The mystery of the moment
‘Look out for glass!’
‘You’ll hurt your feet…
Your bones, your ligaments!’
‘You’ll cut yourself!’
‘Isn’t it uncomfortable?’
‘Lady! Where are your shoes?’
‘I like your style’
‘You’re so brave…’
It is a wonderful thing to experience that simply kicking off a pair of shoes gives an unspoken invitation for people to comment and suggest – to offer advice, or just to be curious…
But openly curious
Like children are with one another, no social constructs that say
‘Don’t talk about…’
Openness candour childlike curiosity and connection
Whatever the comments or communication – it seems that bare ness means there is already a transparency, and so there are not the barriers of ‘politeness’ that limit dialogue and inquiry, curiosity about another human…
The naked feet instead invite dialogue, and so storytelling too.
My answer to the question ‘Why?’ Changes all the time.
Because the truth is that I don’t really know why!
Do we really know anything at all?
How can we know the unknown
The mystery of the moment
And everything is unknown until we put a narrative; a meaning; an explanation – a projection from our own filter, our own camera lens…
The way we position the lens, where the light falls, where we stand and watch and assess…
And so when I am asked ‘why?’ it is new every time.
And I answer as if I have never been asked before…
I have said things like ‘I don’t know, my feet decided, ask them!’
Or… ‘I don’t have any shoes’, and most recently I added to that one – ‘they don’t belong to me and I don’t belong to them..'(not sure where that came from 🙂 )
Sometimes I have said ‘I like it, it’s fun, shoes never suited me…’
And sometimes I give a much longer story…
But it’s not necessarily the truth because really and truly I’m not sure why I don’t wear shoes
It’s just the story of the moment…
What is truth anyway?
Language changes everything and so a pure stream of energy – a feeling, a sense, a movement within and all around, an image, a sound, an experience – are immediately changed with language.
When we stay with the moment
With pure existence
We experience everything anew, even the things we know so well like the routine of cleaning our teeth, or going to get our morning coffee or pull on our trainers – or not – to step out the door to run.
I have been stepping out of the door to run each morning for fifty years now
Nearly every day for a long long time
And yet it is all new.
Even the same routes have newness each time.
When we meet a friend or we encounter our partner again each day, if we look at them as if for the first time, it allows expansion and possibility and newness
Of course to function as physical beings we have made constructs that allow us to navigate this journey
We make assumptions that the steps will hold us, that the train, car, plane will carry us safely
That the wifi will work
That the coffee will be coffee tasting and hot…
And so we navigate newness within familiarity and what we have learned.
If we can hold these two positions lightly and at the same time – then we can ever embrace the mystery of the moment
Experience the silence – the stillness within… Stay in the step we are in, allowing the next to take care of itself as all around us whirls and swoops and moves and changes
All the time.