Transformative Transitioning

           One of the most natural conditions in Life (as much as we’d rather not admit it) is Change.  It’s a fact.  A truth.  A rule.  A law.  It just happens.

             In the Zen practice of Acceptance, we learn how to understand this.  And let it be.  Because, without question, we can do nothing about it.

             As with seasons, there is change.  They arrive, they stay, they leave.  We enjoy them, or we don’t.  Doesn’t matter, they’re doing what seasons were meant to do.

             What I heard this morning was about how we can be with these changes, or not.

Allowing Alterations

             It’s not up to us to decide if/when shit goes sideways and changes on us.  It IS up to us how we deal with it.  And that’s the key.

             Fighting change is like fighting weather.  We just get hot and sweaty and mad.  The weather moves along, with no regard for our discomfort.

             So, isn’t it better to dress for the weather and the seasons?  Or, even, have fun with it?  (As much as is possible, anyway.  It is decidedly unlikely that I will ever feel fine in temperatures above 70.  Not impossible, just pretty damned unlikely.)

             Last night, as I rode home from Aqua Yoga, in the dark and the rain and that 34 degree howling wind, I was careful.  And I was dressed appropriately.  And yeah, I was also cold and not entirely dry.  But, it wasn’t the worst.  Not by any means or description.

             Our daily draw talks about how we need to stay alert.  Because, amidst the change and the movement in our lives, we also need to be aware.  The lessons, like rain, are gonna happen.  We may as well learn from them, appreciate them, take some joy in them, and be ready for them.

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“Dragon’s Lair  ~  19  ~

‘You are always protected and Divinely directed.’

You have a remarkable internal warning system that lets you know when things are out of alignment.  You’re about to enter dangerous territory, so tread carefully and be aware of your surroundings.

The path you are on now is one that will challenge you to the core.  That said, peril is also exciting and exhilarating, like the danger you feel before you enter a new relationship, know that you will be changed forever.

Life lived fully isn’t lived only in safety.  A new experience is calling to you, one that will test your courage.  The choice is yours, but there is greater value in risk taking than remaining unchallenged.

New territories are waiting to be discovered.”

Today’s Deck:

The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid

Today’s Sharing:

is this gorgeous view of a local (well, local-ish) source of pride.  A stop Dan and I made last year, during our round of wedding trips.

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls

             Taken yesterday (not by me).  Freezing.  Literally.  I love this  place, and hope we can go back there soon.  (Facts and info HERE.)

             Additionally, the similarity of our two images today did not escape me.  Nice synchronicity there, Universe.  Thanks!

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Preservation and Safety.

             Astrologically speaking, we have several events coming and going (check my regularly updated, helpful reminder boxes <—– over there).  However, since that’s not really my strongest area of expertise, I encourage everyone to check out Sarah’s place.  If you haven’t already made this one of your daily stops, please do.  Her take on what is going on around us is extremely helpful.

             Also, it’s not just me this time, I know it.  Others must be noticing it too.  In the past few days the weather has just BOOM! gone from summer to fall.  Which makes sense, the Equinox is only a few days away.  But still, I could absolutely feel it in the air, and I had to turn my lights on for the ride home from class this evening.

             When I got out of bed earlier, stretching and waking up before my window, there were definitely more orange leaves in my view than even yesterday.  I wasn’t discouraged though, because our message wouldn’t let me be.

Find the important/beautiful spots in your day,

and treasure them.

             Which is precisely what I did, from that exact point on.  (Not that my day was bad, though.)  As I later stood in front of our card altar I was directed to jump back into the regular rotation.

             This one may not be my favorite illustration, but what he’s telling us is continuing the previous theme.  Obviously that makes the importance level high.

oracle cards, the metal king

“The Metal King  ~  37  ~

discipline, armor, boundaries

Ally:  The Metal King is strong and arrives to lend you his impenetrable shield of protection.  No matter who sends you criticism or jealously, you will not be hurt.

This Ally also prompts  you to think about setting healthy boundaries.  When you do – no matter how uncomfortable that task may be – everyone will benefit   He asks you to make sure you know where you end and another begins.  Others’ emotions are not yours, no matter how empathic you may be.

Another of the Metal King’s messages is to remind you how important it is to have a healthy sense of self-esteem.  It’s a good time to shine and be proud of what you have accomplished.”

             It’s been a while since the Contrary angle was suggested, but that’s the case today.  Here’s the other side of this one.

“Challenger:  Be mindful of codependency and enmeshment when the Metal King comes as your Challenger.  He’s inviting you to address how overwhelmed you may be around other people.  Do you pick up their feelings like a sponge?  Do you feel you need to heal them so that you feel better?

Get grounded.  Be clear about your own personal boundaries, and restrain yourself when you feel like jumping in to help without being asked.  This is also a warning against forming unhealthy relationships in any area of your life.”

             Good info, from both directions.  I especially like that he has brought his armour to keep us safe, from whoever or whatever happens along.

Today’s Deck:

Wisdom Of The Hidden Realm Oracle Cards by Colette Baron-Reid

Today’s Mileage:

was up to the pool and back in only 22 minutes 57 seconds, just 3.872 miles, at an average speed of 10.1 MPH.

Continued Sharing From The Wedding Weekend:

includes this shot of Horsetail Falls, off of Hwy 84’s scenic bypass (the old road, in other words).

Horsetail falls

With Dan taking his own pic, for perspective.

             There are three (I think) official falls along that road, and a couple of spillovers.  It’s a gorgeous drive, any time of year.  We plan on going back that way again, when we aren’t in such a rush.  (And possibly hiking some of them.)