Healing, Philosophy, RPY

Afternoons with Ann

Follow truth and it will guide you.

My friend Ann and I are pretty different. She’s got 6 kids, I’m barely married. She’s tall, blonde and blue eyed, I’m small and dark. She has a strong, deep religious background, and this one time I attended a church-y thing. However, Ann and I see each other’s truths and each time we get together, we slip into our depths and build upon those beautiful, stunning, shining truths. This is a short story about our journey to seeking truth and shedding masks.

After our restorative partner yoga session the other day, Ann and I found ourselves at a small stream in Farmington. As we settled into our sweet mother’s bed, the creek’s lullaby quickly whisked me off to sleep. Distilled is the word for that sleep. I slept as hard and steady as the rock I laid upon until the sun woke me with a kiss. Ann was across the creek, quietly humming herself to distillation.

We joked about having to go back to the real world, only to laugh harder at realizing that nature is the realest world we knew. We truly are the world’s most skilled mask makers and puppeteers. Giving in to both wearing masks and handing them out to loved ones, everything becomes a costume party, every day a different theme. Masks and puppets don’t exist in nature though. There are no egos to pull the strings, and masks quickly reveal their own suffocating nature.

We peeled off our masks, laid them in the water, watched them float down the creek and welcomed our true selves to come out from hiding. We spoke softly to float bugs, admiring their simplicity and importance. We let the rocks hold us, dissolving our tiredness, jadedness and loneliness. They held us until a familiar joy lit our hearts. A joy as steady as the rocks themselves.  One thing led to the next and with the warm sun and cool breeze holding us, Ann says, “be the manifestation of what you know is true.” The rock beneath me rumbled in agreement. My soul sighed, as I knew I wouldn’t stop and buy a mask for the ride home. Ann is my dear friend from Bodhi Yoga.




Headshot2Kiera Lucich is a neural integration specialist based in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s the owner of Smart Move Wellness, a brain-based wellness company dedicated to educating and training people to heal chronic and trauma-associated pain. For more information visit smartmovewellness.com.

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