July was a heavily emotional month with two Full Moons, heightened energy of the summer, and all of the divisive news stories in the media. The internet is an invention that has brought the entire world together and has even made our universe seem a bit smaller and more attainable by all of the satellite images of far away Earth like planets. As our realities are becoming infinite, our minds and physical bodies are transforming from centuries of old truths and we are having a rough time keeping up with our new imponderable existence. In a lecture that Caroline Myss was giving she spoke about how the invention of the atomic bomb and the realties of global destruction shifted us culturally, biologically and spiritually. That is why we are now a throw away culture and why most of the structures we build are built to last more than 20-30 years. Deep down in our DNA, we no longer believe we are going to survive as a species. Heavy shit, I know. But I am saying this so we can gain insight into who we are so we can become the person we want to be. Here’s a link to Caroline Myss for more information on her teachings.
Like so many of you, I got caught up in the whirlwind of emotion that surrounded the death of Cecil, the majestic lion that was hunted and killed. I immediately felt an immense sadness that quickly transformed into disgust and anger towards the killer and what he had participated in. I wanted to separate myself from him and from all the acts of animal cruelty humans take part in. I’m a vegetarian, but I do eat some eggs and dairy products. So I have no illusion that I perpetuate an industry that I loathe and speak out against. I also drive a truck, fly across the world in jets, forget my to-go cups and shopping bags and do all sorts of other things that harm our Mother Earth. And like everyone else, I feel bad about it and do what I can, when I can to make myself feel better.And that wasn’t the only disturbing news of the month that threw me off balance and shattered some of my realities.
A positive change was moving into our new house in Denver. All of the excitement has worn me out and I need to recharge in August for all of my adventures in the Fall! The point of this confession is that I needed a new meditation to help ground me back into my highest self and to remind me to focus on what makes me feel happy and whole. These 4 words came to me when I asked for guidance.
Freedom, Discernment, Compassion, Reverence
Freedom to me is a feeling I get inside when I feel I am right where I am supposed to be in life. It is when I go deep inside and say, “Yes, I am on the right path. This feels Right!” Freedom is like Peace. When I am living in my highest power I feel Free! The last few days I haven’t felt this, as it has reflected in interactions in people in my life.
Discernment in a Christian context means perception in the absence of judgement with a view to obtaining spiritual direction and understanding. And although I am not a Christian, I do like the idea of non judgement, which is something I have always struggled with. I judge myself so much that it spreads out into me judging and condemning others when all I really want to do is to send us all love.
Compassion comes from the Latin compati, meaning to suffer with. I don’t want any being on Earth to suffer but there is a saying that with suffering, comes relief. When I meditate on compassion, I feel an energetic thread of love that surrounds us all, despite our differences.
Reverence I feel with every plant, flower and tree I see but for some reason it is not as easily felt with people. My family and friends I absolutely feel a deep respect and unconditional love for them, but Humanity as a whole has not elicited this feeling in me. This realization kinda makes me sad and I know that it reflects a lack of reverence I have for myself. This comes out when I don’t take care of myself the way I should.
I know this is Way longer than any blog I said I would do, especially because I still want to give you a tea recipe to help open your heart to yourself.
I drink versions of this tea often, because I am constantly needing the reminder to love myself so I can spread that love to everyone else!
Compassionate Heart Tea
In a quart jar, throw in a handful each of Hawthorn berry, leaves and flowers, rose petals and a touch of cinnamon powder. Pour boiling water over herbs and cover completely. If you’d rather make a sun infusion, only cover herbs 1/4 with boiling water and add room temperature water instead and set out in the sun for 2-3 hours. Drink a little before your daily meditation or anytime you need cheering up or clarity on a stressful situation.
As always, When energy flows, wellness grows. Love yourself everyday.
With love and gratitude to you all,