It's an interesting place to be; uncertain or unable to tell fact from fiction, reality from fantasy, a joke from the truth. Like it or not, its a great opportunity to assess and examine our underlying reactions and expectations. Really, it's not so different from so much of our day to day experience, I guess.
Between my own life and my pondering of April fools day, I started thinking about the character or archetype of the Fool. It seems from Disney to Shakespeare and everywhere in between, the fool plays an integral role in storytelling, often offering not only comic relief but providing a sense of conscience, characterization and ultimately inspiring others to experience greater freedom and be their authentic selves.
In tarot, the fool is the first card of the major arcana and is actually represented by the number zero rather than one. He represents a new beginning, and that seems apropos for this time of year, Spring, when all creation is beginning to awaken and blossom, not knowing what may lie ahead.
It's a great time to take a second (or third) look at any New Years resolutions or sankalpas (intentions) you made earlier in the year. I pulled out my list of goals for this year (14 in total), and I'm happy to say, I've completed 2 already and am actively working on 6 others. I realize that still leaves me with 6 goals untouched, but hey it's April. I have faith that if its truly important for me to accomplish these things, I will get to them, after all, there's still 9 more months left in 2013!
2 of the goals I set for myself back in December will be coming to fruition in the coming months: Teaching a Karma Class as a fundraiser for a worthy cause and organizing/participating in an environmental clean-up. Watching the journey of these two goals, over the past few months, is a great example of how in life we are best served by being both strong and flexible.
Initially, I imagined doing a beach clean up. After a series of emails, phone calls and information gathering, I was feeling somewhat disheartened, and unsure how to proceed, not sure it was the right fit this time. It was right about that time that while hiking with my wonderful friend Felicia, she brought up an organization called Friends of The Los Angeles River, and told me about their annual LA river cleanup. As we hiked, we talked about how amazing it would be to do something that would be of service that was literally right in our own community. Less traveling and emissions than driving out to the coast and the chance to do something really important in our own backyard, where we live and work and play, with such an iconic and often ridiculed landmark of LA, it's river. And from this point, everything just started coming together. I'm super excited to be embarking upon these two goals that will directly benefit my community.
I'll be teaching a nature centered karma class by donation at Yoga Blend on Saturday April 20th from 4:30-6, with all monies donated going to Friends of The Los Angeles River. Then on Saturday May 18th from 9-12 noon, I'll be bringing a group of people from our amazing yoga community to participate in FoLAR's Great L.A. River Clean-Up. As we move closer to both of these events, I feel so grateful to be supported and surrounded by friends and colleagues who share in my desire to leave this earth a better, cleaner, more verdant place.
I couldn't even be contemplating tackling these "goals" without the motivation, inspiration, support and talents of people like Christy Marsden, Felicia Wong, Karin Flores, and Marriah Iobst. I'm so grateful to be a part of a community that encourages me to by truly myself. And bearing that in mind, I'll leave you with this thought......
The fool is calling us to be truly ourselves and points out the falseness of what we have become. He is not, however, over and against his hearers. Rather he invites them to discover the fool within themselves. In All’s Well That Ends Well, when Paroles says that he has found he fool, the Clown replies, ‘Did you find me in yourself, sir?’ - J. Phillip Newell, Shakespeare and The Human Mystery
With wishes for humor, boldness, chutzpah and truth in all your endeavors....