We forget that we are nature and it is our nature to be human. We are homo sapien sapien,, the highest form of animal on the planet. We do live on the planet and rely on it, it's resources and gifts, its interdependence and cycles, everything about this planet and how it functions effects our lives. We are created by the very same elements and substances that everything else is created. We all breathe the same air, drink the same water, eat the same bounty as the rest of nature. Choosing to love ourselves, our human nature and the larger nature, Gaia as the earth is call, is pretty important to us as a species.
We like to forget we are animals and connected to all life here. Considering we are part of this great experience and we are the most wise, the stewards and leaders of all that is around us is true reality. We think we have to conquer and create, absent minded that we can find our solutions by investigating nature and in connection with it. She is cooperatively running all things and solving all issues quite harmoniously. Mimic Biology, advanced science studying how nature solves the problems we have. It is quite brilliant. Quantum Biology has some breakthroughs of thinking as well.
We also could embrace that we are not perfect or controlled or tamed at all moments. Maybe that ruins our image of the perfect man but often untamed, risky, out of the box is what evolves and creates solutions and greater ideas. The eccentric are of the greatest brilliance of our history and they certainly were not normal, perfect as we call it or rule followers. They were innovative, creative, went against current science and thinking. Having this untamed, mysterious, maybe even childlike crazy side is very supportive to us used rightly. It stops us from having to always appear so adult, so demure, so together. No one is and if they appear too, they are just pretending and we all know it.
To love our not so wonderful social nature has it's benefits. Allowing individuality, cooperation, collaboration and seeing what works all around is not bad. The only thing it effects is our ego which certainly is not known to see "reality".
I just went through an experience where my dark , flippant, crazy side was out in the open continuously for quite a bit. All the social rules were broken by this wild energy that came from within. I had hidden this incredible energetic power because I was taught to "appear" a certain way, act a certain way and think a certain way. We disconnect from our animal nature rather than embrace and work with it in a positive way. Not seeing this side as bad or corrupt but using it for its benefit of survival, creativity, connectedness.
Most of my life this more "creative, eccentric" part of me was hidden within. It was the side of our nature we pretend we don't have, are shunned if it shows and we feel ashamed of. We all have this inward energy that we know is there, that hides and lurks for it has been labeled inappropriate. Yet what a power it is.
After I got through all the judgement, feeling like you better get this under control, forgiving myself for this unruly self and it still showed up, I decided that maybe it had a very perfect reason for being. I had to make some sort of deal with this part of myself and look deeper at what was going on. In doing that, I realized how much I loved this insane, crazy girl of power that didn't take crap and told it like it was. She was refreshing and honest. Clear and directed and read through all "stories". I thought this is our natural human, animal nature that allows us to survive. This social snowing we put forth is not her way at all and I was amazed at how brilliant this energy, this side of me was.
It is my nature, our nature, all of nature. In disowning it, it is not so helpful and loses it's place in the mix of the whole. We are like all else on this planet, here to grow, expand, learn and collaborate within and without. We are not perfect in this social sense and that social sense changes anyway. We are perfectly human, full of error, not so nice feelings, frustration, annoyance, selfishness, worry, fear, anxiety, all of the same "low" as we are filled with High. Our society, philosophies, religions, systems all put forth this "ideal" of our perfection. It is okay to have that when we realize it is a direction to move too but attaining it is not really a reality here.
I suddenly loved this nature of me that is not so pretty as is prescribed by society. She is feisty and witty, cunning and powerful. This animal self for lack of a better way to describe her is really a wonderful ally as I must live on a planet of animals. Yes, I am a spirit in an animal body but we work together for highest good as all of nature does. I was not taught to see it that way or live in unison that way. In fact, I was taught not to be that animal and be evolved. I am more evolved when I realize I am animal to be refined and aligned with my spiritual nature. Not so it doesn't exist but like a childlike nature that is an incredible ally, vessel. "The horse on which you ride" it is called in Buddhism. I really got the connect to that phrase and the power of this horse, this animal, this homo sapian I am.
