I am writing to you on a cold January afternoon, as we settle into this peaceful weekend of snow slowing the pace of life down in Cincinnati.
This year of 2018 has started with an immediate focus on the weather in many parts of the world. It is a devastating time for many families and communities as they suffer so much loss and pain from the impact of fires, rain, earthquakes, flooding. Witnessing their journeys breaks open my heart... and simultaneously brings me such deep, deep gratitude for the relative calm of the weather we are experiencing here and the gift of each moment spent in my own home.
As I sat in meditation at the end of my yoga class on Thursday morning, the word "Ready" came forward in my awareness.
As I shared in this week's SO's Soul Stories, I have been feeling for a while that 2018 is going to be a year of tremendous healing on our planet, even more so than 2017 (which was quite profound). Healing can take many forms for each individual and yet it is always, ultimately, about coming home to our own Selves... To better knowing who we are... To better understanding our Souls and the purpose with which we came to play on this planet.
I believe that Gaia / Earth / Mother Nature is our Teacher this year. And the lesson above all else that she is teaching is Presence.
An ability to be fully in each moment... Honoring the Gift of Life... Of Relationships... Of those things that are truly most important to us.
And so the question really is ... are we ready?
Are we ready for these lessons that bring us into greater Presence?
Being "ready" implies a sense of preparation. For many who go through natural disasters - how can we be prepared for those?? How can we expect the unexpected?
It feels like we begin by first letting go of the belief that we can even be prepared. Letting go of making plans, of predicting things that may or may not happen.
And we simply focus on Being Present In Each Moment...
We delight in the surprise snow days that show up in the schedule as ice arrives! We celebrate when our loved ones arrive home and we are all safely back together, cuddled up on the couch! We laugh at our puppies when their paws get covered in snow as they jump around outside!
We marvel at the incredible beauty and power of nature visible in every direction we look...
Worrying about what might happen takes us out of being present right now. Dwelling on all the things that we should have done to be more prepared puts us back in the past that is already complete.
And so my suggestion is that we practice being "ready" by simply being present.
As often, as consistently as possible.
One of the simplest practices to teach us how to be present is that of meditation because it stills the mind. It allows the thoughts to dissolve. It allows us to feel stillness and serenity and peace by simply closing our eyes and focusing our attention in this moment.
So my work continues to be teaching stillness... teaching meditation. It is the part I play in helping humanity be ready for all that is arriving.
You can join me on Sunday live for our weekly group Gaia's Crystal Grid Meditation. If you're local, you can also gather live in community on Tuesday and practice meditation with me in my home for the New Moon Circle.
The other definition that resonated with me for "ready" is "keen or quick to give." In our healing this year, humanity is going to come together in more and more beautiful ways. Loving and supporting each other without the old judgments and conditions attached.
As we continue to see in the news, natural disasters bring communities together instantly. Bring nations and countries together.
Let's come together in 2018 by being "quick to give" BEFORE a disaster prompts us to do so.
We each give in our own ways... some with physical support or service, some with space-holding and listening, some with joy and inspiration. As we practice Presence, being "quick to give" flows easily in the moment. Trust how you are guided and allow yourself to give in new ways this year.
Being ready.. being present in this journey.
"My heart is full... steady... eager for all that is yet to come. I chose this experience of incarnation with the greatest of care, trusting that all Souls on Earth also arrived with me in the seeking of our highest potential..." ~ One Day (is here!!)
So much love from my heart to yours! xoxoxox
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Vivienne Gerard – Teacher / Scribe / Healer / Guide / Lover of Souls and Humanity
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