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.