What connection do you seek?
A few months back I had the pleasure of attending Wanderlust Great Lake Taupo. The first time I went to this festival was last year and it was the beginning of a connection, love affair and immersion into a space that was sacredly mine, even if only for a few days.
You see I’m a mum of two little ladies, they were 4 and 6 years old at the time and that was my first ever trip away from my family for some quality time that was just for me. I don’t think I ever quite appreciated what it meant to ‘fill up your own emotional tank’. I mean I had heard of it in passing conversations and read about it in a magazine article or blog post. But I never quite fully rested with how great a feeling it would be to place my own needs ahead of those of my family. After all, I was living in a time where running myself a bath to read a good book or heading out to enjoy a quiet uninterrupted cup of coffee over a mag was down time enough, wasn’t it?
I had been practicing yoga daily for a year at that point, and most days when I would roll out my mat, I noticed more often than not, it was the first time in my day that I would consciously breathe (even if it was 9 pm at night)!
I stumbled upon this festival coincidentally after reading about it in a tourism newsletter, where it immediately caught my attention. It was only after I mentioned my flirtation of attending this retreat to a dear friend… (I mean could I really take the time?) and her doing a little more research, that she shared her thoughts on how it would be great for us to make the journey together. At that point, I decided if not now, then when?
Two busy ladies juggling work, health, life, family and off we journeyed to attend our very first yoga retreat/festival. Now I place my hand on my heart and say quite honestly, that I had absolutely no expectations and my only objective was to reconnect with, well me (how hard could that be?).
Captivated by my emotions, what I found was so much more, almost to the point that trying to put into the context of a few descriptive words, doesn’t seem to do it justice. What I found was truth, courage, love, wonder, curiosity, spirit, forgiveness and myself, I was humbled. It didn’t come down to one particular thing at first. It was the mix of people, the dialogue of the teachers, I was touched by the practice, self-enquiry, the conversations shared with my friend, the energy and acceptance of what was me doing the best that I could be doing at that time and of the past moments in my life – as a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. From the depths of this experience, it took me a few days to quite literally absorb and process it all. But after all of that, I can simply say that ‘connection’ was what I found.
The best part, even though I gave myself the gift of this time, to hold myself in a sacred space and to be able to share it with a bestie, was that I am forever changed because of the experience. The connection to teachers, people, music, dancing, yoga and meditation, washed down with tears of release, forgiveness, laughter and joy, that concluded with a deep inner peace. I felt and experienced something that was far greater than anything I could have ever anticipated.
With this most humbling of experience behind me, this was quite simply the reason that I went back to Wanderlust Great Lake Taupo in February this year. One particular teacher this time, namely Eion Finn, channelled one particular class in such a way that with his pure heart, light and love for humanity and the connection and oneness of all; was when he said “when all is said and done at the end, all that matters is how much you have lived from your heart space”.
The gesture of his plea as he touched his chest, complete with a reverberation in his voice, touched me in such a way, that in the moment, not for not knowing this as a great point of view. But I was touched in such a way, it was as though with all of its weight, that I felt I finally got it. Perhaps a light bulb moment, but as they say when the student is ready, the teacher will come. One phrase and in my state of heightened receptivity I connected the dots to sealing the very connection I had been searching.
This is the journey and intention for Consciously Living – Conscious Collaboration, Social Purpose and Connection. Bringing people and community closer together – from our heart space.
Are you interested in attending Wanderlust Great Lake Taupo for yourself? Check out the festival highlights below and why not make plans to come and join the Wanderlust Great Lake Taupo community 8-11 March 2018.