Message for March 2020
Watching the stormy seas crash over the rocks and the sea wall (from the safety of the café!) is both invigorating and enlivening. As the waves grow larger and larger, their power and force become clear as they toss large pebbles and pieces of driftwood into the air without a care as though they are twigs. The booming crash is both exciting, but terrifying. The sea holds such power and majesty, as it shapes and defines the land, carving out new features as it goes. Whilst we, as humans, try to bend and shape the seas from sea walls to flood defences, the sea takes no prisoners. It just does what it does with grace and impunity.
Watching a tree changing from one season to the next invokes a great many different emotions from new life in the spring when the leaves grow green, blossoms burst and buds start to form, from the spectacular array of colour before the leaves start to fall in the autumn, to the quietening down as they rest in wintry slumber. Animal, plants, trees and the natural world move from season to season, accepting the cycle of life, constantly adapting, finding ways to thrive and survive even during times of challenge and adversity.
It’s easy to create a long list of the majesty of the natural world and the awe-inspiring presence it has in our lives, yet it is clear to see that nature is struggling with the rapid pace of change of the earth, from fires to floods, melting ice caps to extremes of temperatures. There is a sense of confusion as we struggle and flounder, trying to outwit and outsmart something far beyond our reach.
It seems clear that the time to outwit and outsmart is beyond us, but we are now in a time of reverence and respect. Instead of assuming that others will ‘sort it out’, we each need to take responsibility in order to live as respectfully as possible. Of course, we can carry on regardless, but the price is an ever-increasing unpredictability of the world in which we live.
When we create waste (plastic or otherwise) we each need to consider the impact of this. Whilst it may get burned, stuffed in landfill or shipped off overseas to be processed, our choices have consequences. When we insist on wanting more of nature’s more delicate crops and the result is increased use of pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals, we need to realise that our choices have consequences. When we lovingly clutch our new healing crystal, we need to realise the devastation the mines create and accept that our choices have consequences.
Yet, it’s not just about how we treat the earth and her non-human inhabitants, we also need to consider how we treat one another. In the age of social media, there seems to be a growing trend for individuals to bully and spout hate. Packs of ‘trolls’ lambast others for fun, not considering that their actions can destroy a life.
In a world where we can be anything, do we really want to be defined by the things we don’t want, rather than simply embracing the traits we know to be wholesome from kindness and wholehearted living? So many of us have forgotten how to be wholehearted as we have shut down in order to get through the business of everyday life.
It’s time to be loving, compassionate, kind and thoughtful, respecting all living things and trying to live in the best possible way, not just so future generations have an earth, but because it’s the right thing to do. So many people now seem to have adopted an attitude of let everyone else sort it out. If we all do that then the future doesn’t look bright.
Personally, I delight in watching the trees change season; seeing nature in her true majesty fills me with awe. Yet human beings create blocks to the natural flow by living in concrete jungles where an awareness of the natural cycles fade away. A chicken wrapped in plastic on the supermarket shelf is disconnected from the chicken who (hopefully) lived a good life. Chicken is just food, not a gift and certainly not honoured for the life it sacrificed. Many of us live juxtaposed to the natural flow. We can have foods all year round now, not just when they are in season. The fact that the food accumulates thousands of air miles in the process is forgotten. We want what we want, when we want it.
We may be an adaptable species, but there is a deeper sense of disconnection consuming so many hearts and souls as we step away from the natural cycles of life. Blue light pollution from phones, tablets and other items light up the sleep space, the outside world is often disregarded for the virtual world of 24/7 constant stimulation. So few have the time to notice the changing leaves, the birdsong, the majestic forests whispering in the moonlight.
As much as we may try, we simply cannot outsmart and outwit nature. The more we continue to live out of kilter with the rest of life feeds the disconnection and it becomes harder and harder to feel integrated and a part of the whole. Yet, we are. It’s easy to feel isolated from life, and more at home in a virtual world, but that’s not real. It’s understandable that so many seek retreat in technology as a distraction from life, but this only exacerbates the problem. It’s therefore important for us to start pushing back, to re-connect to the earth, to life and to each other.
