Seasons ChangeNovember 8th, 2009
Been wondering why no new posts lately? Honestly, I’ve been wondering the same thing. I ask myself: Why the lack of inspiration? Where did all that great creative energy from the summer go? Why the desire to just come home at night, put on my pajamas and vegetate?
But alas, all questions that are asked with a pure heart are answered in good time. My answer came yesterday while attending a very cool workshop on Taoist energy healing, given by a very cool Taoist Monk, Pedram Shojai. Whoa, sounds pretty out there, you might be thinking.
Well, I love going to these types of workshops because I’m just plain curious about different things, philosophies, ideas, systems, etc. that are new to me. But to be perfectly frank, I really only understand a fraction of what I learn and remember only a fraction of that fraction. Being an optimist, I guess I’m hoping that just exposing myself to these different ways of thinking, believing, dealing with life and the Universe will somehow positively affect my life.
In addition to learning about how the health of different internal organs, or lack thereof, affects our whole well-being. I also had a minor epiphany about my own spiritual well-being. It came during a minor comment about the earth elements (fire, earth, wood, water and metal) and their connections to the seasons. Just as the seasons change, so do our inner beings. Afterall, we don’t live in isolation of the place we live in. It’s impossible. Rather, in every moment, we are affected by and affecting our Universe. Energy in and energy out. It’s a dance, it’s a relationship, it’s a continuous give-and-take.
Come to find out, I’m not immune to this mutual exchange of energy. I’m not unaffected by the changing seasons, the lessening of daylight, the cooling off of the outdoors, the need to power down and conserve energy to stay warm for the coming seasons. As much as I love how my soul just blossoms and takes flight during the spring, how it fires up and burns bright all summer, I forgot that with the passing of spring and summer comes fall and winter.
So if you’ve been wondering where I’ve been, I’ve been shedding my leaves I guess. Closing the windows and getting out the comforters. Preparing to power down and burn more like an ember rather than a blazing fire. Time to nourish, replenish and rest the body and soul. No worries, though. I have no fear that the flames will extinguish. They are just recharging for the coming seasons. It’s natural. It’s seasonal. It’s the give and take of life forces at work.
Life is good! Namaste. –Lori