What to do when exhaustion strikes

Can you relate to this? (If you’ve ever worked a corporate job you probably can…)

You’re so tired you’re working on fumes. You just keep pushing through. But you don’t know why, really.

You just want to sleep. It’s the best cure. But you need to get through the afternoon.
You feel like you’re in two worlds. Lots of fluctuations in perception and consciousness.

Faking it, as usual.  But faking it is just unacceptable.

Then you get really close to being real. Like a moment of authenticity…but then it flits away….

Part of what’s going on when you feel this way – probably a big part – is that your body-mind partnership is not functioning optimally right now.

Our bodies are not designed to live the kind of life that our modern minds have created and expect of us. Our mental self will push and push and push, it doesn’t get tired the way our physical self does. And it will push the body into exhaustion. Which of course gets our emotional self out of whack – it’s all connected! 🙂

So it’s really important to do all we can to love and support the body as much as possible.

Supporting our physical selves, like everything else, starts with awareness. Paying attention to what’s really going on.

Getting enough sleep is essential. Of course you can’t just sack out when you’re at work, but take a look at your overall sleep patterns – is it just today or is there a larger pattern at work?

Also keep in mind that one sort of imbalance can impact another. For instance, if you are hungry or dehydrated it can make you tired and sleepy. So can tanking up on carbs and experiencing a sugar crash. Or inefficient breathing.

Some spiritual disciplines consider the body unimportant or even undesirable. I don’t believe it is. We are spiritual beings, yes, but there’s a reason we’re here on the physical plane.

Honoring our own body and its needs and functions is integral to honoring Mother Earth, and the amazing evolution of consciousness itself.

So we all experience days like this. When it happens, first of all have compassion for yourself.

Yes, you have to get through the day. But also recognize that there’s nothing intrinsically wrong with YOU. It’s just your body’s way of getting your attention and telling you it’s time for some self-care.

Whether that’s taking a nap, or eating a salad or a steak or whatever your body seems to need, or chugging a big glass of water, or taking a relaxing bath, or watching a funny movie or working out or just getting out and having some fun.

Listen to your body, and it will tell you what to do! 🙂

Will you be the 100th one?

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh

 dove power painting
Dove: Universal symbol of Love, Hope & Peace. Associated chakras: Heart & Crown

There’s been a lot of disturbing stuff in the news lately. If you’re a sensitive person, it can really get you down if you let it.

That’s the catch – IF you let it.

How do you stay grounded in a place of peace when the world around you seems to be falling apart?

For one, by remembering that healing can be painful at times.

We’ve entered a period of incredible transformation on the planet. The global consciousness is shifting to a higher point of view.

Change of that degree will inevitably shake things up. And it will meet with plenty of resistance. Dark energies don’t like to give up power.

Remember that what you focus your attention on grows stronger. So while it’s ok to grieve, and those who suffer do need to be acknowledged, be careful that your attention to them stays focused on the Light. Depression, fear, resentment, hate – all these reactions, while certainly understandable, simply feed the darkness.

And for another, by remembering that we are not alone.

There is power in numbers. There is power in purpose. And there is power in Love.

When you combine all three, amazing things happen.

The power of Love and Light is always stronger than that of darkness. That’s because at its core, Light works through cooperation, and the darkness through division.

It’s time for us who feel called to the Light to join forces. To step forward together and meet the darkness en masse.

Even very tiny actions, when done by many people in unison, create powerful healing thunder.

Which brings me to the inspiration for this message.

My friend, Karen Riordan Palmer, an amazing woman who is dedicating her life to Peace and Light, has started a campaign for World Peace on Thunderclap.

Thunderclap is an app that lets a message be heard when you and your friends say it together. Think of it as an “online flash mob.”

How it works is, you simply click a link to show your support by sharing a single message on your Facebook, Twitter, and/or Tumblr feed at a pre-scheduled time. (It takes about 15 seconds and doesn’t cost a thing.)

That way, instead of shares trickling out over days, they all happen at once. The message then gets amplified many hundreds of times and becomes a powerful statement that’s impossible to ignore.

Karen’s message is to spread the word about one of the largest #GlobalPeaceInitiative events ever: the 2nd World Parliament on Spirituality that will take place this November, right on the heels of the U.S. Presidential election.

The goal of the event is to create a Global Peace Initiative and Master Action Plan for Peace for the purpose of increasing the level of love, prosperity, and peace in the world.

