After years of habitual turning away from difficult emotions, circumstances, and challenges, Mira gradually learned that by turning toward them, facing right into them, not for the purpose of transforming, but for the reality of revealing … there was the love that always is. Like light falling on an object and revealing the contours, colors, attributes, it is the light that reveals, not the object. So turning away is no longer her way of experiencing.
Once she realized that her job was to simply follow the breadcrumbs that present themselves and revel in the surprise of wherever they lead, the simplicity and ease is released. So little planning required, more like the movement of a butterfly or hummingbird than predetermined planning.
A visit to the Dollar Store resulted in a foursome of glittery fairy wings which she bestowed on would be fairies in a couple of festive settings. Mira began to notice a sort of fairy quality to her life, colorful whimsy, comfort and relationship with woodland settings, invisibility to those who can’t see fairy folk, and magical congruences like dancing moments that transport to imaginal lands. And the new dance clothing, oh my, twinkles, floats, and flounces as the old jeans could not.
One day she knew why she danced and had become enamored of partner dance, the falling into that moment of boundaryless sensation, non-thinking response to subtle intention. It is the abandon to pure sensation, indescribable, timeless, as mystical as it gets. Not a being taken over by a force but a sinking into creating a dance.
Having now spent more than half her life in the County of Humboldt, she finds this most appropriate as it is a wild and wonderful place named for the adventurous explorer, Alexander von Humboldt, who had a collage of interests, expertise, curiosity, and understanding. He said “science is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.” Andrea Wulf says that for him knowledge “ was an embodied, holistic presence with life in all of its dimensions” and “Humboldt revolutionized the way we see the natural world. He found connections everywhere. Nothing, not even the tiniest organism, was looked at on its own. “In this great chain of causes and effects,” Humboldt said, “no single fact can be considered in isolation.”"
One day a little book by Marie Kondo, The Magic of Tidying Up, jumped into Mira’s grocery cart and before she knew it she was devouring it along with the edibles … and the effect in the former case was life altering, just as Marie said it would be. Who could have imagined? Mira is not a disorganized person and the clutter was largely behind closed doors and tucked in drawers, neatly arranged on shelves, yet the sorting by “that which sparks joy” and eliminating that which does not created clear, sparkling, free space in her house and indeed the whole house and it’s contents are happier and breathe with ease. She can feel it as she moves around and appreciates the sparking of joy therein. And the biggest surprise of all was the lightness in the activity itself, a chore previously seen as pure drudgery. Some days wisdom catches her unexpectedly.