Heart. Beat. Heart. Beat. Heart. Beat. Heart. Beat. Heart. Beat. Heart. Beat. Heart. Beat.
Two weeks ago, my heart started pounding double time,
then triple time
I hauled in deep breaths to try to keep up
and my chest was filled with a thousand tiny butterflies
and my stomach churned and my mind raced as I hoped so dearly they wouldn’t escape
taking me with it.
Too young. Too soon. Too many more walks through the forest, books to write, hands to hold.
Please no. Please no. Please no.
It went on for a week. A week punctuated by doctors visits and blood pressure cuffs and anxiety medication and literally, quite literally, punctuated by blood test after blood test.
and I caught my breath
what wake up call is this, dear body?
And the tiniest, most un-generous part of my mind
– you know the one I’m talking about –
“Good one. You just wrote the book on Body Love. You teach embodiment and rest and rewilding and what, this? And this?”
that Benevolent Motherself within me flew in on the winds of compassion, her warm cloaks billowing out behind her and a gentle smile on her face said
“Darling. Darling. Darlingdarlingdarling. Sweet. Sweet honeybabe. Oh honey. Your body! Look at the perfect message it has given you. Darling, your sweet body has been integrating integrating integrating everything that has been happening in the last three months – every triumph every challenge: look how well! Oh look! Look how beautifully.”
I nod. Touch my arms. Look down at my chest that just days ago didn’t seem as though it could hold my life force, and marvel in its solidity.
“Darling. You are perfectly and wonderfully made. And it is time to rest.”
I stare skyward.
I stare ahead.
And I breathe again
because I know the way home.
I know the path back to myself.
I have traveled it oh, oh, oh so many times before.
A thousand tiny steps home.
The road is well worn
and though I believed that I would only need to walk it once
I know now
I will be walking this road all the days of my life
A thousand tiny steps home.
A walk down the old dirt road.
Onions sautéing in butter and wine.
Knowing who to call just when.
Words written in the pre-dawn hours.
A scarf around my neck just so.
Remembering how to say no.
Remembering what to say yes to.
Enough time to dream.
Cups of tea and books and candles lit
A moment, looking up from the words in my journal, where I remember, in a flood of lifeforce, what I’m here for.
The feel of water rushing past my ears
and the prickle of pine needles
and the pocketing of sea glass
Phone calls home
Remembering how to receive
Remembering that it’s okay to
Remembering how I like my eggs
and that I love to make music. Remembering to make music.
– knowing – that none of this is predicated on my success or the status of my to-do list or on whether the kids watched television today or on how many dollars are in my bank account
A thousand tiny steps back home to myself. I am grateful I have walked this path so very many times before: to know that there are many roads back, some of them meandering, most of them well-rutted with time. And to know that I have a compass, and a true north that says
Remember magic. Don’t forget to dance a little. Write, oh please god. Eat your eggs with the yolks runny and get outside in the trees. Bury your face in the folds of your children’s sweet necks and remember the raw power of your body on the day they came. Know what you are capable of, but choose only what ease allows. Cut your hair. Oh please. Call your sister. Write with coloured markers and make to do lists of things you’ve already done so you can cross them off and don’t forget to sing in the car.