I invite you to see yourself differently and love thy nature you are and the nature you are part of. We have not yet figured how to be those "enlightened" beings here on earth and it is ok. It is not a secret and we don't need to pretend we are all that. For if we do, we may never find our way too! We are wild, unruly animals on one hand and loving divine spirits on the other. To blend, to meld, to integrate, to cooperate these pieces is the highest nature. Not only within but also without to the larger, Gaia that we are also a piece of. All one big experience happening in unison. Nothing really separate going on at all.
My independent survey of reality and truth of what is occurring here. It is quite magical to boot. Immensely synchronized beyond what a small mind, ego could even imagine. I do love my nature and thy nature. More and more each passing day and whatever the great goodness that put this all in motion, I am in complete awe!! Such a joy to be alive in an animal body and loving it!!! And all its sensual delights!! Love thy Nature!!!
Today I am bright and alive! So different from the last post and quite shifting from the last few weeks. I am writing for this is the wave of life. We are inspired, passionate and enthused and at other times we are not so. It is just how the cycle goes here. We put so much pressure on ourselves constantly to be other than we are. To feel different, to live different, to behave different, to grow and think different. Always seeking something else rather than what is. We get lost in the seeking and forget all is here to experience.
I admit that I have done this many times. We are unsettled so we do this or that to shift and feel better. Sometimes, this is right to move to a greater expression. Yet it is not always about that. I have learned this lately that confusion, feeling lost and not sure is part of the experience. The pressure to get you out of that space can create more problems. Sitting in the fog is important at times as life reveals the next step. Uncomfortable yes, uncertain yes, but bad, maybe not. Atleast thats is what I am learning right now.
I awaken to life is just what it is. It is all things from joy, fear, love, hate, fun, nightmare, struggle, celebration. All of it. Yes some of it feels better. When it doesn't, we all want to get back to the joy, I know. And we will. Sometimes by our own action and other times by enduring or waiting out the conditions. It is truly only in our power to have the right attitude. Conditions be what they are, we can always find a way to see the good. Pressuring ourselves to get out of or because we shouldn't of landed in something or reprimanding ourselves for what ever occurred doesn't do much to resolve things.
I awaken to be my own best support and not be so hard on myself. I awaken to accept sometimes I am wrong, confused, a bitch, overindulgent, messy, stupid and all these negative things yet it is all right! I awaken to support me and not pressure myself too far to be better. Yes, growing is important but sometimes shit just happens and it is not because of what you did. Maybe karma from long ago but there is never a good reason not to love yourself. I awaken to that.
We are so hard on ourselves and bring about our own demise by overthinking. We truly need to lighten up and support our wonder rather than revel in our weakness. We all make mistakes and learn so why the big focus or the hiding of this? It seems so odd to me today. I feel good. I don't care that I am in a lost or uncertain spot and I certainly don't have any ill feelings at myself for being here.
I inspire you to awaken to all this is life. The good, the bad, the ugly and it is not really that important. Where we go and what we do at some point doesn't matter as much as that we have joy and make pleasure where we can. We seek the good in the uncomfortable and get through it. We support ourselves and others the best we can. If we can't, we don't and there is nothing wrong with that either. We are these sparkly gems in a dark, learning world. We need to honor that rather than consider we are not most wonderful and dislike parts of ourselves.
Awakent to enough is enough. There is never a reason not to love yourself! Awaken to all the mess is part of life and there is nothing wrong with you if you are in a mess. It is just part of life. Yes, try to pay attention and watch. In the end though, we all land in unsavory places if by our actions or another's. We will have a greater time and growth if we just walk through, don't judge and just love ourselves anyway. Find a way to chuckle for that is the best response and keep walking until more delight and pleasure shows up.
Awaken to it all as the joy of living!! I have today and it is quite cool to be lost and found all in one morning. Teehee! The ride of woman!
As I sit here in the hospital, for the first time inspired to write in a while, I find I am in a stirred up place with confusion. It is as though I am not who I was and not who I am moving towards but somewhere in the middle. I have done none of the normal things I do. I haven't walked in the woods, posted my pics or wisdom on social media, written which I do often, or anything of a normal routine. I am out of sorts with my mom in health challenge so life is topsy turvy in this moment.
