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After The Storm

I love the smell of the air immediately after the storm. Everything is more alive, more vibrant, washed clean by the rain and in full colour. It’s a time when, as a child I would take off my shoes and walk along the York stone paving with bare feet just so I could feel the wet, cool, solid foundation reminding me that this moment counts.

This moment counts.

What you do with it is your choice. It could be life changing, life affirming or it could pass by as a simple moment of acknowledgment of all that there is… you don’t have to do anything of course, you can go on with your daily rounds without looking up, without truly, fully breathing in, and without a clue that the moment is passing you by.

Having selected Principle 6: I AM Self-Full as the lead card in Saturday’s Intuitive Chalice Oracle, I’m mindful of the focus energy this week on doing what’s right for you and doing it slowly and with purpose. It’s being compounded by the gentle new moon in Taurus arriving in the early hours of Wednesday morning (about 01:16am UK time). The emphasis for me is about focus: all or nothing, this and only this… It may seem like limiting choices and expression of variety but for now at least, that way lies scattered thinking and dispersed intentions. I am my primary focus. My needs are paramount.

The storm has passed and it’s time to ponder the emergence of fresh perspective and tend to the fundamentals like health, home and happiness.

Whatever storms you have been facing have blown away the cobwebs and the chaos has transformed into a fertile landscape for planting new seeds. Some of those seeds you rescued from what went before, some you have dreamed anew but the only thing that matters now are the dreams you’ve dreamed for you.

Take off your shoes, put your feet on the ground, breathe, smile… and draw the moment inward until it fills you.

Happy Monday… x

 

Saturday Oracle – Being All In

Difficult decisions can only be made once you understand what motivates your choices.

We make arrangements, agreements, commitments spoken and unspoken, we fulfil responsibilities and obligations that these contracts, conscious and unconscious bring with them, but do we actually understand and honour the most sacred contract there is? That is the one we have to ourselves.

This week’s oracle teams up Principle 6: I AM Self-Full, with the emerald green of the heart chakra to highlight for us this fundamental and yet often neglected vow of taking care of our own needs.

Ask yourself as you step into the week ahead who you are doing it for? Who you get out of bed for, go to work for, cook for, make yourself beautiful for? Ask who you cry for, smile for, yearn for and strive for? You will come up with many answers from your kids to your boss to your clients to your lover to your dog… but the ultimate truth is you do it for you.

Your kids bring you joy, love, a sense of continuity and even immortality. Your boss is just the guy or girl that pays the wages that fund your lifestyle. Your clients’ happiness gives you a sense of fulfilment and purpose. Your lover makes you feel special (hopefully), provides physical attention and acts a mirror to your hopes, dreams and aspirations, as well as fulfilling your need for connection and companionship and that urge to pair off that dates back to Adam and Eve, and was fortified by Noah’s deliberate loading strategy for his big wooden boat thing. Your dog… well who knows why we humans are so attached to four-legged furry things but it’s mostly because they love you unconditionally for who you are no matter how shit your hair looks or whether you’re a flatulent toad in your down time. At the route of every obligation, contract or commitment is the fact that it benefits YOU!

Now that we’ve cleared that up, give yourself a little while to let it percolate and come at this oracle afresh.

Self-Full Living is the art of providing for one’s own needs. You either do it consciously or unconsciously.

The heart chakra is the centre of balance in the energy system, it’s the healing heart where unconditional love comes from, it provides a safe space in which to exist, that’s what it means to hold someone in your heart, you give them a space to heal, to be whole. Now imagine for a moment that you are the person you are holding within that centre of life affirming, healing love… everything you do this week must be about you so take that temporary time out, let it breathe (whatever it is) whilst you have a word with yourself about your motives.

Commitment is an all or nothing deal. Fear is the enemy of commitment. Maybe, you’re afraid of losing? Maybe you’re afraid of winning? Maybe you’re afraid of losing yourself in the vastness of a love so deep and so powerful that it consumes you? But it’s your love… The love you lavish upon yourself. Whatever you pour it into, whoever you pour it into, you ultimately are pouring into yourself. Do you love yourself enough to give life and love your best shot?

Take the time, make the space, and then asked the question…

Am I all in?

Because if you’re not all in, you’re out.

More next week… x

 

Lesser Version of The Powerhouse

Little girls and little boys get tired. They begin to pull at their ears and rub at their eyes and engaging with them becomes increasingly less pleasant when all they really want to do is go home, pull off their little socks and lay down in a comfy spot… any spot.

Gentleness at such times is advised… dirty knees and filthy faces may have to wait now, as the harsh scrubbing away of the days debris should obviously have taken place an hour ago… but to disturb play would have been a wasted magical moment… sleep is all that matters now.

Have you ever noticed how when we pursue anything to the extreme we lose ourselves in the driving desire to feel more? Oftentimes this gratification, which I referred to as hedonism in my last post, fuels us to the point of over-stimulation and we all to soon arrive at physical exhaustion just moments after euphoria reaches a pinnacle… (in many adults this is mirrored in a post-orgasmic snooze)… and is merely a reflection of giving life your all.

The thing I’m finding fascinating though (actually, I’m finding everything fascinating at the moment) is the tendency to momentarily fall prey to the belief that you can’t affect anything when you become exhausted… that moment when you mistake an inability to think straight for being a victim or a lesser version of the powerhouse that just spent the last 10 days straight ripping around the playground of life, showing it whose wearing the ruby slippers!

Principle 6: I AM Self-Full is a deliberate statement, it means “me first.” When the little cherub is screaming whilst you’re scrubbing her knees, she isn’t interested in anything except Barnabus the fluffy bunny and bed. Her needs are immediate, she knows it and she has no idea why you feel the grubby child getting mud on the sheets is your priority instead of turning the house upside down to find said stuffed bunny so she can sleep safe… in essence, she’s responding to her own needs and all else will wait until tomorrow.

My only question to you then would be this: are you listening and responding to the needs of your inner cherub? Your body, mind and spirit need to regenerate regularly so staying in touch with your physical self and your moment to moment needs is paramount. If you’re not paying attention then tomorrow’s playtime will be a recreated nightmare and the endless summer will be well and truly over.

Work. Rest. Play… Balance. The moon’s turning dark… listen.

More later… (when I’ve had a day off and a ¬†little nap) x