I find this vintage image of a Victorian angel entitled “snow angel” utterly charming.
One of the names for today’s full moon is Snow Moon. And as it shines on piles and drifts of snow dumped here on Sunday and another layering tonight it feels like a perfect appellation.
Today was a busy day where I got lots done, although not nearly as much as I hoped to. But I will go to bed tired and satisfied, knowing that there are inspirations percolating in my brain. My body is feel-good tired from several bouts of shoveling. Today I said no to one thing and yes to another, and my heart is happy. Today I laughed long and hard with a friend, and held someone else who is in a tender tender spot of loss. Today a blogging friend posted a picture of a snow angel she had created, and I knew with perfect certainty the world is a better place because she infused her joy into the Earth with that creation. And how we’re all capable of gifting the world with our light and joy, with nothing more complicated than being who we truly are. Today I lived more from inspiration and less from habit, and that in my book, is a very good day indeed.
One of the things I return to again and again is seeking that dynamic flow that is balance – my balance. Which is nothing like your balance, or my partner’s balance, or my neighbor’s balance. We all have our individual dance, our individual centers, our individual soul harmonies, so of course our balance points are different.
I’m pretty conscious of this, knowing that there are gifts and guidance I can accept from others that uplift me and offer some welcome direction or nourishment or respite, but we aren’t always on the same path or the same journey and I don’t have to seek the confirmation of sameness to feel safe or guided or whole.
I think that’s the message this beautiful moon is sending me tonight to remember and to share. There is always room to celebrate each other, to share, to delight, but you must always hold yourself as the sovereign master of your own knowing and walk the path of your heart’s guidance, shining brightly in your own unadulterated light.
Today I found a quote from Alan Watts that I’ve been rolling around my mind and carrying with me as a touchstone:
“For the perfect accomplishment of any art, you must get this feeling of the eternal present into your bones — for it is the secret of proper timing. No rush. No dawdle. Just the sense of flowing with the course of events in the same way that you dance to music, neither trying to outpace it nor lagging behind. Hurrying and delaying are alike ways of trying to resist the present.”
I think remembering this will be a key for me in my continuing journey to hold that dynamic point of balance for myself. And tonight I’m grateful for the reminder.
What about you? What is the moon whispering to you? How’s your hold on balance? Are you honoring your own rhythms? Do tell – you know I love to hear.