In the fog of a quagmire for almost two months now, I am flowing from one thing to the next, not sure of a direction or plan. In between shall we say, in a haze before the breakthrough!? Much like the seed or a tiny plant pushing forth through the darkness of the soil to reach the warmth of the light. It is quite an interesting space and yet I can't say I feel really bad about it.
At other points in life, I did not allowed myself the freedom to be lost for a moment. I would of beat myself up, gotten on myself to get my scene together and determine a plan. Never just hanging with the conditions sketchy and feeling ok about it. Real self growth I would say. To just be with the uncertainty. Not upset, not feeling too lost, not angry, not pressuring myself, just being in what is.
We are in confusion as to what is wrong with my mom, conflicting diagnosises from doctors. I am confused with what to be moving on in life as all is slow as molasses at this moment. I have not been inspired to write, post or be involved in life. I usually have such passion and participation in things. The most powerful emotion I have lately is annoyed with things. I am in an inward way. Not really caring much or enthused. There is lots of things good going on yet I am in a place of hang man. I am stirring deep inside with something and don't know what it is. So I allow the confusion, the nothingness and let it be alright.
So I ride the quagmire of this confusion. It feels like floating, involved yet above, participating but not attached, an odd place to be. I give it up. I let myself be annoyed, detached from most things, not certain about much of anything. It is certainly mysterious. I will just ride it out. What else is there to do but find joy in the confusion itself!
It seems to be an emotional spring for me. Not all happy ones either. I am experiencing some very negative or low based feelings and thoughts this season which is not normal for me. These are what create our numbing, our addictions, our desire to move away from feeling crappy. Usually we have a mix, a bit of all. We ride this wave of ups and downs, letting them pass through onto the next. When they seem to be in the lower realms, the sadder, more depressed feelings, it is more challenging to ride.
I am a strong proponent of feeling all our feelings. In fact, as we let them pass through us, they stay as feelings, indicators of our environment. If we stuff them down, don't allow the energy to be felt and move, they become emotions, energy moving with greater force. Emotions are more powerful than feelings, and create many more issues than just noticing a feeling. In the darker feelings this spring, I have at times wanted to stuff them, not experience them and then the emotional wave builds up and comes forward uncontrollably. Creating crying in power, anger in power, annoyance and frustration. It has been quite a drama to watch, notice and find a way through..
Observation is key to all awareness and self development. Neutral observation without judgement, criticsm and labeling bad or wrong. They are not right or wrong, they are the way we feel in the moment. Often just noticing , sharing how we feel, it switches as soon as we say it. It is really that quick and like water. The emotions are like water. Murky sometimes, forceful like a wave or a trickle of tears or rain and the downpour of wrathful anger. Remembering the flowing nature of water, it rolls by, it doesn't damn up or stop unless constrained. We keep it moving so it washes our body being and we learn and release.
Easier said then done with all the training we have about our emotions. We have beliefs of good girls don't get angry or nice girls are sweet. All these beliefs of woman being unstable or emotional messes keep us from really understanding the power of this gift of our feeling nature. Yet ride them we will so to flow past the judgments, get the essence of them and move to the higher ones is truly the way to learn from these rolling waves. Woman so centered in this nature of emotions and gifts of empathy and compassion to nourish others comes from this nature.
I have had to really test my beliefs this season with many low emotions surfacing. Tantrum girl has been very present, unhappy with things and quite expressive. I allow her a moment. I do not let her run the show but give her the chance to voice herself. I often am shocked at her words and find myself explaining and apologizing for her outburst. Yet she has important messages for me in boundary and not allowing others to be so mean either. It is a true journey to find the balance of surfacing and allowing and controlling or digesting these energies.
I remain true that to express, feel and be with her and all the lower emotions as part of being myself, being a woman and understanding my nature. We don't allow this expression, this shadow of ourselves as it is called. We pretend it is not there or try to bury this meaner side within. That only allows this energy to hide and build. Grow stronger and out of control only to explode in a situation that may not warrant it. I am embracing this meaner, lower, sadder, more depressed part of me. Being a mother to her, letting her exist rather than banish her to the dungeon. I don't revel too long but I give this voice its due and allow it to release. So many times I stuffed down through my life coming forward all in one season!
