As 2018 comes to a close it is often a time of reflection in one’s life of the outcomes throughout the past year or even deeper reflection of what point you now stand within your life. It feels like a fresh new opportunity to create changes, although simply a linear marker, it can generate immense hope for a better tomorrow. The word ‘change’ can rattle some cages and open the gates of fear as well as creating some very rigid stands on current beliefs. A very wise mentor once told me that truth does not require defence. When I see the crazy threads in social media with hatred, fear, anger and name-calling or threats being placed in comments I remind myself to come back to those words. It is such an extreme poison to become engaged in or to take personally and it certainly isn’t creating resolution. I feel I have divorced myself from so many things I once held as truths – these beliefs were held on what I had been taught or programmed to believe without my own exploration or experience. In order for us to create the opportunity for the changes we seek, there is often a level of discomfort in moving towards the unfamiliar, a pause in the unknown. A trusting.
One of my deepest pleasures is being in nature. Full on. To feel the winds on my face, to hear it dance through the leaves of the trees, to smell the lush vegetation, to spring across a forest floor with the incredible moss carpets and pine needles. To hear the rhythm of the waves licking the shores and pulling away again, to see the perfect magnificence of so many species thriving together within a community. To listen to the crackle of the fire and smell the aromatic pleasures from the woods being consumed.
A few years back I was in Northern Arizona and was very intrigued with the culture and teachings of the Hopi tradition. During that time I was gifted a beautiful poem that they foresaw as the changes coming. There is no softer way to say it than that time has come now. It is a time for the deepest self care, a time for being grounded, embracing the quiet, committing to support your community, and a time to trust that something greater than ourselves is there to support us. It is in opening the door to that greater power that has no boundaries and is available to us all. It is a time of creative new ideas that serve the greater whole, including the earth. There is an immense need for each of us to begin to give back, to care for and to trust…. all of this starting within ourselves and the earth we walk upon and survive upon.
The time is now. It’s a new year and the present systems we exist in are broken. On a positive note that means immense opportunity for something greater to be realized. The Hopi poem I referred to earlier has this one poignant piece that I hold close:
“There is a river flowing now very fast,
It is so great and swift.
That there are those who will be afraid,
They will try to hold onto the shore.
They will feel they are being pulled apart,
And will suffer greatly.
Understand that the river knows its destination,
The elders say we must let go of the shore.
Push off into the middle of the river,
Keep our eyes open and our heads above water.
And I say; see who is in there with you,
Hold fast to them and celebrate!”
The waters of change will bring us to our destination if we only stop the strife, struggles and resistance. Let go of the shore and allow this year to unfold. Hold onto your community, love yourself and witness the magic.