“If you bring forth what is in within you,
what you bring forth will save you.
If you do not bring forth what is in within you,
What you do not bring forth will destroy you.”
There we were, walking along the same stretch of beach I have so fondly walked for so many years, familiar yet completely unique every time. The ocean gently rolling in and out as our feet left footprints in the sand. The only other person in sight, far in the distance, was starting to narrow into focus. As we approached he ran up to to me asking where we were coming from so I told him. “I have turtles,” he said. Not knowing what he meant or what to say, I replied, “Great, I love turtles!” “Do you want to see?” he offered, pointing at a bucket on the beach. Surprised I replied, ”Yes.” He stared at me. ” Oh, like now??” I said confused, looking around and seeing nothing.
He walked me over as he explained that the 72 baby turtles I was about to see hatched earlier that morning. They are endangered and he has become their protector for the last nine years. He protects their nests so humans and animals don’t eat the eggs. Then he waits for them to hatch deep in the sand. When all the eggs have hatched (the turtles somehow know to wait for each other with their yoke still on their bellies as they continue absorbing it), they swim their way up from the deep earth through the sand to come out on top. They must do this on their own. It is their birthright and preparation for the big trial. This is where he stewards them closer to the water. He can protect them from other animals, but not from their destiny. He brings them about 30 feet from the line of the water, then releases them. They must race on their own into the ocean in order to swim off to other lands. It doesn’t matter whether get flipped over or pushed back by the wave, they must do this without our help. They will always have the beach that they came from tattooed or imprinted on their belly. And fifteen or twenty years from now when they spawn, no matter where they’ve gone off to or what adventures they’ve had… Panama, the Galapagos… they will always return here, to their beach of origin, to lay their eggs.
I look down, completely unprepared to see the cuteness, beauty and wonder that are 72 baby turtles writhing around in a bucket. As the group approached one by one to see, I marvel at the magic in this moment. Somehow we managed to be precisely at the right place at the right time. He put the bucket on its side. The amazing race began with two tired stragglers at the back. I’ve never seen turtles move so fast. I was amazed at the spectrum of my emotions, everything from awe to worry for those tiny little babies. It was incredible to see them arrive at the water, get thrust back and toppled, or start swimming and stick their tiny heads sticking out of the water. I was concerned for the last two who looked way sleepier than all the others. I felt as I imagine a parent feels with their heart moving out there somewhere outside their body, wishing them well and hoping their journey be a safe one.
Witnessing this, I was flooded with gratitude and ruminations: That magic can only happen if you leave a little bit of space for it, it needs that breadth to take off. I’ve come to this place, Nuqui, now for 7 years. Each year offers a completely different experience with a similar essence but ever fresh. The familiarity, combined with the amazing wealth and majesty of the place and its people are truly mystifying. The more I come, the more she opens her arms and wisdom for us. A really beautiful relationship to be involved in.
So often we can feel ineffectual- yet one person, on this one morning, helped 72 turtles go wild and free into the ocean (and this was only one morning in six months of mornings a year he does this). Making it very clear to me that each one of us matters. We affect change and have thrust, whether we believe it or not, so we may as well believe it and make something of it. And the last thought was for the turtles. Right after they are born they face adversity: rising from beneath the ground, and having to race toward the water on their own because it builds strength and tenacity and sets them up for success for the life they are to lead.
Sometimes, even when we feel someone is making a mistake or going through a hard time, we must let them, it is what will provide the information for them to continue. It is also the same for us. Meeting adversity is sobering and important, it forces us to bring what is inside of us forth. To commit to our very nature. Like a bind, that resistance gives us useful information. A very hard lesson to learn. Adversity is a great teacher. We can always cheer and support one another from the sidelines.
ANNOUNCING SUMMER COLOMBIA RETREAT:
CAFE AND NAMASTE
WITH LEILA ZIMBEL AND MYSELF
JULY 26-AUG 2
It’s true! Two of your favorites are finally joining forces for an epic adventure! Leila has checked the alignment of the planet and the stars and not only is nothing in retrograde at this time, but we will have a full moon AND Miles’ Birthday!!!
At Hacienda Maravelez you will experience the last of its kind -a real Colombian ranch. Along with horseback riding, river baths, mountain walks, bamboo forests, cattle ranching, homegrown fresh pineapple, poolside revelry, and Marquesian sunsets- Maravelez is a perfect gem of picturesque Colombian country life.
MARCH MADNESS JAM
WITH MILES AND TERRENCE ON DRUMS
Saturday March 7, 4:30-6:30
@ 736 bway 9th floor, $45
THE DEEP DIVE: HIP OPENING INTO FORWARD FOLDS
Saturday March 28, 2-4
Yoga. By Shana Swanson
WHOLEHEARTED: MYTH, MANTRA AND MOVEMENT
A MASTER CLASS WITH MILES
Sunday March 29, 4-6pm
Flow Yoga Center, Washington, DC
PHYLOSOPHY IN ACTION
EXPLORE ENERGY ANATOMY, VIBRATION & SELF STUDY
WITH MILES BORRERO
Five Pillars NYC
April 3, 4, 5 2020