Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Shifting Gears


WWII vets, hanging around their memorial on the National Mall.

The season is definitely taking a turn, oh yeah. Yesterday was steamy but not too hot, so unlike June and July, so unlike the way August usually is in DC. Today is cool and rainy. Water is falling from the sky (big percussive raindrops) but also suspended in the air, making my skin and breath soft and damp, my hair extremely frizzy. The windows are open here at the chateau, I'm listening to the birds, the heartbeat of the rain. It's a dreamy, smooth, melancholy morning. No doubt about it: Fall just around the corner.

Timing is everything, or so they say. Though flopping around this week in several dimensions and on various levels, my timing is pretty good. Hmm ... that's interesting. Yesterday, when the sun was shining, I took a serious bike ride. Today, I'll clean house, cook, dash out only to see the Sufi acupuncturist. How perfect. Everything works better when I dance in shamanic alignment with the weather.

I believe in my heart of hearts that everything unfolds exactly as it should; i.e. there is a greater wisdom that guides me, if only I will listen. I have to do my bit, you know: stand tall, remain open and curious. In order to participate in the unfolding of my life, it's important to cultivate evolutionary qualities such as compassion, courage, valour, forgiveness, gratitude. The idea that I have control, though - over anything or anyone? That's just silly.

With a deep bow and big ole gassho to friends who help me remember the above. You know who you are! Thank you!

17 comments:

Reya Mellicker said...

Time is a circle, a wheel, at least it is to me. That's why I can't abide by digital clocks. Time is not a number.

Hence the wheel imagery today.

willow said...

Ah, here's more of that deliciously weeping willow! I felt that ever-so-slight hint of fall in the air yesterday. It made me scream YES!!

Reya Mellicker said...

I, too, am screaming YES YES. Perhaps now is the perfect time to create the WE LOVE WOOLLY SOCKS group on FB.

steven said...

cool nights and rollicking cloud-scudded skies tell me that yes, summer is beginning it's long slow bowing out. this has been and still is such a great summer for me i'm in no hurry to say goodbye. but the autumn is my absolute favourite time of year so i'll be so happy when it really pokes its head 'round the corner.
let it flow - life i mean - it appears, it disappears, it comes and it goes. sometimes more than you want but never more than you need! sweet dc day. steven

ellen abbott said...

Even though we're having our hottest days (triple digits here) I notice the tallow is starting to drop leaves and there is something about the light, perhaps the angle. I'm not ready to say I feel a hint of fall in the air but there is something.

Liza said...

I have some serious problems doing my bit, but I have gotten better at trying to control the outcome. You are right, that is silly! I will do the cultivating, and let the universe provide the fruit.
Thanks Reya!

I love you photographs.
That yellow warms my solar plexus.

Everton Terrace said...

It takes a bit longer for us to feel fall here in Phoenix but we had a delicious rain last night so I was pretending.
I also believe everything is unfolding exactly as it should. I am trying to be more quiet in myself so that I can hear the wisdom guiding me.

The Bug said...

Your day sounds great - a nice balance of relaxing and doing things (I have relaxing down to an art - it's the doing things part that suffers).

How's your bum? I will NOT join a woolly socks club until winter at least - my feet are smothering just thinking about it right now :)

Whitney Lee said...

I keep having to remind myself that I have control only over myself and my reactions. It's a tough pill to swallow (which is why I run smack into reminders on a regular basis). It is great to see you're so balanced now.

Maybe you can give me a tip or two. I seem to be dealing with quite a bit of negative energy from the people around me lately. As hard as I try not to, I often function as a sponge. Is there some negative energy dissipation dance I can do?

Lynne said...

Yes, Reya here too we can feel the season shift. Ever so slight, but it's there. Last week we were swimming at night in the pool but this week the water is too chilly. At least we finally got some much needed rain.

Love that bike with the willow pic. Your bike?

Linda Sue said...

Oh REYA your bike photo is wonderful!

Meri said...

Evolutionary qualities. Perfect terminology. We should all devote more attention to evolutionary qualities.

Reya Mellicker said...

Yes, my bike.

Though I can not say in any way that I'm FEELING balanced or am balanced, I can say I'm sTRIVING towards balance!

Pam said...

Sitting here at the computer this morning in the Southern Hemisphere, with one big woolly sock on, the other foot bare, the sock no doubt lost in the bed somewhere. Do you think there would be a place for disorganized WE LOVE WOOLY SOCKS members, because I'd love to post photos, if I could remember where I put my camera. Love your photos.

Reya Mellicker said...

Pam? LOVE YOU!! It'll soon enough be woolly sock season here, and you'll be kicking off the socks so you can wear sandals.

Jo Floyd Lucas said...

Lovely post, lovely photos. Especially the graceful, delicate, feminine curves of the bike and the willow.

Say goodbye, Summer. Make way for the auburns, russets, and burnished golds of Autumn.

Silver Fox said...

"Stand tall open and curious"....love that..XX