Middle school play
When I went away to college, self-discovery excited me while the unknown frightened. Finding yoga grounded me and gave me a safe haven of discipline, ritual, silence and breath. I wonder how much better off my students will be since they get meditation and yoga in school at an even younger age.
The middle school play discussed how life can be lonely, sad, thrilling and painful. I have seen many souls perish by the seduction of escaping from life. A seeming indescribable oppression takes hold and the mind knows not how to register. To engage in life takes commitment and belief. We can escape, in a life affirming manner, the prison our mind creates, confining us to proper roles and identities - who we think we are or should be. That is why reading and imagination are so fundamental to freedom -to creating new dreams when the old paradigms no longer work.
Whereas the author, Kate Chopin, was seduced by the sea, the voice of the mountain never ceases, whispering, lurring, inviting my soul to wander in solitude, to lose itself with birds, flowers and trees, breathing in and breathing out, in inward contemplation as my eyes feast on beauty.