For me...this is the year of water and waves. Birth. Death. Rebirth and the cycle of life goes on. Moving forward, I mean right now...I begin with the practice of looking at the present...like the Robins nesting underneath the deck and the Humming birds resting on a tree branch in front of me. So much life and so much beauty. But then there is also Death visiting me and shaking you, me, all of us...pulling out the wooden floors below our feet, and we fall down and we hear our landing on another floor perhaps. A thud. All of a sudden you, me and we have to find our grounds again. As shaky as we can be, bruised on our knees, we find our feet and they are wobbly. Suddenly, we have to lift ourselves back up again, get our strength and make ourselves smile. As hard as it is, I continued to move forward and be present to what is in front of me. Right now...a tree full of life: birds, branches, green leaves...
Today I FlOAT-ed for the first time in Samadhi #3. I am so grateful for Modo Hot Yoga Seattle and Float Seattle for giving me this time to float. I'm so thankful for this gift I'm giving myself. As I enter, I lied down and closed my eyes. Inside...I began remembering my past experiences suddenly visiting me during the time of my contemplation at my first experience in FLOAT-ation. I started to cry and I let myself be cradled by the salt water. It was dark black! I was inside Samadhi #3. 1 hour to be exact. Then I remembered that these past couple of months had been about being present and witnessing how life was unfolding. Lately, I had been focusing most of my energies in strengthening my heart and my body. Since I began practicing and teaching at Modo in Seattle, I began allowing new friends and families see me and take good care of me again. I began to just be open...each day is a brand new day. I say to the universe every morning I wake up - Here I am today and Thank you! I've watched myself over and over and over again reflecting and praying about the many friends and families who had passed...this year, last year and the year before and the year before that...I'm reminded about being present. I'm reminded about nurture and grace...and to take the time to be grateful and thankful to the many people around me...near and far - Salamat Po!
Photo captured by Gabriel Juzon at Rattlesnake Lake Seattle, WA
Rose Cortez is sharing her creative process through poetry, photos, nature walks, theatre, collaborations, yoga, movements, voice, young artists, master artists, everyday teachers, life encounters, philosophy, cats, dogs, chickens, and everything else in between. She is an observer of life, creative collective collaborator of body and soul movements and expressions.