Still morning cool, with the kestrel kee-kee-keeing over the field. Harrier on the fence post far down by the pond, I watch your flight from post to top of cedar to post and I feel your wing beats bring air to my lungs. I exhale and lift you to another post. Feathers, beak, talons. Skin, hands, feet. Earth, fire, water, air. I am not a bird, just as you are not a human. Yet, I am you, you are me. There is no you, there is no me. Remember Love.
I don’t know what it is about some mornings, but I wake up and everything feels good, in sync…then as I’m going about my business, somewhere along the way, suddenly everything is not feeling good. There’s an irritation, annoyance, frustration, fear that has pushed in and taken over. And sometimes it’s the combination of little bits that are not love that join together to push me out of the love vibration: thought by thought, feeling by feeling. And it’s hard to be kind to myself, recognize whatever non-love bit it is that is now the over-riding presence, and move back to love. Love for self, love for all, love that is the All. And so, I forgive myself for any thoughts of blame, I forgive myself for the fear, I forgive myself for forgetting the All. I breathe into my heart, feel the presence of the angels and my guides, and am love.
May you remember you are Love.
Yesterday I had a conversation where the other person was talking about different animals and how smart or dumb they are…which led me to share this insight. As humans so many of us are only aware of the world from the perspective that humans are the best. Period. And that is not only a limiting view, it is very much about separation. I come from the perspective that each species here on this planet has a key role in the existence and survival of this whole organism of Gaia. We are here to be frogs, trees, lichen, preying mantises, whales, bacteria, etc. And acknowledging, respecting, and honoring each bit who/that makes up Gaia is not just about inclusion versus exclusion. It’s about being one. We are all Gaia. So while chickens are very smart…according to the human view of smart: able to do things like humans…is that the perspective we want to choose? Or do we want to choose to recognize the illusion of separation is just that, an illusion? With each breath, honor the divine in all that surrounds you, and slip into that space where edges are arbitrary lines that serve only to note the illusion, that space where you are no longer anyone but all of Gaia and beyond. I am not an ambassador to humans from the other animals, I am an ambassador of remembering what you know deep within you, the Lovelight of the All is all there is.
Life is not static. There are layers of life that move at different rhythms within your being and your world. At times of transition, when there is a big shift in those rhythms, finding a way to stay in balance and connected to this earth plane can be difficult. The farther along I move through this year, the clearer it is to me that this is a pivotal year for me in many ways. So, I’m in the middle of transition right now, and I thought I’d share some of the ways I’m finding balance in this ever shifting time.
Having danced all of my childhood, then found hatha yoga, flexibility is something that has always been present in my realm. Often, flexibility is thought of only in terms of the physical body, but flexibility is a state of being. Flexibility is being in touch with the movement of energy, whether that is tangible in the physical body, or intangible in the form of thoughts, emotions, and patterns of relating and existing. Flexibility is being in touch with the elements you are, especially the water and wind, but also the fire, storm, and even the earth. There are rhythms everywhere and as change occurs, you can move your way through different rhythms to feel your way into the rhythms that suit you best in the moment.
So think of yourself as dancing through each moment, each breath even, and being aware of what feels good. Whether you want to actually dance around your room every day as you get going, or dance words through your being by singing or reading aloud words that resonate with you, do what feels good to you. Know that if you’re uncomfortable, you can keep moving to find your way into a place more comfortable.
If dancing or singing/speaking doesn’t feel like the rhythm for you, breathing exercises are something else to try. Alternate nostril breathing is an easy way to clear and balance yourself and only takes a few minutes and breathing which we all do.
As we near the summer solstice, there is plenty of light to draw in to support your transition. Focusing on the energy of the solstice, the changing angles of the earth to sun, provides added strength to your own changing angles.
Flexibility exists in each step, each thought, each emotion, each breath. And moving in transition is just one movement of the symphony that is your life. Smile, be gentle and kind with yourself.
So often, in today’s world, the special is celebrated to such an extent that the ordinary is ignored. The ordinary is where we really live. We breathe. We feel. We connect. The wind blows, the rain falls, the sun shines, the clouds billow. We eat. We sleep. We are. But instead of thinking of special and ordinary as two separate entities, what if we think of them as just two aspects of life, the whole? What if we leave that dualist thinking behind, shifting instead to the All?
There is always change. While there are special points along the way that we use to denote the change, we don’t have to focus on those markers. We can choose to focus on each moment. We can choose each moment. We can co-create. We are the change. So why do we even need those markers? They just detract from the moment.
So while you’re drinking your morning coffee/tea, feel the mug in your hands, the hot beverage on your lips. Smell the aroma of the steam and feel it moisten your face. Feel the heat slide down inside you. Feel your feet on the ground. Choose gratitude for this human experience. Choose to smile, to shine.
While you’re standing in line at the store, hear all the sounds surrounding you, the symphony of humanity. Feel the support of the earth below your feet, holding you up. Feel the light shining from within you. Choose gratitude for this human experience. Choose to share your light with this world.
In the midst of the ordinary, remember the magic that we are all One.
Last night the full-moon-deep-dark shadows danced across the fields as the big winds swept through. Full moons are a time of release. Wind is an element of clearing. The pairing of full moon and big winds is a powerful start to this new year. Yes, we are almost a week into the new year, but as with most points of change, there is a window around the actual point of change where we’re adjusting. We exist in the space time continuum and thus we often experience change over time.
Here’s a brief meditation for bringing the new you into the now.
Close your eyes.
Lean into the light of the full moon and the winds around you; trust there is support for you in every moment.
Find that space of gratitude within you and allow it to connect with all that has made you who you are, past, present, and future.
Breathe into your heart.
Breathe gold light from over your head, breathe it down your body into the earth.
Breathe brown light from the earth below, breathe it up your body to connect with the Source of the gold light overhead.
Feel the shifting within as you come to a new balance, a new alignment.
Pause for a moment and feel the new you.
Smile and open your eyes gently.
We are barely into the new year and my practice is already changing. I have new rates starting February 1. And stay tuned for new services that I’ll be sharing in the coming weeks. I, for one, am excited for this new year!
in the cloudy sky diffuse light this morning
feet planting me on the earth
as pulses within and without all sync
I reach deep inside and feel the light blossom
filling me till I spill into the All
shining ever brighter
clearing away the debris
drawing me into alignment
opening me to the infinite
I call Air, Water, Fire, Earth,
Wood, Stone, Metal, Ether, Star
I call Light–welcome, Light
May you find the light you are and may you shine brightly.