I forgive myself many times a day lately and do find a giggle at this part of me. Yes unruly, maybe not so kind like I want the world to think I am. Truly a part of me and us all, in place for protection, to remind us where not to go, to allow ourselves to not like it when things don't go our way. These are normal feelings and when felt they pass through and we work with conditions. In stuffing them for years, I am in a bit of a clear out. I am gentle with myself. I let her rage her way to clean her closet so to speak. I honor this magic nature of mine and know only through listening, expressing and allowing can I understand why I have these feelings and use them for my benefit.
I don't really mind being an unruly, unpredictable woman, mysterious at times even to myself. For this is the magic and gift of this great feeling nature, this intuition so tied to it. It lacks power when not felt and discipline when not heard. I ride this lower energy as a clearing of spring. Knowing it must end soon as all cleaning jobs do. As the tide rolls, the wind blows, the emotional, feeling nature too will shift and turn to the brighter side soon enough. It is it's nature to change, so I ride the wave open to the lighter feelings of summer.
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We are in Taurus month where the grounding of things is the flavor. Love, home, values, enjoyment and pleasure are the likes of the Bull. We get to really consider the things we sowed in the movement of April and refine the joys in our life. We get to relax, savor and realize the fabulous things we have here and now. Taurus loves pleasure, luxury, being home and enjoying the world it has created.
It is the perfect opportunity to reflect and refine our joys. We get to amp us the things we love and find the pleasures in slowing down. Grounding, as the earth sign suggests, we move slower, in more methodical ways, reveling in the goodness we have. We can be sure that the world we are creating has the things we want. If not, we can make the changes to bring in that settled feeling. I am painting two walls of my office to add that little extra creativity for myself and my clients. Simple things of the home or our environments that bring us pleasure and relaxation inspire us to be ourselves.
Sensuality is the key to pleasure. Grounding into our bodies, reveling in our senses, the sights, smells, textures, sounds and feelings of our world bring presence and pleasure. We have this sacred temple body that offers simple joys by being in it and feeling the body relaxed, comfortable and at home. True enjoyment is a sign of feeling happy, healthy and delighted in our world.
How could you add more inspiration and coziness to your nest? What is already lovely about your home and environments that gives you that wonderful feeling to be yourself and happy? Notice these things, savor and enjoy them. Slower, appreciative movement the speed of this month. Refining and reflecting to see if you can make it even more delicious for ourselves. Our values and desires change throughout our life so we take time to notice and enhance them.
How could you engage and enjoy your relationships more? Venus, the planet of love the ruler of Taurus. We get so busy moving, thinking, planning, goal directed that we often forget to just hang out. Real chatter, time spent learning of your loved ones feelings, desires and lessons is key to pleasurable connection. Are there relationships that could be let go that don't inspire you? People that create imbalance, self doubt, second guessing are not nurturing connections that ground you into your fullness. Take inventory and build where you love and let go where there is challenge.
May is the time of great bloom. The plants, grounded in the soil, anchored and steady, begin to shoot toward blooming this month in color, scent and beautiful form. Secure in their place, they can blossom their great beauty. We, too, create a strong base in our life so we can find balance when necessary. Savoring what we have, reveling in what is here, counting our blessings and finding the pleasure in what is. This is our month to be prepared and have ourselves centered for the actions of the next season of movement. Settle, complete and savor your sacred spaces in ways that bring you more pleasure with little to do but be there.
I can so feel the energy of rebirth this year! Maybe it is where I am in my life, the changing of the guard from one way to another really settling in. Ending a marriage of a long time and regrouping is not done in one year or two. It has been my experience that it is quite a journey. Letting go of so much, patterns, ways of being, identities, feelings of all types, friend circles and your reference points. All this letting go takes time and filters through all your being. it is certainly a process and I have really allowed it to take the time it needed. Finding my way to newness had to begin with opening parts of me by this letting go.
