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Doing Our Own Thing Together…

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I did a sort of peep show vlog today; and I noticed that rather than not wanting to be on video, everyone was keen to be in the frame… I am so aware not to capture people on film who don’t want to be captured that I recognise now I have been missing giving people the chance to join me…

I was making an assumption… And assumptions trap us; of course they also free us to live… We assume the stairs will hold our weight, the sun will rise, another day begins, the car will start!

But really and truly nothing is certain… So when we assume, if we assume from the position that nothing is certain we will develop a keener awareness of the magical and the mysterious…

‘Making something up’ without testing it out can limit us…  We might think we are being ‘kind’/ ‘polite’ – but once again this is to do with us, not them.

The most powerful position to take as we live each moment is that of ‘not knowing’. This way we do not project ourselves onto others, and we then do not unintentionally or intentionally manipulate or manoeuvre people with our own agendas or ideals or values… That might be nothing to do with the other at all!

All the people who were in the little alleyway as I left the Riad to run, were more than happy to be in my film – in fact they requested it – and it has opened a whole new avenue to me as to who might join me in my vlogs…

It is always important that when we think something, or know something, or even intuit something – that we test it out… It is only a hypothesis and we have only ‘made it up’ until that moment.

It can end up limiting our own lives – as well as the space between us in relating with others – if we believe our made up things without exploration… They simply become projections to do with us and our own paradigm…

Now it might be that we ‘make up’ and intuit extremely accurately – and this gets born out again and again; but unless we are invited to say what we intuit or see, then it can take away the power of another and becomes dark energy rather than the light it is our intention to shed.

And so in every moment of every day we must check in with ourselves and our assumptions, our projections and even our intuitions and seeing abilities. As Ros, my therapist and supervisor would say to me ‘what do you make up…?’ And we would explore that it was very likely an accurate insight; but even if this is so, it doesn’t give us the right to interfere with the path of another unless invited to give the insight…

We do not know the path another treads, and it might be important that they live out a pattern, a way of being and that it is not the time for our observations… If we are seeking to change another, or even point out where they might change, when this hasn’t been invited, then we must look at where the three fingers of the point are pointing back at us…

It is always to do with us…

The only place of transformation and change that we must be concerned with is with ourselves; if anyone seeks our counsel then so be it; this is still to do with us and must have no agenda or self agrandisement within its energy…

I used to have a Buddhist text on my wall – when I had a wall 🙂  – which essentially said this…

If we are to work in the lives of others then it is always knowing that our job is to feed and water the plant, which way it grows is up to it; if ‘the plant’ takes a lifetime, a hundred lifetimes or a thousand lifetimes to grow and blossom, it doesn’t matter – if we practise this way our practise will always be at peace…

If we are true to ourselves and let go of all expectation of others then we are free…

I ran 9 miles on the beach today, up and down, because the wind has whipped up again and so to break up the bits of running into a head wind, I ran out for 4k and back again and then out for 3k and back again… It felt like a great big gathering… The windsurfers and kite surfers in their element, the galloping horses with their tails flying and the rocks sparking off their shoes as they ran over the pebbly stretches; the same people on the beach each day, running exercising inspiring – joining together in the dance of life…

All of us doing our own thing together.

 

 

 

I have been running all of my life – it feels I was born to run. In the running step I experienced freedom and my true expression. I came to see that I needed to ‘get out of the way of myself’ and let my energy flow through the running step; allow it to express itself in the dance and the motion of running. I ran for England and GB for some years. My first international was in 1979, a three mile cross country race; and I continued to run at international level until 1993. Two of my best results were first place in the Dublin City Marathon in 1985 and 7th place woman, 3rd British woman in the 1986 London Marathon in a time of 2.36.31, which gained me selection for the Commonwealth Games.

As a little girl I ran barefoot for many years, and then I put on shoes to race around the world. Fifty years later I am travelling the world as a nomad with my husband Anadi and I have taken off my shoes and I am running barefoot again….

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