WENDY GARAFALO
Tunnels
by Wendy Garafalo on April 22nd, 2015

Here’s a little reading from one of my kids’ books that caught my eye and inspired this piece:

”You’ll go through tunnels, surrounded by dark,
And you’ll wish for a light or even a spark.
You might get scared or a little bit sad,
Wondering if maybe your track has gone bad.
So here’s some advice to help ease your doubt:
The track you took in must also go out.
So steady yourself and just keep on going-
Before you know it, some light will be showing.
And then you’ll be out, heading to a new place.
You’ll be ready for the next tunnel you face.”
                ~From the book, I knew You Could!  
 
When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?  Do you trust in the process of life and trust that if it’s meant to happen it will?  I’ve been on a roller coaster the last few months.  I was so busy teaching, leading trainings, trying to be a parent, a good wife, a good friend and a good mentor.  I was constantly giving, giving, giving.  I knew in my heart that something needed to change, that I needed a fresh start.  I felt I was loosing myself in all the giving and the more I gave, the more it seemed was needed.   

So, when the idea of moving came to me, It felt like marching into the dark, and I wondered ‘is this my way of escaping?  What would I do with myself?  Who am I besides a Mom and a Yoga teacher?   What about all my friends, my students?’  But, there was a tiny glimmer of hope.  And within that glimmer was faith and trust that what I needed and what I would find would be waiting at the other end. I knew it was the perfect opportunity for me to re-set.  To take some time to meditate, to be present with my kids and let the pieces unfold from there. 
Once we made the decision to move, the emotions were mixed but as most of you know there isn’t time to stop and ponder,’ did I make the right choice?’   Now that we’ve been in our new home a month, I’m having a hard time slowing down, but every day I get a little bit better at it.  I catch myself asking the mental questions and I’m learning to quiet my mind and try to enjoy the ride, in the dark and in the light.  I’m becoming more patient, more understanding and better able to communicate with my kids, my husband and myself.  I’m not perfect and I’m not the best at everything .  And you know what?  That’s OK.  I AM ENOUGH.  When I allow myself to just be, to embrace the mistakes, to stop trying to be perfect at everything, I’m falling in love again with me!  I’m trusting in the process. The dark tunnel doesn’t seem so dark anymore.  I know that beyond being a mother and a teacher, I’m also a believer, a confidant, an intuitive being, a lover and a friend.  I’m challenging myself and learning about courage as I visit new studios, meet new neighbors and visit new places.  I’m beginning to approach life with open arms, to let the light lead the way and it feels so good!  

The journey thru the dark is worth it, and I’m grateful for all it continues to teach me.  I hope your life brings you many tunnels so that you may appreciate and love the light that exists.  I hope you continually get swept off your feet by your own consciousness!  And may you always follow your dreams and breathe in your moments.  Namaste.   



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Sarah Thomason - April 22nd, 2015 at 9:41 PM
Just what I needed to read! You are BEAUTIFUL Wendy :)
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