I was dedicated and did my walk through the streets and a small nature reserve in my friend's neighbourhood. (People on Instagram will have seen my updates). Of course, since then time has been moving on as always, and the moon is already almost full again (see above).
I drew a card from the Earth Magic Oracle deck by Stephen D Farmer, and synchronistically it was 'Full Moon: Completion'. Completion is a time for rest and gathering before the next new project. A time to enjoy what you have accomplished. It may be a small thing, but I did accomplish my practice – I saw it through to the end. There were 'interesting' (not) times of resistance; plenty of insights; beauty to lift the heart; and rain – so much rain (!!) But through the mindfulness I know that I am learning to see the world differently and to respond instead of react.
It is time.
It's not exactly a novel, but I am aiming to have the first draft done by the end of this month. I will still be doing my mindful walks (my practice) as I find that this is a key ingredient in staying creative. Mindfulness is such a helpful practice. It creates a space in which to breathe. It gives a pause so that you are not pushed by life - but are free to experience it. The paradox of inner work is that you become more visible (not less). This is because you start to know yourself, let go of the illusion of who you thought you were, and then you begin to shine.
I hope you find the practice that best suits you. Maybe it will be mindful walking; or meditation; or just a daily walk in nature. Whatever it is, when you give yourself that special gift of self-care, the resulting luminence will benefit us all.
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