Boise, Idaho. A place I haven't known much about, and admittedly, a place I've never had a desire to visit. I thought my stop would be a quick one-nighter on my way through Idaho, but happily, I was hit with yet another dose of serendipity on the road. My pie-baking goddess friend, Beth Howard, came through again and connected me with a Boise friend who recently relocated from Los Angeles. That friend turned out to be Shanti Sosienski.
Meeting Shanti was profound and symbolic to me in many ways. First, her name. "Shanti" in Sanksrit means "peace." The name of my blog, and of the yoga rug I invented, is "Shama," which also means "peace" in Sanskrit. I have a peace tattoo on my lower back. The purpose of my road trip is to find inner-peace. Shanti - Shama - Peace. The connection couldn't be ignored. The second thing that gave me shivers was discovering that Shanti wrote an inspiring book called "Women Who Run." In her introduction to the book she writes that she took up running just as her life was falling apart. She explained to me that she initially felt she was running away from her life and then, as running helped her heal, she realized she was running towards a new life. I recently blogged about how this road trip was initially a way for me to run away from my broken life, but that I am discovering that I may actually be running towards something. Finally, she has tattooed her forearm with my favorite Gandhi quote about change. My mantra for this road trip is plastered on my dashboard in the form of a decade-old Post-it Note that says "I Welcome Change." Okay Universe, I'm listening!
|California Transplants: |
Heather, Meredith & Shanti
|Boise Guest House|
|Yoda makes a friend in a Boise bar |
(he's from California!)
the perfect parting gift for a road tripper: flying yoga back traction. I've never heard of flying yoga, but after this blissful stretch I'm sold! It's interesting that my visit with Shanti ended with partner yoga. Being supported in the air by a partner's legs is an exercise in trust. Trust that she won't drop me. Trust that I won't fall on my head. Trust that I should just let go of my fear and be in the moment to enjoy the stretch. It was a gentle reminder as I continue on my road trip that I need to carry that same trust with me in life. Trust that this road trip is leading me to where I need to be. Trust that I'll be okay. Trust that if I just stay in the moment then I'll eventually find peace.
Thank you Shanti, from the bottom of my heart, for these important lessons of the road.
Shanti - Shama - Peace
|Shanti and the traveling bottle of wine|