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Trusting Your Hut (that’s not a typo), Sharing Your Gifts & Poems for Spring

Carl and I had great fun on our date night this week dreaming up and planning out our teaching schedule through January 2014.

There’s SO much that wants to come through the two of us, and we both feel we’re just barely opening the flood gates to allow it to emerge. I hope you’ll take a moment to peruse our “mark your calendar” section at the bottom of this email to see what we’re cooking up for our teaching schedule for 2013. We’re excited to share it with you!

Being in the very first days of Spring, as the earth is bursting with new life, (even under the snow I woke up to this morning) I’m feeling that new growth sprouting in my own inner world as well, and I’m reminded of this wonderful line from David Whyte:

“You must learn one thing.
 The world was made to be free in.
 Sometimes it takes darkness
and the sweet confinement of your aloneness
to learn
anyone or anything
that does not bring you alive
is too small for you.”

You know how you can listen inwardly to your body wisdom, (or your wisdom body), the part of you that knows things in a deep way?

Though many spiritual traditions have been teaching about these “knowing” centers in the body for ages, it’s interesting that now there is research showing there are enough neurons in and around the heart and the gut that they can each be called “a brain” of sorts.

Heart brain and gut brain.

Alex Franzen calls this combo of her heart and gut her “hut.” I love that.

And I love my hut.

And reading David Whyte’s line I wonder – what is too small for me now? What is not bringing me alive which it might be time to surrender? What is truly enlivening which I could nurture?

A huge part of the intention Carl and I share for the people we are privileged to work with is to support them in more and more trusting their own huts. :)

Not only re-learning to trust the organic body intelligence (like that which we used to learn how to walk) (which incidentally is a fantastic way to reduce pain and prevent injury), but also to listen to and honor that inner guidance from “the hut.”

What a profound blessing to trust oneself. To really truly trust oneself.

This is part of what Moshe Feldenkrais pointed to with his phrase describing mature human beings as those who have “reappropriated inner authority.”

And to add to this as an essential ingredient: remaining open and “not knowing.” As Russell Delman says, trusting your life is related to “getting it fresh.” Discovering what is true now…

So, as new life is emerging all around us (and, inevitably, within us) my wish for the day is that we all may listen to our inner guidance and trust the life that wants to come through us. Maybe even admire what emerges in “the hut” with the same wonder and admiration we feel for those first spring daffodils…

My hut wants me to share this line from John O’Donohue with you:

“May you have the courage to listen to the voice of desire that disturbs you when you have settled for something safe.”

Enjoy the freshness!

With my dearest wishes,

Erin

p..s. Here are a few springy poems from e e cummings:

Enjoy!

 may my heart always be open to little birds who are the secrets of living whatever they sing is better than to know and if men should not hear them men are old   
may my mind stroll about hungry and fearless and thirsty and supple and even if it’s sunday may i be wrong for whenever men are right they are not young   
and may myself do nothing usefully and love yourself so more than truly there’s never been quite such a fool who could fail pulling all the sky over him with one smile

~ e.e. cummings ~

i thank You God for most this amazing day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes

 (i who have died am alive again today, and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth day of life and love and wings:and of the gay great happening illimitably earth)
 how should tasting touching hearing seeing breathing any-lifted from the no of all nothing-human merely being doubt unimaginable You?(now the ears of my ears awake and now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

~ e.e. cummings ~

 

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