Life is a good teacher and a good friend

“Life is a good teacher and a good friend. Things are always in transition, if we could only realize it. Nothing ever sums itself up in the way that we like to dream about. The off-center, in-between state is an ideal situation, a situation in which we don’t get caught and we can open our hearts and minds beyond limit. It’s a very tender, nonaggressive, open-ended state of affairs.” ~ Pema Chödrön

Welcome to the bustle of the autumn season! You might be in the middle of the back-to-school rush, or just caught up in the heavier traffic that this period inevitably entails. Either way, the current change in energy (natural and cosmic) is palpable and your projects and plans that have been percolating since April will be getting a great boost as of this week – the brakes are off!

The impulses you might have been receiving around the time of the recent eclipses should be clarified after this week’s full moon on Wednesday, which closely coincides with the direct motion of all visible planets, a rare and helpful boost to forward planning. My recent decision to stop teaching group classes for now has been validated in numerous ways over the past weeks, making a tough choice much easier as I can now see better how to navigate going forward. Perhaps you have a similar story?

Fear and frustration seems to be widespread over the past few weeks (years?!), and although it might be poor consolation to know that so many others are feeling the same way, it is always (always!) a sign that we are resisting inevitable change. Trusting in life is not equivalent to relinquishing judgement or personal power; it means we maintain a healthy discernment while allowing things to flow and change around us, responding as necessary according to our personal dharma (or life path).

What life path?!” I hear some of you saying. Hang in there!

Just because you don’t have the answers right now doesn’t mean they don’t exist! Sometimes our path is so obvious we don’t notice it because it seems too easy or possibly even “unimportant” in the greater scheme of things. Remember: not everyone is meant to have fame, glory and extreme good fortune in life – on the contrary. Our world functions mostly at the hands of humble, almost invisible folks who do their good work quietly and without the need or clamour for recognition – these are the true spiritual masters who can live simply and act anonymously, doing what is right according to what life seems to demand of them, a.k.a. Karma Yogis, and not a selfie stick in sight!

Know that when you are in the flow of your life you will be contributing in some important but perhaps indiscernable way to the bigger picture that has us interconnected. We all need you to walk your unique path in your loud or quiet way, depending, so we can all walk our own paths in equal harmony.

This is the month to stay open to clues and serendipity, especially in the second half of September, and set yourself up for a graceful transition into a new life emphasis as October nears.

I look forward to hearing about your adventures!

With much love and light,

Susan

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