April Showers bring May Flowers
With our feet firmly planted into Spring, it's definitely time to consider where and how we wish to arrange the seeds and seedlings in our gardens. For those of us who garden, it's always a treat to feel the earth beneath our feet and walk the land to find the perfect spot. It is a partnership with the land upon which we live and grow the nourishments that feed our bodies and souls. Every gardener knows how their soul is fed when the seeds and seedlings are planted into the earth. tended with love, and the fruits of such efforts bring forward the richness of the plants. Of course, the collaboration with the elements of nature are 80% of the growth, our human efforts are 20%. As conscientious as we may be, Mother Nature is the determining factor for the success of the yields our gardens will produce. Weather, bugs, critters seeking food, and the rich abundance of worms all influence the outcome of our gardens.
Pause and ponder that thought for a moment. While we often feel responsible for our lives, the conditions and circumstances we encounter each day greatly influence the final yield we bring forth. It's a known fact that consecutive gray days dampen our spirits, while blue skies bring a spring to our steps. Such are the effects we feel when the main focus of conversations and news is gloom and doom. Life does bring sad situations that leave us feeling discouraged and often disheartened. However, much like the weather, its what we choose to do with what we witness that carries the most influence on our emotions. That beautiful mind can create some of the most troublesome situations we have to learn to manage. It is the storyteller, the inner chatter or internal room-mate; choose whatever phrase fits for you. The bottom line is, it's the excessive, unrelenting dialogue we tell ourselves. We can blame the media, our parents, bosses, partners; however, the truth is WE are responsible for that ever-endless chatter in our head.
With the spring showers that abound in April, the abundance of color and remarkable beauty of the earth offers our hearts the opportunity to notice the gifts brought forth from the collaboration and cooperation of all aspect of life. As we enter the rainy month of April, it might be the perfect time to remember the richness and cleansing such a month brings forth; and, the useful teaching it puts in front of us.
Indeed, there are difficult and challenging events in our lives that bring the shadow side of life into our thinking mind. However, what we do with those thoughts is up to us! We can look to the month of May and remember what comes after those gloomy, rainy days, and reframe those ruminating thoughts to ones that recall what was learned from those experiences.
Try this: As you enter your morning or evening shower, invite the water to cleanse and enrich your body, mind and soul with beauty. Visualize the water moving the dark, unhappy memories down the drain and into Earth Mother, to fertilize and feed her with the "compost" of our life experiences. As you step out of the shower, request that beautiful mind to remember how those experiences helped you become more compassionate, loving, and wise. Then put on those new thoughts as you slip into a clean set of colorful, comfy clothes, and tell your busy mind, May has arrived and it's only April!
Oh my goodness did we have a grand time at the "Using the Mandala retreat!" It was an informative, inspiring and uplifting four hours that bonded the participants as friends with a common goal. Check out the comments a few sent a couple of weeks after the retreat. A repeat of this retreat will be offered in the fall for those interested in learning about the many simple and powerful uses of the Mandala. Send a note via the "Comment section" if you are interested. Also, there are couple of other events in the "cooker," so check the Events periodically for updates.
April 6 at 1:29 a.m. the Pink Moon heralds in the Clan Mother, "Looks Far Woman." Along with the rich gifts of the Full moon, to "Reflect and Release, and prepare to Receive," Looks Far Woman teaches us how to "See the Truth." Read more about her and consider some questions on the Clan Mother tab.
April 7 is Good Friday, followed by Easter Sunday, the 9th. This is a deeply sacred weekend for those that hold the son of God, Jesus, close to their hearts.
April 20, (Thursday) at 12:12 a.m. the New Moon provides the energy to receive the inspired action necessary to "Plan and Plant" those things we have reflected upon. That evening at 6:30 p.m. The Deepening into Wisdom circle will meet and participate in the gifts of all of these powerful, spiritual energies. To gain even more clarity on owning "Our personal Gifts," the drum will assist the group with looking deeply into how those gifts may be of service to our personal and community lives. Even if you have not previously participated in this "mini series," we are confident this evening will be enriching to those in attendance. On another note, the remaining Wisdom circles for the year will be led by volunteer participants who wish to share their gifts with others. Come and join in the fellowship with other like-minded Seekers and learn something new to consider, share your insights, and be part of the conversation!
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"The Luck of the Irish"
This week, Friday, March 17, St. Patrick's Day will brighten the day with green as we celebrate Irish customs and traditions. There will be parades, special foods, music, dancing, drinking and a whole lot of green to bring to life, the spirited, fun-loving and lively energy of the Irish! Why even Indianapolis has a portion of the canal brought to life in the infamous green color in observance of the Irish heritage. More specifically, this day is in honor and respect of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. If you are of Irish descent, or have simply be fascinated with the culture, you know their story is like many small countries, often riddled with larger countries attempting to dominate and claim the country as part of their territory. I am confident if you read some of the history of Ireland, you will certainly understand why the phrase, "The Luck of the Irish," was given to the people of this small, beautiful, rich green country. Their resilient, hardworking, love of family and country is a beautiful example of the strength such beliefs and determination can bring to whatever tasks are put in front of you. It certainly offers inspiration for all of us!
Let's make this a bit more personal. What decisions, situations, problems, conflicts, unrest are in front of you? What challenges, misunderstandings, disrespectful, perhaps even addictions, are you confronting? What seeming "blocks" are in your way? Perhaps doing a little research on the Irish people, or, better yet, find an elder who has Irish descent and speak to them of what they know of their ancestors. The same can be said for nearly every culture in the world. Find out your heritage and dig into the history of your ancestors. Doing this will help you learn more about yourself, and heck, who doesn't need to better understand their family of origin? Stepping outside our immediate family, we will gain many insights behind their particular behaviors that may be annoying to us. This is how we will accelerate the healing of our world. We have to get outside our immediate situation to understand more clearly what old habits and ways may be hindering our healing. With that said, what you may discover is how absolutely courageous, brave, bold and fun-loving your family was "back in the day!" You may have the evidence you need to explain why you have such a happy heart despite your circumstances. For you see, not everything in the past is bleak, old-fashioned or outdated, rather it may be something that can offer lightness, hope, and a happy heart to everything you may face in the world. It may be that even if you are from Asia, Africa, South America, and the list goes on, you may still be able to claim you have, "The Luck of the Irish" in your soul!
Thursday, March 16, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the Deepening into Wisdom circle will gather. We will continue our exploration of ways to "Claim our Gifts," as we take a closer look at ways to accept, discern and share our Gifts. If this is your first time to attend this circle, be assured you will quickly and easily understand the theme of this year's Wisdom Circle. That said, your gifts are greatly welcomed and valued by the others in the circle. Because this is a "come when you can" circle, without a doubt the topic will be applicable for your life. Bring an open heart, a blanket for your lap, and a willingness to ask questions and share as you feel led. If you have further questions, contact Vicky at: email@example.com
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Have a wonderfully blessed week! Vicky
Vicky Kelm Williams
I find people absolutely fascinating!