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An Inconvenient Truth

No, this isn’t about global warming unless a body fever and the spewing of noxious gases and toxic substances into the environment could be considered  contributing factors.  I am recovering from the flu; it has been over a week.  The’ inconvenient truth’ is that my daily routine has been brought to a standstill as my body wages war on the invading virus.

Now that I have passed through the 48 hours of pure hell (although punctuated interestingly by amazing, vividly colored dreams that were entertaining) my recovery is slow, demanding and tortuously inconvenient.  I am doing my utmost to honor my body; to not start pushing it around because I am impatient to be back on my feet at full speed.  I am very careful about what I am putting into it, not too hard since what is not accepted is quickly and  unpleasantly eliminated.  Move around too much or too fast and I break out into an uncomfortable, febrile sweat.

Hey, I have many responsibilities; I have clients to see and blogs to write; baking to do; correspondence to catch up on; people to care for; classes to teach…so can I just pass up the inconvenience of recovery at get back in action stat?

It is for me a great challenge to honor the body, to let it rest, to be kind, gentle and nurturing.  But I am learning.  It is a good lesson; profound in it’s ‘inconvenient truth’.  For the day will come when I don’t bounce back.  That time when I come to the end of the trail.  Although I will be leaving  my body behind, if I can master my impatience and allow the process, I know that transition will be so much easier.

Honoring

Moving deeper into the Fall Season, I am keenly aware of the act of honoring.  Indeed, this feels like a Season of Honoring;  Samhain, Veteran’s Day, Dia de los Muertos, All Saint’s Day and Thanksgiving.  These set apart moments in time beckon us out of our daily routines and into respecting and honoring special moments, people and events.

The word for this week is honor. I invite you to go beyond the bounds of these designated moments to find and honor all that surrounds you that is special, that is positive, that is precious, that is beautiful.  And most importantly, to honor yourself.

Harvest

Harvest season is in full swing here in Northern California, yet Winter approaches masked by the unseasonal warm beauty of Fall.   As odd as it may seem this is a great time to purge.

‘Purge’ is the word for this week.   From the Latin, purge, it means  ‘to cleanse, to clear out’.  We think of harvest as a time to take in, and so it is; yet it is also a perfect time for letting go.  De-cluttering our environment and making space to receive the bounties that come with the harvest is not only prudent but also very satisfying work.  So too, de-cluttering our mental, emotional and spiritual houses prepares us to receive the boundless energies of love and true abundant living.

I invite you to meditate this week on what you would choose to ‘purge’ from your life, your consciousness, your emotions and your physical environment and then take a step.  One small action can create a wide ripple.

 

Changes

‘The only constant is change’ so the saying goes. There are some great changes coming to my website. Beginning with this notice, you will begin receiving weekly posts from me on a range of topics. In addition, I will be posting a ‘Word for the Week’.

Some changes we resist and some we embrace…I am embracing this change. Thank you all for your ongoing confidence and support!

Melannie

Serenity

I recently came across this analogy from Zen which says that ‘trying to find serenity in a chaotic world is like trying to catch a river in a bucket.’

I am still (over a week later) ruminating on this. I feel I see the obvious. I know from personal experience that staying centered, grounded and serene is like the ebb and flow of the tides. When the tide is in I am in the zone. Staying in my inner peace place is easy, daily prayer and meditation are effortless. Then the tide goes out. I am aghast at how easy it is to slip out of my daily routine. But it is not just about the timing of my daily excersise. There is also a qualitative aspect.

When I am not expending great effort ‘…to catch the river in a bucket’, I feel so connected to the Holy Spirit. I believe I understand the cyclic nature of this process, yet rather than total surrender, I still find myself looking for a bucket for my trip to the river.

Vision

This wonderful quote is from The Original Angel Cards Book. It is so beautifully relevant to the process that I wanted to share it with you.

“Look at the world with soul sight. Use your imagination, inner sense,and peripheral promptings to see the bigger picture and shape the future you desire.”

Magic

“Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.” Goethe

This is an outstanding definition of ‘magic’ and a perfect meditation for the coming week.

Your Energy Budget

I recently came across this quote from Duke Ellington, “I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.”

This is a good example and great inspiration for re-directing the negative energy that we all feel and experience at times. We do have a choice. We can choose to entertain negative thinking or we can switch gears and re-frame our thinking along more positive paths.

In the quote above Mr. Ellington didn’t try to push his pout away or try to force himself to get over it. Instead, he used the creative, energetic process to give voice to his negative feelings thereby transforming them into a beautiful, powerful expression of feeling. He used his energy in a positive rather than negative manner.

Quote to Ponder

“What shapes our lives are the questions we ask, refuse to ask, or never think to ask.” Sam Keen

Daily Bread

One of the books I am currently reading is Entering the Castle by Carolyn Myss.  One short sentence is having an enormous impact:

‘Intention without discipline is useless.’

In my personal struggle to secure my daily bread, incorporating the spiritual component has precedence for me.  Yet, the daily demands of the mundane clatter ceaselessly for my attention.  Discipline is the heart of my effort.  Discipline is a word that for me means can’t; can’t have, can’t do, can’t become, can’t, can’t, can’t.  The favorite chant of my negative chatter-box. 

As part of my personal growth work,  I am focusing on countering that definition of discipline.  So following definitions (discipline as teaching; teaching as guidance; guidance as nurturing) I am now working to change the negative impact of discipline to a positive, supportive self-nurturing.

My intention is to grow in spirit, to mature wisely, to live a disciplined life.  I am having great success in some places and not so great in others.  And discipline is becoming the well-worn path of self-nurturing as I seek my daily bread.