|Shaman's drum with the journey|
"You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
It was given to me by a great friend and wise woman when I first started out on my shamanic path in Minnesota. My soon to be ex-husband was starting to show radical displays of bi-polar behavior, my job was in jeopardy of a RIF (reduction in force), my daughter was running wild, our newly built house's mortgage was beyond my suddenly single income.
I looked at that saying and thought, "My WHOLE LIFE is something I think I cannot do."
Of course, as the panic subsided, and my resiliant and practical Capricorn nature took over, I realized that I could do the things I thought I couldn't do. And here I am today......
The transformative journey has not been easy, but it has been worthy and validating. Along the way I have encountered some universal truths....
1) Have more positive than negative thoughts and actions. The golden rule or positive ratio seems to be a minimum of 3:1. any less and you are diminished.
2) Keep in touch with those who help you on your path. Send a note, text or email of gratitude at least 3 times a week. You do not know how much it means to the receiver, and how much joy you garnish from this simple task.
3) Do something kind for some one else, that requires a little out of the way action. I focus on strangers.
4) Connect with Mother Earth. Start a garden. Buy flowers for yourself. Walk....around the block, park the farthest from the door or entry, find stairs, take off your shoes and contact the grass as you walk to the library, courthouse, post office, hospital...we need the exercise and we need the re-connect with our planet.
5) Embrace your job, make it part of your flow. Love what you do, and it will change how you perceive what you do, and it will change how your co-workers perceive you. Remember that career or job allows you to pay bills, to have a home, to have the things you need or desire.
6) Surround yourself with positive, thoughtful people. We are influenced by those with whom we hang. Happiness attracts happiness, complaining attracts complainers.
7) Tell people you love them, and tell them specific reasons why.....this is harder than you may think, but it gets easier with practice. Start by acknowledging a reason as it occurs; do it in person if possible, by phone if not. Your vocal tones are important.
8) Work hard. Keep busy, try new things, volunteer....it keeps your brain, your heart, and your body active and young.
9) Meditate or pray daily, unceasingly...you can make your whole day flow on thoughts of gratitude and possibilities. I hardly ever listen to the radio anymore, even on long trips. I focus on what I am seeing, hearing, smelling, thinking....and giving thanks for all.
10) Touch someone. A friendly pat, a firm handshake, a hug...we are living in sensory deprived times. Take a sufferer's hand, really offer your shoulder....it can make all the difference in someone's life; the acknowledgement of our universal human condition.
11) Live in constant awe of the beauty and complexity of Nature. We are participants in this process, not merely observers of the process. We are surrounded by gifts every moment.....like the cloud I saw a couple of days ago. I had to stop my car, get out, and literally catch my breathe at the fleeting "art" of the day...which I luckily caught on my camera....and I now share with you.
|Horse Head Cloud|
I acknowledge the limits of my safety zones, and try to push into new territory. I have surrendered my plans to the paths of the Universe, and I am continually grateful for the new and wondrous places that I have been led to by serendipitous events I once would have never chosen.
Be healthy, be safe, take your WomenVitamins, and be blessed, Kersten