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You are Enough

You are Enough

I just wanted to remind you this week that you are enough, you have achieved enough, you have loved enough, you have contributed enough, you are enough.

I don't know about you but I am sometimes pretty hard on myself. I'm always looking at what I could have done, how I could have done better and comparing myself with people who seem to be doing better in life than I am. 

"How do they have time to do that?" I ask, "How do they fit that in on top of all the other things they have to do? How can they make that work?"

And if I'm feeling weary and tired I question myself and tell myself to keep going no matter how I'm feeling.

"Why are you tired? There's no reason for you to be tired, you're just going to have to keep going," that perfectionist voice inside me says.

And I know that this way of thinking is the building block to anxiety and conflicted feelings and yet, even after all these years of meditating I find myself listening to this un-constructive voice and giving it more power than it deserves.

Last week I had a very long "To Do" list and yet I felt really tired and it was taking me longer than it should have to complete easy tasks.

I decided to go rogue and take myself down to the beach for some much needed quiet time. I made my way to the sand dunes and climbed to the top and lay there in the spring sunshine, listening to my breath.

At first I was beating myself up for all the things that I should have been doing but slowly the breathing started to slow my mind down a little and I was able to hear the waves and feel the gentle wind on my skin and watch the birds as they circled in the blue sky above me.

After about twenty minutes I felt calmer and more in tune with the natural world around me. I felt that nature herself was recalibrating my thinking into a calmer and more receptive state. From here I was able to see my life from a different perspective. I was able to see (and feel) the many blessings of my life, and this gratitude grew as I lay in the sand dunes doing absolutely nothing.

In the past, I may not have even allowed myself to do such a frivolous thing in the middle of a work day, but I knew from past experience that this time I took, would be more valuable than any other more immediately constructive work I could do.

This week, my wish for you (and for myself) is that we take the time we need to feel balanced and peaceful. That we give ourselves the rest and replenishment we need, free of the guilt that sometimes stalks our most precious moments.

Take an inventory of all you have done for others this week (your family, your work colleagues, your friends, your pets) and also consider all the ways you have made the world a better place.

You are so much more precious and worthy than you think. You are doing so much more than you give yourself credit for. You are spreading love and kindness in the world. You deserve to take some time to rest your body and mind.

You are beautiful

and you are enough

you are enough

you are more than enough.

Can we please rest in this knowledge for even a short time this week?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Mother

Our Mother

 

Our Mother

beneath our feet

blessed be your name.

 

Your wisdom come

your love be felt

on earth

that we can make it a heaven.

 

Give us today our daily compassion

and forgive us for loving ourselves too little.

 

Lead us not into separation,

but bring us to balance;

for thine is the earth

the wonder and the beauty,

for ever and ever.

 

Living in Aotearoa/New Zealand we have a special relationship to the land and the nature that surrounds us. One day a few years ago, when I was living on Karitane beach I came up with this feminine companion to the Our Father and called it Our Mother. It is a simple prayer, but I feel that it has great power in that it balances the masculine imagery and energy that we have come to know so well, with the lesser known but no less important feminine perspective.

Most of us can recite the Our Father, which is at the heart of all Christian spirituality. This prayer has given me great comfort over the years as has the Hail Mary.

But as I have grown and evolved I have been questioning more and more the lack of feminine influences in the Christian spiritual tradition. Things are slowly changing and Pope Francis is finally speaking out on behalf of Mother Earth, but there is a long way to go.

I love this prayer and bring it to mind whenever I feel the need to feel the relief of the ground beneath my feet, or be comforted by the compassionate feminine energy embodied in nature.

I share it with you in the way it was shared with me...in the  spirit of love, balance and increased compassion for our world.

My latest batch of soul stones are inspired by this prayer and many of them carry words and phrases found in the simple prayer above. They act as a reminder of the love and beauty that surround us, and they bring us back to simple truths that we are sometimes too busy to remember.

Thanks so much for reading and I hope you take some soul food with you through the rest of your day x

 

#metoo and the modern rage...

