It's easy to recognize the changes within on sunny days versus cloudy days versus overcast and completely gray days.
Looking at colorful flowers can change our mood in a flash.
When the wind pushes out one weather pattern and carries in a new one, how do you feel?
When crows gather in the trees or perch on buildings or telephone poles near you, do they send you messages? You know they're watching us, don't you?
What about fog? Do you like its mystery?
Do lightning and thunder excite you or scare you? Maybe some of each?
Do you feel safe and sheltered in the woods or are you scared, wondering who or what is hiding there?
Does the immensity and power of oceans create a sense of awe? What about a stream?
Mountains and grass lands? How differently do you feel when you're near them or looking at photos of them?
I could go on, but I'll let you add to this list on your own.
Our body sends us messages all the time via aches and pains, tension, illness, injury.
Energy gets blocked by our worries and concerns. We don't pay attention and our worries continue to build or we don't know how to stop them. And the blockages grow bigger and stronger until we're forced to acknowledge them.
It's true that many of our problems don't have simple answers, like the Covid-19 virus. So what do we do? We have faith and we use our spiritual practices. We go into Nature. We ask for guidance and then be open. And be patient.
And we pay attention to our body's messages. Where is the pain or injury? What is the spiritual meaning behind it? Check your chakra resources. I have information on chakras in my Free Resources Toolkit.
Sometimes it's easy to spot the problem. For example, our back supports us. Our knees bend, they're flexible. If there's pain in one of those areas, are we worried about our finances or are we being stubborn or rigid about something?
The spiritual meaning of our physical pains can be connected to events in the physical world - or not. What I mean is this. When an aspect of our life is out of balance with what we need, we're given pain to alert us to our need to regain balance, as I just described. The pain may come from an injury, from an external event. A problem needs our attention. If we're unable to solve it very quickly, then we need to ask what's needed. And continue asking.
When we're living in harmony, the body feels lighter. Some of our physical "scars" may remain, but there's a lot we can do when we acknowledge the relationship among all facets of our being.
We have thousands of thoughts every day. How many are you aware of? You know they run your life, right?
Some of them will grab your attention, usually the ones with emotion tied to them. How often do you repeat them? Do you enjoy having those thoughts or not? What do you do or feel afterwards - how do you react to them?
This may sound as exciting as watching paint dry, but if you were to make an effort to notice what you think about, do you have any idea what you'd discover? I hope you're curious enough to do what I suggest.
Record in a journal or your phone the subject of each thought you remember. Do this for a day or two.
You know that your thoughts lead to your beliefs and actions. Why do you have certain thoughts and not others? Do you want to change any of them?
Hope I've given you something to think about. (my apologies!)
I just read a story of the extraordinary selflessness of the Ireland Lacrosse Team. They were set to compete in the 2022 World Games.
But it became known that the No. 3 Iroquois Nationals, a team that represents the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, wasn't on the list. There was a rule that prevented their qualifying for the event, and even after the rule was changed, the spaces were all filled. Upon learning this, the Ireland team bowed out.
It seems that the Haudenosaunee are actually the originators of lacrosse, what they call the "medicine game." And Ireland didn't believe it was right for their team to not be playing.
You can read the story here.