Dear loved ones
Two thousand and fourteen as our adopted Christian calendar the Gregorian tells us, is over and we move into a new year. That means we have 365, 24 hour periods in which to create whatever we so choose before we sit again in this position of reflection and retrospectively pondering the future of what should and could be,
we have these moments to think, before we act. A lesson I am eager to learn when I grow up…
growing up is something I am aiming for, pretty funny and silly I know, at heart I am a child, but the body is telling me I am no longer that tomboy climbing and falling and mending so quick..
two nights ago I came home excited (and a little tipsy) and did my back in after an hour of dancing in the lounge room including many attempted hand stands, cartwheels, back bends and all without my routine hour long yogic warm up…. so it was a humble hobble for me during the NYE festivities, and a reminder that we are getting ON….
so on with it.
My detox has started, predictable I know, but there is the added article of my recent enrolment into a feminine long weekend workshop retreat here in Sydney (Australia day long weekend) which I will be participating in with the lovely Sharon which some of you may know, and it happened so serendipitously, timing and energetic alignment so responsive, that I know a genuine thread links me with the divine in this moment and for that I am grateful. When things in life are flowing, as my dear friend Kenny once said, you know you are on the right path… life is not supposed to be hard, when we’re fighting against the current, we only make it harder on ourselves…. but flow is not always something easy to be naturally in with. we have to learn to trust let go just be and accept the things that are waiting for us
following my intuition is the theme for 2015 and this came spontaneously whist discussing stuff with Avraham.
how many times I have had even the slightest most mundane inkling, like, being about to dart out the door for a walk and thinking it looked overcast outside… glancing at my sunnies and thinking, ah not needed… but actually ignoring that litre nudge I received to perceive their impeding need, rather choosing to ignore only to step outside… that passing cloud now gone and sunnies would’ve been a good last minute grab, I realise later that that seemingly insignificant glance towards the glasses was my intuition… clearly this isn’t done on purpose, it’s merely a sign of poor training. We simply were not trained to use our perceptive, aligned powers, not for the sake of picking up sunnies but for making important decisions. That subtle inner direction / voice / pull .. it’s the practice of allowing it to be made heard, stopping and listening, noticing those slight soft moments when we’re lead somewhere… and following through. It’s (for me anyway) releasing the indoctrinated attachment to the rational mind and accepting the channel that links me to the greater intelligence that makes everything in the natural world flow with grace and precision. I am that.
…. and this is but a wee example, it represents a small fraction of the potentiality of deep listening to the intuition and how it can align us to our higher selves more. I imagine. and I assert this is my year to investigate more, deeper into this piece of reality. Deep intuitive listening, quietening the mind and allowing the right answers to surface when they are ready… I’ll do this with more and deeper meditation practices, more yoga and more deeper, meaning full conversations with you.
please join me in meditation / yoga / dancing / nature walking – sharing this journey with you would be a blessing, and it’s with each other that we grow.
. other things I plan on doing this year:
<> fermentation workshop
<> mushroom cultivation workshop
<> more gardening and growing my own veggies
<> drum and musical jam sessions
<> cerebral chats / heart based chats
<> documentary nights
<> spending time with you.
One thing that resonates deeply with me now, is the pull to look after and protect mother earth. There is sometimes a voice that tells me I am insignificant, silly and incapable of making any real difference to the fracking, mining, deforestation, desertification, global warming, pollution, nuclear poisoning etc that is prolific today. But then, like Marianne Williamson reminds me, I am a female, responsible for reproduction on earth, protection of small things, little helpless beings, like a child that could be my own and that I would protect ’til the death. It is this instinct that kicks in and small or large impact-wise ignites the love and connection I feel for Gaia. It is the same love and protection that a mama bear would feel for her threatened offspring, it could be fierce and intense and scary to the outsider, but it is based on sheer love and protective instinct…. one that no one could ever judge as violent. No mama bear has ever been called an activist for protecting her baby cubs. It is the nature of my instinctual intelligence that drives me to have the passion that I have for preserving the very thing that females are programmed to create…. living LIFE !
all said and done, practically speaking my actions to reduce the effects of this earth destruction are simple, supporting those that are trying to do the right thing by our shared planet. making sure my precious life hours spend earning the $$$ are then invested where I would feel the sacrifice of my time is deserved.
superannuation funds are often heavily invested into fossil fuel industries. writing to my superannuation fund and asking for green switching options is a key one for me this year.
shopping as less and less as possible with the large supermarkets and opting for locally sourced produce which also supports a local family business – it is clear our health and the planets benefit from locally made food that has not had to be frozen and transported and imported out of season… this means buying produce fresh and IN-season.
buying things with less / no packaging – finding ways to reuse my packaging.
not falling for marketing – be it pretty but earth costly packaging, reading the label and educating myself on what the ingredients mean and how they impact the earth/my body …. not being a sucker for things I do not need, subliminal messages that I am not good enough as myself, that I need the latest this and that… that I would be better off with this gadget and that one,
buying organic cosmetics / hair care / food / products (what’s the cost when my health and well being are so connected to those of the earth)
essentially it is a shift from thinking like a consumer to thinking again like a human. connecting back to that inner wisdom that is a birthright of existence.
realising that there is nothing wrong with enjoying things, buying things, and having stuff, it is the level of consciousness with which those decisions are made that counts most.
In this moment, I am reflective of my time and lessons learnt in Portugal, my mother land. A place that both intrigued and frustrated me <laugh> but taught me so much about friendship, a simple meal around a campfire. about the idea of sharing life with friends and family from a place of patience, slowing down, being more spontaneous and less planned and rehearsed… allowing things to unfold and just be, as they are without my interference…. and then listening for when it is my time to inject a little miriam, not planning what I want to say before the other has spoken but listening… taking care, taking time
I learnt so much about plants, my dear friend Geret you taught me things I will always remember, in particular working with trees, even though I know I have not even scratched the surface, it is amazing how these beings that surround us, provide us with everything from clean oxygen to breath, beautiful furniture to sit on, paper to write with, food to eat and clothes to wear are so little understood…. peaceful and serene as they look they are a factory of energetic movement, energy conversion and not to mention shade providers and homes to millions of creatures. I know I can learn so much more about the nature of things just by spending a little more time with them… and as Jaime and I already know very well, trees are great communicators… at hundreds and even thousands of years of age, how could you not be (!!!)
well this is getting long and I am sure if you have made it this far, you are ready for an end to this story.
The end is an invitation to grow deeper into this mystery of self and life with me…. a new way of being connected awaits us, I feel it in my bones and always have. And we can make it up as we go along…. closer, more loving, more patient, more truthful, more respectful, more aware, more caring, more creative, more open, more reflective, more passionate, more supportive and more together… together we thrive.
With loving thoughts and best wishes for a fruitful 2015 for you, and your loved ones.
Be in touch.