The Devaluing of Life

On this heart-opening day, watching the memorial for John Lewis, I can think of only one word for the effects our country (the Ununited States of America), is experiencing from its historically progressive devaluing of life: horror.

Guns are used more quickly than words in altercations, dominance over another because of arrogance and prejudice continues to prevail, the value of money over human life is evident systemically, and patriarchal control is fighting for its life and taking other lives in the process.

Relationships have become transactional, Mother Earth has been defiled to the degree of unsustainability, and video games, cell phones and computers rule over the power of our minds to create the world our potential enables us to create. And at this point in the pandemic, watching our government in action is a horror show.

In the 1980’s and 1990’s, I had the privilege of experiencing Native American spirituality, ceremonies, and rituals. I listened to the elders, heard the stories and learned the ways, and the essence that predominated through it all, was the teaching of respect for all life.

The Lakota word for it is Mitakuye Oyasin, and in the Native American culture it isn’t just a concept, it is a way of life. It is a demonstration of respect for the two-leggeds (humans), the four-leggeds, the standing people (trees), the winged ones, the finned ones, the stone people and those that crawl upon the Earth.

It is an understanding that all forms of life come from the same source and we are all inter-connected. In our Oneness, what we do to another is done to ourselves and how we affect the world, affects us all.

I received a most precious gift through those years, and it changed my life. I learned to respect myself; to know my own value, and to practice extending that value and respect to all.

How tragic that the original peoples of this country were slaughtered in genocide, and those who remained were forced to relinquish their sacred practices and conform to religious and moral domination of misguided superiority. The motivation of greed for land ruled over the value of human life and, though some tried, the wave of greed and progress was too great for an integration to occur; for us to live together and learn from one another.

And then, slavery. We rob human beings from another continent and brutally enslave them as animals, demanding the sacrifice of their lives for ours, and it takes us decades upon decades to come to the level of decency to free them.

And in 2020 we have still not freed them. Our hatred still flares. Our systems still take their lives. Our prejudice still flies in the confederate flag our current president remains steadfastly devoted to.

It is horrific to witness ourselves in this state, and I say to those who reside in the consciousness of respect for all life: stand for it, demonstrate it, teach it, preach it, live it, sing it, write it, and spread the love as deeply and vastly as you can. It takes more than a village now. It takes a country.

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My Spirit Knows

My body may not be strong enough to join a protest on behalf of George Floyd, but my Spirit marches with everyone, in every city.

My heart may be heavy with the historic injustice of non-white peoples, but my Spirit soars in conviction of the truth that we are all One, and all people deserve equal rights.

My emotions may be raw, but my Spirit is calm, certain that we are in a global awakening that precedes our enlightenment.

My mind may be in the habit of fearfully questioning the unknown, but my Spirit moves me in the direction of its knowing, and trusts the orchestration of events to ultimately enable a higher consciousness to prevail.

I am Spirit. And my Spirit knows.

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So, What’s New?

In our new pandemic lifestyle, we are recreating our lives and redetermining our values. And in the midst of the suffering and challenge, we have an incredible opportunity to reflect and review life from the inside out. In time, I’m sure we will recognize the profound crossroads humanity faced and the dramatic turn we took, but while we are living through it, our power lies in recognizing what we can change or modify in our own lives and minds, and finding creative ways to express our unified strength and capability.

So, what’s new in your life? What skins are you shedding and what new habits are you forming? What have you learned about yourself and what is the future you want to create?

For me, consistently getting more sleep is part of a new physical reality. Without having to base my work routine on a travel schedule, I’m giving myself permission to honor my body’s needs and releasing all judgment of how long I sleep. My dreams are vivid and remembered more frequently, and I’m hearing similar reports from others.

Also new, is the confusion about what day it is, and the weekend no longer holding the meaning it once had. Feeling disoriented some days is something I accept, along with occasional days of despair and even grief. In the context of the pandemic, this is completely understandable. I’ve chosen to be more kind and compassionate with myself as I learn to navigate differently.

Having been on the Keto diet for several months, I’ve enjoyed exploring new recipes, cooking roasts, and even baking. The leisure time for these activities has reignited the joy of making meals and appreciating foods.

Facing the loneliness of living alone while sheltering-in-place, I was nudged to finally initiate the search for an animal companion. A divine synchronicity brought an eight year old cat named Bella to my home, and we have bonded to each other beautifully.

