I noticed a lot of traffic on my website recently, I hope you are getting something out of it.
I've been re-reading "Writing Down the Bones" by Nathalie Goldberg. She gives tips that inspire me to write daily, whether it's here or elsewhere. I seem to need to write as much as I need to eat, sleep and breath. If I don't write, I feel something important is missing and I lose touch with myself.
In Shamanism, journaling is essential to daily living. It is a time of insight and introspection. It helps us to empty out, to revisit our day, to reveal our inner reality on the outside and get insights and inspiration. The same could be said for any art form - dancing, drawing, etc...
Today I went for a walk to Britannia Bay Park, just a few blocks away. Winter has arrived a bit early, but it's not too bad, the Ottawa river has not started to freeze over and the geese and ducks are still flying around. They usually stay until the water freezes.
I find if I don't get outside to adapt to the weather changes, my immune system is weakened and I get sick. Fresh air and simple walks are still the best exercise for me at this point in my life. It also helps me clear my head.
On my walk, I saw a 3-legged dog and stopped to talk to the owner. He was a young Asian male. He said it was a rescue dog from Greece. The dog was part Dalmatian and something else and very happily hopping around in the snow. The young man was very attentive to his pet. I was amazed at the story. And it renewed my faith in human nature. We didn't get to talk long because the dog took off with his owner in tow. The connection between humans and animals is essential for our souls.
With the onset of what looks like a long winter ahead, I am trying to find ways to keep active. I look forward to the Grandmother Lodges but they are only once a month. I also am organizing Tarot Meetups and tarot classes. And I still do tarot readings by request. I haven't been doing much of my Shamanic practice lately. It takes a lot of energy and I am not well known in Ottawa and am not up to putting myself out there like I used to do in my younger years.
My main focus right now is the Dream class with Lisa F. Tardiff, my Teacher. Indigenous Traditional Dreaming is so misunderstood, it takes a long time to really appreciate how important it is to our daily survival. And how we dream all the time. But the fact is that this knowledge is being lost. The modern world is more interested in superficialities and technology. But I am grateful for the path I am on, as well as the teachers and community that are like family to me.
Life is good. Counting my blessings daily helps me see how much abundance I truly have. I don't need more possessions, I need to breath deeply and see the beauty in and all around me. I need to enjoy the simple things of life. Slow down.
Winter Solstice is coming up in December and I will be back around then to talk about making wishes, if not sooner to ramble on about some other topics that peak my interest.
Be well everyone and count your blessings! My son and his fiancé are in Southern California and the smoke from the forest fires is reaching them. So many deaths, people, animals and trees. It is tragic. My prayers go out to those who are suffering hard times.