March looks set to be a month where the momentum of re-connection starts to grow stronger. We each have a choice as to how we live. This is a time to stand up, to be whole-hearted and to consciously re-connect to the natural flows in life. Of course, we cannot know where such a path will lead us, nor will we know if others will follow suit, but we owe it to ourselves to do the very best we can do to live in the best way possible.
Change is happening on many different levels and in many different ways, and we need to stop losing ourselves in our virtual and concrete worlds and start to live once again. It’s time to breathe more deeply into life and to step fully into each and every moment. Intent is a powerful force, and not one to be underestimated. It’s our willingness and passion to create change that builds and grows, reaching out to others, being carried across space and time before being breathed in again somewhere else.
We are not insular beings and although we may shut ourselves away and close our eyes and ears to the bigger picture, we are each being pushed towards awakening fully in order to wholeheartedly acknowledge that every choice has a consequence and to connect consciously to the world in which we live rather than remaining locked away in a virtual state of disconnection and discord.
It’s easy to feel overcome with emotion when we look at the world around us, but we need to channel this into love, compassion and positive change. We each have our parts to play, however small. The time is now…
For now, I wish you all kinds of wonderful. With love,
Your life has been all-steam ahead lately, as though someone pressed the fast forward button and forgot to release it again. As a result, you’ve barely had time to take a breath, let alone take stock of your surroundings, as there has been so much to do, people to see, places to go and things to achieve. You have always placed yourself under pressure to do more, be more and achieve more, but the added fast pace of life seems to have sent you into something of a spin, as you’re not quite sure if you’re coming, going or somewhere in between. Whilst you do usually thrive under pressure, even you are wilting as you simply cannot keep up with the pace; although you have ticked a great many items off of your great big ‘to do’ list of life, you seem to have lost sight of the bigger picture. Your focus is on getting things done, but this seems to be at the cost of many of your goals and dreams gathering dust in the corner of your heart and soul.
It’s therefore easy to see why you are buckling under the load of things to do, people to see, places to go and tick lists to complete. Of course, with you being you, you also need to add to the mix the plethora of ought’s, must’s and should’s. It’s exhausting just reading about it! March looks set to bring you an opportunity to re-set the balance and to have a good re-think as to your true priorities in life. It’s time to stop trying to be superhuman and to start loving yourself more as you take care of your true needs and love yourself for all that you are rather than all that you do…
March looks set to be a month to create some more breathing space as you begin to find new ways of simplifying and streamlining your life. Whilst you don’t tend to choose to make your life more complicated, there is a sense that you have been overwhelmed with responsibilities and things to do recently, and this has left you tied up in knots, feeling rather bewildered and in a spin. It’s as though you have lost your usual earthy sure-footedness, and find yourself suspended in mid-air, trying to regain your footing in order to breathe deeply once again. The harder you try to return to solid ground, the more you seem to spin, so it’s important for you to realise that most (if not all) of the spin is in your control. You’re busy and stressed because you don’t like to say no, and you’ve over-complicated your life by not honouring your own needs.
The time has come for you to pause for a short while in order to regain your perspective. You are a wise, compassionate and creative soul, and in order to function to the best of your abilities, you thrive on the challenge of trying to be everything to everyone. Of course, you forget about your own needs in this, but you gain a sense of your self-worth from being the person that everyone else wants you to be. This takes skill and tenacity, and you have both by the bucket load, but you’ve spent so long with your breath held in, trying to do your best and be the best, and it feels slightly hollow unless you are wholeheartedly feeling it. In essence, it’s time to open up your heart and soul towards thriving and blooming once again as you take a big deep breath of life…
Life is full of a seemingly random collection of incongruent moments. Some flow together well, others are juxtaposed and awkward, unable to fit together as though they are like two repelling north magnets. Each moment is a fragment in time where you can experience an infinite possibility of emotions and thoughts; you never know what you’re going to get, but the rollercoaster ride of choices, decisions and consequences can sometimes leave you in a daze. On the whole, you manage these moments rather well as you’re open-minded and can see the different flows of consciousness with each moment, sometimes gaining wisdom from the bigger picture and other times feeling able to go with the flow. Of course, there are times when you want to know more and you push hard to dig, question and make sense of why things are the way they are. Sometimes you get an answer, mostly you don’t, and whilst this doesn’t stop you trying, it seems that you are beginning to realise the power and majesty in letting go and going with the flow.