Donning masks and gloves to go out is obviously new for all of us, as is social distancing. With it, comes a heightened consciousness of ourselves, our environment, and one another. We realize how connected we are through the air we breathe and the space we share. We are becoming more mindful.

And speaking of mind, therein lies the greatest challenge of all: how to manage anxious, fearful thoughts, even thoughts of attack (judgment) as we agree or disagree with others and face uncertainty in every aspect of our lives.

I’d heard of Dr. Joe Dispenza for years, so now with the luxury of time to read, I’m currently enthralled in his books Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, You Are the Placebo, and Becoming Supernatural. There is no better time for his wisdom in bridging science and spirituality and learning how to reprogram our brains, than now.

New tools, new rituals, new activities, new thoughts, and new forms of relationship are the guideposts for going forward. Determining what no longer works, globally and personally, and being willing to let it go as we forge ahead differently is the shapeshifting we are being asked to do.

But motivating ourselves to engage the new, or even go forward on some days can be a struggle. I have a beautiful new Keith Urban guitar and teaching program I’ve long intended to follow through with, and the farthest I’ve gone is to get it out of its case one day. I resist washing my hair, putting on makeup and even wearing a bra, so getting ready to go out is a greater chore. The inward pull of isolation can make phoning a friend, reaching out or getting out, an uncommon hurdle.

These are all our common experiences now. Given these boundless changes, I believe one thing that lies ahead is a rupture that will unleash creativity so vast, it will energize, catalyze, and inspire the ideas and creations that will engage our ability to overcome the ancient archetypes that now restrict us, and create new paradigms for unified life on Mother Earth.

How fascinating and exciting a time it is. I know there is loss, and that is a part of life, but let us hold to the higher vision and purpose of what is taking place and can be. Let us be the instruments of change that lead to the greater good for humanity, with the faith and courage to endure the struggle and realize the dream.

Bella
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What’s Your Narrative?

The other day I heard a question posed about the current pandemic we are experiencing: “What’s your narrative?”

I found the query intriguing, got my journal out, and began to channel my reply from a deeper place within. This is what I wrote:

“Humanity is being overcome by technology. There is a massive power struggle taking place beyond our perception. This is an attempt to recreate the framework of our existence on this planet. The attempt is to disempower humanity, retain control using fear, and maintain the wielding of power by the hidden persons/organizations imposing their agendas.

The most important thing we can do is not participate in the stories being relentlessly presented that are a programming of fear and helplessness. Though I may waiver occasionally, to honor and follow and invest in my inner resonance that continues to transmit an assurance of my well-being and a conviction that there is falseness in what is being presented. To maintain awareness of the outer experience but hold the light of higher truth and become it, embody it. To choose what resonates within and follow that guidance.”

I was a little surprised at what came out. This is not to say that the virus that is killing thousands is not real, but to understand that there is something so much bigger taking place on our planet relating to control and domination, and the forces we are battling are those that diminish our potential and render us helpless, becoming followers of the status quo.

It is clear what status quo offers, we’ve been living it for eons of time. There is no simple exit strategy, but rather a necessary purging of mind and behavioral patterning that is so great it would usher in a consciousness that eliminates greed and hierarchy, and utilizes technology responsibly, in benefit of all life.

How this will occur is what we are in the midst of, which is why our greatest contribution during this time of sheltering at home, is to reassign our minds, choices and actions to adhere to our inner values and soulful longing to create lives that enrich and fulfill us, while contributing to the lives of others.

What’s your narrative?

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The Stage We’re In

As we continue moving forward together in unprecedented times, it’s helpful to understand the stages we’re in, just as the medical community is attempting to discover the stages of the coronavirus that is altering life as we know it.

Make no mistake, we are still in shock, attempting to assimilate the radical changes of shelter-at-home, physical distancing and isolation, and the impending effect on our health and economy.  Amidst the instantaneous paradigm shift that has rocked us, we are adapting daily to new information and directives, while searching for personal sustenance physically, emotionally, spiritually, and materially.

The stage of shock requires patience and compassion.  It is not the stage of having all the answers or the energetic momentum for moving forward.  It is not the time to try hard or force things, in order to feel more secure.

As we continue with day-to-day demands based on our lives and families, we have to integrate moments of pause, time for getting rest, and cultivate our connection to the Earth, to Spirit/God, and to oneself.   Our best guidance will come from those connections, for we are far more capable of innovation and adaptation than our autopilot subconscious would lead us to believe.

