Every city has a word. A word which describes it’s uniqueness and zest. Elizabeth Gilbert wrote about this in Eat, Pray, Love, which helped inspire me to write tonight. For some reason I just started thinking about this the other day. She wrote about how each city has it’s own word, and you can grasp whether or not you fit into the right city depending on your relationship to that word. I’m not quite sure what Vancouver might be, but I’m guessing it has something to do with the west coast theme of the ocean, outdoor bliss, or just plain out adventure. Either way, it got me thinking about MY word.
Throughout her journey, she discovered that she personally had her own word. It took her a long time to figure it out, but once she realized what it was – that was that. Ever since reading that book, I have thrown around ideas of what my word might be. Which word best describes my uniqueness. My passion. My authenticity. You name it. I’ve come to the conclusion that my word is ‘INSPIRE’. It just feels right. It’s what I strive for in life. To inspire people everywhere I go, with whatever I’m doing, and to strive to constantly find myself in a state of inspiration.
I thought more and more about this word. Inspire. In-spirit. In order to live true to my word, inspire, I must find myself as much as possible in-spirit. What helps me to feel this feeling of being in-tune with myself? In blissful balance with my soul and spirit. I took the day yesterday and went everywhere I could, all over this beautiful city to all of the places that make my spirit come alive. I wanted to come back to this feeling of in-spiration. If I want to inspire people around me, I have to first and foremost make sure that I’m okay. That I’m centered and grounded. That I’m in balance. So I did just that.
My day started with a slow run after an amazing sleep in waking up to the sun shining through the windows onto my pillow. Already an instant smile. I went running by the Sun Run, which is one of the largest 10km run’s in North America (congrats to everyone who accomplished their goal!). Endorphins and smiles were flying high. After taking this all in, I decided to slow down my own day’s pace by grabbing a latte and just soaking it all in. That’s when I felt that I wanted to fill myself up as much as I could today. I thought of all the inspiring plaes in Vancouver I could go to fill up my love tank. To just be with myself.
First stop – Mountain Equipment Co-op. My candy shop of sporting equipment and adventures! Then it was off to Commercial drive to mosey alongside the numerous coffee shops and authentic restaurants. I then went in search of some tree hugging, which happened to be my favourite hike in Deep Cove. Of course there was some journalling at a coffee shop – one of my favourite things to do. Later on, after filling my fridge with goodness, I went on down to the beach and took in the sunset. IN-SPIRE to it’s fullest. I was full. I was ready to in-spire. I felt good. Each moment I was in, I took in as much as I could. I felt it. I smelled it. I found myself throughout the day often giving a sneaky smile, just from pure contentment. I was happy being by myself. Spending the day doing what I loved. Giving love to myself. Filling myself up!
If you had to think about a word that best described you, what would it be?? Are you living up to that word? Are you being and doing what you need to be in order to BE this word? For me, it’s inspiration. To constantly feel connected to spirit. That’s what helped draw me back to yoga tonight. With all of my other training, it’s been hard for me lately to consistently go to class. My body was telling me tonight that I needed it. It was so good to be back. It’s funny – our bodies actually call us to do things that it needs. Listen. Listen to the word that your body and soul is smiling towards you. Live that word. Live your truth. No masks. Only uniquness. Life is too short to live a false life. Whatever your word may be, LIVE IT to it’s fullest. Live your best life!
A few words of inspiration from my favourite yoga class tonight – You don’t have to get anywhere; you’re already here. We are here. You don’t have to drive all around your city to find it – it’s inside of you. (I just so happened to want to go on an adventure!!) So live each moment to the fullest. Live your word and your truth! Fill yourself up!
Smile with your heart!
In need of an inspiring song? I’m LOVING this one right now! I think it’s been on repeat for the last 2 hours! Michael Franti – See you in the Light. It will definitely make you smile!!!