling to, gnarls where sustenance cannot pass. Where we can fall prey to the belief that there are limits to our expansion. What our Bowspring practice teaches us is that these times are opportunities to consciously help ourselves learn a new pattern. A new response. A new way of growing present.
So let us give gratitude this week! Let us acknowledge the old so that we can fully celebrate the new. And honor our deep, and connected, roots.