I remember in the first few years of owning a yoga studio, folks would come in for their first class and tell me: I’ve been following you for 2 years, and have finally made it to the studio!
And I'd always wonder: What is it that, after two whole years, finally makes someone book a class?
The same phenomenon happens today as people tell us that seeing the Northern Lights and/or crossing the Arctic Circle (or making the trek to Arctic Hive!) are on their “Bucket List."
We smile and nod… and now that we’ve been at it a while, we're seeing those folks finally signing up and committing to their dream, which is an honor to witness and a joy to guide as a host.
(Below, crossing the Arctic Circle during "Winter's Womb" last December)
But, I’ll admit I don’t know what exactly sends someone over the threshold of making a life-changing leap.
I believe it has to be deeply personal... a sacred inner oomph, and we finally give ourselves permission to say YES, against all odds.
My own life has been a long string of important, impulsive decisions that have led me to places beyond my wildest dreams, without any regret… so this idea of “waiting for the right time” isn’t really in my wheelhouse. (For better, or worse, ha!)
So this brings me to the present moment: Sean and I have watched some epic aurora displays over the past week — including some incredible moments during our Fall Equinox retreat, and I got to thinking what would push me over the edge if the Northern Lights were *still* on my Bucket List…
And then — thanks, Universe! — a family member sent us an associated press article this morning that read, “Scientists have predicted that the next 18 months will see the highest activity of aurora borealis in the past 20 years.”
Combine that with the fact we are located directly under the aurora oval here in the Brooks Range, so your chances of seeing them are not just good… they’re oustanding.
There are reasons to be patient… and there are reasons to just do it. Maybe this nudge will do it for you.
As the great ski cinematographer Warren Miller once said, “If you don’t do it this year, you’ll be one year older when you do.”
And that, my friends, is the truth!
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