If I Knew Then, What I Know Now
I was chatting with a friend of mine recently and it occurred to me that they were clinging to the path they had set when they were younger. I completely sympathized. When we're younger and just peaking into adulthood, we often have a vision of how our lives will unfold. For some that vision becomes a plan and that plan becomes reality. But for most, that vision fades and a new one blossoms in it's place. We learn as we go and most often we adjust as we go. We are, in effect, a living experiment. There are no directions or rules on how to be You. You just get up and do it every single day, in every single way. Honestly, when you think about it, you really can't go wrong. Which brings me comfort as I travel along some uncharted roads of my own.
Last month, I shared with you that I had begun to study earth based medicine...and by doing so, in a way, I'm refreshing my vision. I've been learning to pay attention, to connect to Mother Earth, and more about the value and beauty of ritual and ceremony. I've been learning to identify healing herbs in the wild, how to make tinctures, and salves and other yummy goodness. Digging in the earth has provided new information and this information is nurturing a positive shift in my consciousness.
In fact, as I have been learning to root myself personally into this Earth, I've seized the opportunity to tend the soil beneath The Bija Institute as well. When I opened Bija three years ago, the focus was on being a space for retreats. By year two, I realized that providing well crafted workshops, funky outings, and thoughtful trainings filled a critical need as well. Now, here I am, heading toward year four and as I watch the roots of this sacred space continue to spread, I see Bija clearly for the center of mindful living that it has become. Bija is not the retreat property that I anticipated, but rather it is a sacred space for your journey work. The part of the equation my younger self and her vision could not account for was You. As I sat in the yurt making cedar bundles, I let this truth marinate. I could scarcely connect the myriad of circumstances faced and choices made that shifted my vision and lead me to this moment. Yet, when I finally did tack all the way back in time to that first notion, I thought to myself, "If I knew then, what I know now...I still wouldn't change a thing." ;-)
With that said, I've updated our website to better reflect what we do here and how we might support you in wellness. While much has changed, much has remained the same. If you have any questions about how you might best utilize Bija to nourish your highest Self, just ask me.
Life is a journey and I assure you, we're all going to graduate. So don't wait for the "perfect time", "when", "if" or "after". Refresh your vision and live into it now. Step your right foot forward.