One aspect of healing is finding what energizes us and what drains us. Trying to force ourselves into a pattern that we don’t resonate with drains us. Trying to march to a drumbeat that is not the best pace for us leaves us exhausted from pushing ourselves or not present due to boredom.
Did you miss receiving a post on Oct. 1? If so, my guess is that it was habit, usually finding it within the flurry of other publications.
Oct. 1 was a major Jewish holiday, and rather than posting early, I decided this would be a good time to shift to synching messages with the natural rhythms of the earth, rather than the arbitray patterns of the Julian calendar.
In many earth-based spiritual practices, the waning moon is a time of releasing that which no longer serves us. When we actually observe the moon each evening, we get a visual cue in the dimishing moon. I remember when I first started attuning to the cycles of the moon back in Massachusetts. As I walked home at night amidst all the multi-story buildings in Cambridge and Somerville, I would crane my head, seeking a crevice of sky to glimpse the rising moon. Even with the bigger sky in Tucson, it is still easy to simply grab our things as we move from car to building.
A simple practice can be to remind ourselves to look up, to search the sky for the moon, to notice where the sun rises and sets. As we attune to the larger rhythms of the planet, we may ask how our heartbeat, our breathing pattern, our cycles of high energy and rest time, nestle within those larger cycles, fed by the abundant energy of the cosmos.
If you’d like to think more about calendars, you may like to watch the video of a speech I gave last December about the cycles of the year and holidays. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY0BoFy6ZcQ