As a child, did you ever dream of flying? Growing up, I remember watching the birds flying above and wondering what it would feel like to fly, freely soaring through the air looking down on the world below. I remember the child-like shenanigans my sister and I used to get up to trying to emulate that feeling – running and jumping off things, climbing the tallest tree we could find to get a bird's eye view and experience that exhilarating, head rushing feeling of being up high.
Last week after 40 (or so!) years, I finally got to fly free. I didn't suddenly develop the bird like wings I dreamt about as a child, but the feeling was just as I had imagined it to be – liberating, free and victorious. I also learnt that achieving this feeling took more than it did as a carefree child who didn’t worry much about the potential for bumps and scrapes! My logical, rational, educated mind had entered the equation.
What I learnt through the AcroYoga workshop was that there are three key ingredients we can all develop to soar and fly free in our everyday lives:
The physical support for the flyer. It is essential to have a solid, grounded base and foundation in order to fly. You need to implicitly TRUST your base, your foundation and surrender to their strength. You need to develop those strong verbal and non-verbal communication skills and speak up when things don't feel quite right or balanced and be prepared to tweak things based on the feedback to enable you to fly.
The person (or team) who is there looking out for you, offering you physical support should you wobble. This is the person standing back a little, with a different perspective on the situation, who is ready to offer advice and handy tips knowing you will offer the same support to them when it’s their time to fly. The person who will catch you if you fall and give you feedback on how to refine things next time so you can soar.
The secret to flying is that ‘give it a go’ attitude. Trusting your foundations are strong, knowing you have someone there to watch your back and then committing to fly. As soon as doubt or uncertainty creep in, the wobbles start. Visualising where you want to be speeds up the transition from launch to flight. AND as I learnt from experience, should you fall, the key is not to resist it – fall lightly and roll with it so you are able to bounce back more easily and get back on your feet faster. Look at what needs to be tweaked and give it another go!
In a nutshell, the secrets to soaring like an eagle in any area of life are: ensure your foundation is strong, you have a support crew to watch out for you, and commit to it.
In a nutshell, the secrets to soaring like an eagle in any area of life are: ensure your foundation is strong, you have a support crew to watch out for you, and commit to it. Once in flight, take a moment to savour the view, the liberating, empowering feeling of doing what many others only dream of and celebrate your accomplishments!