This was the Christmas gift I got from a dear friend of mine. I am not sure it was even something she purchased, I honestly think she saw it and printed it off and put it in a frame. It is one of the greatest gifts I have gotten in my whole life. So simple, and yet so perfect. She has seen a transformation in me throughout this yoga journey and gets it, and this gift is representative of this. I can tell those who don’t. I talk about purpose, intention, living and acting in mindfulness, breathing, and they just look at me and smile. I have a sneaking suspicion they are thinking to themselves, “This girl is bat shit crazy.” Or maybe there is a small part of them that hopes they could explore what I am exploring too, but have no idea where to start. It isn’t easy, I get it! Either way, I honestly don’t care. We all have our own path and will get there in our own time. That, in itself, is the beauty of it all.
This friend of mine has seen my journey and truly gets it. So, what do you do with a gift like this? I put it in my bathroom (per the suggestion of my husband that it is a great thing to look at each morning – he was right). As I was brushing my teeth a few days after it had been sitting there, I suddenly realized there is so much more to the message. “Today, I will manifest some cool ass shit.” As I stood there, I suddenly realized the heaviness, the importance of the word manifest within the saying. I then realized that I wasn’t even entirely sure the actual meaning of it. And so, I went to the dictionary. Manifest: to be easily recognized by the senses, and especially by the sense of sight, easily understood or recognized by the mind. The definition surprised me. I had originally thought that to manifest something was to create, and though this would have still been powerful, the actual meaning was so much more. At the very core, it meant that I would recognize some goodness in my day. Not only was I to recognize the goodness, but that all my senses will be tuned in and I would truly see, with my eyes, all the beauty around me and that my mind will be actively engaged in it. This sense of engagement and recognition within the mind changes a person. It leaves an imprint unalterable by hatred or fear, creating peace and purpose. At it’s essence, to truly manifest something good, or may I say some cool ass shit, we are ultimately living with intention, allowing life to flow through us and wake to the majesty that is this life.
My hope for you today, and every day, is to Be You. Fearlessly.