New Ravenna is a busy place, and although it can be exhilarating, sometimes the pressure of making sure the trains run on time is, well, stressful–for all of us. One of my fall resolutions is to take more walks and spend more time with Mother Nature. Oh, and to learn how to use my vegetable juicer.
This is a surprised ghost crab who lives on the beach that I frequent. They are rather cute critters that usually disappear into their burrows at the first hint of vibration from my approaching feet. But yesterday, this one paused long enough for me to snap his photo with my phone. All I have to do is look at the light in this photo and I can’t help but take a deep breath and exhale.
Something else I’ve vowed to do this fall: take more yoga classes–soon we’ll have them here at New Ravenna after work . By more I mean–more than one every two weeks–I know, pitiful. My friend Shannon Wescoat is a yoga instructor at Impact Fitness in Cape Charles (arguably the best small town in America) but really, I regard her as someone sent by God to help take care of me. And to remind me to take care of myself.
Here’s an incredible poem she read recently at the end of our last class–it resonated with me so I thought I’d share:
I slip into the swift river of grace
the moment I stop trying to control
my fate. The current takes my
breath away, leaving me amazed
at the release. Use me up, I say.
Smooth my rough edges
until I offer no resistance to the flow.
Within the enclosure of my open heart,
may the awareness wake and take aim
at my last attempts to grasp the known.
I pray to give myself over to a strength
that isn’t mine, to be carried by the
energy of change and evolution.
I pray to tumble headlong into love
and not reach out even once
to try and break the fall.
by Dana Faulds–From Root to Bloom
As my friend Tucker says, “Isn’t that what it’s all about? Love?”
Exmore, Virginia, United States
New Ravenna Mosaics founder and Creative Director, Owner, Sara Baldwin Design, Bass guitar player, Envisioner, Appreciator of the Sublime and Ridiculous.