We have to recognize that news is a virus if we don’t use it correctly, and can infect our minds just as easily, taking us into a downward spiral.   I recently heard Joe Dispenza say about our current challenge, “we have to keep one foot in the quantum world and the other in the physical world”.   Looking at that balance in your own life can reflect where and how to invest more.

In the stage of shock, the guidance and remedies are:  patience, trust, allowing, surrendering, listening within, grieving, taking baby steps or stopping when you are overwhelmed, expressing yourself, reaching out, and praying.  Pray for help needed, pray for others, pray for the Earth and all of humanity, and pray for the illumination of our path in this global transformation.

What can we trust?  We can trust that there is a greater purpose in what is happening that relates to our collective evolution and growth.  We can trust that within that greater purpose lies the support we need to see our way through, though we may not see how.  We can trust our inherent power, value, and capability as infinite beings given an infinite capacity to love.

Though our hearts are more closed now in this stage of shock and protection, they will slowly open, and just as a flower blooms, there will be new fragrance, color, design, life, and expression.   The full beauty of our individuality will merge with the greater beauty of the whole, and we will create new patterns together:  patterns and paradigms that support all life and reflect our true potential.

It’s a long haul, so let’s monitor the stages of transformation together, apply our wisdom and practices accordingly, and help each other get through.  This is opportunity.

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Adjusting to Crisis

It’s shocking to be in the midst of a global health crisis, but here we are.  The quicker we can accept the reality of this new terrain, the more capable we will be in it.  Rather than follow the model of the catastrophe-movies we’ve been fed far too long, or wait for a faltering government to illuminate our way, we can summon forth our inner resilience, higher consciousness, and compassionate hearts to respond in a spirit of generosity.

Every one of us has an inner guidance system that is perfectly equipped to guide us each day and to interpret the data we are fed.  This internal guidance is best heard and felt when we are in balance with our Spirit, body, mind and emotions.  When a crisis threatens that balance, we can recover it through a number of ways:

Alone time in stillness, like meditation                                                                                      Being in nature                                                                                                                                        Prayer                                                                                                                                                      Yoga, exercise, physical movement                                                                                                      Breath work                                                                                                                                        Journaling                                                                                                                                        Creativity                                                                                                                                                Singing, music, sound therapy                                                                                                              Relaxation through massage, acupuncture, energy treatments                                              Consulting with spiritual counselors and practitioners 

From our renewed sense of balance and centering, the clarity and inspiration for action comes through us more effortlessly:

Who can I call to check in on?   For those who live alone, hearing from someone who cares, can keep their spirits lifted.

What can I do to help someone today?  On Nextdoor.com a neighbor in my community offered to get groceries for anyone who wasn’t able to go out.

With the prosperity I have, how can I assist someone who lives day-to-day?  Whether it’s ordering out from your local restaurants, or surprising someone with a donation, your giving can be a bridge of connection and relief.  What goes around comes around.

What task can I accomplish that I haven’t had time for?  Cleaning out drawers and closets, getting taxes done, gardening, or just getting current on chores can bring satisfaction.

How can I take care of myself today?  Nurturing your body with rest and sleep, eating and cooking nutritious foods, taking luxurious baths, being outside, moving and dancing, and doing things that bring enjoyment decreases stress and keeps the immune system strong.

As we limit our social interaction to prevent the spread of the virus, we now have the space and time to connect more deeply with ourselves and those in our immediate environment.   It’s an incredible opportunity to return to the rituals that bring us together:  sharing meals, taking walks, creating something together, making music, listening to each other, writing about the experience, reading stories, playing games.

We will come through this – personally and globally – with greater awareness of our inter-connectedness, how to maintain our health, and how to manage our lives.  In the midst of that which doesn’t work (fear, panic, failure of systems, floundering leadership), we can recreate our response to global crisis on a daily basis, determining how to face and move through this temporary cycle in greater harmony, with distribution of love, health care, material goods, and help that reaches everyone.

Every small act of love and kindness joins the greater flow of good in motion, and inspires more people to act in kind.  This is our chance to demonstrate the power we have as human beings to defy the old constructs of separation and lack, and show up in unity and strength.  May you all be well!

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your Frequency?

As we move collectively toward a new decade in the context of a continuing change of consciousness, a more valuable question than the classic “What’s your sign?” in getting to know someone, would be “What’s your frequency?”.

