This afternoon, I sat watching a kārearea gliding above treetops. As the bird spiralled effortlessly on the air current, I mused how easy things are when conditions are perfect and courage is plentiful.
Lately as I look toward my future with numerous plans swirling around my head, I have caught myself saying, “I’m not ready”. There is some truth in this statement. I still have quite a bit of processing and healing to do. However, I’m acutely aware of the magnitude of what I am going to be stepping forward into. And quite frankly, that “not ready” feeling is actually fear.
Perfect New Beginnings
The past few months has been a huge time of contemplation. Reflecting on my desires, what I have learnt, and how I want to move forward, I see before me a canvas that is completely blank, ready for me to paint whatever picture I fancy. However, I really don’t want to stuff it up. The risk here is that nothing happens when I sit in a catatonic state.
Whilst there are certain things I’m not yet ready for, I recognise I need to courageously step forward out of my comfort zone. Even if it is in a small way.
Watch for the Signs
For the past few months I’ve been taking singing lessons with a group of six gorgeous women. It has been a liberating experience finding my voice. And with the positive feedback I have been thirsting for more.
Last Sunday night, I ventured into town to listen to some live acoustic folk music with a local club of music lovers. I had no idea what I was in for or what style of music I was going to be listening to. I just felt I needed to get out of the house and explore this group. And I’m glad that I took that step forward.
Unbeknownst to me, the main act (a former member of an internationally renowned Celtic band I used to listen to) was from my home town, Adelaide. The acoustic folk music elevated my spirits as I tapped my foot and sang along. The show was made just for me. As I sat there luxuriating in the joy, I knew I was where I was meant to be.
How often do we opt for the comfort of our couch in ‘preference’ for stepping out of our comfort zones? What must we be missing?
Courage & Mindfulness
I read somewhere today that the falcon is a very special spiritual totem. When transfixed by the vision of a falcon it is a sign new opportunities are on the horizon. The falcon wants you to embrace your potential and to explore it wholeheartedly.
When enraptured by joy in the moment, we seek more experiences that feed that joy. Inevitably we will discover more of the same.
As I watched that New Zealand falcon soaring through the skies this afternoon, I was observing ease, joy and clarity borne of mindfulness and patience.
The falcon was showing me the power of enjoying my meantime in the moment, and to take chances if they feel right. Be courageous. I was also being reminded to focus on my joy.
There’s no need to wait for the magic to happen. It already is!
Anne McCormack is author of the book, Lovitude: Trying To Calm The Monkey Mind and the award-winning, Peacock Dreaming: The Wisdom Of Flowers.
Feature photo courtesy of Pixabay.
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