I’m guessing that this is the perfect time for the biggest, brightest full moon than has been seen on the planet for several generations. A time of upheaval, unrest and discomfort – a time where we could do with more light.
I remember the times I’ve stood in the midst of a huge storm – both actual and metaphorical.
My father and I were decked out in oilskin suits, the deep-sea fishing variety (only my Dad would have them packed away somewhere!) – standing on the bridge near our house and watching the river rise up right before our eyes.
We held on to the railings to keep us steady and watched in total awe, acknowledging how incredibly small and powerless we are in the face of nature.
Eventually Dad pulled me away from this strange euphoria – telling me that it was getting too dangerous, we needed to go home.
But I remember the rush of adrenalin, the total abandon, the unexpected joy of being so totally unable to control anything. I can still feel it. My heart pounds when I think about it. It’s a truth that I’ve rarely been soon vividly aware of.
Years later, the same feeling returned when, in one phone call, the life I had planned, envisioned and so deeply desired fell apart. It felt like unbearable heartbreak as he told me it was over, he’d met someone else. And yet there was that same rush, the same abandon, the same realization of total powerlessness.
We are brought up to believe that we have control. That we should seek more control. That we should plan for the unexpected, to always be prepared.
And yet reality shows up and is NEVER exactly as we’ve prepared for.
And then there’s the moon. The bright, strong, moon – always there, sometimes closer, sometimes further away, steadfast.
For me it’s a reminder that all is well. Where there is darkness, there will always be light. Where there is hatred, there can be love. Where the unexpected and undesired become reality, we can find hope, take action and create possibility.
If you have experienced an earthquake this week – or if you’ve experienced a terrorist attack – or political upheaval….
If you have heard news of a terrible illness this week, or lost someone dear to you….
If you have a broken heart…..
The moon is bright. Know that there is so much love in the world.
Sit still and breathe deep.
All is well – you are safe, you are connected, you are deeply loved.
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