From behind… From below… An Ode to the Underside!

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I took this photo in the beautiful public Rose Garden in Washington Park in Portland, Oregon during my Nia Black Belt training. I love the way the petals are translucent, the way the flower appears from behind and from below, the soft curves of the new bud, the dry crumple of the dying petal underneath…

This photo reminds me to pay attention to the underside of things. In Nia class this often translates as moving with the awareness of the back of my body; or sensing how the bottoms of my feet provide the lift from the earth into my ankles, and legs, and hips; or even how yesterday (this morning, just now) has faded and been renewed by this moment…

When we honor the underside of things, the hidden, less glamorous, less “perfect” yet absolutely invaluable elements of our being, we have a more complete appreciation for the entirety of existence and the fullness of the life cycle.

Next time you bring your awareness to the present moment while you are walking, sense the lift from below and from behind… notice your dance with gravity… ease your weight from one leg to the other and sense the shift throughout your body…

We are always in the center of our experience and supported from behind – all the life experience and history of our bodies and spirits on the planet – and from below – the sense of connection to Earth, the only place we as humans “grow.”

Next time you look at a flower, appreciate its lesser seen qualities, from a perspective you wouldn’t typically take… See what you notice, and how it applies to your life, your walk through this one precious, fleeting gift of a life.