If you're anything like me, spending time outdoors feels nurturing, expansive, healing, and awe inspiring. Being outside, especially in the woods, reminds me of who I am (energy), who together we are (more energy), and that Mother Earth serves us with unconditional abundant sustenance (again, energy).
It's been said "there are no straight lines or sharp corners in nature", kind of like life. We forge plans, check boxes, seek "the way", but the journey is anything but linear. From our first childhood head-bump, knee-scrape, and heartbreak, we stumble into adulthood. Navigating, most times, without a FGS, feeling-guidance-system.
I had the pleasure of listening to Author Angie Thomas (sponsored by Vermont Humanities), this past week. She shared wisdom and inspired us to care about what's happening around us; in our jobs, communities, schools, and beyond. She expressed "true change comes from discomfort, and the willingness to be uncomfortable". To be compassionate, we need to feel. To hold ourselves accountable, we need to know ourselves.
This is the work. Regardless of what is printed on my plastic work badge, my job is to stay emotionally awake, hold my hand instead of my breath, and deposit this breath into my heart. Movement, stillness, and outdoor practices help me occupy my body – the home I was given to step into discomfort, experience empathy, feel the compassionate call to care, and hold myself accountable. Wishing you a weekend aligned with light, love, and unconditional sustenance.
Becky Widschwenter- Mindful Movement with Becky