The Adventure of Flight
"Who are you?" asked the caterpillar.
Alice replied, "I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then." ~Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
In the story, Alice has been so confounded by the many changes to her physical state that she is no longer sure of herself and tells the caterpillar as much. No doubt that in each of our lives, we have experienced situations that initiate profound change but in the process of doing so, we may experience desperate confusion. Can we stay open to the possibilities of metamorphosis with less fear of losing sight of who we are at our center?
In Bowspring, no sooner have we stepped onto our mats than we are invited to try it again, and in a different way. We practice keeping our minds open and our hearts willing in order to witness our own progress; growth that is not easy when we experience frustration and difficulty. The transformation from walking to flying asks us to be present in each moment, cultivating an understanding that change does not just happen to us, but because we invite it. As we unfold our wings we are making not just a physical gesture of openness, but an energetic offering as well: that we are wanting and willing to grow.
Our journeys may be fraught with moments of unknowing, times of fear that we have lost a part of ourselves along the way. And the truth is, we do. But what we learn to shed are the shapes and the ideas that keep our wings bound; that prevent us from seeing the endless opportunities that lie in front of us. We don’t lose ourselves in change unless we refuse to acknowledge that it happens. So when you next contemplate the question “who *am* I?”, know that it may not be the same as yesterday. And that is part of the adventure.
I’ll see you on your mats.