Yes, precious, we all need a set of powerful allies, because sometimes it just gets hard!
When I talk about allies here, I’m talking about your go-to practices. What do you use when the pull of darkness gets too big? What do you rely on to help you change your thinking so that you feel the love and support that’s always available, always in this now moment and the next? Even and especially when things are difficult.
I know you have moments when you’re beset by negative thoughts, right? Things like:
- Launching this new program is too hard, I’ll never get it done, so why bother?
- I’m too old, too sick, too poor to … [yup, fill in the blank]
- There’s too much competition, why would anyone buy what I’m offering?
- Managing my business and all its parts, components and bits is just too much!
- Showing up for my own wellness and health is tiring.
When these voices are dragging their asses all over your plans and intentions, it’s really good to have allies.
I’m going to share my three favorite allies with you.
Have we talked about gratitude lately? 🙂 I know, I’m talking gratitude all the time. I share with you, every week, what moves me to gratitude, but I don’t often tell you why I’m such a passionate adherent to this practice. The Buddhists say that gratitude enables you to create more wholesome habits. I love that! Because thinking about and expressing gratitude is the single most powerful tool there is to shift your thinking, speaking and acting from a habitual negative path to a more positive one. I’ve written about this in more detail a bunch of times; there’s a good article here.
Getting up and doing something—one little (or big, don’t hold back!) thing—for someone else, is nearly as powerful as gratitude as a change-maker. Generosity counters deprivation (just as gratitude counters entitlement). It is physically impossible for generosity and self-pity to co-exist. When you’re feeling alone, unsupported, put upon, stressed by what looks like a dearth of resources, try one of these: Let someone cut in front of you on the road—or even more audaciously, in the express line at the market with a full cart!—with a smile. Take someone out for a meal. Make something for someone you love.
Someone told me, long ago, that my willingness would set me free. And I think it has. Here’s how willingness can be a powerful ally. When you see someone who has a bit of what you want—ease, serenity, sustainability and abundance in her business—and you ask her how she does it, she may share a practice or two that helps her. Well, sister, even if you really and truly don’t think that her practice could possibly work for you, you can still be willing to give it a try. Sometimes you can just be willing to be willing. Or willing to be willing to be willing. Or…go back as far as you need to, all you need is a start!
I want to know what your allies are. Please jump into the conversation in the comments below and let me know.
New Moon 13º04 Virgo, Thursday September 5th
4:36am PDT 7:36am EDT 11:36amGMT
Change is in the air, we’re coming up on the equinox and the season change.
Here in northern California, the abundance of the garden is still in full swing. You can see the beginnings of the season change, though. Leaves are yellowing, and just beginning to fall.
We’re also nearing the halfway point of the astrological year. Virgo helps you integrate any new practices you’ve put into place as well as new ideas and strategies for moving forward with your business in a harmonious way. Virgo urges you to discern what’s really important to you regarding money, your health, your work and your spirituality, so that you can get really really clear about what you are about, inside and out.
On a practical level, this is a great time to concentrate what’s next for you in your life and your business. Start the next phase of your big project you want to launch before the year is out (okay yes I’m talking to myself here, maybe one or two of you as well?). Do some of that detail work you’ve been putting off. Start the next phase of your health, diet and wellness improvements.
Want to make sure your work will pay off? Keep this three-part checklist in mind:
- Is my work dedicated to be of powerful service to others?
- Have I taken the time to make sure I have everything I need on hand?
- Is my effort coming from my most humble and grateful self?
In fact, here’s a great way to seal the deal
Take some time at your altar or outside in a place that’s sacred to you, any time between Wednesday and Sunday (the third day after the New Moon, the night you can see the first sliver of the Moon in the sky), and spend some time journaling your answers to the questions above.
Dedicate your work to those you are here to serve. Make lists of what you need, and create the time and space to get yourself organized. And connect your hands, head and heart to the divine, in humble gratitude that you get to be of service.
I can’t wait to hear from you. How is this New Moon for you? Let me know in the comments.
- I’m grateful I gave myself some downtime yesterday, reading a novel and taking multiple naps. Yum!
- I’m grateful for the holiday I had last week at Pigeon Point Lighthouse on the Pescadero coast. This is a pelican wing I found on a cliff. More photos here.
- I’m grateful for late summer corn, bone broth simmering on the stove, and blueberries.