Musings from the She Shed

Join me as I sit at my  She Shed for my morning reflection and meditation.  Don't be surprised at the sounds around me or if I should make a sideways glaze to see what may be around me in the early mornings.  

Today I would like to kick things off with the question I often get asked, What is it like to be Metaphysical? 

I hope to provide more musings - shorter than this one- from time to time.  Have a question? Let me know and I will attempt to cover it for you.

Spring Cleaning for the Soul

So nice to see the snow go away, the birds come back and the sun getting warmer.  Yes, the Universe will not let us down; the cycle of spring is coming!

Soon you may feel the urge to clear out the cupboards, put away the winter decorations and trappings to make room for the rebirth of spring.  Clearing your home or workplace will allow the energy to flow more freely and give a sense of rejuvenation to your living space.  It is time to shake things up, move out those things that no longer serve us and prepare to bring in new adventures, lessons and experiences. It is time to plant the seeds of manifestation and do the necessary work to make our thoughts our reality.  

However, just as our physical living space requires spring cleaning so does our spiritual body.  When was the last time you cleared your chakras so you could be more aware of your physical, emotional and spiritual bodies?  When did you last ask yourself the three soul questions:  Who am I?  What is it I desire? What is my purpose?  Before you get out the rakes and shovels or the cleaning rags to wash your windows why not take a few moments to put your spiritual self in order?  Here is a short and simple Chakra Clearing.  Happy spring cleaning!

 

 

Love, Happiness, SMILE!

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. Buddha
 

Too often we forget how easily happiness and love can be shared.  In times of trouble, illness and sadness of our own we may not think we have anything to give to another.  If we are sending love and healing to others we may find ourselves feeling our energy being drained and we may feel uncertain if we can give any more.  Especially during these times we need to feed our soul happiness by sending and becoming joy to others.  In this way we continue the universal cycle of giving and receiving. 

Sending happiness out into the world does not have to cost us a cent, although if we are able to contribute in a monetary way to help others then do it!  It can be as simple as remembering to SMILE!  Have you ever noticed what a difference that makes when you simply take a moment to say, “Hello”, to someone and smile?  That little act of kindness shows someone you care enough to speak to them, acknowledge them and the smile sends them love.  Some may not want to receive it right then but it will be received at some point.  BONUS – you will feel better doing it too. 

We are in a beautiful time of the year if only we would look around and notice the beauty.  Have you stepped outside, taken a deep breath, gave thanks for another day and smiled?  Allow a moment of peace to flow through you then take that peace and pass it on.  Maybe you can pick some flowers and share with someone...no reason, just to spread some joy.  Perhaps you could use some flowers in your home to brighten up a corner, take some to your work place so others can share them too. 

So many times a kind word, a smile, a little gift, spending an extra few minutes in conversation with someone can turn out meaning so much to that person.  If we follow our higher self and let go of the fear or reaching out to others, we will soon find we are spreading happiness and in turn it will come back to us.  As Buddha says, the life of the candle is not shortened by lighting other candles.  So too with love, joy and compassion; when shared you are not depleted.  In fact you will find your own life being filled with wonderful experiences; the simplicity of the everyday takes on new meaning.

The more we allow ourselves to become happiness and love instead of searching for it we will come to realize it was inside of us all along.

 

This week’s challenges:

Spread happiness every day.

  • Here are a few things you may want to try.  Be sure to add things you do to this list.
  • Start every morning with gratitude – smile.
  • Walk around your yard bare foot to feel your connection to the   earth – smile.
  • Bring some flowers into your home, or plant some in your garden, pot some for your porch – smile.
  • Make a point of saying hello to people you meet – smile.
  • Take a deep breath outside and really notice the scents – smile.
  • Do something for yourself that brings you peace – smile.
  • Call an old friend just to say hello – smile.
  • Usually call your children, family on a certain day? Call on an off day just because – smile.
  • Tell someone you love them, they are loved, and don’t forget to tellyourself you are loved – smile

We are all unique and wonderful Beings of Light here to learn and evolve.  We will discover that during our evolution we will experience challenges that make us re-examine what is true to us.  That is okay, it means we are ready to move on. 

