You’ve seen this guy before; Janus, the two-faced Roman god proffering the name of our first month in the year. He marks a time a transition that we all cycle through as human being living on this earth. For many of us, this is a period of reflection over the previous year, which inspires us to set refreshed intentions for the year to come. Body Awakening definitely embraces this attitude for this time of year.
Reflection offers an experience of seeing the ripples of our actions. We take a step back to harness the lessons our steps afford. A wave of wisdom carries us to our present moment in time. We ride the tide of life’s cycles, furthering our understanding of the self and the world in which we participate. Existing in the present with this wealth of wisdom we bring from years behind. We put on a beginner’s face to confront the fresh experiences of future. Eagerness lets the unknown shape uncharacterized features of this weathered face we all wear.
While traveling in Honduras in 2009, I happened to visit the ancient City of Bats in Copan. The culture which built this city understood this concept of cyclical transition very will. In a particular stone carving, two patriarchs (father and son) share opposing side of this massive monolith. The father’s features are deep and well-defined. He overlooks a turtle, a cultural symbol wisdom and experience. The son’s features are antithetical to those of his father. He has yet to define his character. The stone in front of him is a perfect cube; yet to be etched by time. Perhaps he will be as his father in years to come. Perhaps this life’s stone will chisel a turtle, as well. For us who still breath, the same holds true. Our lives are yet to be carved. Each moment better defines who we are. Let these moments define our best selves.
Body Awakening appreciates the wisdom of our human culture from its rich past offering the arts that keep us at our best. We turn our face freshly forward to experience living life well. The same we wish for you. Welcome to 2015 C.E.!