Posted on : 02-01-2012 | By : Lynn | In : Communication, Spirituality
Tags: Mother Earth, New Year 2012, Rhythm
One of my intentions this year is to explore and learn as much as I can about various Native American and indigenous cultures ways of living in harmony with Mother Nature. When I say Mother Nature, I mean all the animals, plants, waters, trees, weather etc. including we humans. Pretty much everything that is outside of the realm of artificial structures including time.
Take how we have decided to divide up our “year” and have designated January 1 as the start of a New Year. Well, in the business world we use that point to wrap up projects when we can and roll out new strategies. Have you ever felt out of sync with the whole “ring out the old and ring in the new”? Have you ever felt disappointed in yourself after making your resolutions for the New Year only to find that you have abandoned them after just a few month’s time (or weeks or days in some cases!)?
I don’t know about you, but I believe that being in sync with the rhythm of the Earth means that you/we/I have an understanding of what is going on around me in terms of temperature, weather, the ground, the sky, the collective of beings that I share this planet with and that I have respect for everything and everyone’s place in the world. Only then will we “know” what our best action needs to be.
This summer many of us in Texas suffered from the effects of a severe drought from depleting waters, ruined crops, ravaged farms and fires. I don’t know if there is anything we could have done to have prevented everything that happened as a result of the lack of rain and extreme temperatures but perhaps we could have garnered a clue or two by watching the animals and paying attention to the terrain. I spent many a morning sitting in the porch swing watching the glinting rays of a new dawn coming forth listening to the many conversations of the animals and insects that live around my property wondering about the information they were trading back and forth. I’m sure the hot topic of their conversation had to be about survival even with the occasional joyous burst of song from the Red Headed Woodpecker as he circled the trunk of the Cottonwood tree.
There are many teachers of the Earth out there for us to learn from when we are willing to stop and pay attention. Three of my best teachers are laying on the floor surrounding my chair right now, all three dogs are as close to my husband and I as they can be without leaping into our laps because of the intermittent big booms of the fireworks ringing in the New Year. I know how they feel! I’m pretty sure that if we had a King sized bed instead of a Queen that all three would be joining us in sleep tonight too….
Find your own inner rhythm then get in sync with Mother Earth. May your walk ways be clear and your breath be in harmony.