March looks set to be something of a collision of moments; a coming together of many different facets of your life into something new. Such collisions do happen, and they usually take your breath away, but this one feels different as you seem so ready for it. It’s as though you have reached a turning point in your life, and you are eager to explore new terrain and reconnect to your emotional and spiritual roots. You have spent a great deal of your life trying to be the person you felt you ought to be, but the time has come to be yourself and to love yourself for it. You are vibrant, inspirational and intuitive, so use these gifts to shine brightly. This is your moment; enjoy it…
There is a powerful sense of release and renewal in the air throughout March as you begin the process of re-establishing your awareness in the here and now. You seem ready to let go of the past and to stop keeping your focus on the future, as you step more consciously into where you are now. You’re usually so busy keeping on keeping on that you don’t have the time to realise just how out of balance you’ve become. It’s only when you pause for a short while that you begin to realise just how much you’ve been drifting. Of course, both the past and the future have their uses, as both give context and meaning to the present, but the present moment is what you have now, and this is surely the most important thing? What may or may not happen tomorrow shouldn’t guide your today, nor should past experiences be the sole guide of choices made today.
In short, it’s time to trust your phenomenal intuition in order to live more consciously and in tune with your true essence. You seem ready now to stop thinking about the path you’ve walked and the path you want to walk to instead focus on the path you’re now walking. This isn’t to say that you should stop having dreams or stop gaining wisdom from past experiences, as both have learning potential, but use them as a reference point rather than a place to hang out. Be in the moment and you will quickly realise there really is no other place to be. It’s important to remember that yesterday is behind you and tomorrow hasn’t happened yet; by shifting more consciously into the here and now you can start to breathe more deeply into life whilst allowing life to breathe into you…
March looks set to be a month of breakthrough as you begin to shift your awareness towards acknowledging your true priorities and dreams in life. You have spent a great deal of time trying to be the person you thought you ought to be and whilst this has seen you achieve a great deal, you seem ready now to listen to your heart and soul in order to be the person you truly are. A time of breakthrough may suggest change and shift, and both are likely as you step into a new chapter of your life. You may feel the fluttering of uncertainty inside, as you’re not yet clear as to what this new chapter entails, but despite this, intuitively you know you are not only ready, but you want it, need it and feel excited to welcome it into your life. Of course, alongside this excitement, there is a layer of apprehension and uncertainty, but you seem ready and open to the process now, so intuitively you know it’s time to believe in yourself.
Try not to let those inner butterflies take over as your more cautious side may start to hold back as you step towards unchartered terrain. This is your moment to re-shape the story of your life and whilst what lies ahead cannot be set in stone, you know it’s the right path as your soul is burning brightly with passion and joy. It seems clear that the more you can acknowledge your true priorities, the more clarity you will gain when it comes to sorting the wheat from the chaff in all areas of your life. At the same time, stop feeling like you’re not enough as you are not only enough, you are extraordinary, glowing and magnificent…
Over recent weeks and months there is a sense that you have felt as though you’ve been torn into two, on one hand trying to be everything to everyone, but on the other, trying to acknowledge your own self-worth, sense of self and path of destiny. It’s as though you have split yourself in two, feeling as though it’s a case of either one or the other. Of course, intuitively you know this isn’t the case, but logically when you look at your life, you cannot see how you can honour yourself and your dreams when you give so much to so many. As a result, you have lost some of your sure-footedness as your inner landscape feels stormy and chaotic; you are doing battle with yourself trying to outwit…yourself. This may sound strange, but you are a master thinker and over-thinker, and whilst you can sense the inner divide, instead of pausing to find a way through it, you are oscillating in a kind of no-man’s land where you’re not really sure if you’re coming or going.
