I’m sitting here in an LA cafe, called New York Bagel Cafe go figure, in between yoga sessions. At 10am in the morning, there is a guitarist playing and singing California Dreaming. Yes, yes, yes, we are a bunch of dreamers, seekers AND doers here in LA. The combination of the music and my recent visit to the La Brea Tar Pits has me day dreaming….
I went to the La Brea Tar Pits with my Aunt and Uncle. After 16 years of living in LA, I had never been to the museum, I highly recommend it. Rare animals flocked out west. The saber tooth cats, dire wolves, horse ground sloths and short faced bears. Like most Angelenos, all probably enjoyed the weather.
Los Angeles still attracts some of the most misunderstood yet incredibly rare beings on this planet. Some of the biggest dreamers, the most creative types, the keenest minds of business, hustlers, seekers of spirituality, lovers of nature and so much more. And when we come together, its magic!
The La Brea Tar Pits museum has an area where visitors can feel how difficult it is to lift a lever submerged in tar. Let me tell you, with all the chaturangas one can do, lifting a lever out of a bucket of tar is extremely challenging. Can you imagine trying to get your feet unstuck? The more you try, the deeper your entire body sinks down.
Usually we say, “I feel stuck in the mud!” After visiting the La Brea Tar Pits, getting stuck in tar would be tragic. The La Brea Tar Pits were responsible for ending species of animals in Los Angeles centuries ago.
Modern LA can also seem like a place where one must end the pursuit of their God given dreams. Our dreams of “making it” may no longer seem possible. After a series of life altering disappointments, one can feel like giving up. In the throws of trauma/drama, it can emotionally and physically feel like we have sunk into our own tar pit with no way out.
However, it is clear, Los Angelenos are some of the most resilient people around. A NO is not a no, its a way to reroute and get back on course. Its a time to take a look at the new creative openings available to you.
Write that children’s book you’ve always wanted to write, make that documentary, take that mind blowing trip, give yourself the space to be with yourself, find your dream home wether it be Hawaii or the valley, give love another chance, trust your body, ask for and receive the help you need.
With almost 4 million people living in LA, we can feel very lonely at times, especially when we are going through big changes. Its important to continue your healthy habits of yoga, meditation, journaling and eating well. Don’t stop! Its also helpful to surround yourself with good support. Whatever helps you stay on YOUR course (even if you are not sure what that is right now). Wherever you live, keep California Dreamin’!
Below is an excerpt in an email from Neal Donald Walsch:
“On this day of your life
I believe God wants you to know…
…that it could seem like you are losing something
right now, but do not be fooled. This is simply
a turnaround orchestrated by your soul.”
We can learn and regurgitate all of the healthy habits in the world. However, we must tune in and choose the practices best for us, AND do them consistently. We are only here once in this form, don’t you want to get to other side and say, “I did the damn thing on earth, let me tell you, what an adventure!”
(Photo credits: google images- yoga picture www.itsallgabby.com, elephant picture- /en.wikipedia.org, meditation picture- https://www.fastcompany.com/)