“Friends remind us of who we truly are.”
It seems with every passing day these words gain new meaning. I blush to think how lucky I am for the friends in my life–for they constantly reassure me and egg me on, as if a silly childhood challenge: “go on, I dare you–you be you. See how you you can be…”
Any my what a challenge that is! Isn’t it curious? The thing that should come so naturally is in fact so elusive… Why is this? How did it come to be this way? Has it always been so..?
We often talk of “being grounded,” but how do we understand and what is implied by this phrase? In the sense of physics gravity effects us all the same. I am no more or less subject to Newton’s universal law than he or she or y’all over there–that’s why it’s called universal, duh! My feet are just as grounded as anyone else’s yet why has it felt that I’m adrift, wayward, grasping my toes towards the solid earth?
In yoga we learn to simultaneously stretch upwards just as we reach down to ground ourselves. In this space we create weightlessness. Go on, try it.
Feel that? Feel that sense of freedom and connection and airy aspirations all in one. I imagine this is the feeling that those who “are awake” (aka living wholeheartedly) experience perpetually throughout their lives.
I am not much of a meditator (though I try) & I’m only a baby yogini with haphazard practice but it is through my friends that I can connect with the expansiveness of being grounded enough to fly.
Time and time again, even without a thought or active cultivation, we are able to find that this sense of soaring in the moment is omnipresent amongst our dearest friends. I’ve found many of these friends through my travels. Friends that amaze and surprise you–as it was said in Dolly Parton’s “travelin’ thru’ “I hope you meant more to me down the road…”
That is life truly lived and friends loved right.
I call my blog live right travel far. This idea of appreciating friendship, finding grounding with others and giving space to fly, that is living right. Do these things and you will find you, through your friendships, will go far.
You tribe of wayfarers are all my sangha, you’re my family.
Live right, go far my friends. Love to you all.