fuelled by rice and beans
and corn on the cob
I am alive.
I’m here for a reason.
This week I met some of the most incredible young people
I met them because we were meant to meet.
We met because I changed the course to follow my heart and it led me here.
Have you ever seen a group of 13 year olds sit still in silence for 30 minutes?
I haven’t either.
We started with 5 minutes in silence to breathe
Watch your mind
Where does it go when it wanders?
What is it that brings you back to the present moment?
See how many thoughts you can remember having
And then once the 5 minutes was complete we took 5 more minutes in silence to write about what we noticed, what we thought, what we felt.
We did 3 rounds of this and then we went around the circle to share.
Any and every one will benefit from this exercise,
grade 7 or not.
Cemented in your beliefs or free-spirited and wandering.
Be so curious about how your mind tries to keep you entertained.
and to what your mind says yes you can,
and no you can’t.
Be so curious about how your mind works.
How it holds stories about your strengths, weaknesses and your life.
The cool stuff,
The love, the loss, the everythinginbetween
And notice when space comes in
Between your stories
Between your thoughts
Between the moments spent drifting in the stream of consciousness
When you arrive in this moment,
The only one you can change,
The only one where you are truly alive.
Just because your mind tells you so, doesn’t mean it is true.
You can change your story,
in this breath,
this one too.
Transformation is here and no moment is ever too small to notice.
Are you consciously breathing,
or is it just something happening in your body?
Notice your breath in your belly,
bring that goodness all the way up to your heart.
Notice the space between the inhale
and the exhale
Notice the space your breath gives you to be a little more curious
about this moment, right now.
2 days of teaching grade 7 and I know I am exactly where I need to be right now.
I’m alive and happy
Theres a burning in my spirit for everything that makes me feel this beauty
We did a guitar meditation
We balanced on our hands
and our feet too.
We stuck out our tongues and roared like lions,
Because that is what we are.
You are too.
We stood as Warriors and I asked: “What do you do when life asks you to be stronger than you ever thought you could be?”
a beautiful voice said: “just close your eyes, and breathe.”
If the only thing I do in the Bahamas is plant a few seeds of awareness in these beautiful young minds,
I am so so happy.
Connection is everything.
No way to tell where this moment of awareness could lead
Anything inside that tries to hold you back
Oh sweet little wanderer,
You won’t get very far wearing boots filled heavy with worries.
Be a lion.
Be the lion the whole world needs you to be.
Never let a moment be too small to make a change.
Make certain your dreams scare you a little.
It’s ok to feel like all you need is a hug some days.
It’s also ok to jump out of bed and roar.
Your dreams are waiting for you,
They are out there looking for you too.