When life presents themes to me over and over again, I try to take the hint.
I’ve been witnessing friends returning to their roots both literally and symbolically, as well as navigating a “return” of sorts of myself .
This concept of revisiting a place, emotion, or relationship as the conscious, aware, and present person we now embody can present a unique challenge as we attempt to introduce the new to the old.
The process of integrating what was with what is and what can be requires a tremendous amount of softening, surrendering, and strength.
I find it interesting that the words integrate and integrity both stem from the Latin integer, meaning whole, complete, untainted, undamaged.
It’s as if when we act, decide, or live from a place of integrity, we are proceeding from a place of complete unity and thus optimal strength. A unified mind-body-spirit allows us to better navigate life situations that require a grounded strength to heal, release, or integrate.
When wandering through the labyrinth of life, may we keep our eyes and hearts open, choosing to walk an old path in a new way.
sometimes we must find our own legs
before we can return to our roots
and stand over them with enough strength to kneel
and rise again
you reach your hands into that soil
that sprouted you and suffocated you
and ask yourself
can I forgive and embrace
the land from which I came
until you are strong enough you keep your distance
remembering the ground as unstable
as treacherous, barren, and powerful as quicksand
today you return
to stand your own ground
with your strong legs
and your open heart
and your deep gratitude
for your truth
for your past
for your beautiful scars
for your gnarled, twisted, nourishing, clinging, wild roots
that both held you back
and set you free
today you plant new seeds
in the old soil
whose roots will accept your invitation of life
and stretch wildly in ways you never imagined,
becoming the tree you’ve had in you all along
just waiting for the right time to grow.