I left the house at 7:30am and by 7:50 was seriously considering turning back.
Snow covered the highway. There was low visibility in many areas. The driving was slow – except for the semis who seemed to be impervious to the winter driving conditions that blew in with the storm over-night.
I kept going, slowly. But I kept going.
I’m grateful I did. Travelling 30km below the speed limit felt safe, or at least as safe as I could feel in snowy, sometimes foggy conditions.
At least the wind wasn’t blowing and the highway was visible, especially if I kept behind another vehicle and could see its taillights.
An hour and 40 minutes later I arrived in Banff. At 10, the Radical Wholeness workshop with Philip Shepherd began and I was immersed in the science, exquisite mystery and beautiful practice of breathing with my whole body. It was a day to ground myself in the stillness within and to deepen my understanding of what it means to integrate energy and be accepting of what is.
What a blessing. What a gift.
I am always in awe of how learning something new can open me up to awareness of old patterns that do not serve me well. Today did not disappoint.
In Philip’s teaching of Radical Wholeness we are invited to breathe into the body and to be present to all life energy from the ‘Brain in the Belly’ versus our cultural bias to believe the brain in the head has all the answers and always knows best.
The Brain Belly yearns for felt relationships while the Head Brain knows relationships and measures all things against what it knows. Learning to move from the head into listening and being present from the belly is both art and science (and for me a whole lot of mystical experiences that opened me up to deep and refreshing presence.
It is powerful. Refreshing and so very calming.
I’m spending two days in Banff connecting to my body. It is a journey to live fully alive.