Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Tomorrow evening I will be joining many other hard working people and attending the 8th Annual Business & Community Achievement Awards Gala put on by the Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce. It will be an evening to celebrate some of the many people who work hard in their businesses and in the community to make Haliburton County a great place to live, work, visit, play, relax and explore. We all know that we are very lucky to live in such a vibrant and interesting place. Everything is possible here because of the people who work and volunteer and give. Everyone who attends the evening, whether they go home with an award or not, is a winner. We are all making a difference in some way. And for every person who was nominated, there are another 100 who weren’t, but are doing great work in their own quiet way. In the yogic perspective of the body, the 5th element is the ether element, or commonly called “space.” My last two articles referred to the fact that humans are a microcosm of the macrocosm. We are made of the same elements of the planet (earth, water, fire, air and ether). I love the focus on the elements simply because of the positive images they give me to work with in my body and in my life (strong, stable, grounded like the earth; fluid, receptive, flowing like the water; strong, determined, passionate, dedicated like the fire; full of freedom and light like the air). The ether element suggests that there is space around us in the atmosphere that is full of intelligence and a felt sense of well being. It is always lifting us up, supporting us and helping us feel buoyant. The ether element connects us to infinite possibilities. The yogi’s suggest that the ether space is around us, and is in us. The only thing that separates the two is a thin 1 mm layer of skin. What I love about the ether, is that a yoga teacher said to me “we are always imprinting the space/ ether around us and in us with every thought and action that we have.” I think that is pretty incredible to consider. Our thoughts and actions not only affect our own bodies, but with everyone we come into contact with. And so as I get my pretty little dress out to iron and get ready for the gala tomorrow night, I am thinking about all the people who will be there and what they are imprinting into the community. They all care about and think about their work or project and obviously someone in their life has noticed it and nominated them. We all are all Highlanders of the Year when we imprint positive, caring, proactive, creative energy into our county. It all helps to make this a great place to live. Congratulations to everyone.
The above picture is of Bill Gliddon, Haliburton Highland’s Highlander of the Year. We love you Bill!