I was away for a couple of days this week. I went bush. Everywhere I looked there were signs of nature’s shedding.. …Seedpods from acacia trees, gum nuts from the eucalyptus and delicate cicada cases perching on grass fronds.The warm glow of the afternoon sun on the small maple tree and the slowing pace of the natural world encouraged me to reflect on where I found myself at this point in my life.
What had come to fruit and been harvested now the busyness and activity of summer had waned? What did I need to release or shed in order to be living the vision I had for my life? No quick and easy answers.
These are things I will contemplate as we move deeper into the colder months. I will turn inward and begin to write, draw, make more in order to receive the messages I need to hear. Then I will slow-cook and nourish them over winter ready for the next cycle of growth in spring.
So here I offer you an affirmation for this time of transformation and release.
Please feel free to print it out and place it somewhere where you will see it and be reminded of what is important in this season of life.
The past year was honored and left behind as firecrackers faded and celebrations wound down after NY Eve. It was a very hot evening in Melbourne as I reflected on the lessons learned and the challenges overcome in 2015. I had dinner with a friend and we talked about the year and our hopes for 2016. I think it is important to “digest”the year in this way. It allows what nourishes you to become a part of you and what doesn’t work can then be let go with thanks.
Now it’s a new moon and a new year and I’m itchy to create a vision for 2016. I like to think of this process as a way of refreshing my body and spirit and orienting myself towards new adventures, journeys and inklings as the year unfolds.
For the past two years, I have made a vision board, based on the work of Heather Price, and with references to mandala work and the Medicine wheel of indigenous cultures (see image above). The centre of this mandala is the “Self” which is the image of our wholeness. Around it are the component parts of body, heart, mind and spirit. I choose colours, images and words that describe what I would like to focus for each part of the wheel. My choices are often intuitive in that I’m not sure why I want that particular colour or symbol, but there is an inner nudge to use it. And often I will find out later in the year its significance! Using symbol is a powerful way to allow what is unconscious to come to light.
Last year, I had the symbols of cups of tea and saucers in the physical part of the wheel, and also a little row of houses. By reflecting on these, I realised I wanted to have more homey social events. Several months later I became good friends with a neighbour and over the course of the year we shared many cuppas. So, once my intention was clarified via the symbol, the physical world began to align with my vision. This is how we can make our dreams a reality!
When my vision board is completed I will take the time to sit with it and reflect on the whole of it and also each part. I will ask these questions:
What are the underlying themes present?
How do I feel about what I have created?
Is there anything that is surprising? Why?
How can I begin to take small steps towards my vision?
So that I am reminded daily of my vision, I will place it somewhere prominent, where I can continue to see and reflect on it.
Well, spring is finally here after the coldest and dullest winter in Victoria for 40 years. Each sunny day seems a small miracle. The trees are growing leaves overnight and the pulse of life is palpable. Creatures are unwinding slowly from hibernation and blinking in the light. I can see why the spring equinox in times past was such a time of celebration. The night is past and the earth abundant again.
So, with a spirit full of hope and rejuvenation, I share my gratitude for the return of spring with you. An attitude of gratitude opens our hearts to the beauty of our life here and now. And it’s good for the serotonin and dopamine levels in our brain which are the chemicals that promote feelings of happiness and well being. With repeated practice we can actually change the neuro circuitry of our brains and become happier people.
As a daily practice, I am choosing to think of 3 things for which I am grateful. We all have basic things to be grateful for starters– waking up alive, having a body that is continually working to maintain equilibrium, a friend that supports us in difficult times. Count them for yourself and see how abundant your life is!
Feel free to print this out and put it somewhere as a daily reminder to rejoice in what you have!
“[Sacred space] is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen”. ~ Joseph Campbell: The Power of Myth
Take a bad dream and ferment it into a bad mood. Allow the mood to colour your outlook (nup, nothing good about today!).
Walk with eyes downcast and don’t allow the bright sky in. But those sneaky cheerful angels are out to find you. They plant stuff on the concrete. Today, a plastic, impossibly cute purple dolphin. Okay, pick it up and my mood lifts slightly.
Keep walking. Eyes still down cast.
Five minutes on… whaaat??? an impossibly happy blue smiley face sticker. I never see this kind of stuff on my good days! Yes, but then I’m not usually looking at the foot path!
What’s the message in this? Can’t deny I feel a bit happier, a bit more connected to the world and it’s mysterious ways of communicating with us.
Cook it by making a little affirmation tag to remind me that the universe plays and to lighten up a bit.
Let it cool and then hang it somewhere eye catching.
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