What does it take for one to learn how to fly? If you were to have asked Douglas Adams, he would have told you that “The knack of flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss”. The art of satire aside, it shows that we can in fact teach ourselves a thing or two about working through difficulty with aplomb, grace, and most certainly the healing power of laughter.
We know that our Bowspring practice is one of mindfulness. Of courage and compassion, and not a little work. We know too that it is a practice of illumination! A methodology that encourages light to expand in the dark, and dynamism in the place of stasis. But it is all too easy to forget that lightheartedness begins exactly there, in the heart. A willingness to laugh at life’s challenges and foibles is a sure way to remind ourselves that we are all prone to stumbles and falls, and that laughter can be medicine. It can be a salve that heals wounds, even those that are self-imposed. If flying is indeed the art of throwing yourself to the ground and learning how to miss, we will need plenty of it!
Our wing spiral begins in the center of the chest, intricately connected to our Radiant Hearts. The shoulders, the arms and the hands move forward and up, away from the expansion of the ribs. The fingers curl in towards the hollows of the palms, initiating an even tone on all sides from the base of the palms up and into the hollows of the underarms. The expression of the wings themselves is a physical representation of spiritual elation and joy. The opening of our wings is a reminder that no matter how many bumps, bruises and breaks we endure, if we are willing to view life’s setbacks through the lens of laughter, we will heal and rise again. And we may be better off for it.
So how do we learn how to fly? With practice. By being willing to flap our wings and leave the ground a little bit at a time, knowing that while a meeting with the earth is inevitable, how we land - or miss entirely - is a part of our story. One that hopefully, and with time, we can learn to laugh about.