Mermaid Tree

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Remembering the Faerie Spirits During the Winter November 3, 2009

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Without the new growth and everyday sunshowers of springtime, it can sometimes be very easy to forget about the faerie spirits that help to keep Mother Earth functioning for us year-round.  Even in the winter, earthly beings and elementals are hard at work, trying to take care of our home planet and give us a beautiful home.  They take care of those plants that cannot deal with the harshness of the cold and help those that can to continue to grow.  They ensure that everything still is alive with the buzzing energy of Spirit, even though much of the earth is laying dormant until the sun comes out to warm us again.  This is why it is important to still give thanks to those beings, even if their work is less noticeable in the upcoming months.  Remember to give thanks by whatever means you feel comfortable.  Traditionally, Litha, or Midsummer, is reserved for more faerie energy, but the Winter time can be perfect for giving back to those beings that help us survive all year.

 

One way is to simply remember them.  Sit outside one  chilly morning (remember to dress appropriately–no need to sacrifice your health) and look around you.  Observe the different animals you see and the difference in their actions from when you see them in Spring or Summer.  Look at all the trees.  Observe the beautiful colors of the leaves and even the glory of seeing the bare trees standing against an overcast sky.  Take in the beauty of the cycle of life and remind yourself of how all things must come to an end–and that there is beauty, too, in death.  Observe the clouds and the misty coldness of the air.  Breathe it in and feel it fill you with the spirit of the season.  Yule will be here soon.  Feel the air getting crisper, almost clearer.  Listen to the wind whip around the bare trees and play with the leaves as they fall to the ground.  Now, open your heart and give thanks to all of those beings that are providing this scene to you.  Give thanks to the Universe for allowing you to witness this beautiful cycle and for allowing you to understand the significance of beginnings and endings. 

 

Other than simply acknowledging their existence, you can still set out bright and shiny things for the faerie folk.  If you are baking cookies for Thanksgiving or Yuletime, set one or two aside out on a plate for them.  Fill them with Love and Thanks.  Then, either discard them or eat them after 24 hours.  You can also crumble them up and spread them around your house or around particularly beautiful foliage of the season.  Pouring some cider or wassail as an offering is another way to show your gratitude for all of the work being done by unseen forces.  The important thing is to remember that even though it appears that life is slowing down, a lot is happening behind the scenes that we tend to forget about. 

 

Have a blessed Winter!

How do you give thanks during the Winter?   Do you have any traditions that are simply associated with the season (and not a specific religious holiday)?  Please share!

 

Meditate with your eyes open September 6, 2009

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“Watching birds has become part of my daily meditation affirming my connection to the earth body.” ~Carol P. Christ

 

I know we have discussed how deep breathing can help you slip into meditation.  And it’s true – focusing on your breathing is a simple and extremely effective way of centering yourself and entering meditation.  But what do you do when you have a cold?  

Your nose is all blocked up, your head feels like it’s full of cotton, and keeping up good posture is the last thing you want to focus on.  Plus if you’re taking cold medicine, closing your eyes will invariable lead to you sleeping instead of meditating!  So what are you to do?  I faced this problem yesterday afternoon.

I was in my living room sitting in a half lotus position, eyes closed, and breathing deeply.  Or I was trying to anyway.  As soon as I attempted a “deep breath” I had a coughing fit.  My body felt all achy so staying in half lotus was not going to work.  And I really really really wanted to go to sleep.  So there I was:  slouched over with my eyes closed – a perfect picture of lethargy.  

I would have just thrown myself back into bed, but I wanted to clear out my energy in order to help speed the healing process.  Since the traditional form of meditation was obviously not effective at that moment, I decided to try something else.  I got a cup of tea, went out on the balcony, and looked at the trees.  Simple.  I looked at the tall trees, the freshly mowed grass, the patches of blue sky, the light of the sun as it moved in and out of the cover of clouds.  I listened to the crickets, the cars passing by, and the children calling to each other as they played.  And I just let myself Be.  Sometimes we forget that our very existence is sacred.  And we don’t realize that every moment of appreciation is a moment of prayer and meditation in it’s own right.  You can connect with the Universe by traveling inwards; but you can also connect by taking the time to appreciate the Universe’s physical manifestations.  

As the sun came back out I absorbed it’s energy into my skin.  I said hello to the trees (I have a MAJOR connection with the element of Earth, and trees in particular are very good friends of mine).  I let myself be caressed by the wind and serenaded by the crickets.  Nature helped ease me and clear out the stagnant energy I was holding onto.  I set the intention that the Sun was transmuting all negative energy and filling me with healthy radiance instead.  

I still have a cold, but it’s passing through my system much faster now and I’m not as lethargic and achy as I was.  And my energy feels a LOT better!

So if you also have a cold – or are just having trouble with more traditional meditation techniques – try looking at nature and go ahead and meditate with your eyes open!  It really helps.  And if you do it often enough you will find it becomes easier to connect with Nature and the Nature spirits.  And the best part is that you can ALWAYS fit it into your busy schedule!  When walking to and from your car just take a moment to tune yourself into the nature around you.  You will definitely begin to feel the balance and healing it brings to your life! 

 

Would you like to share which form of meditation works best for you?  Comment below!