Weather invites us to be part of the energy of the earth.
This summer has been unsettling for me. Perhaps the most traumatic was my son who was stricken with Lyme Carditis on August 26. This is an acute Lyme disease attack. Due to the diligence of an EMT and an excellent cardiologist, my son will be okay. He is not out of the woods and must take good care of himself with no strenuous activities until the cardiologist and infectious disease doctors give their blessings. Lyme Carditis is a complete heart block and happens more often than you think. The nurses and docs at L&M emergency were quick to recognize this and immediately put in a pacemaker. The prognosis’ is good with IV antibiotics and a weeks’ stay in the hospital and more antibiotics and rest. There is not a day I don’t thank God my son is still with us.
The docs everywhere have said that Lyme disease is rampant this year. My husband Jeff, his face feeling tingly was also just diagnosed with Lyme disease. I had Lyme myself over 20 years ago. So don’t hesitate to be tested if you are having symptoms of Lyme disease. Know that it affects everyone differently. Do be mindful of ticks and mosquito’s it’s been a banner year for both and with these wet and humid days, there will be more.
I find that it is at times like these that the practice of Yoga has helped me. I resonate with the philosophy and the movements help my body release and let go of what is not needed and bring in that which is. A breath of air, a nice slow stretch, meditation or perhaps a good hard Pilates workout. Working the body, mind and spirit. The best work you can do.
So, in these unsettling times, take the time to cherish the people you love, take the time to be with them for a cup of coffee, face to face or a nice long conversation. Breathe often. Sing. Dance. Love.
And smile. A lot. A smile will always brighten you up and those you share it with.
Hence, my son will not be shredding the nar for a while, and as there are no storms in the offing, he won’t be tempted. He can watch, film and be near the water and eventually he’ll go back in with his seal energy and enter the waters again. The seal is one of my son’s animal totems. We all have our totems, some of us carry several. My son’s is the seal and he swims just like one and is so comfortable in that environment. Ted Andrews has one of the best books I have read on Animal Totems. (This year I will be having a “lending library” at the studio with many good books to share. More information will be available on my website at www.spirit7moves.com and Ted Andrews will be on that list.)
Unsettling also makes room for new growth, for vulnerability which opens new pathways in the mind.
“Vulnerability is the only authentic state. Being vulnerable means being open, for wounding, but also for pleasure. Being open to the wounds of life means also being open to the bounty and beauty. Don’t mask or deny your vulnerability: it is your greatest asset. Be vulnerable: quake and shake in your boots with it. the new goodness that is coming to you, in the form of people, situations, and things can only come to you when you are vulnerable, i.e. open.”
― Stephen Russell, Barefoot Doctor's Guide to the Tao: A Spiritual Handbook for the Urban Warrior
Make more time for yourself and your family. Do things together. Get rid of distractions you no longer need for they only hold you back. Take time to breathe and be. Namaste. Anne