Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Time and place

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There is a time and place for everything. And doing the things we do at the right time and the right place keeps our lives orderly and structured. It allows us to be productive, focussed and to not permit ourselves to be waylaid by any distractions that may come up.

As long as we stay in the same, friendly and comfortable space and keep to our familiar schedule ~ everything is fine!
In a sense it is our comfort-zone.

It is also the way we set ourselves up for unwavering routines, and a way of life in which we don’t have to look at anything but our familiar surroundings, our known routines, and our required productivity. Without a whole lot of space, time, or even interest for new ideas, and imaginative adventures.

As long as we stick to our known space and time, chances are we keep doing the things we have always been doing in the same way we have always done them.

Therefore it is a good idea to every once in a while find a way to do something new; something different.
Whether it is going to a new place, do something creative or experimental, or taking time to ~ even when things are busy or chaotic ~ to step back from it all, taking a deep breath ad smell the proverbial roses; getting ourselves out of the way things are and the structure of the things we do helps us to create a space in which we can renew ourselves.

And it doesn’t really matter if that is about a concentrated effort to rejuvenate ourselves, or to reinvent our lives ~ or to find a quiet moment to just be still and enjoy… Whichever we choose it to be, chances are it will help us gain new perspectives; and in some cases it may even give us a ‘new lease on life’.

In other words, it is important to make a conscious choice to, every once in a while, leave our comfort-zone in favor of something unexpected, something ‘far out’, something creative. Doing that will likely keep us happier and healthier than when we stay in our familiar routines…

There is a time and place for everything; and that should probably include a time to find ourselves a new place to be ~ if only for a couple of hours or days ~ to give ourselves an opportunity to regain our footing, renew our perspectives, and create a space in our lives for unknown adventures.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Changing of the guard

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In nature the change from one energy to the another is marked by a motionless moment of quiet. Just like a swing on the playground holds still for only a couple of milliseconds before it reverses it movement…

We find those moments between the light of day and the darkness of the night; and again when the darkness makes way for the light of day. A similar moment of quiet is found in the utter darkness moments before the new moon, and again at the light when the moon is fullest.
And once we start looking for those moments we can find them in the movement of the Seasons, or the start of the new year. A changing of the guard.
Most of us have noticed that moment of silence when something is about to happen, and again right after whatever has happened has come to a point of rest. And those experiences may be nature related, like a thunder storm or even an earth quake. But they also occur when man-made life-changing events are happening. That moment when we know that something is about to happen, we just aren’t sure what it is until it starts…

Surprisingly enough, in our day-to-day lives we hardly ever incorporate those moments of silence, other than perhaps those that meditate. And even then, the silence is different as it is not related to the changing of energies.

As we are living life, we have a tendency to just keep going.
We get up, eat a bite, have some coffee or tea, and run out the door to get going on the things we are obligated to do. Whether it is our jobs, bringing the kids to school, running errands, cleaning the house ~ somehow, sometime in our lives we have gotten the idea that we are most productive when we keep on moving from one thing to the next ~ from one energy to the next ~ without missing a beat.
The more we have on our plate, the more we need to revert to ‘to-do lists’ in order to keep our balls in the air. And chances are that this routine leaves us exhausted when everything is done…

If nature has anything to teach us here, it may well be to take a moment each time we move from one thing to the next.
Fifteen, thirty seconds; a deep breath ~ and the conscious recognition that what we have done up to that point is now finished, so we have our hands and our energy free to move on to the next thing on our list.

A changing of the guard, a change of focus, a change in energy…
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Friday, May 15, 2015

Catching up

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There are periods in our lives when everything seems to happen all at once, and often during those times we have a tendency to handle things at an ‘what’s in your face is first’ basis.
No longer do we keep our priorities in mind; no longer do we look at things ~ or life as it happens ~ from a more or less logical perspective. We start doing things on the fly, and as they happen.
And there is not a whole lot wrong with that. It enables us to cope as best we can at that particular time in our lives ~ and that is a good thing.

Yet invariably, when things quiet down again, we find that somehow there are a lot of things that didn’t get done. And before we know it, we find ourselves catching up on all of those, rather than stepping back from it all, taking a deep breath and giving ourselves a moment to re-evaluate our ‘to-do list’.

When we would take a moment to do that, we could ask ourselves how important each of the items on the list really is. Is it worth spending our time and energy on it? Or is it something that we have always done because… Well because we grew up doing it; or because at some point in our lives ~ perhaps quite a long time ago ~ it was fun, necessary, or even required to do it. But is that still true?

