Our life is love. This life on this earth is one of love. It's Mother Earth loving us completely, from birth until death. Are you loving her back?
I love to think how Mother Earth cares for us, how she has so many beautiful ways of showing us how loved we are. For instance, have you ever thought about how you have been given, by Mother Earth, everything you need to sustain life?
We naturally have all the food we need to not only survive, but to thrive. We don't need food made in a factory, Mother Earth has given us everything we need. We have air to breathe reminding us that we are loved with each breath. She provides us with the water our bodies need.
These items are essential to our very survival and Mother Earth has given them to us simply because she chooses to care for us in the vibration of love.
Do you eat her food, drink her water, and breathe her air with gratitude? Are you mindful of how these have been given to you in love? Are you protecting these resources and Mother Earth herself by using them wisely and caring for them as though your life depended on them?
Mother Earth loves us unconditionally. She continues to give even when we act like rebellious teenagers without care or concern for her wellbeing. But at the same time, Mother Earth is a reflection of us. Humans cannot offer to another something we aren't able to see in ourselves. When we treat ourselves with love and compassion, we treat Her with love and compassion.
My heart aches when I think how much I am loved by Mother Earth, how she gives me everything I need, and how she continues to give - in love, unconditionally.
May your heart be filled with the warmth of the Mother and may the heart of Mother Earth be warmed by you.
With this new year we're in a new energy that brings with it new opportunity. What does that mean?
I like to think it means we're being asked to step into loving more fully.
The kind of love I'm thinking of is a love that is forgiving, a love that creates oneness, a love that nourishes the soul of every man, woman, and child on this planet.
How, you rightfully might ask, am I to do that? It does sound rather daunting I will agree. What if we start with baby steps and learn to like ourselves. I'll be honest, for me, that was a long time coming. But it's important because if you think of yourself as a part of the whole, which you are, then you will see that when you can truly like yourself, you are in fact loving yourself and those around you. And by liking yourself I mean forgiving yourself, allowing yourself to make mistakes, and exercising self care.
We're always changing. You're not the same person you were last year, or last month, or yesterday for that matter. We're always being given opportunities to open and to be aware of the love that we are and this year is a great year to mindfully step into that love.
This is a work in progress, a journey. You're not going to wake up one day totally in love with everything and everyone around you, although anything's possible. But if we all start now and at least learn to like ourselves a little more and get a few baby steps under our belt, just think what will start to unfold for each of us individually and in our world.
Has anyone else noticed how quickly 2017 flew by? So much happened this year, it feels like a whirlwind!
Recently, I got the idea to write out a list of high points from this year so I could take a moment and appreciate the year's unfolding. This was a great exercise and I highly recommend it. It's easy to be so busy during the year that we don't appreciate life as it's happening. Taking the time to reflect on forgotten moments and all the things we accomplished is a lovely way to show appreciation to ourselves and the world we live in.
As I was writing out my list, I was reminded of some really cool things that I had completely forgotten about. To have the opportunity to bring those things into my awareness and express gratitude for them was a beautiful way to re-experience my year.
Whether you keep a journal or write out your list on a piece of paper, grab your pen and start writing. List out trips, events you attended, books you've read, interesting people you've met or reconnected with, classes you've taken, what you've done for self-care, you get the idea. Things you've done or started in 2017 go onto the list. Realizations, surprises, big things/little things... If you do keep a journal, go back through its pages.
Once your list feels relatively complete, take some time to reflect on how the year may have ended differently from how you thought it would play out last January. Any surprises? Were there moments that you had forgotten about?
I personally loved this exercise because it showed me how some of my interests intensified, altered, or went in a totally different direction over the course of the year. Equally interesting is that even though I thought the year might proceed in a certain way, the combination of new learning, relationships, and ideas created a year of new possibilities that I really could not imagine back in January. Life is like that, but often I think we get so engrossed in our day to day that we don't step back and take in the bigger, richer picture.
2017 was a fast moving and eventful year in so many ways. Through this exercise, I am hopeful for a robust 2018. I hope the same is true for you.