  • Be gentle on ourselves as we travel our path. 
  • Allow time for our own happiness and joy.
  • Be okay with spending time doing something just for us.
  • Remember to meditate so we can stay connected to Spirit.

Welcoming the Goddess Ostara

Who is the Goddesses of the Spring Equinox?

One goddess most commonly associated with spring is Ostara or Eastra.  She is the great Goddess of Northern Europe who ushers in the spring and dawn.  (You can see where the Christian modern holiday of Easter got its name! ) Long before the celebration of the resurrection, Spring Equinox was celebrated with festivals in honour of Ostara or Eastra.  The word East is related to her name as it is in the east that the dawn’s light arises and the female hormone, estrogen is named for her.

Ostara is usually depicted wearing white with wreaths of flowers or new greenery adorning her body as she dances joyously.  However, like spring weather itself her mood can change suddenly solemn.  She is the first warm spring winds, the birds that return from their winter retreats, the budding trees and fresh spring herbs and flowers.  You can see her presence as the earth comes to life especially through the symbols of rabbits and eggs, both thought to be sacred to her, that appear after the long, dark winter. 

During the Ostara sunrise celebrations were centered around growth and renewal and prayers were said to her in order to assure abundant crops.  Eggs were eaten and exchanged as talismans. It has been recorded that in early times during the festival holy water in the form of dew, or water collected from brooks, was gathered and those who washed with it were said to have their youth restored.

Why the egg and rabbit?

Spring Equinox is a time of fertility everywhere so it is not surprising that nature gets a bit busy this time of year.  The rabbits, which are well known for their ability to reproduce, are often associated with the fertility magic and sexual energy.  Did you know that the female of European March Hare can conceive a second litter while she is still pregnant with a first?  And if the male hare tends to get extremely frustrated if rebuffed by their mates and bounce all around erratically when discouraged from having sex…thus the saying, “mad as a March Hare.”  A side note about the rabbit is its association with being messengers of the underworld due to their constant coming and going in and out of the earth.  If you are taking a journey to the underworld in meditation, call upon the rabbit to be your guide.  Rabbits are also a totem associated with the moon because they hide away underground during the day and come out at night. 

Eggs were especially important because during the shorter days of winter chickens do not lay eggs if they are kept in natural light.  The return of this rich protein was cause for celebration!

The following is story about the hare and the egg which you will want to repeat!  It is taken from The Goddess and The Green Man website.


Let us tell you a traditional story from the West Country...

Once upon a time the Animal Kingdom gathered together for a meeting in a flurry of great excitement.  There was to be a Very Special Party and a Very Special Guest was coming to visit them.  The Very Special Guest was none other than the Goddess herself, and every creature wanted to give her a Very Special Gift. 

Now some of the animals were very rich and some were very poor but off they went to prepare their gifts, for only the very best would do for the Goddess.  Hare was very excited, he dearly loved the Goddess and although he was very poor he had a big generous heart - he was going to give her the very finest gift he could find! 

Hare rushed home to see what he could find to give to the Goddess - he looked everywhere, in the cupboards and under the bed but there was nothing, even the larder was empty, he had absolutely nothing to give Her, except for one thing.  On the shelf in the larder was a single egg.  And that was it.   It was the only thing he had left.  Hare gently took the egg out of the larder and lovingly decorated it and took it to the party. 

Hare was very worried, all the other animals gave their gifts of gold and silver and precious jewels and all Hare had was the egg.  Eventually all the gifts had been given and Hare was the very last.  Hare very shyly presented the Goddess with the egg.  She took it and looked at him and saw the true spirit of Hare.  And there and then the Goddess appointed Hare as her Very Special Animal - because Hare had given away everything he had.