I awoke early this morning to the sounds of so many beautiful birds singing their delight as we all welcomed a new day in. I took myself outside and while I was enjoying the changing sunrise, I was filled with a wonderful feeling of gratitude.
While I was standing in appreciation, I heard a whisper in my mind telling me that life is my teacher and love is my guide. Then I pondered that for a while… Every person I’m ever to meet in this life has the potential to be my teacher, and when I think back to the most incredible moments of learning, for me, they usually happened when it was unexpected.
I remember on my honeymoon in Hawaii, a little over 10 years ago, I was looking for a sage. I thought back then, that a sage was a little old lady whom I would meet in a spiritual shop… So my beloved and I went on a nice journey in search of ‘my’ sage (he was just interested in sightseeing!) My search took us far and wide, around the base of a volcano and into a small town known for its spirituality. We did find a little shop in that town, where I thought I would find my sage… and as you can probably guess, we ended up with the complete opposite experience of the one I had expected. After a ‘traditional Lomi Lomi’ massage by a French woman on holiday, I kinda got the message, my sage was not to be found in Hana! Which by the way was the most beautiful place on earth, so on reflection now, perhaps the sage was in the earth and her beauty, hiding in me waiting to discover it through my appreciation…. I was too distracted by the painful massage I had just endured.
So then I thought, okay well Dan Millman’s sage took him to Molokaʻi or Molokai , often called the “Friendly Island”, but it was in fact an old Leper Colony, and it was anything but friendly. On this journey, we were guided by a lovely lady who walked us down a 520metre sea cliff (among some of the tallest sea cliffs in the world) 26 hairpin turns, and a nearly 5km walk downhill. We were instructed just to keep on walking, not to stop or we would ‘feel the pain in our legs’. So off we went, our intention just to get to the bottom, with the knowledge that a light aircraft was going to be flying us out at the end of our adventure. Again the majesty of this place did take my breath away and then the sadness of what people had endured here hit me like a brick…. we couldn’t wait for the tour to end. My sage was not to be found here and when I returned home to read Dan Millman’s book again (Way of the Peaceful Warrior) alas I found he had said it was the saddest place he had visited and it was a punishment for him to be there until he met the locals who still lived there. We were told that they didn’t really like talking to tourists and so on our visit they stayed indoors … I do have to add here that it was the most incredible Honeymoon, and there were many many other exquisite moments and experiences, and people with whom we met who have had a lasting impact upon my life (A couple we met at the bar we are still in contact with, all whom we met when I wasn’t looking for my Sage). I realised that perhaps the Sage I was looking for didn’t live in Hawaii. The Sage was actually within.
Fast forward to now when I was just sitting outside in the early hours of the morning feeling just how incredible it is to be alive right now, awake to just my own thoughts and the most beautiful sunrise and the words whispered from my heart. Life is your teacher and love is your guide. And so on this day, I took a moment to really appreciate just who I am and how incredible my life is. Let your life inspire you to your own divinity, pure magic resides within and life is continually creating many, many opportunities for you to bask in the deliciousness of it all.
With love and gratitude