Simply Nahala

Writer. Photographer. Soul Traveler.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Apricot Sunset


This is going to be an intense year, I can feel it. When I tune into Gaia, she is resolved about what is to come. Although she is an extremely loving sentient being, she can no longer allow such disrespect. It will be a tumultuous year full of violence, anger, and extreme weather all over the world. On the flip side, there will be many beautiful moments where we come together to envision a bright future and support each other through challenging circumstances.

It will be an opportunity to right old wrongs and heal grievances. A time for forgiveness and strengthening bonds. There will finally be restitution for many wrongdoings on this planet that will help bring about balance and harmony. Without this reconciliation, we will keep repeating the same patterns such as strife and division. Sometimes life lessons require drastic measures. Together we can learn from these trials and tribulations and emerge victorious.

While doing Search and Rescue training, I remember the instructor talking about the massive earthquake and tsunami that is overdue for the Pacific Northwest. It wasn't a matter of "if" but "when" the quake would occur on the Cascadia Fault. The truth is, I haven't felt safe on the Oregon coast for several years now. It may be from past life trauma, a premonition or just unfounded fear. Nevertheless, I wouldn't wish such a catastrophe on anyone, yet this extreme weather is occurring all over the world and will continue to increase this year.

How does one prepare for such things? I have an emergency pack, but what if I don't have it with me when an emergency strikes. This is where our intuition and faith in a benevolent Source, becomes the greatest survival tools. If something doesn't feel right, trust your inner guidance. I frequently travel over the Cascade Mountain Range to the Portland Metro area. There have been several times when I've cancelled appointments or plans because it just didn't feel right. I spent years not trusting myself, and it doesn't feel good to go against my better judgement.

I recently spent some time on the Oregon Coast with a dear friend and colleague. We first met while training to be medics. A year and a half ago, we sustained concussions just days apart from each other. The experience altered our lives in many ways, but we are currently pursuing things that bring us great joy. We spent an evening in a tiny ocean side cottage, snuggled in hand knit blankets. Sipping tea and nibbling on treats. Sharing stories and exchanging ideas.

As we stood on the cliff watching this warm apricot glow of a sunset with the icy wind seeping through our jackets and blue jeans, I felt alive and peaceful. Grateful for so many things. Friendship. Family. Adventures. Even though I feel unsettled on the Oregon coast, I wanted to be there. If a tsunami came to pluck me from the shore and carry me out into the ocean, then that is exactly where I was meant to be. One of greatest gifts we can give ourselves is to live each day as if it were the last. Making the most out of every situation even when it isn't always easy.

The apricot ray helps to disperse heavy energy that can cause problems in our lives. The twilight blue water is fluid, wild and free. Reminding us to be joyful, happy, and spontaneous. Let's be grateful for all the special moments in life rather than dwelling on the bad. Try taking a break from watching the news. Get outside and play. Take a breath of fresh air. Stop to smell the flowers. Smile just because. Let the sun warm your face. Watch a funny movie that makes you laugh. Give someone you love a hug. Our thoughts today create our future tomorrow. Albert Einstein said, "Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions."

Keep The Faith,
Jan

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