Journal Entry 8.8.2015
It’s such a pleasure to be able to write today. The weather is warming up again for a few days, but I was able to get in a nice walk this morning.
I’ve been doing some gardening the past few days after work, pruning, mowing, weeding, and watering. Just trying to keep the garden going as it’s been an intensely hot and dry summer here, even if we do live in a semi-arid region of the Pacific Northwest.
We count on winter rains and snow for our summer water here and last winter’s precipitation was sparse at best. Even the normal snow pack in the Cascades and the usually dampish Olympics was a fraction of normal. The drought is real and it’s serious. Still, the warmth of the summer sun wraps itself around your body like a soft blanket. Evenings are especially nice, to sit looking at the stars in the warm darkness.
I haven’t been motivated to write much of late… for two weeks until now. The energies are strong and continue to intensify. I find myself needing a lot of down time when I’m at home.
For me, this period seems to be an unwinding of what has gone before. Jennifer Hoffman, in her latest posts, has spoken frequently about the endings of various cycles and time periods that are occurring now. This feels “right” to me. The old is dropping away and the new is still yet to manifest. It is a feeling of being in a void or transition, where it is difficult to sense a way forward… for the moment.
This “moment” in the Now will pass and things will again begin to pick up speed for all of us. Just where we are carried will depend on our intent, focus and allowance.
For me, it has been allowing myself to let go of expectations and plans. I have a few things in mind, but am allowing the flow to proceed naturally and at its own pace.
I know that my body is feeling a bit sluggish and awkward. I’ve gained weight all this past year, and even now just have to let that go, also, except maintaining a good diet and getting in some gentle exercise.
The knees are especially tender right now. I do have some old injuries from hiking and motor vehicle accidents, but I feel that this is mostly energetic. Some days are better than others and I still managed to walk over two miles this morning at a good steady pace.
Summer here is beautiful, if a bit toasty. I haven’t been up in the hills at all due to the intense heat and dry conditions. Some of the road access for getting out of the hills is limited. Not a good place to be when a fire gets started. Our local largish fire (6,000+ acres) seems to be under control right now. Local crews have taken over the mop up duties, watching for flare-ups. This will continue until the cold weather and hopefully some rain assists in dampening down any possibility of further flames. Several fires are burning throughout the region, even in the temperate rainforest of the Western Olympics. That long moss burns very well in dry weather.
We’re supposed to have a rock concert here in town this coming weekend. I’m not partial to loud music and crowds so will avoid the scene, but many locals are quite excited. Yet with tickets going for $100, few will actually be going. Still, sound travels real well and many might just park themselves in a nearby neighborhood to catch some of the tunes.
I don’t have any great wisdom to share at this time other than to suggest that each of you take care of yourself, be gentle to self and others, get plenty of rest and light exercise, eat well, drink lots of fresh water… and laugh / sing / dance and enjoy life.
Change is happening at a mind-boggling pace now, revelations about the true nature of our society are being disclosed… what was thought to be truth is now being seen as a false façade. It’s time to take back our personal and collective power and act in cooperation with each other and with life.
I especially enjoy my quiet moments with my two furry companions. I’ve had kitty companions now for over 25 years straight. They’ve taught me a lot about unconditional love and acceptance… and letting go of the perfect house. And they give freely of their affection… when they’re in the mood or when I’m in need. We can all learn a lot from animals.
That’s enough for now. I just wanted to let you know that I haven’t gone away or disappeared, just need a bit of quiet right now. And that’s all right.
Much love coming your way,