Today I share a letter written by Katrina Kenison, written to herself while attending teacher training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. It is the last page of her moving book, Magical Journey, An Apprenticeship in Contentment.
"What I want to say to you, my dear, is this: Just for today, live the passionate truth of who you are. Stop looking at what is undone, what you haven't achieved, where you've fallen short. Look, instead, into your own full heart. If your journey brings you to a choice between love and fear, choose love. Vulnerability has its own grace and it's own gift. Offer it. Be brave enough to be vulnerable. Allow yourself to be seen - dancing, and falling, and failing, and trying again. You are loved, and all that you, have to offer is deeply needed. Your own presence is a force for healing. Be present. There is more going on than you know, more guidance and support surrounding you than you can even begin to imagine. Trust it. Your own strong roots are in place - in your own body, in the earth, in the ongoing story of your life, just as it is. Put your faith in those roots, and allow yourself to go with the flow. Let go and breathe into the goodness the you already are. Move with the current, not against it. Resist nothing. Let life carry you. You have work to do. Begin it."
I am now in the habit of reading my tattered copy of this letter every morning when I rise. It serves to remind, comfort and inspire that my life is unique and to be cherished with my every breath. I am more mindful of even the smallest of blessings that surround my every day journey.
So on this Labor Day, which marks the end of yet another summer but the enchanting beginning of autumn, do yourself a glorious favor and order this book. Take this season of reflection to open your heart and soul. Read her journey of love, loss, and discovery. I am filled with gratitude for her sharing this gift and wish to pass it forward.