‘Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.’ ~Thich Nhat Hahn
Some days are filled with moments when you’d rather be somewhere else or curled up in a ball and hiding. Those days are part of life and we each get to decide how to move through them. From experience, I know that bad days will pass and good days happen more frequently than not. Still I often think of the children’s book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Voirst. In the book, Alexander believes that moving to Australia will make everything better.
Nearly each and every time, I am in a bad mood I think of the book about Alexander and giggle at how ludicrous and great it would be if I could just run away to Australia. Even though I have yet to visit Australia, but still the thought enters my brain even if only for a second.
While dark moments visit, one of the most beautiful gifts I can give myself within this journey is to remember that I love this universe whether in Tucson, Washington DC or Australia. Difficult moments will pass. Breathing deeply and walking gently can transform dark moods. However, sometimes the moods will stay; sometimes moments are tough, but they do evenually pass.
As I was recovering from a fairly tough day, my friend Rabbi Shai Specht’s tweet reminded me, “How things look on the outside of us depends on how things are on the inside of us.” Once I read the tweet, I decided to lie down in bed and take a few minutes to blog while thinking of my long-term blog assignment that I am contemplating. And with that I quickly found center again. Life is serious business, but if I remember that I am walking on the earth, I will be able to navigate with a both ease and grace.
Looking forward to continuing to walk on the earth; I really do love have a love affair with the earth beneath my feet. Hoping you do too!