A beautiful scene from the time when I was living in Germany came to me recently as I pondered the idea of trusting the process of life. I was sitting out on the balcony of the apartment we were renting on a marvelous spring day just watching the world go by. Our place was at a 90 degree angle to the main part of the landlord’s house and thus in plain view of my spot in the sun. What captured my attention was a mother bird and her four offspring perched on the edge of my landlord’s roof. It appeared that it was ‘flight day’ – the time had come for these little winged creatures to learn to fly. I watched in amazement as the mom jumped from the roof, flew in a circle and returned to her children, as if to say, “This is how you do it. Now YOU go.” Time and again she repeated the short circular flight. Each time the babies watched, looked as if they were going to follow, and would then retreat. “This, Mom, is just a bit too scary”, they seemed to be saying. “We are just fine here watching you.” By this time I was totally intrigued.
And then, one by one, something shifted within the little birds. And one by one, they indeed took their leaps of faith. I could almost hear them gleefully declaring their victory over their fears as they trusted their wings and flew, then returning to the safety of the rooftop once again. I felt quite privileged to have witnessed their maiden voyages.
The reason this was so meaningful to me just now is that in yoga class this week we were celebrating the gifts of our root chakra (Muladhara): security, centeredness, and stability. What occurred to me is that unless we are fully stable, we will not be able to fully push off into the next adventure of our lives. If our feet are on shaky ground, there is no foundation from which to launch. Or, in the other extreme, if we are so rooted to our current location that we find ourselves feeling stuck, there will be no progressing forward either.
The perfect pairing for trusting in the process of life is a firm foundation and wings ready to soar.
Here is a link a short meditation with this intention in mind should you feel inspired to launch into the next adventure of your journey.
AFFIRMATION: Feet grounded, wings ready for flight, I soar now into the process of trusting life.