May always holds a special place in my heart. Life bursts from winter's brittle bones and captivates my senses like no other season. I'm compelled to spend more and more time outside drinking each new bloom, bush, and tree that opens before my eyes. It seems the birds even sing louder as they busily build their seasonal nests preparing for their babies. What I'm most aware of is the pace of Spring.
Last week I watched a beautiful movie on PBS called, "The Soul of the Elephant," by filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert. The film took place in Botswana and allowed for an intimate look at the behaviors, family life, and compassionate soul of the these extraordinary seven ton giants. I was truly touched by a segment early on in the film. A baby elephant was born, and lovingly supported by it's herd until it landed on all four feet. What followed moved me even deeper... the herd "adjusts it's pace" to meet the needs of the newborn elephant. The visual was breathtaking. It made me consider my pace, and reflect on how I've adjusted my steps to be more and more present to what's important in my life.
I've seen adjusting one's pace to be a major challenge for people who are in pain. Our bodies deserve our compassion, respect, and gentle guidance as we negotiate activity during times of healing. My clients continue to challenge their aching bodies to show up for them just as they were before their pain. Each and every time healing is prolonged, suffering increases, frustration and sometimes aversion with one's body manifests when a merciful adjustment of pace is all that's needed.
As the wonder of spring unfolds, consider your pace and if it is in alignment of the temple you inhabit. Take yourself by the hand and walk with you! I love this quote by Albert Camus, "Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend."
Blessings of love & joy ~ Caron