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Let the Fiesta Commence

I have had a short illness…!

I am now just about to go out to eat, and I am dreaming about a tagine of vegetables and couscous…
I woke in the night with a churny upset tummy and then my body burned all night and has burned all day too…

I got out of bed, and went to walk on the beach with Anadi and walked in the surf and felt better… And then I ate a little bit of breakfast – I love the breakfast space here, a bright blue room, with vases of flowers on the tables… And from its cupboards and fridges flow plenty. The energy of the room is one of openhearted generosity… Fatima loves to look after people, and she brings us delicious Moroccan flat breads and honey, corn cakes and eggs – which I couldn’t face today – I nibbled on the corn cakes and flat breads with fig jam and then went out onto the roof with the cats.

I didn’t do much, the cats gathered around me and I sat under the shade of a little woven umbrella and I appreciated the lazy energy of the stretched out cats, the sunny shade… The weakness in my body, meaning that all I could do was sit and stare…

Illness can be such a quiet place of contemplation and letting go; I could feel my body starting to burn again and asking to lie down… And so I took the lead from the lying down cats and I went to bed; all afternoon I slept and my body burned away whatever was being burned away…

it doesn’t really matter what is leaving, but fever has a good way of clearing out, burning up, so that then the new emerges like the Phoenix rising from the ashes…

And now my temperature is leaving, I have showered and I am hungry…

The life force rising again… An appetite for life returning out of the clearing away.

Next morning…

Illness in the body can provide the space for understanding, and a deeper letting go, when we are stopped in our tracks.

In that space if we allow ourselves to surrender, we can recognise that something has emerged into the physical plane and the space of stopping can allow it to be cleared away…

It wasn’t surprising to me that having made the commitment not just to myself – but to everyone else – to run across Spain barefoot, that I should immediately on day one of ‘setting off’ stop in my tracks.

Fear arising to be clearing and burned up…

Historically I was always a very good ‘manifester’… A ‘maker happener…’ However what I ‘made happen’ wasn’t always good for me; it came from ‘wanting something’, rather than waiting and listening to my heart and soul’s calling…  And the difficult side of it, was the unravelling of what I had started to create, or created and the disappointing others who had come along too…

And then one night some years ago now, I was woken in the night. it was 3am in the morning and a voice said to me ‘Be very sure before you decide on a course of action, as others will follow…’

And so I became very conscious and much more still and aware, and stopped ‘trying’ to create anything… I shifted position and waited longer before deciding on a course of action… This served me well and has lead me to a clearer quieter wiser space…

And so now that I have decided on a direction, I am confident that I can trust it… And I delight already in witnessing that others already are following…

And a big celebratory party is in the making… One of joining together, of companionship, love, connection and fun on the roads through Spain…

And now that I have burned away the fear! Let the fiesta commence… 🙂

 

 

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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