Are You Willing to Be Considered a Loafer?

One of my favorite photos from a few years ago – my kids walking with my Mom through a Redwood forest.

If a man walks into the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded a loafer.  But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.”

Henry David Thoreau

Cultural ideas haven’t changed much in the last 150 years since Thoreau’s time.  Our society still places a high value on worldly accomplishment without actually paying much attention on a daily basis to the world where we live.

Thoreau can be an inspiration for any of us writers, because he challenges us to look deeply at the choices and sacrifices we’re making in our lives.

There is a power in taking your writing, your values and life seriously, Thoreau shows us this.

Daily Contemplation:

Do you give yourself permission to see yourself as a Thoreau of our time when you write about the choices you are making in your life?

Would you be willing to be regarded as a loafer to follow your deepest values?

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Bloom in the Garden of Your Life

This was a little twig when my kids’ grandfather (on their Dad’s side) planted this about 14 years ago. Their grandfather is no longer with us, but these flowers bloom in what now looks like a tall tree and remind of us his love.

Every season gives us different types of blooming.

In my garden, the time of most profuse blooming is in the Spring.

The summer heat can often be too intense for many of the more delicate flowers that I like.

In Fall, the bloom of colors in falling leaves dazzles us.

In the heart of Winter, there are trees that stay green and even one with berries and blossoms coming forth.

Outside of the seasonal world, our soul’s world can also bloom at all times.

We bloom differently when we are in grief than in joy.  Even boredom is blooming if we can see it as a signal to create something new.

What is blooming for you in this season of your life?

Pay attention to it, even if it hurts you. The bloom doesn’t last forever, for our human lives come to an end quicker than we would like.  Each bloom is precious in the garden of your life.

Are You Making the Most of Your “Empty” Time?

Make time, Give time, Take time out
Make time, Give time, Take time out (Photo credit: -Delphine -)

Empty time is a powerful medicine that can make us more joyful and resilient,  but it’s strangely hard to swallow. We yearn for a powerful source of liberation that is right under our noses, and we’ll do almost anything to avoid it.
–Martha Beck, Making Time for Nothing

I saw this quote from Martha Beck today in her daily quote a day, and just wanted to share it.

It’s so true.

We tell ourselves we need more time, and that too much is going on.

Yet, when we get empty moments sometimes they scare us.  We turn around and fill them with doing.

This season, how could you embrace the empty time and realize you have much more freedom than you realize?

Enjoy your empty spaces today and especially this weekend!

Today’s Solstice – A Mirror for the Great Global Reversal Now Underway

The sun behind the Heel Stone at Stonehenge, s...
The sun behind the Heel Stone at Stonehenge, shortly after sunrise on the summer solstice. Keywords: Summer Solstice, Stonehenge, sunlight, Heel Stone. Español: El sol detrás de la Piedra del Tacón en el monumento de Stonehenge, Gran Bretaña, poco después del amanecer del solsticio de verano. Français : Le soleil derrière la Heel Stone de Stonehenge, peu après son lever, au solstice d’été. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Happy Solstice!

It’s been a while since I’ve shared my perceptions of transformative energies that are sweeping through the world.  This is a longer post for those of you who are inclined to read this.

Tapping Into Your Own Energy Today

If you would like a Solstice meditation to uplift your energy, check out Ken Stone at solsticeforyoursoul.com.  I always find his guided meditations leave me feeling blissed out.  I listened to this meditation earlier today, and think it could help you align your energy with the reversals that are coming.

A Time for Personal Strength

Today is the Solstice, a day when energies around the world mirror our yearly transition of the orbit of the earth around the sun.

This is also a day when if we are listening through our soul’s antenna,  destiny is calling all of us who are alive in these days of tremendous change.

As we move through these dramatic times,  compassion and caring are the most important strengths we can develop.  Today is a good day to align yourself with those aspects of yourself.

Trend Reversal

Practically speaking, the Solstice is always a day when seasonal trends reverse:

If you’re in the northern hemisphere, this is the longest day of the year. The days will get shorter until December 21st.

And if in the southern hemisphere, this is the shortest day of the year for you, and the days are now about to get longer.

We Are in the Midst of a Bigger Shift

The days we are living through contain profound energies and opportunities for positive change that are beneficial for you, especially when you don’t resist the change.

We are in the middle of a huge collective reversal that is changing belief sets that have been in existence for thousands of years.

