I recently returned from a yoga and mediation retreat run by Wendy De Rosa in Costa Rica.
I was so excited about this trip. It was my first retreat… my first solo non-work trip… and something that I had dreamed of doing for many years.
And it all began with a rocky start.
The morning that I was scheduled to leave, I found out that all of my flights had been rescheduled. I would have to spend the night in Miami and arrive late on the second day of the retreat.
Needless to say, I was frustrated, disappointed, and a little scared. Due to the delay, I would have to take a 2.5-hour taxi ride to the resort by myself.
I tried everything that I could to get onto a new flight… and I actually even fleetingly contemplated not going.
After fighting as hard as I could against the reality of what had occurred, I eventually gave in and said to myself, “Well Nayla, I guess you’re going to Miami for the night.”
And everything shifted for me in that moment.
I felt lighter, less afraid, and more open to whatever life might have in store for me on this spiritual quest of mine that had been a long time coming.
In other words, surrendering set me free.
I like to believe that things happen for a reason. So I then started to wonder who I’d meet and what adventures I’d have in Miami.
Somewhat to my dismay, I simply had a uneventful detour that included a beautiful, quiet, and contemplative taxi ride to the resort.
But the detour did get me thinking about our journeys through life.
We often want certain things to happen so very desperately.
We work as hard as we can… we spend sleepless nights trying to become more self-aware, more compassionate, more self-loving… in essence, more awake. And more often than not, we simply arrive when we arrive in spite of our best efforts to get “there” sooner.
Ultimately the detour reminded me to just do my best… and then let go and enjoy the ride. This was also one of my biggest insights at the retreat.
So maybe something special did happen on that little detour :)
Luckily I also had a wonderful book to keep me occupied – Paulo Coelho’s Warrior of the Light: A Manual. It’s my second time diving into this treasure and it inspired me to write a few short posts about spiritual warriors while I was in Costa Rica.
What are spiritual warriors?
A spiritual warrior is someone who:
- Feels deeply called to step into her higher self.
- Is relentless in her pursuit of personal growth.
- Knows that she alone holds the key to her awakening.
I hope you enjoy them and that they help you appreciate the detours that occur in your own life.
The spiritual warrior knows that the real battle she is fighting is against her higher self.
And that the only way to win is to surrender.
The spiritual warrior sometimes feels like she is rehashing old ground. But she does not lose faith, for she knows this is always simply one of two things.
(1) She has not yet learned the lesson.
(2) She is learning the lesson at a deeper level.
Either way, there will be growth.
The spiritual warrior knows when to rest and appreciate the spoils of her victories.
These are not material treasures.
They are things like greater inner peace, more self-love, and more compassion.
She takes the time to notice how far she has come.
The spiritual warrior sometimes become frustrated with her journey.
When this happens she remembers that she is always exactly where she is supposed to be.
And this helps her to carry on.
The spiritual warrior is fascinated by the lives of others.
She soaks in the lessons from their struggles and victories.
In learning about others she feels less alone and learns more about herself.
I’m curious to know if any of you relate to the definition of a spiritual warrior and the posts above. Leave a comment and let me know what you think!