In many spots there was a void, an opening that I wanted to fill but it wouldn't quite fill at first. Now with this spring it feels like many things are flooding in to fill the void that are most perfect for me. That waiting, that anticipation was challenging at times. Now it seems I have rolled through it to where the new things more in alignment with this new life I have been creating are showing up. These transitions in life longer than we desire yet purposeful and filled with divine timing.
I feel at times, I am at the gate of heaven where you get to review your life, the things, people, experiences that occurred flashing before me to look one last time as I leap into this new budding flower I am to be forth. Very key to rebirth, a final let go of those things that were hard to make peace with and had to come forward a few times for me to review them until the light of goodness and right perspective came forward. Maybe it is more like a neutral perspective that I was seeking so the release is effortless rather than painful.
At this point in rebirth, as with the earth revving up, I don't carry anymore sadness, resentment, hurt or dissatisfaction with what was and how it played out. Things are complete and I am settled with that. It took a bit of effort to get here. I had to go through loss, sadness, wishing things could be different yet I believe that is part of the honoring all the good that was. It is natural to long or want to keep the good with us. It truly is, it is inside and it is what makes me this version of myself today. I find myself crying now more in such gratitude for the experiences and people I have had and do have in my life. It is the most exquisite space that I can only consider it to be a major rebirth. It is really an uncoiling of something deep inside that is coming into expression and all the old negative stuff is just falling off effortlessly.
I am finding how I am different than I thought in many ways and different than others that I thought I was so alike. It is not a bad difference or something that keeps me separate from others but an honoring of my unique way rather than trying to fit or suit what I thought I was. It is a beautiful discovery of my own essence of truth rather than some ideas I had of who I really was. Truly a Lotus Project as my book title describes. Growing up through the muck and mire of life to the unfolding of the petals of the lotus flower that opens its core center to the sun. I feel my own unique, exquisite bloom for this time is coming forth and is far more fragrant, beautiful, big and magnetizing than I ever dreamed.
The differences feel good. We are taught this clan mentality and I do love my tribe and having one. It is more like finding my own sparkle in the diamond. My own face on that diamond that puts me as part of the whole yet I have my own sweet part that feels so beautiful. Holding my own small side of the magic stone. It makes me even a greater part of the unity for I am seeing my special way I add to it that only I could. Proud that I have my unusual gift that only I could sparkle and add, loving my special place that is all my own. Really a falling in love with me and my mission, my message here.
We all are naturally in a rebirth each spring. Another year, cycle, season comes upon us in life where we step forward in a zesty way, breaking the ground to grow. I inspire you to really feel and revel into this process happening outside with nature and inside as all spiritual paths. The rebirth, the ascension, the resurrection all about us in and out. May you use this as a wonderful time to love who you are, find a greater expression of yourself and savor that you are here, that you are needed and your most exquisite wonder is being called forward into being.
We need each one to be their real, true, authentic self as the world evolves. Join me in this celebration of yourself! May your awakening be rich, deep, transforming and ecstatic! Mine sure is!!
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These past weeks so many old things, people, situations have come forward out of no where. It can be perplexing for we think, "Why is this here, I thought that was done?" Part of the weirdness is what they call Mercury Retrograde. When this occurs, you are brought forward these things externally and internally that you can upgrade. All the "re" things like reflect, recallibrate, release, rest. It is a recollection of parts of yourself that you gave away, looked at wrong, reshape, reorder so it is a slower pace for this to occur.
Slow down, look at things that come forward and look at them again in a new way. Letting go is often looking at a situation differently, a new perspective, collecting what you learned and leaving behind the negative feelings, the hard of something to the juice you learned. I had old friendships come forward that I needed to look at differently. I can take the fun and good of it and realize that maybe those folks just aren't part of the future movement. I also see the relationships that are good for me now and how I need to cultivate these friends.
I even had an old love interest come out of the blue to reconnect possibly. It was astonishing for he ditched me. I was surprised he had the tenacity to come forward but I took it all in humor. I didn't need to feel hurt for what occurred for it wasn't right. I found it humorous and enjoyed the look at the funny we had. i felt the kindness that had been there and sent forth blessing to his life forward. No need to hold any crap in myself about something that obviously wasn't meant to be. I can claim the joy in friendship of it all.
