As promised last week, I have drawn a card for us for the coming week, and it is the NATURE card. Speaking of nature, there is a full moon and lunar eclipse happening right about now. I check in with astrologers from time to time, the ones that feel to be intelligent, intuitive and who opt for a more generally positive interpretation of the planets’ positions and so on. Often I find that my own sense of the energetic state of things is pretty accurate. And my view since the beginning of the year has been that the best action to take is non-action. At least for as long as it takes to get your feet on the ground, and a sense of how you’re feeling and what you need. Coming home to what it is that you really want, when all is said and done. What’s really important?
And because a full moon likes to highlight things – maybe things we don’t even want to see like our emotional states – it’s an especially good time to step back from what we have set in motion for a moment, and take a look at what is being illuminated.
I have at times avoided doing this until a block has fallen on my head. Meaning that it can feel very uncomfortable to stop and take a breath if we’re used to going fast, and yet, to be free of falling blocks this is often what’s necessary. Pausing. Realizing that we are driving our lives. Are we enjoying the ride? Do we even know where we’re going? We decided on a destination at one point, do we still want to go there? I consider a full moon and especially with this lunar eclipse – I believe it’s quite rare – to be a golden opportunity for a reset. Pull the car over, preferably at one of those beautiful scenic outlooks but if there isn’t one close, just gently pullover anywhere for as long as it takes for one, delicious, nourishing, deeply satisfying inhale, and then on the exhale, releasing the buildup of the past. Right now, your car has been pulled over, hasn’t it? You’re here, reading gentle words. You're taking the time to nourish yourself. Can you take a breath right now? And because the Nature card came up, I’ll ask you this: if you had your choice of any scenic outlook, any vista, what would it be?
Once you nourish yourself in this way through non-action – and it can take but a moment – you can now “do something” if you choose, and you’ll do it with more creativity, kindness, and precision. More wisdom.
Nature is not just a thing out there to be visited and admired. It is much bigger and closer than that. We are the bird, and the sky it passes through.
The elements of air, fire, water and earth sustain me. The powerful and pure energy of the natural world infuses me and balances what needs balancing. How do I feel when I smell the first Lilac in spring? Have I ever walked through a silent pine forest in winter? How do I feel after a day at the beach? When I open myself to nature, I am lovingly filled with something that both calms and rejuvenates me.
If I could stand on the moon facing the earth, I would see a beautiful blue pearl, turning in a sparkling black sky. This pearl offers us not only everything we need to survive but also such beautiful flourishes! Flowers, animals, rainbows and rivers... these make up the only home we have. What would I do to protect this jewel? How can I weave more of its essence into my life?
When I align myself with the rhythms of nature, it is good for both me and the Earth. Being green isn't about self-deprivation or righteous opinions. What is truly healing for me is healing for the planet, for we are deeply connected. I honour the natural world by letting myself fall more in love with it every day.
Meet me here next Monday for another card to support your week.
I invite you to join me at 5 PM EST Sunday, August 13, 2017 from wherever you are for a meditation (on these thoughts or in your own way). I’ll be sitting for half an hour, you can join in for as long or little as you like.