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Month: May 2013

A Moon Of Change

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There was a brief lightening and brightening in the cosmic energies this week. Did you feel it? Phew, I did and I enjoyed breathing out fully for the first time in months.

We are now under the influence of gathering full moon energy (with a lunar eclipse too) which can be very energising and creative but can also contribute to us feeling weighed down, tense and more intense about everything in our lives.

Full moon at Windjana Gorge in the Kimberley
Full moon at Windjana Gorge in the Kimberley

I’ve birthed some changes in my life in the past couple of weeks.  I’ve commenced my women’s meditation and sharing circle in Dunsborough.  We’ve met twice. Next week I’m adding a new session on a different day.

I’m loving the creative process involved in facilitating these gatherings and have so enjoyed meeting some new women in my community.

I’ve also changed my business name to Tricia Woods Soul Purpose Counselling.  This name change has been a long time coming and it felt at times as though the final decision and the commitment to a new image would never come.

The whole process was an amazing lesson in trust in the universal flow of life.

If you would like to connect with me a little more regularly in facebook, then please to go to my business page and ‘like’ it.  My aim with this page is to post three or four inspirational messages each week and occasional news about what I am up to.

Along with these changes has come wonderful new clients and a more pacey feel to my usually quiet life. And although I’m enjoying doing more work and having such a fulfilling collection of creative outlets, I have to admit, a little bit of stress and resentment has crept in around keeping up with the household tasks.

Here is a beautiful quote that helps me when those feelings of annoyance over the washing, cleaning and cooking threaten to derail my peaceful outlook.  It’s from a wonderful book called Mindfulness Meditation for Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn and it helps me remember that even the mundane can be sacred.

“…master the twenty four hours. Do it well, without self-pity.  It is as hard to get the children herded into the car pool and down the road to the bus as it is to chant sutras in the Buddha-hall on a cold morning.  One move is not better than the other, each can be quite boring, and they both have the virtuous quality of repetition. Repetition and their good results come in many forms.  Changing the filter, wiping noses, going to meetings, picking up around the house, washing dishes, checking the dipstick – don’t let yourself think these are distracting you from your more serious pursuits.  Such a round of chores is not a set of difficulties we hope to escape from so that we may do our “practice” which will put us on a “path” – it is our path.” (G. Snyder, 2004)

Capitalise on the power of the extra special full moon (called a ‘super’ moon, as it is as its closest point to Earth), this weekend by reflecting on what is not serving you in your life right now and making fresh contracts with yourself for positive change.
The more brutally honest with yourself you are, the more fruitful this time will be.
Enjoy the ride and make sure you step outside and look at that beautiful orb in the sky.
Blessings to all.

Love The One You’re With

Posted in Self-Care and Self-Healing, and Trust The Universe

Remember that hit song from the sixties about free love and sexual liberation?

“If you can’t beee, with the one you love (honey), love the one you’re with”

I’ve been humming this tune all week, but it’s not what you think, I’m a happily married girl!

This song speaks to me about embracing what we are feeling and where we are in our lives right now, even if it doesn’t feel all that good and we are not living the life of our dreams just yet.

It’s all about acceptance I guess. Loving what is happening for you in this very moment!  My teachers tell me this is the quickest route to rapid positive shifts within and without.

Right now many of us are experiencing waves of strong emotion surfacing with increasing frequency and intensity. For me last week around the solar eclipse it was anger, seething, black and dense (I got over it and my family survived it by letting me be “there” with minimal disturbance – some furious cleaning, cooking and coast-walking was done).

I love being around rocks and water
I love being around rocks and water

I believe these long-suppressed emotions are emerging to be released and the way to be cleared for us to move into an existence of higher vibrating energetic resonance.

The emotions of higher vibration are joy, love, gratitude, compassion, enthusiasm, excitement, generosity, acceptance, optimism, appreciation, more anyone?

This all got me thinking though, is it just the unhappy feelings that we suppress or have some of us fallen into habits (learnt or innate in our characters), of suppressing the good feelings too? I think sometimes I suppress joy because somewhere along the way in my life I decided that there is something unsafe, unstable or even dangerous about unbridled joy. Huh?

ALERT! Watch out, live, public psychotherapy about to occur…

Why this is I do not know, I just have the awareness that when I am really happy I tend to find myself damping it all down. Perhaps by making the highs less high I figure the lows will be less low?

Enough of that.

All I’m telling you is, it really is time for us all to get REAL about who we are and who we want to be RIGHT NOW. And, if like me, your inner world and your life is handing you spades of crud to look at and hang out with for a day or so, well, try to be at peace with it all and allow it to be as it “is”. Because the more we fight and struggle against these opportunities to shift and let go of pain from the past, the tougher things will feel.

Phew, that was intense!

Sing along now, “love the one you’re with, love the one you’re with…”

 

 

 

 

 

Ready….and Waiting

Posted in Live Your Passions

I’ve been learning about waiting.

Waiting is not easy for me.  I like decisions made, goals set, plans laid out and action taken.

I’m realising though, that some things just can’t be rushed. The changes deep within me, the inspirations and the ideas are coming thick and fast and I’m not sure what to grab hold of and what to let float on by.

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But when I feel like giving up and becoming stagnant, rooted the ground like this magnificent tree, I realise that people really aren’t like trees.

We can’t just stop developing, changing and growing because it’s all feeling too hard.  Life happens, other people make decisions that affect us and we experience that inner longing to BE MORE.

I’m finding myself very focussed on clarifying who I am in the work I do helping others. I’m ready to make the next leap into…I don’t know.

Well, I do sort of know, I’m getting glimpses, flashes and tiny specks of clarity.  I guess I’m not ready to share anything concrete until it feels more solid and real for me.

I wanted to share this process though because it’s not easy, it’s messy, confusing and somewhat convoluted.  But that’s life for a lot of us right now and doesn’t it feel better knowing that someone else is going through it too.

I hope at least one of you is going through it too?

By the way, trees can help us immensely.  They can balance our emotions and ground us like no other living thing. Just being in the presence of, touching, even leaning against (dare I say hugging?) a tree is so therapeutic.  Look at the tree in the photo, breathe in and feel its strength and stability.

We can’t be like trees, but they are one of Mother Earth’s many precious gifts to help us along our path.

Something else that supports and soothes me greatly in times of uncertainty is my meditation practice.  Deva Premal and Miten are currently offering access to their 21 day mantra meditation journey.  Mantra singing or chanting is a wonderful way to bring focus and sacredness to your meditation practice.

Finally, as astrology guru, Kaypacha said in an interview with Beth Martens recently, “Time is the test of desire”.  When we have a strong desire to create a deeper, more meaningful life for ourselves and that life represent an extreme departure from the path we originally set out on, (especially when it is at odds with our family background and the conditioning we received), it seems we will be tested.  The path will sometimes feel rocky and barriers will come out of nowhere to stymie our progress.

It can feel like we are being asked; “Is this what you really want? Are you sure? Can you bounce back from a few setbacks? Do you still want it now?”

Breaking free from the old, and embracing our wholeness as innocent, pure beings of light is worth the struggle.  I know that much.

Blessings of patience and love