A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to go with my family to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, courtesy of my husband’s company.
It was a wonderful getaway from the gray, heavy skies of a New York winter—beautiful azure blue sky; rolling blue green surf engulfing huge San Andreas fault boulders; breaching gray whales and manna rays flipping themselves out of the water and iridescently spinning in the air—it was magical!
The six-hour flight to Cabo, on the tip of the Baja peninsula where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, made me uneasy. I thought about all that time in the air, totally out of control and in the control of a pilot and air traffic controllers of the busy skies above the North American continent.
As we were about to take off, I started my relaxation meditation, to help ease my concerns and to visualize a successful lift off with no mishaps. This time, I decided to be with this process differently and actually enjoy the sensation of lift off.
With that shift in perspective, a whole metaphor appeared: I realized that flying is a lot like going through life changes.
As we approach the runway of changes in our lives, we may tense up to varying degrees, fastening our seat belts and closing our eyes, hoping all will work out and we will get lift off.
If we allow ourselves to let go, look out the window and enjoy the inevitable (the only thing constant is change), the experience becomes so much richer.
Then, when we reach the cruising altitude, we can recline our seat, kick off our shoes and view life from the heavenly perch, able to see far and wide, with the warm, clear rays of the sun lighting our way.
What do I hold in my heart today? So much has happened to me I’ve spent a lifetime feeling the loss of how life used to be
Fear of change, my constant companion, life throws me curves everyday I try to cling to shifting sands, be in control of my fate
Everything changes, that’s the way it is, yet what is real remains the same everything changes, so best to let go and become part of the change
Grieving loss, I begin to see that this is my chance to grow to ride the tide and to recognize the wisdom in ebb and flow
I learn from the rhythms of the earth, season’s divine design as I accept the flow of life, it heals my heart and mind.
©2005 Lyrics by Diane Ingram, Music by Chris Farrell