When the GPS guided us to turn onto a windy, dirt road in the middle-of-nowhere Tuscan countryside, Paul and I were confused but trusted that we were being guided in the right direction. He kept asking me "What mode do you have your maps set on?!" A question that my technologically challenged self was not equipped to answer. So we drove onward, the only car for miles around, marveling at how remote we felt. I've been to remote places (I'm looking at you Sahara desert and Semuc Champey, Guatemala) but it was strange to feel so remote in ITALY.
It was fun to feel this sense of trust and adventure. We were both feeling a bit hungry for lunch (because in Italy, breakfast isn't a big affair....an espresso and a cornetto is it) and I saw that there was a small village in a few miles, so we decided to explore and see what would possibly be in this tiny remote village. As we entered the village, the sign said "Benvenuti alla Città del Tartufo (‘Welcome to the City of Truffles’) I began to laugh excitedly....if you don't know this about me already, I LOVE TRUFFLES, and to happen upon the self-proclaimed City of Truffles was a joy I didn't know possible. We had a delicious lunch at a tiny restaurant. I got to enjoy pasta with gorgonzola and fresh truffles. Delizioso!
This past year has kind of felt like our GPS experience, only let's call the winding Tuscan roads the twists and turns of life, and the GPS my intuition:) As we make this transition from the bright days of summer to the cooler and darker days of fall, I've had a lot to reflect on as of late. While I was on retreat in Italy, the one year anniversary of my transition from relationship/suburban living to single/city living passed. I'm pretty sure this year has been the most terrifying yet exhilarating of my life.
One thing that has been a strong constant is my trust in where my intuition has been guiding me. You know, that voice of the inner wise teacher that is hoping you'll get steady and quiet enough to listen to. Here's what I've learned about intuition....the more you trust and develop a relationship with it, the more it shows up for you. It's always there, you just have to take the time to tune in and really listen. And its guidance is always for your greater good, but that doesn't translate into immediate happiness each time. Sometimes your intuition guides you to make choices that lead to lessons that need to be learned, things that need to be experienced for your growth.
When I was growing up, a friend of mine had a dream that I was swimming in a pond known to have snapping turtles. She was telling me to get out of that pond and beware, and my reply was, "If I get snapped, it's just another experience in life!" I'm not saying look for the places where you can dive into suffering. But there is much to be learned from the perceived "good" and "bad" experiences of life, and the work is to stay connected to your inner compass throughout the journey. If I've learned anything this year, it's that my practice has helped me develop this connection and trust, and I'm endlessly grateful for this.
Until next time......be bright,
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