Life is short. Life is precious. Life is complex. Life is hard.
Not the most inspiring start to an email but all truths that have been pretty real around here this past week. And yet alongside all of that, all of this has also been true...
Life is beautiful. Life is precious (I've repeated myself intentionally). Life is joyous. Life is good.
Ultimately, life is life.
And part of the practice, part of our practice, is learning to hold what we think of as the good and the bad alongside one another - recognising them both as ever-changing. After all, what is joy without sadness? What is love without loss? What is ease without effort?
Of course, we explore this in practice. Just as we explore our ability to traverse the divide and settle into its centre - observing without attaching, experiencing without gripping, being without demanding.
And all of this stuff I continue to explore in life too (because what is life if not practice?). Right now I notice the loss and grief I've experienced this past year, and how it echoes around me in other experiences too. Not to the point of being ever-present - but certainly often-present - and in a way that I can't say is enjoyable but I can somehow recognise as an important part of the whole.
Where is this going? To be honest, I wasn't really sure until I wrote it out. In large part it's simply the sharing that I feel compelled to make today (I'd intended to write something much more energetic to promote my work!). But as I work it through my body and onto the page, the dots join up and I realise the crucial role that connection, truth, sharing and vulnerability play in enabling that ability to hold the extremes and yet live in the centre. The crucial role of a supportive community. The importance of sharing only the real stuff here in this mail.
Navigating this life, finding a way back to each other, finding a way home. This is what we do.
We do it in MOVE. We do it in REST. We do it in WRITE. We do it in such a special way when we take our work outdoors. And we will very much be doing it on the 18th July at Merthyr Mawr with SALUTE THE SEA. I would so very much love for you to join me.
S A L U T E T H E S E A is a mini retreat. A coming together of community, movement, nature and service. An intentional act of coming home.
I said I had this sense of there being 10 beautiful souls out there for whom this is just right. Five of them are now on board - which means that the five of you who are reading this, almost ready to book... your spaces are waiting. It will be magic, of this I am sure.