I have had to put boundaries out in so many ways. Clearly putting forth what I want or need in situations for me to participate fully. It is so important to be clear in what you want and to tell others. No one can read minds. We think people know by our innuedo and they don't. We all create own stories on what we see so make it clear what you want.
Feel the power of letting go! It is such a freeing experience. Don't keep going over the same things. I know the mind likes to do that but quiet it up for the energies are here to move beyond! We don't need to keep things alive that need to move on no matter how fun they were at a moment. Don't give the pain or sorid details oxygen or energy. Just consider, who cares, I learned and time for new fun things rather than letting old stuff limit you. Let it free you into a better things with learning and space for newness to come in.
I feel lighter, giggly and honoring of all this retrograde! It feels like completion has landed to many things and I am grateful. Loose ends tied up feels good! I also have excitement for new things, spring surprise, fun and growth in a new way. Take a moment to savor, be patient for the space to hold and draw in the new things. Patience after letting go is the wonder of reveling in your pride, your self value, the gratitude and allowing the space to open up for new. Patiently reorder, reshape, and renew!
Good luck all and enjoy this new season coming in! Answers and ideas are coming in soon!! Open your space!
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In this day and age, how could we not love being woman? Surely we have a health crisis and seem to be working for equality yet these things only inspire us to be more of our authentic selves, forging the way for future woman! This is a powerful transformative time for us on the planet. We are collaborating like never before, surging to break down the walls of competition between us, building true sisterhood and honoring our gifts as a gender, different than men.
I was always more of the feminine experiencer than the masculine results oriented way. Innately, I knew this was a gift of being a woman. Yes I can get results yet it never fulfilled me as doing things for the experience of creativity, friendship, community, beauty, collaboration, communication, the collective bigger picture. I am playful, youthful in spirit, less serious than most and find myself supporting in more challenging situations than fun ones. I feel like I can bring a celebration to anything, find joy, beauty, laughter and richness in all ways, in all things. I have a very childlike perspective than most and always kept it no matter how the world try to change me.
Today is International Woman's Day and it fills me to feel so good as a woman. I spent some time reviewing and sharing Ted Talks on femininity, the yoni, sisterhood, menstruation, cutting edge science and thinking on womanhood. I was taught woman's health and beauty through ancient lines of Persian, Egyptian and Indian cultures. Today, all kinds of woman are sharing this very information through science and experience of how to truly embrace our femininity! I am delighted and have waited years for woman in all fields to start sharing and expanding this Art of Being A Woman. I wrote my book, The Lotus Project, the Art of Being a Woman almost 8 years ago. It is all so timely now.
We love to experience the world, be in our senses, sensual by nature. We are not results oriented as men. We certainly can be but is our nature to bring in the richer, more delicious things of the world in community, conversation, collaboration, negotiation and pleasure. We are the equal balance to the production, the nourishers of what is produced. Maintaining, holding together, bringing in accord, supporting, caring and loving. It has been looked at as second class ways yet it is the very thing most are missing in their lives. Deep connection, laughter, joy, creativity, relaxation, pleasure, youthfulness. Production has no time for these things and the results are not measured in the same way. The results of the feminine nature are in emotional joy, health, happiness, community, contentment, satisfaction.
I am thankful there is Goddess, The Mother Component of God. I am thankful I get to be in a woman's body and experience the world in such a pleasurable, rich, deep ,delicious, sensual way! I thrive on supporting, caring, growing and nourishing, inspiring, playing and enjoying life. I don't measure my world by what I have or what results I got. I measure it in relationships, freedom, cause, making a difference, giving and receiving love, how much fun my day was, how often I laughed and how much joy I shared.
There are more woman on the planet now than men. It shall be interesting to see the beautiful balance that occurs in the world over the next 100 or so years as woman grow in being themselves. As they clear the competition among each other, stop comparing themselves to men, stop acting like men and claim their unique and balanced perspective on the world that supports men and production in a beautiful way. It takes both the sperm and egg to create life. Neither is greater, one swims the other floats. Both are needed and equally important to sustain life!