It’s a question to ask ourselves, as well, and often.  Because what will matter most as we face the more dramatic shifts ahead, is the frequency we are operating in.  The lower frequencies are those based on fear, guilt, shame, separation, greed, disease, control, and dysfunction.  The higher frequencies are those of love, wholeness, compassion, kindness, faith, unity, hope, and creativity.

2019 has been a year of positioning ourselves for the impending changes through a relentless demand to let go, inwardly and outwardly, of what no longer serves or supports us.  Every one of us has had to let go:  of someone through death or change in the form of the relationship, of a job, a home, a way of life, beliefs that imprison us, or any number of vital connections we have clung to for our existence and identity.

It’s been a sometimes sudden and brutal severing at the root, with the need for change outweighing any attempted claim to fear and resistance.  If we haven’t been able to initiate it on our own, the Universe brought forth the perfect circumstances to force our hand.  If you have gone along with these major changes (no matter how ugly the process was), give yourself a giant pat on the back and know you are in the better position for life’s adventure.  If you have not, or continue struggling to change what you clearly or subconsciously recognize is holding you back, there is still a small window of time open to step up and chart your course in a new direction.  If nothing else, set your intentions clearly and strive for them.

Astrologically, we’re in a defining moment of time, and our choices are critical to our future.  It just occurred to me that it’s like a karmic re-set:  repeat the patterns or recreate them.  By mid-December, and especially when the eclipses begin December 25th, if we haven’t let go of our attachment to the lower-frequency friends, partners, jobs, thoughts, habits, behaviors, and choices of experience, we will potentially remain stuck in them for quite a long time.

This is no small undertaking.  It requires courage, clarity, awareness, faith, vision, trust, and conviction.   It commands us to walk our talk, integrate the wounds and healing,  listen from within and follow the guidance, respond rather than react, and allow what we cannot see or know to be revealed.

We are also being positioned for leadership:  in our families, communities, and work places.  To lead from the wisdom of our minds, yes, but also from the wisdom of our hearts and souls.  We may never have imagined ourselves as the ones to lead, but we are the very ones needed to organically weave the light of integrity into the darkness of control, and create new patterns of interaction in business and human relationship.

The better gifts we might consider giving for the holidays would be gifts of honesty, integrity, presence, extending love, sharing, caring, and contributing to someone’s higher good, even in the smallest way.  The rest doesn’t really matter.  It’s connection through love, kindness, compassion, and unity, that will see us through these cycles of transformation and enable us to rise together.

Wishing you the best and sending my love, gratitude, prayers, and blessings to you All!

 

 

 

 

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What’s Happening to the “Sensitives”? Self Care for Empaths

I was already planning to blog about self care for empaths when I heard of Anthony Bourdain’s suicide only days after Kate Spade’s, as well as another person’s husband who had just killed himself.  Along with the obvious opioid epidemic and high usage of brain altering prescriptions for everything from sleep assistance to anxiety, I believe there are some other factors contributing to the rise in suicide.

A close friend of Tony Bourdain’s described him on CNN as being a highly sensitive and nurturing person.  He was also born in the sign of Cancer, which I often refer to as the empathetic sponge of the universe.  (I’m Cancer rising so I know it well!)

In the United States, we have a hostile president intent on stimulating reactive and divisive interactions in our own country and the world.  A daily assault on truth has dislodged our moral compass and we now live in an emotional and psychological climate more prone to hopelessness and helplessness.

Now consider the lives of the “sensitives”, the empaths.  Those of us who feel the suffering of others and absorb it (until we learn to observe it).  Those with heightened intuition who pick up on vibrations of thought and frequencies of the fear-based collective consciousness.  Those who are healers and those who are in committed service to others in ways that utilize their highly sensitized perceptions.

For these people, it’s like being a roaming processing plant for humanity.  Wherever they are, the energies of suffering and darkness are drawn to them and through them, for they are the ones who can perceive its existence.  Their empathy is a gift of healing, but without self awareness and care, without proper boundaries, without balance in giving and receiving, they absorb the negativity without even necessarily knowing it.  Every day then yields an accumulation of these energies which, if not processed or cleared, become burdens no one person can carry on their own.  It’s easy to see how depression could breed so quickly as to overtake one’s life when the scales tip in this manner.

