BENEFITING: No Barriers
EVENT DATE: Jul 23, 2016
Hello~ My name is Cheryl Page and I am doing the No Barriers USA: What’s Your Everest climb! I work in cancer research and I am healthy - a bit out of shape, perhaps, but blessedly healthy.
Daily in my work I’m reminded of the impermanence of life and every patient I meet would trade places with me in a NY minute. At almost 53 years old I’m in the summer of my life and things are looking pretty good that I’ll have quite a few healthy years left. I'm doing this climb because I don’t want to take my health for granted.
Lately as I ponder thoughts of life and death I’ve been reflecting on some wisdom my former Aikido sensei, Wendy Palmer, gave to me many years ago: "Your inhale is what you take in; it is the gift the World has for you. But your exhale is what you give back to the world...so be very careful how you exhale yourself." When we are born the very first thing we do is we inhale; we must take this first breath and it is our arrival gift from the World. The very last thing we do when we die is we exhale - we give back the gift we first took in. We come in taking but we go out giving and all the time in between those two points we have a choice about how we exhale ourselves.
In my profession I have a significantly heightened awareness about life and death and daily I attempt to stay centered and grounded as I watch people I care about valiantly fighting cancer. It’s far easier to be centered when not faced with incomprehensible loss…but Wendy would say, “Center is not referenced on loss, it references on what is emerging and what is possible”. So for today, for this moment I strive to stay centered and look to what is possible with my physical body because this IS something I can impact.
To help me in my endeavor I am leaning on the “tools” Wendy gave me all those years ago in a dojo in Marin County and also a wonderful tool from Erik Weihenmayer: “What’s within you is stronger than what’s in your way.”
Inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale (give and receive, offer and accept), my breath as I climb...and the cycle goes on and on. I offer my breath and my efforts to climb for those who took their last one far too soon! Wendy's words are ever echoing in my ears: "Be mindful of how you exhale yourself."
I’m doing the No Barriers USA What’s Your Everest climb to affirm my health, I’m climbing because I can, I’m climbing to celebrate my 53rd birthday, and to show myself that what’s within me is stronger than what’s in my way!
I hope you’ll make a donation to my campaign. The money goes to a great cause: No Barriers USA and will create many good ripples in the world. Thanks for your exhale! Blessings on your journey!
Here is the link with info on What's Your Everest: http://www.whatsyoureverest.org/