Not everyone likes this reversal. In fact, you might not like it, because it is so deeply ingrained in our belief sets.

Because the belief that is being reversed is the idea that mono-cultures are good for us.

This doesn’t mean there is no room for tribes or homogeneity. There is something in human nature that likes to be surrounded by people who are like us.  In the book, Thrive by  Dan Buettner points to cultures and people who seem happier when they share a certain amount of similarity.

Yet on the whole, if my logic and intuition are correct:

We are moving into a long period of time (millennia) when diversity is cherished across the earth.

Humans have lived in a world where for thousands of years, different cultures have insisted on and often gone on to create gruesome wars in order to protect a single idea, religion, culture or world view.  Humanity on the whole has sought to drive out wildness and diversity and dissent.

We did this because it seemed safer for humanity to do so.

Collectively, we destroyed forests across the world, limited the number of species of preferred animals and food, and societal structures.

It may be that we had to go through these changes to survive as a species and evolve our consciousness.

In modern times, we see the drive for monoculture as an underlying goal in most corporations.  The underlying goal for most capitalist companies is to create products and services in such a way that monopolies are created and profits are maximized.  This is such a prevalent idea, that we don’t always see it, especially if the monopoly is led by a charismatic leader such as a Steve Jobs.

In agriculture, we collectively created a world where mono-cultures of food crops now dominate the world. For many in the world, there is only one true religion, the one they are following.

Developing Your Individuality

An interconnected world and human consciousness is changing all of this.  And I would contend that the divine Spirit that connects us all together is also letting us know that it favors this change and loves diversity.

In individuals, we have sometimes honored versatility.  I’ve always liked to read about Sir Isaac Newton because he was a scientist, astrologer and a devout man.  In his time, you could be them all.  Same with Leonardo Da Vinci.  But if you were a woman with that same combination of interests in those days, God help you! You were much more likely to be burnt at the stake for being a heretic than become renowned for your versatility.

We are moving into a new time, when diversity will be appreciated much more than mono-culture.  That means a culture of men and women working together is the one that will flourish. We need a vast collection of opinions, ideas, religious beliefs, plants, organic foods, cultures to help the world make a quantum leap into a more just, prosperous and peaceful world.

At the same time that differences can be celebrated, we are all connected by a common humanity, whether we like it or not.  Many of us also believe we are connected with all of life energetically, including stones, trees, mountains, oceans and other worlds, and they are trying to get through to us.

What does this all mean for you?

It means that being unique is already starting to be valued more than fitting in.  If you look at the situation in our global economy with an open mind, you can see that the collective whole needs us to express our unique perspective and talents.

On a more psychic note, today’s Solstice is carrying powerful energies to help you to reverse the trends of your life.

  • If you have been unhealthy much of your life, you can find healing and health in the months and years ahead.
  • If you have tried too much to fit in, opportunities will arise for you to stand out, more quickly, the more authentic you are.
  • If you have been working alone for too long, you will find your tribe to support you.
  • If you have been overwhelmed by the needs of others, you will have time for your needs to now be met.

The reversal you will see is as individual as you are.

The end result is the same however.  By being your unique self to your best ability, you will feel more connected to everyone and everything on this planet more than you ever have before.

Enjoy this Solstice.  Some people like to make a wish today.  You might enjoy writing your destiny between now and the December solstice to be a witness to what changes in your life.  I believe you will see some very positive reversals in your life.

Give Up on Being the Only Driver of Change in Your Life

This summer feels like one of my best summers even though many aspects of my life are far from optimal.  To give you a sense of where I’m at, I just picked up Retire on Less Than You Think by Fred Brock because I like my simple life, and don’t want to keep chasing after money for the rest of my life, though I want to be responsible.  In so many ways, I am living the quantum leap of contentment and gratitude and joy, even though I’m not reaching the outer goals that most people seem to value more than peace of mind.

Part of the reason for my bliss is because I’ve learned to give up on being the sole driver of change in my life.

The Earth seen from Apollo 17.I’d like to offer this idea to you from Paulo Coehlo in The Alchemist:

Everything on earth is being continuously transformed, because the earth is alive . . . and it has a soul. We are part of that soul, so we rarely recognize that it is working for us.

Today, no matter what is happening in your life, ask yourself:

How could the earth and maybe even the universe be collaborating with me for my highest good through this situation?

If you can find a way to see grace working with you even through your challenges, you are well on your way to experiencing a quantum leap in this moment.