The past week has seen my cats causing world war three in the garden with the birds. I have learned so much about Blackbirds and now Wrens. I have played guardian to a stranded baby blackbird whose parents have loudly informed me when the cats have gotten too close. And since yesterday I have been Mama bird to a Wren chick whose nest my felines raided and destroyed. Little Wren has lived through the night. Hurray! But is now refusing my internet sourced 'baby wren food'. I'm taking her to the RSPCA in a moment. And I pray she will live.
After my last post, my moments of overwhelm, I find this has been a lovely little cure. Straight back into the moment, into new purpose, and looking into those shiny black eye, a little bit of love. Animals always bring us messages. Always. And birds played a key chapter in my book, The High Heeled Guide to Spiritual Living.
So what messages are these little shamanic sparks of feathers bringing? Pay attention to the little things, for they are all worth the effort, they bring great rewards, they foster so much love. That all life is so precious. That mother nature is fierce, and yet in our unique abilities as humans we can calm her, soothe her and carry her forward. That in our empathic and conscious state we can cross natural borders and bring healing (and the opposite).
It's been such a lovely little trip out of my head and into something bigger. A reconnection with nature, with my caring nature more than anything. The ability to drop everything and devote all that energy to a loving act.
I hope that mother nature brings herself to you this week, for her gifts, so easily ignored, are so full of perspective and blessings.
My little Wren is the baby on the left in the pic, the other one flew away happily after being pulled (literally) from the jaws of death.
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Sometimes I get a bit overwhelmed (perhaps more than sometimes). It's hard raising little children, running a household, working from home, rarely getting out for sanity time and at the same time doggedly pursuing a passion. Lately we have had a bout of summer colds, with my husband totally out of action to some horrible cough, rash and hallucination inducing fever. Besides this my hormones are utterly out of whack due to a returning period and continued breastfeeding. It's like an Edwardian melodrama in my head somedays. So not cool, or mindful, or even that conscious... Sometimes it feels like life is a never ending bout of plagues and / or troubles. Even now, after pursuing a spiritual path for so long, I find myself constantly thrown up against the dramas of life and, especially, my reactions to them.
Lately I've been watching my moods and seeing them sink lower. Which is not like me. And yet, I can't deny it because if I do, then I'm not standing in my truth and other new age cliches...
Sometimes we have to objectively hold up our hands and say, this isn't fun, I'm not happy, this is hard. Only then can we do something about it. So I pulled myself out of my quickly sinking head, joined us up rapidly to a local family gym (a constructive move borne by my secret desire to sit in their sauna all day long) and we are making brave attempts to stem the tide of takeaways that have lately become our go to 'happy place'. Ah to be spiritual, but to be so fucking lazy with it. So lazy brought about by being so bloody busy. Bad habits and bad moods, so easily feed each other, and then that goddess given Naga Masala, the one that makes it all okay, for a moment...
This is my real life. Spiritually inclined, absolutely exhausted, not always happy go lucky or in converse with angels. So in love with it all, but wanting, only, a bit more sleep. How is your real spiritual life looking today? Your dirty and your divine? So much love to you, and I hope you relate to this little stream of consciousness. Because for spiritual life to be accessible, it's got to get headaches and heartaches right? Alice xxx
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