The things that still are important to us, we probably should catch up on.
Chances are, however, that there are also things that we wouldn’t miss doing, even if we never did them again in our lives! And this would be a very good time to let those slip away into our past, rather than spending countless hours getting all of those things ‘back where they belong’.

We could even ask ourselves if getting in the situation where everything happened all at once ~ whether that was our own doing, a matter of circumstance, or rather the way life happened (in which case the Universe might have had a hand in it) ~ has been a hint to re-evaluate and re-prioritize in the first place…

That still makes it important to catch up on things ~ as long as we can honestly say that those are things we enjoy and appreciate being in our lives. It doesn’t make any sense at all to catch up on things we don’t want in our lives anymore.

So before getting all excited and busy catching up on stuff; take is good to take a moment to see if that is really what we want to do.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The sun

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Symbolically, the sun represents our vitality; our ‘fire’. Whether it is the energy to ‘get up and go’ or the fire ~ the drive ~ that inspires new things; symbolically those are related to the sun. It gives energy to all ~ not just us humans ~ but everything in nature. One could say it is the sun that vitalizes nature in its broadest sense; it is the sun that gives the system of the earth ~ Gaia ~ its energy.

And it does so with never-ending vigor!
No matter how vast the layer of clouds is, the light of the sun will penetrate them; and given time dissolve them.

While that sounds like a good thing, it turns out that the warmth of the sun sometimes can turn into a burning heat. That the comfortable light that allows us to see what is going on around us can take on a hellish brightness.
This makes that in those areas where the sun has free access to the earth and all living things, shade may become a premium. A place to take shelter from both light and temperature. It is in those areas that the energy of the sun has gone to its polarity; so rather than activating and inspiring us, it numbs us and leads us to sit back and wait for the sun to go down…

On the other hand, when one lives in an area where the days turn ~ sometimes painfully ~ short during Winter, the sun is awaited with much anticipation come Spring! Its light, its warmth; and with it the instigation to become more active again. To go outside for any outdoors event; or to just face the sun and bask in it. To soak up its warmth and the light; to replenish that ‘fire’ inside of us that may have gone depleted during the long Winter.

It is a perfect example of how even one energy carries both polarities in it.

And looking at it from the perspective of polarities, we have very similar energies inside of ourselves. Where the balanced perspective probably is to be actively productive; it doesn’t take much for us to take on too much and to start ‘burning the candle on both ends’. Or to ‘throw in the towel’ and step back from all activity because there is just simply too much going on in our lives at that time.

Therefore it would be a good thing to find some time to bask in the sun, as well as creating our shady shelters. It is a good thing to be inspired and active, just as much as it is to relax and enjoy…
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Friday, May 8, 2015

Dismantling

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Over the past year or so, I have watched in awe how construction workers were dismantling an aging office building nestled against an intersection of two freeways.
At first it seemed they were just going to do some ~ extensive ~ maintenance work on the outside of the building. But as time progressed, more and more of the original building disappeared, until finally only the bare structure of the building was left standing; just the floors and the roof…
It looked kind of sad dismantled like that, not in any way the building it once was.
Then they started rebuilding it.
Having the opportunity to recreate that same building into a new ‘incarnation’ of itself, it now meets all the demands of this point in time, and has become a much more useful space than it was in its old existence.
And now, whenever I drive past it on the freeway, it looks truly beautiful.

In a sense, when we set out to reinvent ourselves we follow the same process. First we strip away those parts of ourselves ~ of our lives ~ that are no longer useful to us. We dismantle ourselves. Throw away the old clothes; the old shoes ~ and also the old habits, attitudes, and thoughts that have defined us for so long ~ and we go back to the core of ourselves. And with only the core of ourselves left standing, we start rebuilding ourselves…
We start reinventing ourselves in order to meet the demands of this point in time; this point in our lives. We build ourselves back up in the most fun and productive way we can imagine.

The difference comes when we are called upon to dismantle that which someone else has spend so much time and effort building. For instance, when an elderly relative moves into a care home and his or her earthly possessions need to be dismantled from a full size family dwelling into a one-room-efficiency-apartment. Often, a lot of the things that carry the best memories won’t fit in the allotted space and have to go. Making it so much more difficult for that person to take that next step; the reinventing and rebuilding his- or herself.
It is a painful process that is often handled logically and matter-of-factly, so we can get it over quickly.

And then there is the process of dismantling the life of someone who has chosen to reinvent and rebuild themselves in that other plane where no earthly possessions are needed…
Suddenly it is no longer their process, it is ours.

And how we handle it says a lot about how we are handling the dismantling, reinventing, and rebuilding of ourselves…
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