Last week I was on the beautiful Caribbean island of Jamaica. I don’t know if I have ever seen a star-filled sky like I saw there. As I attempted to capture a photo on my phone of that night sky, my friend Margot said to me, “A camera can’t capture God.” So I put down my camera and just looked up. The longer I looked, the more I saw. The deeper the stars went and the brighter they became was magically and miraculously endless. In a way, that night of stargazing was a perfect metaphor for my experience at Jakes Hotel.
I was on a yoga retreat with Verge at Jakes Hotel in the delightfully un-touristy Treasure Beach, Jamaica. I was there to teach yoga and meditation. My intention going into the week was simple:
Be of Service
To some extent I have always known that what you put out, you get back. Call it Karma, Divinity or The Universal Law of How Things Just Are. You see, I know this, but this week I REALLY learned it and felt it and now “know” it in a whole different capacity than before. It’s like knowing something intellectually or knowing it in your heart with your whole being.
In setting my intention to just Allow (and then repeating this intention), I was able to be more open, less controlling and way more in the flow. It is so simple, really (I say this as a reminder to myself now that I am back in the fullness of my life). It just takes some letting go and allowing for whatever is to be exactly as it is. Being in the flow is a cool place to be. It is where I wish to reside!
In setting my intention to Be Of Service, I got to hear, see, and be witness to so much wisdom from all of those around me. This was especially poignant when I visited a local Jamaican Elementary School. The wisdom, love, and joy that I felt from these children resonates with me now. Surely they served me more than I could ever imagine serving them.
In setting my intention to Love I was able to follow through with the other two intentions. And in return, I was the one that felt so much love. Isn’t that just so awesome how it all works? You get exactly what you put out and it all counts; each breath, each thought and each precious moment!
This week reminded me that intentions really do count, that what we put out into the world we get back. It also reminded me to slow down and look around. There is so much to see out there and within ourselves if we are willing to put down our phones and simply look.
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