View from the Bridge (Himalayas)
Acrylic and Sand on Canvas 18” x 24”, 2018
While crossing the seven iconic suspension bridges, along the Everest Base Camp Trek in 2017, I noticed a variety of reactions to this part of the journey. Some people were clutching to the side wire with dizzying expressions. At the sight of an upcoming bridge, dread would begin to bead and surface in the form of sweat across their brow. Slow shaky step after another, it would take all their willpower and concentration to inch their way to the other side.
Survival expert, Bear Grylls, teaches in A Survival Guide for Life, “whenever you do something beyond your ‘comfort zone’ and realize you are still standing, the more you will believe that the impossible is actually possible. And on the road to success, belief is everything...we all have much further to push ourselves than we might initially imagine. Inside us all, just waiting to be tested, is a better, bolder, braver version of who we think we are.”
Bridges, by their very nature, ease the passage from one side to another. They symbolize union. Yoga is union, bridging our little self with our Higher Self. When we tap into our inner source of power and trust, the world can be our playground and the bridges, or obstacles, will follow our lead. The act of stepping and walking allows us to slow down and reconnect with nature in the form of earth, air, water, fire, and space, tune into our own bodies, notice our thought processes, develop courage, connect with others, encounter new situations that open our perspective, let go of past attachments, live in the moment, cultivate deep gratitude, and develop trust in the higher power.
Looking over the edge to the amazing combination of elements underneath me, I felt a surge of excitement and wonder. I would feel like Indiana Jones running off on another adventure into a special place with ancient secrets. Each step had a bounce and jiggle on this wobbly terrain. I was so filled with joy that I would shake my hips from side to side, rhythmically stepping, as if dancing.