There’s excitement in the air this week as many of us prepare for the pilgrimage to Fort Flagler, to attend the Spring Mysteries Festival, run by The Aquarian Tabernacle Church, our mother church. For many there is a journey before the journey to Eleusis and it involves ferries, crashing at people’s homes, coordinating plans and of course packing. For the cast members and set up crew the time and effort in preparation for the festival is phenomenal, it takes hours of dedication, costume creating, coordinating, organizing and all the hiccups that seem to occur no matter what event is planned. I’m really looking forward to going this year, this is my first year working as staff helping out in the snack kitchen and I hear I will have some awesome assistants. That’s a good thing because I do not know how to operate an espresso machine, though I suspect I will be well versed by the end of the event! I’m so fortunate there are always people around who are willing to give me a hand, to learn from and listen to. People tell me I have a lot to share too and appreciate my easy going manner, and I see life as an adventure of sorts, I never know exactly what a day will bring in my work or volunteer jobs.
Sometimes I feel stressed, especially when people tell me things confidentially, sometimes I wonder if people think I’m someone they can confess too, a counselor friend says it means that people are comfortable around me. The truth is sometimes I really don’t want to know, because it changes my relationship with the person whether for good or ill. Of course I am a neutral non partisan person, my work in life requires that, I am expected to be neutral and not judge, and most times I’m pretty good at that. I have to say that now and then someone makes a comment that irritates the heck out of me, and I’ve learned to say “Oh really?” or “indeed” when part of me just wants to smack some sense into the person. So how do I deal with it? I do a lot of grounding and breathing and feel the roots growing down from my feet into the earth and I think take this energy and transform it Mother Earth. That’s what really keeps me going, and the earth is so generous in her care of us human beings.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the work the earth and all its energies do for us lately, maybe because it’s planting season. It’s amazing that a sunflower grows from a little seed, an acorn grows an oak tree, minute alfalfa seeds grow into tasty sprouts, beautiful flowers grow from bulbs, and the world is still full of wonder for me. Every spring the buds form on trees, shoots break through the earth and reach for the sky, the cherry blossoms bloom in their pink snow and the robins return. I feel very grateful that I am aware of all the life just bursting forth around me, everything is in growing mode, including myself. There are many new experiences coming into my life right now, I feel change within it’s going to be an exciting growing season, I can tell.
If you feel overwhelmed at work, or any other area of your life, just take a moment to tune in with the nature around you. It might even be a potted plant in your office, or when you are outside just observe all the changes that are happening, because it can help you know even your struggles will also pass and change.
Abundant blessings to you