“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” – E. E. Cummings

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” – E. E. Cummings

Life is Precious

Life is Precious

What a week.  I love blogging, especially the way I have decided to do it, because it allows me to share my learnings and experiences on a weekly basis.  The fun part is I don’t really have a plan.  I have some ideas for posts in my back pocket but for the most part I write each week based on what is going on in my life at that point in time.

This week, I have been reminded of two important things:

1.       Life is precious.

2.       Everything is impermanent.

Let me break those down further and share where those messages came from.

Life is Precious:

In December, I bought the Spirit Animal Deck and did a full year spread for 2019.  It was fun to play around with it and see what came up for each month.  I took notes on every card and was interested to see how they might align with different aspects of my life throughout the year.  I must say, it has been interesting so far.  At the end of each month, I pause to reflect on the past month and set intentions for the coming month.  At the same time, I have been reviewing my notes from my card reading and seeing if there are any connections.

At the beginning of May, we had a new moon in Taurus.  Since I lead my first new moon gathering, I’ve been committed to sending an email on each new and full moon to let people know the theme and provide some suggestions of things they can do to honour the moon phase.  It’s fun for me because I’m learning as I write these emails so I’m not coming to you providing any expert insight, I’m just sharing what I’ve learned and offering you some food for thought.  If you want to receive these bi-weekly emails, send me an email using the envelope icon at the bottom of the page, I would be happy to add you to the mailing list!

In early May I wrote an email about the Taurus new moon.  I learned that Taurus is an Earth sign, represented by the bull.  It is grounded, stable, and reminds us that sometimes stillness rather than action is the best way to move forward.  After writing that email, I read my notes from the card I drew for May which was the buffalo; very similar to the bull if you ask me.  The buffalo is grounded yet spiritual, it does not fear misfortune but sees it as an opportunity for upliftment.  It reminds us that life is a precious gift.

For one, I couldn’t help but notice the similarities between the season of Taurus and the buffalo card.  I took it as a sign that I really need to carve out space to feel more grounded and connected to myself.  I decided to recommit to a daily meditation practice and attend restorative classes at my yoga studio more regularly.  However, I didn’t know how to feel about the part about not fearing misfortune, that doesn’t seem like a good omen and although it said not to fear, it can be a little nerve-wracking.  But you know, it’s just a card, it doesn’t mean anything serious is necessarily going to happen. 

Then it did.  On Sunday, my grandpa ended up in the hospital and it didn’t look good.  I prayed the way I know how, through yoga and meditation.  I was able to go visit on Monday and he was doing relatively better, but it has been a tough week for my family.  All I could think about was that reminder: life is precious.

It’s so easy for us to get caught up in the day to day responsibilities of life.  To be constantly striving for the next thing, the next goal.  I definitely feel that right now with yoga teacher training and buying a condo.  But then when something like this happens, it brings you back to the present and reminds you that there’s nothing more important than family and health.  It reminds you to slow down and appreciate everything you have in your life.  The simple things.  Just as Taurus reminds us to be grateful for all of the abundance that already exists; the Earth, your breath, fresh air, food, water, shelter, family, friends, a job, etc.

Everything is Impermanent:

On Thursday, we had our first class of the meditation module for yoga teacher training.  One of the things we talked about is how everything is impermanent.  It really resonated with me this week, after the experiences I’ve had.  It’s another reminder to appreciate what you have right now, because the only thing guaranteed in life is change.  Things are constantly in a state of flow, time changes everything.

If this truth scares you, that’s normal.  It is hard for our conscious mind to accept.  That’s where meditation comes in, because when you quiet the mind, you’re able to observe your mind and body more clearly and you will eventually quiet the ego voice and come to these types of realizations.  It’s not easy by any means, but it’s a valuable practice.  It can help you release your resistance and be able to accept those things in life that you cannot change.

I have no control over what happens to my grandpa, but I do have control over how I handle the situation.  I can allow myself to feel whatever emotions come up, and I can choose to put family first and be there for them as much as possible.  When I’m not with them in-person, I can keep them in my thoughts, and use my yoga and meditation practices to pray for everyone’s wellbeing. 

"You can't stop the waves but you can learn to surf" - Jon Kabat-Zinn

As I recommitted to a regular meditation practice this week through WanderfulSoul’s free 30 Days to Reconnect workbook, I decided to start journaling in a note book that my dad gave me when I was in high school.  It’s the same one I mentioned in my post called You Are Who You Are For A Reason.  As a teenager, I wrote a few quotes in it from some of the books I read.  This week as I opened the notebook again, I read the quotes and found that this really resonated:

“For any one of us our forever could end in an hour, or a hundred years from now.  You can never know for sure, so you’d better make every second count.  Listen, the truth is, nothing is guaranteed.  So don’t be afraid.  Be alive.

Forever is so many different things.  It is always changing; it is what everything is really about.  It is twenty minutes, or a hundred years, or just this instant, or any instant you wish would last and last.  But there is only one truth about forever that really matters, and that is this: it is happening right now.” – Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

 Life is a precious gift, make the most of every moment.

- Alyssa.

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