Frequently I am guilty of being so focused on the distance to the goal that I forget to recognize the steps already traveled. Allowing time for reflection on accomplishment and giving appreciations where they are due is especially important with long-term or somewhat intangible goals like, improving a spiritual practice or my favorite- "getting my shit together."
For many months I've been working toward a more cohesive, grounded feeling in my everyday life. How do you measure the progress of a self-improvement intention? It's almost an impossible task to provide evidence of growth, yet failure to recognize achievements can be a serious demotivator. Today I pulled this wonderful reminder from my favorite intuitive card deck, The Blissful Knowing.
There is something magical about hearing the faraway song of geese carried on the wind as they make their seasonal pilgrimage high above my world. They call to my spirit. I allow the sound to spiral around me and lift me, just a moment, before taking my breath away. I'm surprised to find my feet still on the ground, in exactly the same place, yet I feel changed. I am gifted these feelings when in nature, but as I plod along day to day, I forget this.
Yesterday my daughter was invited to an activity at a local lake. I found myself needing to spend several hours there, so I packed a beach chair, cooler, hat, books, and iPad. Laden like a Sherpa, I lumbered my way down to a lonely section of beach and set up camp. Next to my chair I found a large, perfect feather. Nearby, enjoying the afternoon on the tip of a submerged log, were three lovely geese. I watched them for awhile before moving closer to get a better look. Disturbed by my presence, they unceremoniously swam off, so I returned to my chair and stared out at the lake, admiring its beauty while watching a few waves gently lap at the shore when a boat would pass in the distance. Presently I noticed the sounds from the few families also enjoying this park on a Wednesday afternoon. And I began to wonder why I hadn't done this before and why I didn't even know about this beautiful spot so close to my home of 15 years. Why was I missing this, why was my family missing this, and what else was I missing in my own backyard?
But it's ok- it's not too late to re-invite the splendor of nature to touch my heart. The beauty of life has not passed me by forever- I've merely been distracted. And now- I've been reminded. I can enjoy a view, or watch the waves, or listen to the song of the geese and refill myself with joy everyday.
When we change our thoughts, we change our vibration. When our energy and vibration have transformed through an experience, that changes the collective energy of the world. Just a moment's experience can have a positive effect on the entire universe. That is powerful.~