The magical tantra dance of masculine and feminine energy in balanced ways is coming in soon! I am glad to be a initiator and supporter to usher it in! Thank you God and Goddess that I am a woman!! Oolala!
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We have been taught to keep going, 24/7. It doesn't make any sense if you look at all the world around you. There is nothing running full on while awake! Not even man made machines can do that. If you over push them, they break down and need repair! Yet somehow in this world, we all act like more, faster, always is the way. I know the mind thinks it can yet even that must shut down or it will go looney!
I was an organic grower and grew incredibly with much less work than more seasoned growers. They would ask me how and I would say, I ride the cycle. I waited and used my energy properly and knew I wanted healthy blooms. I didn't weed every day the same patch. I would rotate and wait til the weeds were larger and easier to get the root systems. All grows in cycle and I would watch and when ready, it was easy to clear up the garden. I watched the cycle, how nature did it and thus had incredible blooms with less work.
I didn't try to control conditions. I worked with what was happening. It taught me so much about life and I still ride the cycles of things. I was thankful for natures training, it killed the training I got in school. I am quite lazy and like to be efficient at work. I like to play most of the time, have fun, enjoy life, rest. I find ways to do that and keep leisure time high. I forgot that for a few years when I left my farm but after health crisis issues, i remembered the way of nature. I am of nature, we are the animal kingdom. Our mind separates us in thinking but our body is of that kingdom so it has different rules than the mind.
People don't realize this and get caught up in the doing and doing never remembering they must rest so the creative, the open space, the relax brings in the best ideas. You act when it is time, not before or through pushing. All nature plays that way and works harmoniously. We think ambition, move, push harder is the way, but exhaustion, disappointment, jet lag sets in. It is just not how it works here.
You see successful people with illness as much as poor people. There is not rule of money that wins against this crazy pace. We over work ourselves and it may gain you in the short term but in the long term, you are killing yourself. Our body is not designed for this. It never was. The most successful cultures do not work 24/7. It is impossible. We have 12 awake, 12 hours asleep. Night time has purpose to the physical body of the world as well as humans. We have seasons, We have weekends. All is cyclical, plants, animals, the mineral kingdom, the things we are made of and surrounded by shows us the way.
I inspire you to notice how the world exists. When you push the cycles you get weak links in the chain. You get odd mutations that don't survive. You get things that produce weaker generations than more powerful stock. It is just how it is. Woman especially have a cycle they ride with the moon. They are not meant to go full force 30 days in a row. Their body has monthly changes that effect their energy, production, mind and emotions. Men are cyclical too. Not in the same ways as woman for they are quite opposite but they are of the same kingdoms. All kingdoms around us work on cycle. There is no way to escape it.
If things are not working rather than push and resist, take a break and do something else and allow the cycle to play out. Release it! Let it go and see what occurs next. All has a season, it is law. We are taught to force through and most times that just doesn't work. Think of all the times you pushed and it did work. Not as many as you would of thought. It is not how the system works that we are part of. It has a timing, a birth, a growth, a production, a blooming and a decline and then it goes over and over again.
Consider putting more cycle into your life. Take some down time to play, to inspire yourself, to leisure and open your mind. Imagination is the creator and it happens when you are in stiller spaces. We don't allow enough still spaces and wipe ourselves out. Receiving is key to how nature creates and it is the most creative power. When you actually give time to all pieces of life, including play and relax, receive, you find happiness, production, movement forward, all increase at a pace that inspires thriving.
Moments after writing this blog, a fellow sister in education shared with me this TED X talk on this very thing. A Woman educating colleges, businesses and clients of this very cycle of Rest, Release and Receive. Here is the link!
It is what is happening whether you ride it or not.
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As I write and go out about sharing with others, often people think, I am just a happy person with no stress or understanding of it. My disposition bright and my passion to share inspiring only because I have walked through incredible amounts of stress that effected my health! Your mess is your message so to speak and I was one in quite a quagmire a few years ago. I wouldn't even say I am out of it but I still have a happy life of joy and pleasure in spite of that. It is why I teach for what I share WORKS!