Your inner storms suggest you are now beginning to include yourself in the equation of your life, but this still seems to sit juxtaposed to your sense of purpose as though you think taking care of your own needs is somehow self-indulgent or selfish. It’s not! The stormy landscape reflects the turmoil within you as you want to honour yourself more, but feel guilty for doing so. This really needs to stop now, and you need to remember that you truly are the wisest person you know so listen to yourself and apply your wisdom to know that it’s perfectly possible to heal this inner divide in order to become whole again. In fact, it’s more than becoming whole, it’s realising just how marvellous you truly are…
Finding peace with your true nature is something you have long strived to do. You have spent a great deal of time pondering this as you so easily see the bigger picture, as well as the finer details, of life. It’s as though you are nearing a point of shift where you are finally beginning to wholeheartedly accept your natural state of being. You have an active mind, and an expansive and vast consciousness, and these blend together to form the whirling, swirling inner maelstrom within your heart and soul. Of course, you have long done battle with your inner maelstrom, feeling as though peace and tranquillity should be your natural state of being as that is what so many others believe. However, you are not like other people and you really need to stop comparing yourself to them as this only serves to stifle your self-belief.
Your inner maelstrom may be troubling to a great many souls as they strive for inner peace, however, your path to peace and tranquillity is about living consciously and vibrantly at the heart of the maelstrom where your passion is on fire and you feeling deeply connected to everyone and everything. Being you is definitely an art and it may take a lifetime to perfect, but it’s time to live, breathe and love being yourself. You’re ready now to channel your courage into being the person you truly are as you let go of doubts and stop trying to blend in; let your true colours shine brightly and allow your gifts to blossom and unfurl. It’s time to stop thinking about the life you shouldn’t be living, or don’t want to be living, and instead start to focus on the living the best life possible. Let your vibrancy, creativity and maelstrom shine brightly. Love yourself for all that you are; your beautiful maelstrom is your gift…
It seems you have spent a great deal of your life trying really hard to blend in; to become another face in the crowd. Your reasons for this are not overtly clear, although on one level there is a sense that blending in makes for an easier life. However, although you have certainly mastered the art of becoming a wallflower, you have found it hard not to want to be that one wallflower that sparkles and shines. In other words, trying not to get noticed when your soul illuminates so brightly makes for a frustrating challenge, as the harder you try to blend in, the more you stand out! Yet, rather than fighting even harder to blend in, it seems time to ask yourself why? Why is hiding your light away an easier path? Why is blending in so desirable?
It’s true that you have had your fingers burned in the past for being a trailblazer and you have felt the pain of the lack of understanding of some around you, but intuitively you know you thrive when you are riding on the crest of a wave or meandering upstream against the flow because you blossom when you allow yourself to be you. You have spent so long wanting to be you, but fought this in order to be the you that you think you should be. Confused? Well, you should be! Who are you? Are you a bright sparkly soul or another face in the crowd? Maybe you’re both? There are no easy answers to any of these questions as you are far from straightforward in the best possible way! It may therefore be wisest to move away from logic and ask your heart and soul what you truly want? Make your decision and find peace with it. Stop struggling and believe in yourself…
As you continue to contemplate the bigger picture of your life, there is a sense that you are beginning to wholeheartedly lighten the load by letting go of a great deal. You have always been one for collecting ideas, skills and possibilities, keeping them all tucked away in case they one day become useful. As a result, you have learned a great deal, but you have also started to stand a little more hunched as the weight of that backpack is exponential! It’s time now to have the confidence to set yourself free, to trust that the skills and ideas you need will stay with you and to let the rest go. March looks set to be a month that is both liberating and invigorating, as you begin to stoke the fires of your soul. You are a passionate and compassionate free spirit; carrying such a huge backpack acts like a tether keeping you in one place, bringing you self-doubt and frustration. Although your intentions behind the backpack were good, it stopped serving a positive purpose quite some time ago.
