“The road will rise up to meet you.” Said the wise yogi.
“Life will never leave you behind. You are not alone.” She said.
“The road will rise up to meet you. The road has no goals, or plans. It will rise up to meet you, right-where-you-are.”
I looked down and the road was there, right there under my feet. It’s been there the whole time, rising up to meet me. To take me on my path. Because it is my path.
“Now, look back and recognize all the lessons you have learned, all the people, all the experiences, all the teachers in your life and know they are with you now.”
And I looked back, and saw and felt and breathed in and out, all those lessons. I let them wash over me again.
“Those lessons are not your lessons, they are all of our lessons. They belong to all of us, the collective we. Breathe them in, and release them back into the world.”
And I did. I breathed in, and released them once. They stayed next to me.
I breathed deeper, and released them, and they went further, across the room I was in.
I breathed even deeper, and released them. This time I felt them flow out of me, into the world.
“Now, grab one of those lessons, and let it be your intention.”
Earlier in the day, I was asking myself why sometimes I get angry at people I love.
And my lesson showed up. Compassion. My intention found me.
The road will rise up to meet you.
“Now, breathe in and let that intention out into the world. For the world.”
And when I did, my shoulders came out of my ears. My heart felt lighter, and my thoughts were clearer. I had tears in my eyes. Compassion.
Today, I have done my best to replace anger with compassion. Sometimes, that’s been easier than others. It’s was easier to have compassion for the driver who was tailgating me. It takes a lot more presence to find compassion with the violence in the world and the people who cause it. But today, I found strength, from an angel named Jack. I didn’t know Jack. But when I heard the names spoken this morning on the radio of the 20 kids that were killed last week, Jack’s name landed on my heart. I’ve thought of him all day today, and he has somehow given me strength to choose compassion.
Jack made a difference in my life today, and I didn’t even know him. Maybe, we really are all connected. Thank you Jack.
May you remember your lesson today….and remember the road will rise up to meet you. It’s your path.