December 2. 2013
This season, we are doing the 25 days of Christmas, thanks to my very holly, jolly daughter, Jesse. Even with her surgery looming (that's how it feels to me, looming), she has brought the spirit of this season fully into our home.
Mom, you need to get your jolly on, she said.
That was putting it nicely.
In the spirit of getting my jolly on I am offering up something each day for my beloved This Being Alivers. It may be a pic, a quote, a rant, but I'm showing up daily this month.
Show up. Offer. Let go.
Yesterday while picking up sticks, chop wood carry water, I saw this set of antlers poking up from the ground under the apple tree. Holding its smoothness in my hand,
a rush of
mystery + calmness + peace
swept through me.
I felt my heart lift. You know what I'm talking about.
In my copy of Animal Speak by Ted Andrews is a long piece about the special qualities and characteristics of deer. How Sir Gawain, Knight of the Round Table, followed a white hart deep into the woods through many adventurous encounters, how Buddha is often pictured with a deer, representing innocence and a return to the wilderness.
But it was this paragraph that settled me into softness.
When deer show up in your life it is time to be gentle with yourself and others. A new innocence and freshness is about to be awakened or born. There is going to be a gentle, enticing lure of new adventures. Ask yourself important questions: Are you trying to force things? Are others? Are you being too critical and uncaring of yourself? When deer show up there is an opportunity to express gentle love that will open new doors to adventure for you.
- from Animal Speak
Here's to gentle jolly + love ~