Storm Wisdom Blog
“I promise myself that I will enjoy every minute of everyday that is given to me to live.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist
What an amazing and powerful month of holiday celebrations! This week, Monday, December 21st is the Winter Solstice, the first day of Winter, and we find many cultures celebrate this event in a variety of ways. In addition, Jupiter becomes conjunct with Saturn and can be seen from Earth for the first time in over 800 years! This planetary alignment is also known by some as the Bethlehem/Christmas Star. In Christian traditions the Bethlehem Star is also associated with leading the three wise men to Bethlehem. Merry Christmas if you celebrate it and Happy Hanukkah for those of you who celebrated!
With the Solstice new directions and goals, opportunities, growth, and possibilities are supported. It feels, to me, like entering a time of hibernation where I can reflect on my old habits, perceptions, and behaviors that I want to release and then envision, imagine and dream about new possibilities for the coming year. It’s not a time to push and force something to happen! Rather, it’s an invitation to enjoy everyday that we’re alive and give ourselves permission to dream big! It’s not about resolutions for the New Year, rather a new way to BE and live. read more…
“Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.”
~Khalil Gibran, Writer, poet, visual artist, and philosopher
This week I’ve talked to several people who are feeling more isolated and alone than ever. 2020 has been a year of changes, trauma, and challenges. So many are suffering from what is becoming known as “Covid burnout.” Thanksgiving gatherings and other social activities have brought on an increased number of people infected and hospitalized with the virus. In addition, more economic pressure on individuals and families without seeing any help in the near future has added more stress and feelings of isolation and desperation. I’m an optimist by nature and I find myself consciously looking for the light at the end of the tunnel and bright spots. I don’t want to dwell on what’s negative and wrong. I admit that some days are more challenging than others. To combat this, before I get out of bed, everyday I offer my gratitude for being alive and ask, “How can I help someone today?” read more…
“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk, author, and peace activist
When I work with clients I’m often asked, “Who am I and what’s my purpose?” In fact, for many years I asked these same questions during my own meditations. Looking back there are 3 moments that stand out for me as I’ve traveled this journey of spiritual awakening. Several years ago while I attended Theology school, during a Spiritual Direction segment, I was enjoying a walking meditation and I asked, “What’s my purpose?” I heard, “To help people remember.” At the time I had no clue what this meant.
On another day during morning prayer I saw the words from Hosea written on the wall behind the altar, “Come to the desert and I will speak to your heart.” Tears rolled down my cheeks. Not long before I had relocated to Arizona from the Bay Area with my family. The third stand out moment, as I look back, came during an intense weekend retreat where, during one of the exercises, we were asked to shout out, “Who am I?” I shouted, “LOVE!” That’s who I am. Others participating shouted different things. We are all individual and unique! So are our journeys. read more…
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserves your love and affection.”
~Buddha, Philosopher, spiritual teacher, and religious leader
I hope your Thanksgiving was enjoyable. Mine was different, like many of you, and I was grateful I had energy enough to cook a few things while my husband barbecued turkey and sausages! I have to admit that once we ate I crashed and took a long nap! I’m also grateful that my COVID results came back negative. It seems like I had and I’m recovering from a nasty flu. I am on the road to recovery and feel better every day. Thanks so much for your wonderful healing wishes.
I’ve had plenty of time for self-reflection during this recovery. I realize that taking care of me hasn’t always been a high priority. I find it’s easier to take care of others first. Even while I was sick I found my first concern was not to infect my husband. Fortunately, he helped me during my weakest moments. I remember one day, as I was reflecting, the image of me as superwoman appeared. Guess what? I could see how wanting to take care of others first became a habit throughout my life. I’ve always been strong and thought I could do anything. I learned, once again, I don’t have to do it all and I’m not a very good patient! read more…