I left my home where my "job" was as an organic flower farmer. I left a man I loved but couldn't make things work and moved into a friends home in quite a scurry. I just needed peaceful energy. I had no job, was a bit broken hearted, dissolved my family of sorts and started anew with nothing of my old life. Many friends disappeared, my income had to be created, my kingdom was gone where I balanced and played and I was a mess. Yet something inside said this is how you will thrive eventually so I kept going.
2 years in, I was exhausted trying to manage all these things of a new life and I got very ill for 2 weeks. Just exhaustion. That illness brought on migraines that I never had before and upon getting better, I couldn't see fully out of my right eye. That became misdiagnosed and a year later, as I thought I was getting glasses, I was sent immediately to a glaucoma specialist. Upon arrival there, a panic ensued over me and my eye which I still wasn't sure what was going on, was there for hours for the pressure in my eye was the highest the expert had ever seen. She was saving me from losing any more vision at that moment for the pressure on my eye was 70% and it should be 15%!
Needless to say I was under pressure both emotionally, mentally, physically and in a very scary position. Had I known how hard it would of been, stressful, burnout, exhausted and in adrenal stress enough to lose vision, maybe I wouldn't of ever left! However, i didn't know and I knew that something had to change in life. I would never suggest anyone do this "runaway" thing that I chose for I didn't have cash, didn't think it through and just knew I needed a shift in living.
Fast forward 5 years, I am here, happy, healing, more joy filled and living the mastery I was taught. Thankfully, I had some Himalayan masters drop into my farm 3 years before I left that taught me of my body vehicle and physical ways of living. For I needed that brand of understanding for the next leg of life or I would have graver health issues.
The radical lifestyle change and stress upon me was incredible. Smart I was to put into practice for 8 years the understanding I gained and continue to do the things I was taught. There is no easy road here on the planet. We all have our issues. They turned me on to a wisdom that helped me through the hardest ordeal of my life. Still finding joy, bliss even, learning of my body, how all life dramatically effects it and how to keep going, find my balance again and again until I could reach a greater level of awareness and health.
It is an unfolding continually for we are in a stressed out world. Yet, the understanding of my body finally kicked in through practice to where I am healing my eye and have no doubt that my sight will come back again and this glaucoma pressure will be healed. I learned intimately how the emotions, mental thoughts and body unawareness can hurt us physically. I learned how to manage despite conditions that life is still beautiful, birds still chirp and can bring me back to precious states of loving life in all its maladies. I learned that stress can be released and flow can exist in the worst of conditions. I learned that mind, body, emotions are so connected to health and must all be dealt with or we do injury ourselves terribly.
Had I used Western medicine only, I obviously use it for my eye currently, I would of been on antidepressants, stress drugs and who knows what else. Instead, other than my eye drops, I used all of these issues to learn of the healing and expressive arts more fully to balance my health. With the body wisdom I learned from the Masters and continually investigation into all healing modalities, I am finally on the back side of this great healing crisis.
I fully understand stress, fear, guilt, anxiety, survival, recreation, loss, loneliness, displacement, no home of my own, sadness, all the deep dark emotions of life as well as running in full adrenal burnout. I am also a minister and at the same time, I still supported others and walked through challenge with them. I had to learn to care for me first and not be the endless caregiver. I learned to live in the moment, not past or future for all scared me. I am just now realizing the full brilliance I was taught. I understand my emotional nature implicitly and that is a saving grace as a woman. I know energy vibration from all sides and was powerfully instructed how to enjoy life through it all.
When I go out and teach, share my knowledge of pleasure, play, oxytocin, relaxation and less mind, I am very clear on how and why this works. It is powerful and although not of your normal fare of answers to stress, I watch science back up those Masters wisdom as time goes by. it is a powerful shift to be truly aware of your body and its magic. It takes time but the results are faster than anything else I have seen or tried.
I wanted to put my story of anxiety, burnout, adrenal stress and health issues so all could see, I am not different with those issues. It is the approach to healing and life that I share. The Yoga of Living is indeed a great way to ride in the flow!
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