I visited the beautiful Cotswolds in England this October.
David and I followed the marked public footpaths, never knowing what we would see around the bend or through the gate. It felt like being on the treasure hunts I loved as a child. Fields of sheep, horses, and cows, magnificent trees, wonderful birds, including the blue heron and swan, English gardens and charming stone cottages along with manors in the most out-of-the-way little villages were all to be enjoyed.
As we walked from village to village through the countryside, I experienced being present, alert, alive, and relaxed. I felt the delight of being in the moment without knowing what was next.
Come ‘walk’ with me. I invite you to pay close attention to your own self as your most important inner teacher. Enjoy the snapshots of what we saw along the way (taken by David) as I share the insights that unfolded during my walk.
The nature of the human mind is to want to plan, have a sense of certainty about what is ahead, fix, and try to control or at least understand the why’s/purpose of it all. There is a pressure to have the answers.
Essentially, the mind likes to keep us safe and maintain the status quo. Therefore, when your mind is your main focus of attention, it becomes all about having to know.
Its tendency is to ruminate in a loop of thoughts that often can be negative. We all know about this. As long as the mind runs the show, there is no real sense of fulfillment - no peace or true connection to the core of you.
When you are connected to that which is aware, the witness within, judgment, attachment and control are non-existent. You are awake, grounded, relaxed, and aware. In this open, present space, there is a sense of ‘not knowing’, allowing life to lead the way.
I noticed as I walked that I had a whole body experience of simply being in this ‘not knowing’. Being present is grounded in my inner experience rather than being taught about this by an authority figure or reading about it in a book with my mind labeling it as how I ‘should’ be.
This is the foundation upon which trust can flourish: trust in myself and trust in the mystery of life itself.
As a Body-Centered Coach, this mindfulness is the foundation of the work that I do. With the impartial witness, awareness itself, driving your life, noticing everything within as you respond to that which is around you, your true self naturally emerges. The challenges inherent in life are stabilized, and a freedom to make true and clear choices blossoms. You simply need to begin moving toward where you are called to walk.
Life can be alive and fresh every moment of every day - like my walk to in the Cotswolds of England. There is so much beauty within and around us.
I invite you to set the intention to find the “I don’t know” place within you. Simply notice when the pattern of having to know is in the driver’s seat. Make the choice to find that place of rest within you where you truly don’t know. And then begin to walk in this open, aware, and present space. Be in the aliveness as your life unfolds.
In this, you will follow YOUR inner knowing that arises from your own experience. This is a walk toward freedom and true aliveness.
This is you being your most important teacher.