It’s hard to let it go because it represents to much hard work and so many dreams, however that hard work and those dreams won’t vanish just because you put the backpack down. It’s time to start believing in yourself and realising that no size of backpack will ever be enough to replace your tenacity, wit and innovative skills. Thriving in life isn’t about carrying around possibilities and ideas, it’s about living those possibilities and ideas to the best of your ability. Stop feeling like you’re not enough or that you need to do more, be more or achieve more as you are so much more than you could ever truly know. Have the courage to believe in yourself, step beyond the backpack and be free…
As you continue to breathe deeply into the nooks and crannies within your heart and soul, you are beginning to gain a stronger sense of purpose once again. For a long time now, you have been focused on the business of keeping on keeping on, not affording yourself the ‘luxury’ of connecting to your dreams or feeling free to open up your heart to your sense of purpose. It’s understandable, after all, you have been working hard to live your life and there has been little time to dream or ponder the bigger picture. However, the more you breathe deeply now, and the more you let go, the more you are beginning to realise that there could be so much more to your life as those nooks and crannies expand revealing untapped potential and hidden reserves. It’s not that you are particularly unhappy, but there is a low rumble of discontentment deep within you as you know just how much you have compromised over the years in order to keep the wheels turning and everyone happy.
Whilst you are not bitter about this, there is clearly some work to do on finding peace with the choices you’ve made and the pathways you’ve walked. In short, it’s time to let go of ‘if only’ in order to ‘just do it’. Now this isn’t to say you should throw caution to the wind, it’s more of a virtual prod in the ribs to remind you to live your life for you, not just for everyone else. Stop hovering on the edge of ‘if only’, as it’s time to find real solutions in order to embrace your dreams and breathe wholeheartedly into life. These solutions may not be obvious, but trust your instincts and let your intuition guide you as March looks set to be a month of revelation and inspiration…
The art of acceptance looks set to take centre stage throughout March as you begin to see yourself, your life and others from a brand-new perspective. As you continue to let go of your in- built tendency to push yourself so hard and to have such high expectations of yourself, you are beginning to see the joy within your quirks and idiosyncrasies. It’s as though you have realised that your quest for perfection keeps you away from living your life as you are perpetually chasing the horizon, rather than being in the moment. Letting go of perfection isn’t giving up or giving in, it’s about acknowledging the beauty in your imperfections and loving yourself anyway.
Acceptance can be a tricky concept to grasp as it means changing the way you see yourself, your gifts, others and your life, but you seem ready now to stop giving yourself such a hard time to do more and be more. Instead you are allowing your aspirations to take on their own life as you breathe deeply into each and every moment, expanding your boundaries and evolving with the changing tides. With less focus on the gap between where you are and where you want to be, you are allowing yourself the opportunity to fully appreciate the value of the here and how. Chasing horizons can be addictive, but with time, you realise it can also be restrictive as well. Acceptance isn’t clear cut or black and white; it’s very personal to you and only you can find your way to this state of being. Yet, it’s not about perfecting acceptance, acceptance is about embracing life exactly as it is. You’re ready now to further expand your boundaries as you grow ever more fluid and free; not a piece of driftwood, but a majestic ship sailing gracefully towards unchartered waters…
March looks set to be a month which fills you with tingles of excitement and anticipation, as well as a good sprinkling of magic and sparkle, as a renewed sense of hope and optimism rise up from within you like a daffodil on a spring day. Life has been heavy and onerous lately, particularly on the emotional and energetic levels, and you have been bogged down and overwhelmed trying to get from one day to the next. As a result, there has been little or no time for creative or spiritual endeavours. Most, if not all, of your energy has been channelled towards keeping on keeping on, getting things done and making it through each day. The heaviness is palpable and it’s understandable why you have been feeling so out of sorts. Of course, you are extremely skilled at juggling (as you’ve mastered the art to Olympian level!). However, things are beginning to shift as you stand up and declare a new intention for creating breathing space and exploring pastures new.
You now need to step beyond the confinement your life circumstances have created for you and realise just how stifled your spirit has become. This has left you feeling disconnected and out of sorts, but it’s time to breathe deeply and open up your consciousness towards the bigger picture once again in order to reconnect and feel wholeheartedly alive. You are a vibrant, colourful and passionate soul, so don’t stay hidden in the shades of grey of life. Instead, start to wiggle, wriggle and move, stop juggling so much, learn how to say no, but also how to say yes as asking for help is a sign of strength! Don’t feel guilty for honouring yourself; love yourself, be yourself and allow yourself the freedom to wiggle, wriggle and dance. It’s time to nourish yourself from the inside, out…