#metoo and the modern rage...

There is lots of anger in our world right now, from the dehumanisation of refugees, to #metoo, to the anti gun lobby, to the gender pay gap, to modern day slavery and the terrifying acceleration climate change. There is much to be angry about.

And this anger is better than the despairing silence and apathy that many of us feel when we think the problems are too big and too complex to solve.

As humans we are built for survival and have managed against the odds to keep reproducing for hundreds of generations. We will find a way through but I think we  may need to engage with our rage and use that to spur us on to constructive action.

But it’s not easy to engage with rage. It is an uncomfortable emotion that is judged harshly by a world that thrives on our consent.

There is nothing wrong with rage. It is the emotion that arises when justice has not yet been done, when we feel powerless and silenced.

I think this modern rage is our gift and that we should use it very wisely.

This rage is coming from many different places.

I think some of it is coming from a reaction to a thousand years of disrespect for our sacred mother. From our pain at watching her compassionate silence be used as consent for taking and taking and never giving back.

#metoo is just the tip of the iceberg in our powerful fight for consent, not just over our own bodies but over the body of our planet.

Our mother earth has been given no rights, no legal identity. She is there only for our pleasure, for our business, for our mining and our fracking and our fishing and our farming and our commerce.

She is not our property - she is not our resource she is our mother and we are all lessened by her enslavement.

And this rage and this anger is not appropriate - is not polite, is not rational but yet it exists in each one of us because we know the way we are living is fundamentally flawed.

So can we direct our rage into something that will make a difference?

In December 2010 Bolivia passed the Law for the Rights of Mother Earth. 

The law defines Mother Earth as "...the dynamic living system formed by the indivisible community of all life systems and living beings whom are interrelated, interdependent, and complementary, which share a common destiny; adding that "Mother Earth is considered sacred in the worldview of Indigenous peoples and nations.[6]

The law also establishes the juridical character of Mother Earth as "collective subject of public interest", to ensure the exercise and protection of her rights. By giving Mother Earth a legal personality, it can, through its representatives (humans), bring an action to defend its rights. Additionally, to say that Mother Earth is of public interest represents a major shift from an anthropocentric perspective to a more Earth community-based perspective.[8]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_the_Rights_of_Mother_Earth

This law needs to be embraced by every government on earth and if we can direct our rage about lack of consent in our own lives and in the life of our great planet into lobbying for this law, and all the societal changes it entails then we may have a chance to bring things back into balance before it is too late.

We think we have time but it is our survival as humans on this planet that is as stake. Mother Earth has time frames that we cannot even comprehend. She can wait us out without effort and her body and systems will regenerate quickly once we are gone.

But we have a chance to turn it around. To finally start living on this planet the way our ancestors did, the way the indigenous people of this planet have been living for thousands of years, in a delicate and ever evolving balance.

Living on this planet is about give and take, it is about understanding that nature and Mother Earth are what sustain us. There is a balance that must be created through new ways of looking at our lives, through community, through building our lives sustainably, and through a navigation of what consent means for our Great Mother.

On a practical level we can start with bringing the need for a Law for the Rights of Mother Earth into our consciousness. Let's learn about it and think about it and talk about it with our families and friends, debate it, and understand the concepts behind its creation.

We can draw great wisdom and strength from our own indigenous guardians, our Maori, our tangata whenua who have preserved their ancestral knowledge and culture in such a unique and powerful way. It is time we let that knowledge lead us back into a reciprocal relationship with the planet on which we live

Let's look at how this law works in Bolivia and lets lobby our own politicians to implement the same idea in our own countries.

This is an achievable step. It is a way to bring the needs and rights of our great mother into the minds of each one of us.

The native American tribes make each decision based on how it will affect the next seven generations. 

When we bring the rights of our precious mother earth into our law making, we are ensuring that her health and preservation are carried forth so that our great, great, great, grandchildren are able to inherit this beautiful planet and act as compassionate caretakers of their living, breathing, sacred and unique home.