Author: Nicole Smith-Levay
Approaching the redwood trees, I begin to feel a slow rooting down through the soles of my feet as my eyes wander to find the tops. Slowly growing from the earth, solid in foundation but vast in expression, the tree reminds me of my life path. Every root, a connection to that which composes and feeds me, every ring and piece of bark, a memory or imprint of all that has happened to me. I am at once small in its presence but big knowing its power. As far as I can reach down, I can reach further up. The sun comes through the trees and tickles my skin. This container for all that flows within me is weathered, always changing, and sometimes more thin than my ego would like. The light rays are like gentle feathers or a fine mist, reminding me of my porous nature, soaking in and breathing out. I at once feel that the small connections in me: these pores, my cells, the sections of my body, begin to melt together and become more whole. I hear Rumi’s words, “from particles of light, now they’ve become the radiant sun”. I am reaching towards wholeness. Rooted and uplifted, full and soft, aware and radiant. I close my eyes and hear the single stream so quiet in the distance. My veins and meridians connect to the sound and turn up their volume, cleansing and purifying the dams and blocks in my physical and energetic self. As I begin to flow, the wind becomes my breath, rushing past me and within me. Reaching towards wholeness again, these elements continue to dance until I am no longer separate, but begin to fade into all that is around me.
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She is a certified life coach, yoga teacher (CYT 500+), and therapeutic movement instructor. She has had the pleasure of teaching all over the world, helping passionate, creative people self-heal: body, mind, and spirit. She’s currently pursuing her MS in Counseling Somatic Psychology, the next wave of mental health services