I've begun doing word studies lately as themes for my class and to deepen my vocabulary and knowledge on a topic. I went to a class recently by Sybil at Flow in the Hood, that inspired me to continue with it. Her theme was "wandering" spirit. Wandering in German means "to change, like the wind". I focus so much on the "be here now", that I often forget that my mind and soul is also meant to give back to others, to explore and to be creative. If I only focus on my inner landscape and my own spiritual journey, I miss the longing of my soul to be a part of something greater than myself. Her thought was to stay present physically but allow my spirit, my soul to take a journey. How lovely, as I was in Hood River, to practice being in the body and yet, my mind took a trip to the river... around the mountains...walking up the hill to view the spectacular hood river valley, pink and blue sky, mountains and orchards. I dropped all my awareness of what everyone else was doing and took an adventure that I might not have otherwise taken. And, yet, I felt the pulse of the communal practice. The rhythm of unity that our movements had together. Gorgeous, just gorgeous.
"the wind blows wherever it pleases. you hear its sound, but you cannot tel where it comes from or where it is going. so it is with everyone born of the Spirit." john 3: 8