Nature is often the messenger of wisdom in my life. Leaning against a tree, standing on a mountain, paying attention in a field is where I most often have epiphanies that allow me to see more clearly. Sometimes they are so simple I wonder how it wasn't obvious to me before, but I always listen and am grateful.
A few days ago I was walking in the Carleton Cowling Arboretum near my house with the intention of recharging my body and clearing my mind. I stopped to sit at the edge of the stream and listen to the water babbling over the rocks. Watching the water flow by it occurred to me that no matter how much water moved past me, there was still water in front of me and more coming in. No break, no emptiness, just a constant flow.
And so it is with our energy. What we put out into the world comes back to us in other ways. Why then, I wondered, do we sometimes feel like we're running on empty? That there is scarcity instead of abundance? Women who come to my workshops almost always connect with the image of filling their cup because they have been functioning from a place of emptiness for so long.
A colleague who also values nature as a teacher, suggested that it's when there's an obstacle -- a log, a beaver dam, some kind of obstruction -- that the water can't flow in. And so it is with our energy. When there's a roadblock we stop the flow of vital energy coming in which we need to replenish our reserves.
What might block the flow? It could be a story that there's not enough time to care for ourselves. Or maybe it's a value we were taught in childhood that we shouldn't ask for help - even when we really need it. Perhaps it's the notion that we need to take care of everyone else first or we're being selfish. Often it is the belief that we are not worthy of receiving.
Whatever it is that is keeping us from receiving the nourishment we need, we can choose to shift it. We can choose to get what we need and open to the dynamic flow of the universe.
So, I'm curious, where might you be able to remove a logjam and open yourself to receive what is ready to flow in?
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