What makes blogging so satisfying to me is the interaction with you, dear reader. I’m a group person, a double Aquarian (sun and rising sign in Aquarius), if that means anything to you. Aquarius, ruled by Uranus, is the sign of the collective. Uranus, the union of opposites, masculine and feminine; Aquarius, the Idealist. We Aquarians just want everyone to get along! We are the original “Kumbayaians”. Put us in a group and we shine!
Yet writing is a very solitary endeavor. So here I am, sitting at the well and drawing up what wants to arise, naturally. And here you are, sitting at the well with me. I imagine we’re enjoying a nice cup of hot tea, or a glass of iced tea if the day is warm where you are. ( I live in the San Francisco Bay area and it’s pretty chilly here most of the year.) But it’s YOU that brings me here, for I’m clear, I am here to serve. It is my honor to do so.
Judging from your comments on opening day, which by the way, was a stellar success, many of you found your way here just in time, as did i. I’ve been pregnant with this project for nine months (really!) so it’s birth could not come soon enough for me. My soul is so very happy to have this place to come to each day, just to dip into what’s true, what’s happening, what’s wanting to be seen, heard, listened, acknowledged.
As a speaker, trainer and workshop facilitator, I’m used to working with large groups, with lots of energetic interactions. I acknowledge those who leave comments here as your input expands the conversation and feeds back to me what’s landing out there. So thank you! I’ve also heard from some of you who aren’t quite ready to go public with your thoughts just yet. Know that’s OK too. The soul knows when the time is right to speak its truth.
However your comments let me know what’s on your mind, what your soul is wanting and that’s important for us all to know. What I hear from you so far is that your soul is hungry for nourishment. So is mine! My last post, 10 Ways To Nourish Your Soul, is just a dip into that water. We could come up with 1000’s of ways as each soul is uniquely fed. I raise the issue to invite you to look into your own to see what’s so for you.
This double Aquarian being that I am, learning to be human, seeks both solitude and the collective. I absolutely thrive and require both settings. Not enough solitude and I get grumpy and out of sorts. Too much community results in the same. The key is to listen to the urgings of my soul and surrender to them. My friends don’t take it personally when I need to leave. I’m like a racehorse, racing towards solitude when that need arises. It isn’t always convenient to follow the dictates of the soul, but I’ve found that the price I pay for not doing so, is much too high.
But we’ll often pay a high price for following the soul as well. It doesn’t let us off easily. To honor your need for solitude dictates that some things be let go. Let them go. But do it consciously and with integrity. No slinking off, no sneaking out. Go to your solitude with honor. The ones you love will understand if you give them half a chance. You are going to meet your soul. A sacred pilgrimage! Webster’s dictionary defines it as an “unfrequented place”. A ripe place for the soul to emerge!
Just as we need solitude, we need community. We need to know that we belong somewhere. We seek our tribes, our people, the ones with whom we resonate, the ones who know us and accept us warts and all. How good it feels to be in the presence of those who love us to the core, in spite of, and perhaps even because of our imperfections! To let it all hang out, to be in communion!
Know that we are kindred spirits here. Know this is a place for learning the truth. It’s not that I know what’s true for you. Only you can know that. But if you come with an open heart and open mind, we all can learn the deeper truths on this path. This is what juices my soul!
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My intention is to post here 4-5 days/week. A Monday-Friday kind of thing. Wednesday, you’ll find me at the Huffington Post on the Living page. If you’re not already a reader there, come on over. I have a partial archive of my HuffPo articles posted here on this site and the rest you’ll find linked here, just in case you want to read other stuff and get up to speed. I recommend you read the 10 week series I wrote on Impossible To Inevitable: Dare To Dream Big, if you haven’t already. It begins with the post titled, When The Shift Hits The Fan. You’ll find it here.
Let me leave you with a question to ponder now and over the weekend. Please stop by the comment section and let us know what you come up with.
The question: what is it just the right time for in your life? What is your soul calling you to- right NOW? I’ll be pondering those questions in a day long workshop with poet David Whyte on Saturday. If you don’t know his work, he’s a brilliant English poet and author who writes from the soul and evokes the same in his readers. You can find out more about him here. You’ll be hearing more about him here next week.
Blessings on the path,