I was away at a festival this last weekend.
It is a festival I have been going to for some years now, but the vibe is amazing.
It is one of the few places I have ever visited where hippies dance with fairies, elves sing along with goths, burlesque dancers entertain children (who think it is a magic show) and circus performers study at the Yoniversity (its a thing).
The fact is that anything goes at the Barefoot Festival and everyone is celebrated for their own uniqueness. No one is judged and quite frankly the more glitter, sparkle and rainbows you wear, the more you fit in.
And I find myself thinking, as I settle back into my everyday teaching life - 'everyday should be a Barefoot day!'
Granted I can't teach a full Kundalini Class in an Indian Wedding tent and then remain there for the next 4 hours as incredible teacher after incredible teacher comes in to get me involved in some new topic - inversions, Nature Rituals, Ayurveda, Qoya etc. however the essence of Barefoot can be with me.
The freedom of self expression comes from an innate place inside, where only quietness and stillness can begin to uncover its beauty, And once that uniqueness of yourself, your true self comes out, let it run, shout, dance & sing and never let it be hidden again.
Don't just be Barefoot - be bare! Let others revel in your truth as you discover it with courage and grace.
I taught a Kundalini Workshop at the festival and focused on the notion of Experience and the true expression of Experiencing the festival in all of its glory.
We practiced the Kriya to move energy and the meditation to 'Call on the Spirit of Mother Earth' - how perfect.
This quote by Yogi Bhajan sums up the festival
'The purpose of life is to watch and experience living. To enjoy living every moment of it. And to live in environments which are calm, quiet, slow, sophisticated, elegant. Just to be. Whether you are naked or you have a golden robe on you, that doesn't make any difference. The ideal purpose of your life is that you are grateful - great and full- that you are alive, and you enjoy it'.