Today I took a trip back in time. It was nothing really, just a routine visit to one of my most cherished people’s spiritual gift shop. I used to work there in my early 20’s, a time of planting seeds for becoming who I am today. This shop has been a pillar in my life as well as many others’.
But most of all, the woman who runs it, my spiritual mother, has given me so many gifts to make me the woman I am today.
I loaded up my 2 small children in the car, and headed into to the small historical street. I had a little flashback of warm summer mornings when I was the first to arrive at the shop. I could hear the summer wind, feel the humidity lingering on my skin as I got out of the car, and could smell the incense before I even got to the shop doors. I always felt like I was coming to a sort of haven or home for my soul when I would go there. Where I knew I could be safe and accepted for my eccentricities…
You see, it is the essence of something that gives it power and life, and this shopkeeper has all of that. It just passes through you. Her selections of music opened a creative door in me way before I would play these same tracks in my asana classes. Her books are a pathway to what I teach and practice now. Her statues are a tribute to my heart practice of devotion. Through this shop I was able to travel the world…something I may never be brave enough to do except for in my head and heart.
I carry with me at all times the essence or what we call bhava in yoga, the feeling mind. I am what I am today in part because of her and her magical shop. We all must bow to our teachers, as we have many of them. They come in all sorts of packages, but the teachers who give you bhava are the shapeshifters of our reality. Lighting candles becomes more meaningful, songs are filled to the brim with sacred nectar of soul, and the ritual dance of life finds rhythm.
I needed that piece of me to come out again. It found its way because of the love and support of this woman, friend, teacher, mother and guide. As I light my own candles this morning and burn a stick of nag champa, an essence so sacred to her store, I am reminded of all of this. My growth from that special time in my life where every Saturday I was blessed to open her shop doors, to this time in my life where I am blessed to open my own yoga shop & studio doors each week.
It is with much gratitude that I bow to all of you who weave a web of enchantment for others.
Please visit this magical place in Willoughby, Ohio:
The Enchanted Grove
Owner, Aida Faria
My favorite enchanted things to do:
- In the Summer (right now!), just listening to the breeze as I water my plant friends at sunrise is enchanting for me.
- Walks in the woods
- Visit a lake or river where it is quiet
- Flip an oracle card
- Dance to some magical music like Loreena McKennitt
- Make fairy gardens with my children
- Light a candle and take a bath
- Retail therapy at my favorite shops The Enchanted Grove or Lion and Blue and my own Awaken Yoga Shop for trinkets to inspire!