Girl Warrior. Foster Wisdom. Seek enlightenment, illumination and insight at every turn, every opportunity. Grow your intuition and awareness of the world around you and the one within. Fine-tune your instincts and your vital sixth sense. Follow your hunches and listen closely to your gut feelings. For these are the essential bits in the Sage’s toolkit.
First you will need to take a journey inward. You will also need to open your mind to all the possibilities that abide there. You will be opening the door to the unknown, the unexplored, the unfamiliar, and above all else, the uncertain. You will be knocking on the door of mystery and magic and all things mystical. The prospect of this may frighten you. Don’t let it. Open the door and walk unflinchingly through. This is a big step and a brave move on your part. But it is a prerequisite on the path to true understanding.
It is here that you will begin to know the difference between the accumulation of information and knowledge and that of wisdom, knowing and genuine insight. It is in this pilgrimage to the deepest corner of your soul that you will discover the Universal Truths, your highest self, your eternal being and your infinite connection to the Divine. It is from this vantage point that you will do your best work.
It is both exalting and humbling. And when you get there, Girl Warrior you will know.
I walk my ginger cookie dog Rusty every morning in the hour just before dawn. It’s a sweet time. A gift from heaven.
Peaceful. Quiet. A writer’s blessing.
The hush before the alarms go off. The kettles plug in. Showers turn on. The Today Show announces another incomprehensible tragedy.
We walk the same circle route every morning. I’m a creature of habit. So is Rusty.
He likes to poop in the same spots. I carry white plastic grocery bags to scoop up after him. It’s all part of our daily dance.
This morning, when we got to the bend in the road, the glorious spot at the crest of the hill, I caught a glimpse of eternity.
The lights below flickered like halos as the world awoke.
At that moment I wanted to fly. Spread my arms. And take off. Rusty has floppy ears that were engineered for flight. I have big hair.
We can do this.
I stopped and looked out at the glorious sunrise and thought how lovely and endless these days are. Filled with the promise of forever.
But they aren’t of course.
I thought of my mother. How this particular orange of the sky would have inspired her to paint.
What a view. Oh God what a divine view. Tears came unexpectedly.
One day, if I’ve done this right, I will be the memory. I will be the gentle tear brushed from the cheek of one of my children.
In many ways yoga has saved my life. Or at the very least kept me from being a total train wreck. My daily practice has taught me how to keep my feet firmly planted on the ground. And my spirit ever reaching for heaven. It has opened my eyes to the exquisiteness of my life in its domestic ordinariness. The beauty of the day-to-day. The rhythm of regular rituals. The well-crafted commonplace I love.
For I am an ordinary woman.
My yoga has aged with me. I can no longer do the poses the way I once did. But I can still bend and fold and breathe. And allow grace to gently do the rest. I surrender to a higher wisdom.
I salute the sun and whisper thank you to the morning light.
These photos were taken by daughter, Melissa Adams in our living room where I do my yoga every morning.
Yoga Teacher Karen Cooper. Photo by Stephanie Hull, Centric Photography.
Girl Warrior. Be still. Sit quietly. Spend time alone gazing inwards. It’s a breathtaking sight. Take a moment every day for introspection. Meditate. Pray. Twenty minutes in the solitude of your room is all you need to be transformed. It will change your mind. And alter your life.
Unplug. Turn everything off. Including the lights but especially all your digital devices. No distractions. No diversions. No disturbances. Let nothing come between you and your inner self. This is your time to just be. And get in touch with who you really are Girl Warrior. Deep down in your core.
Shut out the noise and the clatter. Sink into the silence. It is here that you will find peace. Surrender to serenity. It’s as natural as breathing. In. Out. In. Out.
Let the calm beautiful you emerge. Like a butterfly from the chrysalis.