And here's gentle-hearted Teresa Deak, continuing our holiday encouragement series with a story about her unique way of accessing support, love, and wisdom (and a little encouragement to give it a try yourself). Enjoy!
Butterflies to the Rescue
Photo credit: Teresa Deak
It was a scary moment.
John far ahead, out of sight.
My tires too skinny, my bike too new, too unfamiliar.
Traffic to my left too fast, too close.
A shoulder too narrow, too filled with dirt and grit.
A hill to my right no protection to stop a tumble.
As I pictured John having to double back only to find my broken body on the side of the road, I decided
it would not and could not be that way.
It came to me in a flash an inspiration.
Suddenly they were riding with me.
A dancing tapestry of every colour.
I could feel them all around me.
I felt stronger.
I could breathe!
I felt protected, their evermoving wings a forcefield of love and beauty.
I pedalled faster.
With this newfound butterfly confidence, my ride suddenly became a pleasure.
I was impervious to my previous fear.
Smiling, I arrived at our meeting point. John was surprised to see me so soon.
I whispered to him about how scared I had been and the boost the butterflies gave me.
It was a turning point.
Since the day those butterflies arrived, they have never left me, yet they leave me all the time.
Always willing to offer love, ease, healing they flow through me out to you and the world.
They are not only mine you can claim them, too.
Breathe deeply. Once. Twice. Three times.
Clear your mind to make space for the butterflies.
Open your heart. Allow them to show themselves.
Notice how they feel, what they look like to you. Maybe you don’t see them at all, and that’s okay, too.
Listen for their wisdom. Feel for their gifts.
Whenever you feel the world around you is too much, invite those butterflies to dance their tapestry around you.
Let their colours and light fill you up so you, too, can travel safer, more confidently, freer.
Try it as a visualization. Just one butterfly. How does it feel when it arrives?
Do you notice how big it is? What color? What do you do when you first “see” your butterfly?
Do you smile?
Imagine that butterfly brings its friends. They float around you. Gently. Their colours a beautiful swirling inspiration. You are held in their beauty and love. You are protected and lifted by their gifts.
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