I once had a yoga instructor who said that any time we experience discomfort because we don’t like our circumstances, we create a tension between the place where we are and the place where we want to be. We cannot live happily in this tension. There is no Life there. Living and enjoying life happens when you accept your current circumstances and you can transcend them and still feel whole, present, loved and joyful.
We must choose to embrace today, in whatever form it takes. There is opportunity here! We can learn to feel more deeply and navigate the weather of our feelings. We can sit in awareness of our emotions, notice them and let them pass. Some of us might take the scary, yet liberating walk through the dark night of the soul, which is the only way to freedom (through the darkness). I’ve walked through many of them myself and I assure you, you are capable of the journey no matter how difficult and scary it might be.
Some of us, many I hope, will take this opportunity in the quiet and the calm to do the deeper work. For me, I am feeling the call to tend my garden both literally and figuratively. My figurative garden is my body. While it’s tempting to want to escape with alcohol and sugar laden sweets in times of trial, I have found that this kind of behavior only fuels the fire of despair.
Friends, there is only one way out and that is straight through. You are creative and loving and ever so capable! This is your time.
Now is the time to sleep 8-9 hours a night. Now is the time to nourish your body so it has energy to sustain you. It’s also the time to nurture your interests! It’s the very things that nurture you and bring you joy that are the clues to your life's purpose and your happiness. Whatever it is that sparks your interest, study it now! Practice it now! The world needs you lit up with Joy because when you are happy, you create energy that we all desperately need. Together we can turn things around. Please do your part and find your joy! I believe in the collective consciousness and I believe that our collective Love can Heal.
I’m planning my garden and leaning into wellness, because these are my passions. Before I was a mylkmaid, I built a school garden and spent hours of my childhood following my father, "The Gardner" around our beautiful yard. For me, this time makes me think of how I can find my own food security. I am reflecting on the Victory Gardens of World War II and how citizens turned their front yards into viable land to grow vegetables to feed their families. To that end, I have interviewed a professional garden educator to give us some tips and tricks for starting our own gardens this year. That will be Part II of this email, which I hope to send out later this weekend.
I’m excited to see what beauty grows from this time. I hope you are, too.