Embracing what is
When I heard the saying in the image—about bumps, detours and potholes—the other night, it landed in my heart, in my gut, with so much resonance. It belongs in the file of amazing wisdom heard in a 12-step meeting I’ve been amassing for a long time now. Because it speaks to that truth that what is is a gift, even when it’s bumpy. Here are a couple more good ones that relate directly to this teaching.
Wherever you go, there you are.
Yes, you can sell all your stuff, quit your job or walk away from your business, buy that Airstream, and travel around. Guess what? Your unresolved issues and challenges will still be present in your beautiful beating heart and your chattering mind when you wake up in a RV parking lot 500 miles away from where you thought you had left them behind. And those issues and challenges will be there the next day. And the next… Unless and until you embrace, accept and get down to doing the work that can and will release what no longer serves you and transform what does into useful wisdom.
Your issues, your problems, you’ve got them for a reason
Imagine sitting in a circle of people, and you, like everyone else, are complaining about the stuff that has you dissatisfied, the stuff that’s holding you back from living into you dream and vision for your best life. Here’s a promise: If each one of us in that circle all put our problems and challenges in the center as we talked, when we were done, and everyone was starting to leave, you would pick up your own problems and challenges on the way out the door.
Your problems and your challenges are the bumps, turns, and potholes that you are meant to travel on the way to your magnificent greatness.
They’re yours, they’re your gift. They’re the jewel that’s been given to you, and every single facet in that jewel is a viewport into a lesson. And every single lesson is a blessing.
Even a pothole can contain a precious jewel, a gift you might never even see if you spend all your time complaining about the stupid road and the stupid holes. When you slow down, and breathe, and accept and even breathe gratitude into this now moment—even the flat tire, even the delay—you may be surprised, enlightened and brought to joy by even this PITA (pain in the ass) moment.
Take another look at the pothole.
When you slow down and look from that place inside you that’s at peace instead of annoyed, accepting instead of victimized, you may see something beautiful you didn’t see at first glance.
What jewels, what gifts have been hidden in your own bumps, detours and potholes? What appreciation has grown in you for exactly what is? Talk to me, tell me your beautiful story in a comment.
Full Moon notes
Full Moon in Taurus
7:16 am Pacific
10:16 am Eastern
3:16 pm GMT
Some traditional names for November’s Full Moon are:
- Beaver Moon
- White Moon
- Dark Moon
- Snow Moon
- Tree Moon
- Trading Moon
- Sassafras Moon
- Frosty Moon
- Moon when horns are broken off
The roller coaster is slowing down, beloveds. We’ve just come through a wild ride, haven’t we? With the turning of the wheel at Samhain / Day of the Dead, the two eclipses, the Pluto/Saturn square, Mercury’s most recent retrograde (in Scorpio, that was a doozy!) finally over, and Jupiter turning direct in Pisces. Whoa. Doesn’t it feel good to unbuckle that safety belt for a bit?
This Taurus Full Moon is a gift, a balm, to soothe whatever is still ouchy after the past six weeks or so. This convivial Full Moon blesses us as we enter the holiday season with a reminder to nestle close to loved ones, take some time to relax, and enjoy good food and fun. This is a perfect time to get some rest. Here in California, where the light is dripping away every day and it’s chilly, candlelight and snuggly blankets are so inviting. Enjoy them. Enjoy your moments, and hours of hibernation.
It’s also the time, as celebrations start to happen between now and the end of the year, to think about how you want to appreciate your cherished ones. For me, it’s always about making something. By Thanksgiving weekend, I will render the beeswax I was given by the hive Goddess who is my neighbor, order containers and start concocting this year’s gift: a healing salve.
How are you relaxing into this easeful Full Moon window? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.