Good morning! Happy Sunday! It’s my favorite morning, because my husband and I wake up and watch Super Soul Sunday with Oprah and it “wakes us right on up!” 😉 It really does. We love it!
Speaking of waking up. I wanted to share a recent experience I had while resting on the beach outside of the jungle at Xinalani.
I walked down the beach with my sarong wrapped around my waist and my book, Yoga Wisdom At Work, in hand to find the perfect spot to rest and renew. It was a moment I was taking for myself to just be. Sigh. I found my spot. A place with soft sand on the edge of the trees with flowers and butterflies and oh so many sounds! I layed out my sarong, closed my eyes and and began to settle in. Buzz. Buzz. Buzzz.
What is this? Some sort of sand wasp was buzzing all around my head and getting particularly close. I lay my head back down and try to not be bothered. Buzz. Buzz. Buzzz. Wow! This little wasp was persistent. I got the impression that he wasn’t going to give up.
So, I sat up and took a look around. Oh! What is that small little hole in the ground close by? I wonder if that is where this wasp lives; his home. At that moment, I realized, this wasp was communicating with me! He was telling me I was a little too close to his home and he obviously was asking me politely to find a new spot. Because let’s face it, he could have just landed right on my cheek and given me a sting.
So, I picked up my sarong, and moved it only a few feet away from this small hole in the sand and sat down. The wasp flew over to the hole, crawled in and never bothered me again! It was a beautiful moment that we shared. It was not the first time I have had encounters with nature in this way, but for me, they are always magical. Nature and our world are magical!
I share this story with you only to point out that there are signs all around us at every moment of every day, and that nature speaks to us in this way. We are part of this system of nature; part of the whole. We are all connected. One.
After this experience with the wasp, it occurred to me that many people I know would have immediately swatted the wasp, maybe even killed it. Other people I know would have jumped up screaming, scared to death. No judgement. It just is. You see, it’s our “knee-jerk” reaction to things that come in our lives. Our practice of Yoga on the mat, helps us to see these reactions and gives us the space to notice and if we want, choose to react differently; with more awareness, rather than automatically.
The wasp most certainly did not deserve to be killed. He was probably just protecting his queen and maybe soon to be off spring developing inside their home. And the wasp was not even scary. He was politely asking in the only way he knows how, “Could you please step away from my front door? You’re a little too close for comfort, and you are very large!” So, I obliged and we both went on sharing this beautiful space in time with relaxed awareness. Thank you my little friend.
Wishing you all a day and week filled with relaxed awareness.
xo ~ IB