Elementals #10 – Simplicity
This week I didn’t get to take a nature walk, and that might be the case for the next few weeks. I’m working extra shifts before my vacation in mid-September. I’m finally going back east to visit my mother in Virginia. We’ve been waiting for the virus to calm down, but I’m long overdue for a visit, and realized things may never calm or “return to normal”. This means it’s time to visit my mother, even with the risks. The virus and extreme measures have stripped away many of our comforts, freedoms, jobs, and social venues. I don’t like the changes, especially since I believe the restrictions are meant to control and distract us. However, I can choose how I respond. Other than the occasional rant and alternative post on Facebook, I remind myself what is most important and attempt to align my life with those.
My priorities continue to be kindness, freedom, simplicity, and harmony with life.
The word “elemental” speaks to simplicity. It reminds me we are part of nature and the web of life. Our individual lives work much better when we think, act, and choose as part of a bigger life. We might call it learning to flow and work with life, rather than against life. I’m not sure what are the lessons from this virus challenge (especially since I’ve come to believe bad people have planned much of what has happened). The lessons seem to be about acceptance and flowing with life. I believe we are having a spiritual journey to rediscover our essential goodness, our unity with life, and how nature/God/universe is directing the show. The trials of mankind don’t have to make sense, but if I trust in a higher power, then life is not mine to control.
My choice and power come in how I respond to life.
And I know from many painful experiences that life is much harder when we resist what life brings us. Peace, love, and flow come from accepting what is and making the best of it. So I continue to focus on taking care of myself, being kind to others, doing my job, and living day-to-day. Even though I enjoy looking for big picture patterns, the machinations of our economy, politics, and big money elites are well beyond my control.
All this is to say, I feel better and flow when I accept what is and make choices to align with life and my values. Another turtle showed up by my patio as I was writing this post, which helped confirm my focus on simplicity and unity. Most Native American traditions view turtles as symbols of creation and interconnection. You can read more about Turtle Island, but my key takeaways are to live in peace, respect, and unity with life.
May your week be full of flow and simplicity.