Looking above, beyond what's in front of me, I noticed the spaces between the leaves. Many times we admire the leaves and the flowers on the tree, but how many times do we sit in awe and admire the patterns, spaces, and glimmer of light between the leaves?
The experience of admiring the space between the leaves gave me an opportunity to look beyond the leaves, beyond the structure that covers the beauty, beyond what's in front of us...into the space where imagination, opportunity, and potentiality exist.
In this expansion of the mind, I began to dream. I thought about my life tomorrow and how much it can grow and expand if I just allowed myself to look beyond what is right in front of me.
I began to hope. For the first time in a long time, I shined light into an area of darkness that I had given up on; a belief that what is today does not have to be tomorrow. I can change my tomorrow to reflect happiness, joy, and love.
I began to be. I've always struggled with just being. What does it mean to be? For a person that that is always on the move and trying to strive to be the best version of myself, sometimes I forget to just sit and reflect on what is in front of me, to express gratitude for all that I have, to just be.
Sitting here in a community park in Los Angeles, waiting for my friends to arrive, I looked up and I realized that I have the world at my fingertips. In a moment I experienced how to dream, how to hope, and most importantly...how to just be with myself. What a beautiful opportunity to allow myself to enjoy this moment with myself.
How do you dream, hope and be? Share to inspire!
Ektha Aggarwal is a licensed South Asian Therapist and CEO of Shakti Therapy and Healing Services in Los Angeles, CA. Ektha specializes in working with South Asians (Indian & Desi) and people of color to break the stigma around mental health and instill the concept of immigrant resilience. If you are ready to feel empowered, effortlessly achieve your goals, and feel more happiness in your life, schedule a complimentary consultation now.