First, some beauty
I just got back from a week on Kaua’i.
After the first couple of disoriented days there, I finally really landed. Moved from wondering how to be on Kaua’i to being on Kaua’i. I was finally present, with my feet on the ground, feeling my grateful full heart. I basked in the sunshine and the rain and enjoyed putting over 500 miles on my rental car (how did this happen on such a small island?) and getting to snorkel three times on three gorgeous beaches. So much aloha.
I took a walk along the cliffs at Spouting Horn.
Above is the heiau (ancient temple) at Prince Kuhio Park.
I was driving to see the Kilauea Lighthouse and drove past a dozen or so cars and thirty or so people watching the sunset. I stopped and joined them. Because of course. The lighthouse could wait.
Here’s Ganesh guarding the entrance to the Hindu Monastery.
The Na Pali coast from Ke’e Beach. One of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen.
Now, let’s look at embracing the mystery.
You like to think you know what’s going to happen. You like to think you can control the outcome.
Of course you do, it’s human to want to know.
But you can’t know. You can’t control outcomes. All you can do is show up, and put one foot in front of the other in the direction of your goals, your visions, your highest good.
I’ve been Counting the Omer this year, for the first time (I had never even heard of it before, which makes sense, since I’ve never paid attention to Judaism until this year). Counting the Omer is a 49-day spiritual practice that begins on the second night of Passover. There’s a theme for each of the 49 days based on the Kabbala. Each day I receive an email with the day’s lesson and meditation suggestion. The teachings have been just what I needed: The content has been all about embracing the mystery, about stopping and connecting to what is in and around me, and sinking into gratitude.
Embracing the mystery: just what I need — facing having to move from my home and not by my choice. A powerful reminder that when changes have happened in my life — and they just keep happening! — I have survived and thrived all the way through (even if I couldn’t always see it at the time). I have been told many times that I probably haven’t been brought this far to be dropped on my head now. When things get scary, and challenging, and fear beckons me, I forget these truths. It’s good to be reminded!
Embracing the mystery requires a whole lot of letting go. Scary, yes. Liberating even more. How can I help support you as you move through your own mysteries?
Mercury retrograde is coming. And the Taurus New Moon.
New Moon in Taurus
Sunday, May 17th
9:13 pm Pacific
12:13 am Eastern (5/18)
Mercury retrograde in Gemini
Monday, May 18th
Thursday, June 11th
Mercury rules Gemini; rules communication, research, and learning
- I’m looking forward to it. The Merc Rx window is a perfect time for me to be looking for my new home and office. A perfect time to be finding out my rights in this situation where my landlady wants to sell this place I rent.
- I’m prepared. I will sign no agreements about leaving this place until this retrograde is well and truly over. My landlady wants to sign a contract by June 15th. Since Mercury won’t be out of shadow until June 27th, I’m going to propose we sign on July 15th (then I can compromise on June 30th if necessary).
- One more aspect of the mystery: What if I find a perfect place during the retrograde? It’ll have to be extremely perfect for me to sign a lease before June 11th, but I’m open.
The New Moon reminds me to stop and smell the roses, wiggle my toes in the dirt, stare at the ocean, lean on a redwood (and daydream of Kaua’i).
The fiery get-going energy of Aries mellows and melts into sensual, divinely feminine Taurus. This New Moon invites us into the moment, into the here and the now. It reminds us also to take care of business, to check and double-check finances, to think twice and then one more time about expenses and commitments. Goes perfectly with the energy of the Mercury retrograde.
Suggestions for the New Moon and the Mercury retrograde
- Review your financial strategies in your business — what needs to happen next?
- Experiment with ways to increase pleasure and joy in your life — have you laughed yet today?
- Embrace personal sustainability — honor Mother Earth as you fulfill your sacred mission in your work.
- Practice exquisite self-care — use that Taurus energy to turn your love into better health, improved strength and flexibility.
- Feed and nurture your relationships — with your clients, your loved ones, your friends.
How are you embracing the mystery? What’s up for you as we enter this next Merc Rx? I’d love to hear from you. Join the conversation, leave a comment. Blessed be!