When the Sun of compassion arises darkness evaporates and the singing birds come from nowhere.Amit Ray
I woke this morning feeling distressed. Even my meditation did not soothe it. War in Ukraine ( a friend of mine is missing there after his village was shelled), floods here at home where we have elderly friends missing in floodwaters and other friends whose homes and businesses have been damaged or destroyed and who have lost so much – including livestock, horses and pets, memories of other floods that affected us deeply, the latest reports on the climate crisis, and a bunch of other stuff going on has been occupying a lot of my thoughts, and a big chunk of my heart.
But then at 4am the birds began to sing. They’ve been quiet through these past few weeks of rain, and then this morning there were hundreds of joyous birdcalls as the day dawned streaky pink and dry at last. Oh, it buoyed my spirit to hear them, and to watch them playing, and going through their very social catch-ups with each other.
And we took a walk on the beach – my first in over a month. The shore has been savagely eroded by the wild weather, and there were mountains of debris washed out of the rivers and onto the beach – leaves and tree limbs, old tyres and tin cans, timber and crates and more plastic and rubbish than Ben and I could ever pick up, although we tried. It was a shock, but it was also heartwarming to see other locals walking the tideline and hauling out rubbish too.
Now I’m back at home, ready to make a coffee and then to sit down to some writing. I feel better, not fixed, but better. There is still that churn of emotions just under the surface, so I’ve applied some of my beautiful Ylang-Ylang oil like a perfume to my pulse points and over my heart, and that has helped as well. Ylang-Ylang lifts your mood, and reduces anxiety, and is great for heart health (on all levels) and boosting the immune system.
I know some of you will be feeling as churned as me – so please, be gentle with yourselves, take extra time for self-care, connect with people who nurture and uplift you, and step away from your screens for a while to lessen the information exposure. Life is a long-haul event, and for us highly sensitive people there’s a lot of extra input right now that needs to be carefully managed so we don’t burn out!
Hugs, and a Ylang-Ylang scented cloud to ease your own anxiety, Nicole xx
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