Here in Australia, the Federal election on the weekend delivered for many of us a very surprising result, as our coalition government was voted back into power.
Along with many earth lovers, I reeled in shock and disbelief. My heart is still weeping.
Many of us believed that this was a climate election and that Australia would vote for what needs to be done to help prevent a climate change catastrophe.
Instead, Australia voted mostly for no change (except for a few key figureheads who did not regain their parliamentary seats.)
Our Federal government tells us that we are on track to meet the Paris agreement on carbon reduction requirements, but the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), which is a United Nations body, is telling us that this is no longer enough.
I won’t get into the politics here because this post isn’t really about politics.
This post is about how to recover from a setback and it is about me talking directly to your inner flame, your soul, your calling, the gifts and seeds and dreams and qualities within you that need nurturing and encouragement to come out of hiding because the world needs them.
Mother earth needs you. We need you. Please do not give up hope. Please keep nurturing your dreams and gifts no matter how small and insignificant or bigger than you they may seem.
To help, I have two things for you today:
1. A poem for the world weary
2. A meditation to connect with you heart and help you recover from a setback
Miracles are everywhere: a poem for the world-weary
What do you do when you're world-weary?
How do you restore your hallowed heart?
I feel my feet on the earth as I look up at the sky.
I breathe deep into my belly and touch the ticklish gift of life,
then exhale anything icky that may have got stuck.
If I can walk, I will walk.
And if I can't, then I will look out into this great world
beyond my confined view and ask for a miracle.
They are everywhere.
Today, as I walked,
swept along by the icy breeze,
that overpowered the subtle sun,
the grass glowed with luminous aliveness;
boundless blades quivered with glee
and so did I
as the miracle I asked for
silently found and blessed me,
reminding me of my own luminosity,
my own aliveness,
and my own boundlessness
that nobody and nothing
can ever take from me.
A meditation for setback recovery
Whenever we experience a shock of some kind or setback, the first step is always to breathe.
Breathe in and out. Feel your breath fill your belly and your chest. Then let it go.
Again, breathe in. Feel your breath fill your belly, your belly expands and then your breath fills your chest. Then let it go.
And again, breathe in fully, expanding your stomach and filing your chest. Then let it go.
Feel your feet on the ground and the earth solidly supporting you here and now. Breathe in and out and feel the support that is here.
And as you begin to feel more steady and grounded in this moment, look around you.
Notice what you see without judgment. Maybe you are in your bedroom with your bed made nicely or maybe there’s a mountain of clothes. Maybe you are on the train on your way to work with a train full of commuters all quiet and looking at their smart phones. Maybe you are sitting in a park in the sunshine.
Wherever you are, just notice.
Then close your eyes and take your awareness inside yourself to your heart.
Feel into your heart space. Sense your heart your heart beating to it’s own beat. Feel it’s vastness.
Ask your heart what it needs you to know right now?
Ask your heart if there is anything you need to do right now? What, if anything, is your next step?
Just wait and listen for your heart’s response without expectation.
It may be enough that you are here in this moment feeling connected to your heart. Maybe there are emotions that need to be felt and expressed. If you are in a place that feels safe and comfortable, may you can feel into them. Notice sensations, temperature, colour. Give them names if that helps. Sadness. Grief. Despair. Hopelessness. Fear. Confusion.
Maybe your heart has words of wisdom for you. Sacred reminders from within about what you most need to know right now. Listen. If you can, write them down.
Stay here as long as you need, feeling, talking to and listening to your own heart.
When you feel complete, thank your heart. Know that your heart is always available to you. You just have to breathe and bring your awareness back in.
Listen to the meditation on soundcloud here.
I hope this poem and meditation serves you.
With love and courage,