The River Has Its Destination.

By: Bonnie Norton

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Dearest Friends and Family,

I hope this finds you connected to your work and surrounded by beauty. 

I share this from my new home in the mountains of Utah where I am close to my big beautiful family and feeling inspired to continue my work in this community. 

Some of you may have heard that I am transitioning away from my work on the Board of directors and as Operations Director for Kula Collective. Many have reached out, asking about my experience and I'm grateful to share part of that story with you. 

I have come to learn that whatever we decide to express in the world is a magnet for others who are at a similar level of consciousness. The ability to attract our tribe and soul mates lies in the ability to slowly expand ourselves in every relationship, especially the one we have with ourselves.  
Over the last six years I have deeply connected with the seven other beautiful souls who founded this Collective. It was on New Year's Day two years ago that we sat on my lawn overlooking Lake Atitlán when we realized we each held a similar expression of facilitating heart opening spiritual growth that could allow a more open connection with ourselves.

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Since the beginning, the eight of us have been deeply invested in nurturing a rooted foundation. A safe place to weave together our individual values into a set of collective principles to share with our communities around the world. While doing this work, we have asked each other to grow and stretch in so many ways. 

We asked each other to think creatively and communicate respectfully. We asked each other to be more aware and to live and share fearlessly from a place of personal integrity and to respect our differences. We asked each other to have an infinite amount of patience in the face of inevitable adversity while making all of our decisions unanimously. Meaning, we've had to be vulnerable and ask each other for forgiveness. A lot. And through all of it, we have asked each other to come back to the present moment, to exist in the here and now of life and to be where our hands are.

I believe that we can only see in someone else what is already inside of us.  I see the power, beauty, and brilliance of this collective as it  has moved mountains and I have awoken those qualities within myself with more passion than I have ever known before. I now find myself in a place of transition into other ways to share this work, ways that are fueled by an endless source of energy to follow my passions and live my purpose.

I have an unwavering belief that we can only be truly happy when we are completely and authentically ourselves. It is the relationships that let us be truly seen for the perfection, love and beauty that lie in the center of each of our souls that allow us to live our truth and follow our deepest callings and passions. Our work together as 8 has been intense and the views and lessons along the way have been extraordinary. My overall experience has been transformative. I must move now to integrate my understanding of this important work and embrace change.                                                                                                                                                                                     
I deeply resonate with the 11th hour message shared from an elder of the Hopi Indian tribe:

Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above water. And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate. At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, Least of all ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.
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I find myself in celebration and trusting in the destination as the current carries me towards where I can continue to grow and best do this work. 

With Overflowing Gratitude and Love,

Bonnie Anahata