I am so pleased and relieved to be beginning the new year with a new bridge connecting my home and office to the outside world. Enjoying the simple pleasures of pulling into my driveway to unload groceries instead of carting them over the footbridge and though the mud in a wheelbarrow, the security of getting a fuel delivery at last, and being able to turn on the heat…
Since Hurricane Irene destroyed our bridge, I have been pondering the metaphoric significance of bridges in my life. Bridges as connection, as links, as the pathway from one place or state to another… What does it mean when connections are suddenly severed? How do we adapt to unexpected events that change how we live our lives? How we feel safe when the structures that we rely upon are taken away?
I had the opportunity to really explore in a deeply personal way, the traumatic effects and stress of sudden dis-connection. I will never forget the feeling as I first saw the waters of our usually lovely, two foot deep stream turned into ten raging feet of white water that swirled all around our bridge, like a moat that separated us from the rest of the world. It is a difficult, often impossible thing for our minds to comprehend. Like the moment you realize a beloved person is dead, or a relationship is ended, or a bridge is gone; there is often a sense of un-reality, of this cannot be really happening…
As life comes back to more normalcy, I keep looking back on that moment, when what my eyes perceived simply could not be comprehended as what I expected my world to look like. EFT tapping was a great source of comfort and centering, as I talked to my inner self, reassuring that even though this all seemed incomprehensibly scary and unreal, I really was fundamentally safe.
I think that’s really the key, that knowing that we are more than our bodies, we are more than the events and stresses and catastrophes of life. We are beings of Spirit as well, and from that perspective we are always safe.
My New Years wish for you is that 2012 brings you new connections and an inspiring, exciting and fulfilling path to where you want to go. And that wherever you go, you remember that always, there is the earth beneath your feet, the sky above you and always, you are safe.