For the most days we have the pleasure of guiding various Wellbeing Retreats here in Camiguin, Philippines. This means starting and ending the days with yoga, and having insightful meditation and Life Coaching in between.
Like always, every retreat teaches us something, every student makes us realize something new.
Usually the one, most important lesson that keeps coming back is about letting go. Of plans, of goals, of future as we hope it would unfold. I saw what happens, when we are fully in the moment, trusting that the next breath, or the breath after that, will bring us the clue to the next move or to the next thing to say.
Because what happens, is Magic!
One o our private Retreats ended with a meditation on the beach. As we sat there, listening to the ocean, I let go of my desire to say something relevant, or something that would be helpful for the student. I had some ideas, some thoughts, but they did not feel right. So I did not say anything. Instead I waited.
One breath. Another breath. Another.
There was silence in between the breaths, until I had a feeling in my gut about something that needed to be said. And I followed this feeling. I talked about something I did not plan to talk about. I ask the student to focus on something, and I trust it’s exactly what needs to be received at that moment.
And it was.
Bless this process and journey we are on
What a great reminder it was, again, that while it’s good and useful to plan, it is even more useful to let go of the plans. When we are too fixated on our preconceived notion of what we want to get out of a certain moment, we may lose the point. We may lose the magic that would have unfolded had we allowed it to come forth.
“It does not come from me” I say like a hippie afterwards, but I mean it! Like music, like art, like anything connected with the mighty universe, it all comes through us. If we allow ourselves to be connected, present and without judgement or fear of approval (or lack thereof), we will hear it. The tunes of the Universe, the wonders of the world.
I credit a lot of this to yoga. The more we sit in silence, the easier it becomes. The more we meditate, the more we tune into the answers that are within. The more we can quiet the mind, the more the soul has space to talk to us.
Try it! Start with 5 minutes per day, sit comfortably, put a timer on, close your eyes and follow your breath. Let go of all the things you THINK should happen, let go of the desire to think NOTHING, and just be.