“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” — Audre Lorde
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When I take the time to really slow down and tune into my breath, the silence, nature, I begin to experience myself as part of the larger whole of life. I feel power, depth, connection. I feel alive. I sense what the poet Joy Harjo described “That you can’t see, can’t hear; Can’t know except in moments steadily growing, and in languages that aren’t always sound but other circles of motion.” When I am in the presence of redwood, hawk, mountain or river, the politics of division loosen their grip on me. I lean in to the collaborative nature of life, the universe breathing through me, my inherent capacity to connect and transform.
In Ayurveda, Fall is the season of wind – a season of transition and, at times, turbulence that can leave us feeling ungrounded and pulled in too many directions, or feeling anxious or scared. It helps me sometimes to remind myself of these natural rhythms of the seasons and elements when I get consumed by fear or worry about what’s happening in our world, in my community, and my family. Thanks to the science of Ayurveda, I can adopt practices to help soothe my anxiety and ground me during this season that can stir so much up. But the catch is that I need to practice. I need to participate in creating new behaviors that will help me heal. Healing involves learning to live with, and not in resistance to, the rhythms of nature and the world I am a part of.