A Zen Hoofprint – Transcending – by Bob Rush



Transitions are a natural part of the flow of life. I have recently undergone a few of these and its all good. The universe really does work its magic if you just let go of the need to control the ebb and flow of life.

I have spoken before about the desire to relocate to central Virginia and starting a new chapter of my journey. This was approximately June 2016. Through a series of episodes that just didn’t end right, I was unable to complete my plan at that time. My employer at the time was totally understanding and let me stay on board even though they knew I would be leaving at some point. After a year and half, I landed an awesome position that allowed me to move forward and head to central Virginia. Patience and faith were the lessons.

With that being said, I reflect back to the workings of the universe. Again, two major life lessons, let go and patience. This was a tough sell to my brain and rebelled against acceptance. I mean shouldn’t I be able to control my own life. Oh silly, silly boy. The more we hold tight the more shut off from the flow of life and the workings of the universe. Let life in and let it come to us,

Serendipity is a welcome piece of magic. When I first encountered the downtown mall of Charlottesville, Virginia, I knew instantly at the time that this is where I wanted to be. Live music venues, book stores, and lots of good eateries. Who could ask for more. As time rolled by, the universe worked a little magic and poof, I am working at an office that is located at one end of the downtown mall. How is that for a concrete lesson in trusting and have faith that the universe will put you exactly where you need to be.

I am in the twilight of my working career. I am hopeful that where I am at this moment is a bridge to where I would really like to be. It was a dream to work at Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States. But alas, it was not meant to be. A dream deferred and maybe, the universe was saying “Not yet”.

As I move forward in this journey, I am finding a shift in my thinking, values and priorities. Material urges have become minimal. I just now look at the material world as just stuff that I don’t really need. I am reading a book now, “Perfectly Imperfect” by Baron Baptiste. He is a very accomplished yoga instructor, author to name a few accolades. One of his premises is we choose to reside in either a yes positive energy allowing us to reach beyond limitations and soar to the spiritual stars or a no negative energy which limits growth and shuts us off from becoming who we are meant to be. This is so simple yet so powerful.

I look to grow both in my Barre practice and return to the mat and reawaken my yoga practice. I can hear my mother, who was a yoga instructor, remind me that yoga is always a practice not perfection. There is always room to grow. The little book was such a wake up call. It provides a nice map to reach for the stars.

At this moment, I feel a true sense of contentment. Its been a long time coming. I harken back to the spiritual “Amazing Grace“, with the first verse, “Amazing grace how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me, I once was lost but now I’m found, ….”. In some form or another we are all wretches. It is how we choose to rise up and transcend our limitations that transform our wretchedness.

Our lives are not meant to be static but rather a continual evolving process. Surrender to the joy and mystery of life. Sounds easy but yet as humans we tend to complicate the simple. Give your brain permission to go on vacation and trust the process. I am as guilty as anyone of “overthinking” almost anything. Sometimes I go to the extreme of atom bomb thinking. Disasters ahead, danger danger Will Robinson! Through meditation, Barre and Yoga practices and being grateful to the best of my ability each day has gotten me into accepting the flow of life.

I sit today saddened by the direction the country is taking. So much hate and anger. It hurts my soul. I pray for the sanity of humanity, and for the sanity of our souls. I pray for all who suffer from PTSD, loss, disease and that feeling of helplessness and lack of faith. We are better than hate. We need to rise up. I have mentioned my favorite quote from Abraham Lincoln, “…we must reach the better angels of our nature…”. This is one of my main mantras.

At the same time, I feel proud of humanity when I view the Winter Olympics. So many inspiring stories, so many inspiring athletes, and a window on what life can be. And the great thing is that it has nothing to do with medal counts or countries but rather individual and team efforts. I am proud to see humanity rise up and voice their concerns on violence, hate and anger.

May you find contentment, joy, peace and harmony in your journeys. Embrace life and the magic it provides. Let go of fear and hate. We are love, pure and simple.


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This article was written by Bob Rush

Hey gang! I am just a fellow traveler along this journey we like to call life. I am currently in a second career of sorts. Working my passion which is horses. Mostly I am truly into doing bodywork or massage. I feel its the least we can do to such trusting majestic beings. Its my spirituality that gets a boost from their simple but elegant energy. I hope I can share funny moments, aha moments and just insights to make the journey peaceful, fun and of course, full of magic.

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