Went for a hike on a blustery Minnesota day. Trudged in awe along a beautiful Ice Ridge path I had taken many times before ~ and then the call of the wind had me turn onto a new snow covered trail. As the winds roared ~ a moment blew in of realizing I was alone in the woods.
Well of course never alone...the trees were creaking and groaning ~ Ninadog was frolicking ~ and the fairy sprites (I’m sure) were dancing to and fro ... but the knowing of no other humans present was evident.
I’ve been on a many sans human paths in previous journeys ~ but in that moment of reality amidst a winter storm ~ a fear rattled awake within.
Was I going the wrong way? Would this path eventually take me to the metal safety of 4 wheels? Would I arrive to the warmth of home?
Typing now in a state of reflection ~ all those questions rose in the midst of nature’s wisdom as they were closest to the surface in my subconscious and thus ~ I was being called to look at subtle fears holding me back.
And so I did what my spiritual practice had taught me ~ I stopped to pause and truly see. To see the knowing that is always a glimpse towards pure awareness away. My head rotated ~ as if it was gently being rolled on a soothing massage table ~ and I saw a tree friend standing tall. He was contracting and expanding from the inside. His heart was palpable as a sound came out of him that spoke to his learning. There are times when the knowing within beats loudly in floods or quietly in the slow flow .... times of running or crawling. I was taking in the wisdom of this grand tree and was so grateful of the message to return to the heart. To trust radically. To trust in Divine Love.
I had received and to honor the transference ~ I stepped off the path into the deep snow to embrace my new friend in gratitude. A feeling of love without words was exchanged and as I stepped back to capture the memory in photo ~ I saw it.
It was beating even as it laid frozen and dormant....holding steadfast in the winter winds. And so I made a choice ~ to turn around and follow the path I knew would take me home. It was a longer walk in the woods than I had originally set out to explore ~ but sometimes it takes awhile to truly trust. To know that home is always in the heart.
May you breathe into the Divine Love in which you are tethered ~ that sits within your own center. For here you are safe ~ you are infinitely protected ~ guided ...and most importantly ::: Loved.
Aho my friend and until our paths cross again ~ keep learning ~ expanding ~ as you find your way home.
International yoga instructor, Shamanic Practitioner, life coach, and more!