Dog Days of August

by Winter on August 23, 2015

Local corn, fresh tomatoes, fog-laced mornings, spending morning tea/coffee  and evening sunsets looking out over, frequently, a calm lake.  100_0638These are some of the things that I think about when I think of August.

A  quick look in our greenhouse shows me that the “volunteers” are thriving.  If ever I believed in Devas, it is now. The plants: tomatoes, lettuce, are perfect and the dripping Amaranthus Caudatus, (love lies bleeding) not only provides much-needed shade for tender lettuce and basil, but many parts of the plant, including leaves and seeds are edible and a food source (very common in India and South America.)

156x200xamaranthus-caudatus.jpg.pagespeed.ic.EYSr73y0MGThe dog days of summer refers to the hot, sultry days of summer and a period of stagnation. The Egyptians noticed very warm temperatures at sunrise (heliacal rising) as the dog star Sirius became visible above the eastern horizon. But if we were to look deeper, perhaps checking out Nicole Foss’s recent series on Automatic Earth, or Gore’s Dog Days Prophecy it might just cause us to think twice…this month has been anything “but” stagnant. Change is in the air, and it is more than the first hint of fall.

It’s an exciting time to be alive. It’s a time of change, of the unexpected, of letting go of our security blankets. It’s definitely time for us to let go of fear. What would our media talk about if they couldn’t promote something for us to be afraid of?

When I first met Michael he told me that when he was afraid of something he would ask himself, “Why?” and then head right for it. From him I learned that fear is not something to be escaped from, but rather it points the direction in which we need to travel. It calls us to “Come!” (Obviously, I am not talking about rational fear such as walking alone down a dark alley, but there is something to be said for sitting alone in the dark.  That is the only way to overcome it.)

For many years I was extremely afraid to use relaxation techniques with clients. In spite of the process being part of my job description, I successfully managed to avoid relaxing anyone.  Then one day I realized that I wanted to help people discover their intuition, their inner voice. This meant helping them breathe deeply and relax. My fear brought me to a choice, stay in my “limited” comfort zone, or feel the fear and see what happened.  I knew that I could not go back.  It was scary, it brought me insight, and I could only move forward.

I am of the opinion that we are all afraid of change. And change is the only thing that we can predict with certainty.

 

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Sally August 24, 2015 at 11:41 am

Perhaps fear of change depends upon what you know about change.

Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu – chapter 40

Returning is the motion of the Tao.
Yielding is the way of the Tao.
The ten thousand things are born of being.
Being is born of not being.

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