Have you heard about Given the movie? Last night we watched this beautiful film about personal legacies, tradition and the power of ancestral wisdom set against the landscape of this ethereal world we live in. Given, the son of Aamion and Daize, narrates the film as his family travels the globe retracing the steps taken by Aaimon and his father decades earlier.
The film is powerful love story to this planet and the work each of our souls will do while here. The visuals are intoxicating as our gentle narrator, the young Given, walks us through his experiences as a son, a brother and an explorer of life who has taken the first steps on his personal journey.
As someone who has taken deep personal journeys within myself and out into the world, I know the importance of retracing your steps, revisiting points of origin and immersing yourself in the stream of life. A lot has been said about stepping outside of our comfort zones. One of the most important things I have found as I traveled the world is that when you make a home within yourself you can be at peace anywhere.
"My dad says we are like the birds. We make a nest wherever we go." - Given Goodwin
Our feet are humble, honest and reliable narrators. We should listen to them more often. Mine told me that it was time to go. All they had to say was "Aloha."
Imagine what you could do in your own community if you listened to the ideas of the person beside you and said "yes" instead of "no."
There is no reason to wait. Your practice of daily self-care can start today.
It is a lot easier to hurt, dismiss or lie to someone that we deem to be an "other." What happens when we focus on our similarities instead of our differences?
Walking through impostor syndrome. How to connect with your truth when you feel like a fraud.
How do we gracefully navigate the void once we have done the work of letting go?
Other people are mirrors into our own soul. Within bad advice is the gift that keeps on giving.
When people show you who they are, believe them. Your intuition is a gift to be treated with respect. Those red flags you see are also a gift.
The story of Given resonates within all of us. We each have a story, a legacy and a path. Where will yours bring you?
Learning all about life through the process of death.