Monthly Archives: February 2018

Persephone Speaks

I was meditating with Persephone this morning, and my mind wandered. I kept thinking about the things I had to do for work, or how I was going to do a sewing project, or… any tedious thing.

So I apologized to Persephone, for not being able to stay focused.

The Blood of a Pomegranate by Stephen Mackey

The Blood of a Pomegranate by Stephen Mackey

“It’s all right,” she told me. “I understand. You have a lot of burdens and responsibilities. So many of them. I know you dream of getting away. It would be nice to crawl underground and rest. However, I have even more responsibilities in the Underworld. Here I am Queen. Even when I do go back, while it seems like a break to be the Maiden of Spring, my responsibilities are still here in my kingdom. They don’t go away.

“There was a time where I wanted more – more responsibility, more respect, more adventure, a greater feeling of contribution. Be careful what you wish for! Though I would not trade my story for anything.

“Remember that my power came through adversity. Your strength and your power also comes through your challenges and adversity. Use it. Hone it. Own it. Transform it. Allow it to transform you. You have no idea how strong you really are, how much you can accomplish. Keep pushing.”

This message was meant for me. Hopefully you find it meaningful too.

Blessings,

Mary

Happy Family Day!

Yesterday (as this posts) was Family Day here in BC. A blessed, long awaited, statutory holiday – a day off.

Family Day BCWhen it lies in the future, a day off seems so full of promise. There are so many things one might be able to accomplish on a day off – rest and relaxation, chores, projects…

And then when the day arrives, it seems to rush by in the blink of an eye. Before you know it, darkness falls and the day has passed, and barely any of those wished for, hoped for, things have been done.

My day consisted of sleeping in (a rare treat in the weeks leading up to Spring Mysteries); a trip to the chiropractor followed by yoga, brunch, and a walk in the sunshine with my family. I did some laundry, and sat with my youngest watching a series on Netflix that we have watched on and off.

We enjoyed a lovely dinner that almost all of us contributed to making, before I taught a class.

I have a whole weekend off coming up, which I intend to fill with all the sewing I need to do before the Festival. Had I not had the promise of that weekend, I would have felt the need to pack every moment of this day with productivity, instead of the even more important rest and relaxation.

I NEEDED the extra rest. I NEEDED the opportunity to connect with my boys. I needed the exercise, and the chance to linger at yoga without rushing off to work. I needed the gentle walk in the sunshine and the fresh air. I needed to forget all of my responsibilities for even a moment. And yes, I needed clean clothes!

I am so grateful for the down time today. And I will be better able to make use of my weekend having taken the time to rest.

Blessings,

Mary

Everything is Energy

Everything is energy. Even you and me. Anyone who’s seen “What the Bleep Do We Know” knows that. (And if you haven’t seen it, it’s a very interesting film.)

Everything is energyExcept, my energy has been pretty low lately. I’ve been varying from tired to exhausted.

Now, it’s true, I am a very busy woman. I have a lot of commitments on my schedule. I’m not going to go into them here, because I’m not complaining. And yes, I have only a little bit of down time.

I know how to manage my energy, though. While my schedule is very full, I am actively working at self care. I’m going to yoga at least once, and often twice a week. I’m writing in my journal almost every night. I am taking vitamins, and stretching daily. I’m drinking lots of water and eating healthy foods. OK, mostly healthy foods. We have a new mattress and bedding that helps me sleep better. I have an air purifier in my bedroom.

I’ve been working with my naturopath to adjust my thyroid medication and supplements to balance my energy. And we’re not seeing lasting results with any of the adjustments. I had a setback just last week. I thought I was improving, and then the next morning it took all of my willpower to get out of bed. It was extremely frustrating.

One thing that I have also started doing, thanks to my friend Lori’s recommendation, is the Donna Eden Daily Energy Routine. It’s a simple, weird series of exercises, that really make me feel better. Because in spite of being exhausted, I haven’t had a real cold or flu (knock on wood).

Here’s the energy routine:

I’ve even been teaching all my friends, because it makes such a difference! Now, I just need to remember to do it more often throughout the day…

Blessings,

Mary