Karen has been working tirelessly helping organize this event and spreading the word about it.

She can’t do it by herself.

Together, though, our separate small voices can become one giant ROAR for Peace!

One quick share is a tiny little gesture, I know, but if we all make it together you’ll be amazed at the power it can generate.

If this message resonates with you even a little, please click the link and share your support (by clicking the red buttons on the center of the page.)

As of this writing Karen is just 11 supporters short of her goal of 100 supporters. If she doesn’t reach it, the message doesn’t go out. One tiny little action by that 100th supporter (and the 99th, and the 98th…) will make it all possible.

And imagine the opportunities for peace that could open up as a result, all over the planet.

Who will the 100th one be? Will it be you?


How to Tick Off the Trickster

CoyoteHappy April Fools Day!

Don’t worry. I’m not the trickster type. But many spirit animals are!

The Trickster archetype pops up everywhere, from folk tales of the world to our own lives. Often shapeshifters, Trickster characters delight in breaking the rules, creating chaos and generally shaking things up.

In many storytelling traditions, animals take on the Trickster role. Common Trickster animals include Fox (such as Reynard the Fox and the Japanese kitsune), Coyote (a well known Trickster character from Native American folklore), Wolf, Spider (e.g. the traditional African character Anansi the Spider), Rabbit or Hare (think Brer Rabbit and Bugs Bunny), and Raven.

The Trickster operates outside the rules and can really turn life upside down. While Tricksters can be highly entertaining and are often well-loved for their tricks and mischief, they have no boundaries and can be downright malicious at times.

Despite this, the Trickster has an important role to play. Tricksters show up when we become complacent, stuck in a rut, or when we are not operating in alignment with our higher selves. They also remind us that all is not always as it seems.

The chaos they bring helps to break up stuck patterns. At its extreme it can be lethal – especially for those who continue to resist. However, Trickster encounters can actually be extremely positive, even when they are painful. They can serve to shock us out of unhealthy patterns of being, if we are flexible enough to recognize and respond to Trickster energy for what it is. When that happens, the Trickster himself may end up the victim of his own cleverness, as in this tale of Anansi the Spider.

If you find yourself beset with misfortune, or if you feel like every time you start to make progress, something happens to set you back, Trickster may be at play. Trickster energy is exceptionally fluid, and opposites attract, so look for areas of rigid thinking or entrenched beliefs. (Often these will be deeply buried fears.)

In the spirit animal world, our shadow totems can sometimes appear as Trickster animals. If an animal comes into your life that is exceptionally pesky or troublesome, it may represent a part of you that hasn’t been allowed full expression or release.

One of the best antidotes to Trickster energy is to laugh! Laughter reveals the Trickster for what he is and brings his tricks out into the light. It often will also work to dissolve the underlying stuck energy that attracted him in the first place.

If you’re in the mood for some Trickster energy, enjoy this classic Warner Brothers flick, in which Bugs Bunny plays the consummate Trickster:

photo credit: Coyote via photopin (license)

It was just a little thing…

Yesterday for some reason the topic of washing machines came up. I mentioned to my husband that I really like the one we have now because it sings a cheery little tune when the wash is done.

He laughed, but I insisted that it does make a difference. Our old one would let out a loud “BLAAAT!” at the end of the cycle. And my reaction was always, “Oh, no, the wash is done, now I have to go deal with it.”

Now, when I hear that little tune, I think, “Oh, good, the wash is done!” 🙂

It’s a little thing. But it does make a difference in my mood. And compounded over time, I’m sure it makes a positive difference in my life – which no doubt ripples out to those around me.

Little things can have big impact. Pay attention today to the little things in your life. Notice how they affect you, either positively or negatively. If the latter, how hard would they be to change?

Fall windfall

Apples 4-10 002One of the nicest things about fall is…apples!

Where I live in Negaunee, MI, we have a lot of old abandoned apple trees within walking distance of our front door.

Some of them are not much to speak about, but some of the trees have surprisingly good apples. This time of year you can gather them by the bag full.

I really love those apples. Some are sweet, some are pretty tart, but they all have wonderfully complex flavors that you just don’t find in modern apples. And the trees are so generous in sharing their bounty!

Here is my daughter Aster and Hazuki, the Japanese student we  hosted for 2 weeks, with Hazuki’s first apple pie. The girls made it from windfall apples they gathered from those old trees, and the pie was AMAZING!

What is your favorite thing about fall?