Something Lost Something Found

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Lost my rhythm
Lost my rhymes
Lost my reasons
Lost my time

Lost my purpose
Lost the point
Lost the passion
Lost my mind

Lost my heart
My head
My hands
Lost the part that understands

Lost the things
That held me fast
But broke my heart
Never meant to last

Lost in time
Dreams drift and pass
Lost forever
I’m free at last

4/30/2014 – Jodi Lilly – All Rights Reserved


Rainbow Goddess Moon and Entertaining What’s Possible

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Rainbow Goddess Taurus Full Moon (c) 2014 Jodi Lilly

I’m still thinking about last week’s full moon in the sign of Venus-ruled Taurus. When I uploaded my full moon pictures, I saw that this one had a rainbow around the top of the moon. After years of taking pictures of the moon, I have never before seen this! It was as if Venus, just a handful of degrees from the Sun in Scorpio, at the time, was projecting her creative flair to help the moon reflect even more brilliance in her fullness.

We have been through such an intense time of change, in the past few months, especially. So many people I know are undergoing major life-changes. Some of these people have chosen their changes, others definitely did not. Regardless of what prompted the change, having skillful means for navigating life’s transitions can make all the difference. I love the quote I’ve been hearing a lot lately, that says, “Life isn’t happening to you. It’s happening for you.” That simple change in perspective opens us to new possibilities. And while we may not have a choice about exactly what has happened, we have a choice about how we will act in response.

I have been through a lot of life-changing times; we all have. One of the things that helps me the most is the gift of hindsight. Being able to look back at situations that felt like ‘the end of the world’ at the time, turned out to be simply, ‘the end of the world as I knew it’. And each of those transitional times opened my heart and life in ways that allowed me to take actions that I would never have considered, back when I was comfortable and my life was predictable.

My Sun (ego/heart of the self) and Mercury (communication/intellect) are in the Mutable Air sign of Gemini. However, my Ascendant, Venus, Moon, Pluto, and Saturn are all in Fixed signs. So while my heart and mind are all for changing things, keeping them fresh, and entertaining all kinds of creative possibilities, (especially mentally!) my body, sensibilities, emotions and sense of responsibility are wired for predictability and stability, at all costs. So, while I can easily counsel others on the value of making wise choices about the crossroads before them, I know what it is to come up against a lot of internal resistance to taking action until the parts of myself that have concerns are addressed.

We all have obstacles and legitimate concerns about how to move forward when staying put is no longer an option. As we look back at other turning points, we see that we did make it through. Things did work out. Oftentimes, in ways we could never have foreseen and better than we could have imagined. One of the best tools I have discovered for navigating life’s ups and downs is to take a few moments when relaxed, to close my eyes and imagine the situation about which I am concerned and really feel the internal resistance I am experiencing around this topic. When the feelings are strong, I imagine myself melting all of that resistance and let my body release it, as well. Then I flip the situation and see it in a way that feels ideal, to me. Dwelling for a little while in that heightened state of awareness and allowing it to seep into my being, helps to open the creative floodgates for new possibilities to actually occur.

If the moon can have a rainbow, so can you. Keep looking up. You just never know what you might see.

Love,

Jodi


Rx For Living Well

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Time, energy, attention and money. These are the precious personal resources of our lives. Too often, I find mine have disappeared without me even noticing until they are gone.

I feel that the process of getting to know and accept oneself wholeheartedly is essential to understanding one’s values and value as an individual. We have all been exposed to the conditioning that says, “No one will ever love you if you are honest” and “It is selfish/wrong to think highly of yourself” and “Sensitivity is a weakness” and the unspoken but pervasive idea “Love is something that you have to earn”. Only by being honest with yourself is it possible to know what is true of you.

Here is what I have learned. The art of living well is based in having cultivated a loving relationship with oneself. This means learning to trust your heart and body and questioning the knee-jerk judgments of your mind and other people. It means coming out of auto-pilot-living and noticing the things that spark your energy and enthusiasm, lift your spirits, feel expansive and draw you forward. It means knowing what matters to you and investing your personal resources in ways that support your life and your values.

It all comes down to this: Roses don’t last forever. Smell them while they bloom. Life is precious. Spend it wisely. Love yourself. Love your life.


That’s Just Love Sneaking Up On You…

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Have you noticed lately that your fuse is a little shorter than it normally is or that the challenging situations you managed in the past are suddenly unbearable? Lately, what I think of as the ‘universal tension meter’ has been off the charts. Between our exposure to the wild swings on Wall Street and in the mortgage industry, big banks and big business playing a game of corporate Pac-Man, and keeping up with the bizarre antics of this unprecedented U. S. presidential campaign season, attempting to keep a lid on our personal matters can seem overwhelming.

When we finally come to the point at which we just don’t know what to do about something anymore we are as close as we will ever be to resolution. The trick is to wake up enough, mid-crisis, to realize this, so we can remember to let down our defenses and accept whatever it is that feels so overwhelming. As we stop fighting ‘what is’ and take a conscious breath–or as many as it takes–we can finally let the distress wash over and through us and out the other side. Then breathing gets a little easier and shoulders soften and start to drop away from our ears.

When feeling overwhelmed, I have learned to stop and ask myself whether what I am feeling really belongs to me. Often I discover I picked up on a wave of emotion I took in without realizing I had done so because I either wanted to help or felt bad for others. Sometimes I realize I have reverted to an old bad habit of taking on any kind of negative emotion that is around simply because I can feel it. If you have caught yourself doing the same thing, a couple of deep breaths or a brisk walk around the neighborhood works wonders for letting it all go.

Grace enters into any situation in which she is allowed. Perhaps it has been Grace all along. knocking on our door, turning up the heat on the situation, attempting to get our attention, to remind us that we always have a choice. She is always available and only a breath away.

Love and fear cannot coexist in the same space. The moment you stop long enough to let go of your resistance to that which has you on the run and turn to face it, is the moment you awaken, once again, to the fact that love is the truth of who and what you are. Love always leads us home to the center of Who We Really Are. When we come back into alignment with our essence it is easy to see that all the fearful goings-on that ever plague us are just part of this sacred, often crazy, game of Life we are playing.

There is no getting around or away from Love. There is just forgetting and remembering, giving and receiving, breathing in and breathing out.

Ahhh, that feels much better.