If, throughout your life, you’ve heard over and over:  “You’re SO sensitive!”, as if there’s something wrong with you or something is your fault… then you know what I’m talking about.  And if you have not yet identified with being an empath, you are likely quite overwhelmed at this point in time.

Your sensitivity is a gift when you learn to use it effectively, purposefully, and with integrity.   It is a burden when you don’t.  It took me a long time to realize that when I go to the grocery store, I need to just get the groceries, without glancing at everyone that passed me.  I used to get to the car with my bags and sit there wondering why I was so exhausted, until I understood how many more bags I left the store with.  Bags of emotion, despair, and fear…. simply by looking at everyone.

Once I became aware of this, I learned to maintain a stronger focus on myself, my destinations, my errands, my work, my intentions.  This isn’t easy or automatic for an empath, who is designed to perceive others in order to administer light, and that’s the point we miss if we’re not taught.  Now, when I do see someone and perceive pain (or even a dead animal on the road) I send a blessing or an angel to help them, or place them in the care of the divine.  By giving out that energy I am not absorbing theirs, rather, I’m providing needed assistance.

For me, self care as an empath also involves maintaining a lifestyle that affords me the time to meditate and connect with Mother Earth, physically exercise and rest in order to assimilate and replenish, and utilize practices that keep me connected and receptive to assistance and wisdom from higher dimensions.

As the highly sensitive are often misunderstood, our relationships can be challenging.  Until we learn to take care of our “more-transparent-than-most” needs, we often look to others to be there for us and are blindsided when they aren’t.  That can become a life-threatening rabbit hole in and of itself, depending on the experiences in our formative years.  We are much more affected by the relapses or collapses in our connections with others.

There is a purpose to the insanity we are in the midst of, which I believe to be transformation.  Those of us who have been hidden, put down, ignored or neglected due to our sensitive nature and less-traditional talent, are actually the healers for, and leaders of, this transformation.

We must learn to support ourselves better so we can not only survive, but contribute wholly.  We must “come out” and join in support of one another to grow stronger in our unification, whether online or in groups we create in our communities.  And it is my hope that as we recognize and claim our worth, others will come to recognize us with greater understanding, appreciation, and considerate support.

Life can feel isolating, but we are not in it alone.  There are others feeling as we do in our darkest moments and, knowing that, we can summon the help we need – through a prayer, a phone call, a revealing to someone, a stepping out and being real about what we are going through.  WE ARE NEEDED and Anthony was needed…. because we connect with others and help others connect – through heart and soul – through compassion and love.  And that is the manna of life.

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Journeying through Shadow

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog, so I want to start with a special thank you to those who so lovingly and generously supported me through the Thomas fire incident in California that halted my employment for several months and affected so many in my area.  Your support was invaluable in more ways than I can mention here and I am forever grateful.

As the cyclical nature of life continues to move us forward, there are green grasses sprouting on the blackened mountains, and the renewal energy of spring is readily apparent in the blooms of nature all around us.  There are longer cycles of our collective consciousness and humanity’s evolution, however, that are bringing forth daunting challenges.

With our shadow consciousness fully exposed on a global scale, denial is no longer an option, and numbing ourselves has escalated to levels that are killing us in greater proportion than we’ve seen before.  The prevailing dynamic of attacking others through acts of violence or words spoken, is painfully disturbing.  Highlighting the precarious and dangerous nature of life these days, this hostility is generating a great deal of anxiety and it’s a lot to bear.

So how do we journey through the shadow that we must face?  How do we navigate our daily lives in the midst of world distress?  How do we deal with all that is arising in our own lives as part of the greater change in consciousness that is occurring?

I think we must recognize the warriors we are, to be alive right now.   Rather than soldiers of war, we are spiritual warriors and healers, here to assist in the birth of a higher consciousness that enables flourishing sustainability in harmony, and with respect for all life.  Our rules of engagement are radically unconventional and often disregarded, yet demand the same disciplined practice and training required of any conventional warrior.

Compassion has to lead our way and must be generously extended to ourselves and one another.   Awareness of the shadow aspects of thought and behavior that create disharmony must be recognized in order to change them.  Challenging our conditioning to determine its value or worthlessness is necessary to then choose a practice of higher truth in mind and action.  Asking for help from higher dimensions of consciousness (which some call God, Spirit or Higher Self), enables the transcendent power needed to break the embedded dysfunctional patterns, and allows us to realize our innate potential as spiritual beings.  Utilizing our infinite capacity to love unconditionally, we heal the wounds and come together to create from the higher ground we attain through these efforts.

