I hope this little note finds you safe and well.
When I last wrote I invited you to join me in immersing yourself in the energy of the ‘Moomins’ to ease gently into 2021 and not become caught up in the 'shoulds' of a new year.
As we enter February I am continuing to live and work at a slower pace and allowing ideas and plans to emerge naturally alongside the seasons. Winter is still with us but I can feel a shift. The days are slowly but surely lengthening and it feels like the life force of the earth beneath my feet is awakening. Can you feel it too?
Last February I wrote a blog about “Embracing our Seasons” (Click here to read the full article - https://www.ichooseme.org.uk/blog/embracing-our-seasons ) and during my reflections over the last few weeks I was drawn to read this again - given it was written just before the world was literally “locked down” due to the pandemic.
I smiled when I read this line…
“I am no longer limited by the expectations of others or society and therefore feel much more in control of my own destiny…”
Initially I thought “well that was a lot of pants! Covid-19 put paid to that.” But as I read further I was reminded of the seeds of intention I planted last year …
” In the weeks, months, and years to come, it is my intention to step through the gateway of my brand-new life and create a beautiful wild garden. I know this will involve much personal growth and transformation.
I fervently hope that my journey will not only transform me but also my community.
Who knows if we all choose to nourish and nurture ourselves with lots of love and self-care, we may even be able to transform the world ...... “mighty oaks from little acorns grow” and all that!”
Covid-19 hadn’t put paid to my intentions last year and I am reminded that it takes time for “mighty oaks to grow”!!
Last February I merely began the next stage of my life journey:
- I began to create a wild garden outside my home.
- I researched a lot about what living and working with the seasons would look and feel like and embarked upon a course with the amazing people from ‘Folk and Field’ who also created the visual shown in this blog.
- I chose to nourish and nurture myself big time and just flowed with what each day brought, whether it was good or bad.
I can see now that my wild garden continued to grow in the spaces in between each season of my life last year, even though I might not have been aware of it at the time.
Now at the ripe old age of 54 I may be limited in some ways by the pandemic but I am not limitless, and as Wayne Dyer once said…
“You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside”.
There is much growth still to emerge and grow deep within me, in those spaces in between; many possibilities exist, none of which have yet been chosen.
My childbearing years and the vast majority of my ‘working’ years may be over, but this doesn’t mean that I no longer have a role to play in society. I was fortunate enough to hold space in my womb for a new human life to emerge and grow. However, there is space now for new growth, new creations.
I am not sure yet what that new growth will be but I trust I will be guided on which choices to make in those spaces in between. I hope too, as I mentioned last February, that this growth will help not only myself to continue to flourish, but also my community.
This month I feel I am being guided by the energy of the Celtic Festival of Imbolc which takes place on February the 1st and is associated with the pagan fire Goddess Brigit (also known as Brighid, Bride and Saint Bridget in Christian religions).
For me, Brigit’s energy symbolises the transformation from Winter (Crone energy) to Spring (Maiden energy) and the insatiable appetite for new beginnings and rebirth. It didn’t surprise me to read also that the word ‘Imbolc’ means “in the belly” in the old Irish Neolithic language, and that the seed of my own earth child Ryan was planted in my “belly” during the month of February 1998!
And so, my friend I send you Imbolc love and blessings this February and in all the spaces in between.