As we all work to recreate our lives in response to the urgency of transformation that’s upon us, we’re simultaneously facing endings in many ways.  We are witnessing death daily and globally through media, and many of us are experiencing the death or illness of loved ones, or going through it ourselves.  There is a tremendous amount of processing and grief taking place.  Maintaining respectful and open communication, dropping judgments of ourselves and others, offering love and forgiveness, extending support and those random (and conscious) acts of kindness every single day, will make our journey easier.

Wars have been fought to enforce a change in consciousness and laws have been made to sustain those changes.  We’ve seen how far that can take us, and now we are carrying it forward differently.  We’re on the front lines every day as we strive to clean up and transform our own thoughts, emotions, bodies, relationships, and environment; as we dare to see with greater vision and love with greater might.  It’s incredibly hard work, but as our inner light grows exponentially through our efforts, it will shine the light on our path and illuminate the way for others.  Our collective shadow may be reflecting the journey of humanity thus far, but Our light reflects the possibility of where we are going.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Nature of Life

A lot has changed for me since my last blog.  The Thomas fire in Ventura, California was born on December 4, and still rages through the mountains and valleys with only 15% containment as I write this one week later.  In Malibu, where I live in a tiny cottage on a horse ranch, we remain on high alert, prepared for evacuation on a moment’s notice given the tinder-dry conditions and fierce Santa Ana winds.

There are half a dozen other fires burning in the surrounding areas and counties, but having worked at the Ojai Valley Inn for the past five years, I am most affected by what’s happening in the Ventura fire.  Clients, co-workers, and friends are evacuating two or more times as the fire continues to expand in the areas they flee to.  My job there provides a large source of income and was abruptly and indefinitely halted during the most lucrative time of year for my work.  Stores and streets normally bustling this time of year are strangely barren.  And as all disasters force us to do, we are confronting death and loss square in the eyes.

Synchronicity is always at work, but at times like these it’s more pronounced, along with our intuitive, instinctual knowing.  Signs and signals appear in order to lead us through and guide our choices.  The demand for instant prioritization is accompanied by the immediate and forceful stripping of attachment to everything except life force energy.  Death does that.  As the beautiful forms of Earth life die, as humans and animals die, we are transformed inwardly and outwardly.

This is the nature of life, though we often turn it into suffering through our denial, resistance, and lack of training.  The investment we have made in building upon our illusions of safety and compelling desire to control that which is uncontrollable, can understandably render us helpless in times like these.  But the falling away of those illusions can reveal the  honorable and courageous stewards of life we are meant to be, and infinite possibilities are born of our unity and compassion.

The cover of the November issue of Lion’s Roar, a Buddhist magazine, boldly states:  “Death – The Greatest Teacher – Why awareness of death is the secret of life”, and a telling line in one of the articles explains, “To put it simply, impermanence is the Buddha”.

I’m comforted when I read Buddhist wisdom because my soul resonates with its truth and the rest of me comes into alignment.  It speaks to what we need to learn about in order to be in harmony with our existence, environment, and one another:  the nature of life.  Birth, death, regeneration, and the cyclical nature of life… all hold the keys to our understanding and the journey of acceptance.

In the experience of this fire, I witnessed the aspect of myself that immediately wanted to cling to thoughts of loss and victimhood, and I witnessed the part of me that paused to ask Spirit what this was about, and heard the reply, “opportunities”.    I witnessed the part of me that feared for my livelihood, and the part of me that remained curious about what could happen.  I recognized greater patience and wisdom in waiting for clarity, and greater trust in my Source and inter-connectedness.

Whatever we are in the midst of, is our teacher and our friend.  Training to accept the nature of life and cultivate our inherent strengths, capability, and resiliency is an investment that is never too late to begin and always leads to a greater demonstration of higher truth, creation, and well-being for oneself and for all.

While I wait to resume my work at the Ojai Valley Inn and offer my services to those affected by the fires, I am gratefully accepting donations of support.  If you are moved to contribute, you can use the button at the bottom of the page.  Thank you to everyone for connecting through this blog, supporting me so generously, and being just who you are.

Approaching the year’s end in, perhaps, unexpected ways – I wish you miraculous blessings of peace, health, provision and love, and look forward to sharing more as we enter the beginning of a New Year; a new cycle of growth and adventure, together.

Namaste

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