In the midst of so much upheaval and challenge, to say it feels hard is an understatement. Yet within the toughest moments lies the opportunity to pause, to take a moment to breathe, to reflect on what really matters, what is most important, and to remember our dreams.
Last week, sort of out of nowhere, an incredible comet, Neowise, appeared in our northwestern sky. Being a lifelong “Trekkie,” I’ve found much solace looking up in the the dark Teton sky and seeing this magical trail of light like an enormous falling star that seems frozen in the night. It awakens dreams.
Some of my lifelong dreams include having a small farm with a barnyard, and helping those around me remember our connection to the earth, to our food sources, to the magic of watching a caterpillar turn into a butterfly or a seed become a huge tomato plant. I’ve also long wanted to finish my PhD in psychology from teachers with whom I deeply aligned.
So, over the next few weeks, I’m moving from a home on a hill in Jackson to a yurt on the other side of the mountains, giving away or putting in storage 90% of what I’ve collected over the last four decades of adulthood. And I’m leaning into the last two years of my academic journey around consciousness, health and healing. I’m turning in the last of my business attire for overalls, muck boots and reading glasses. (And yes, this fall, I will spend time in the midwest helping candidates I believe in get elected).
I’ll still do some coaching and teaching, but quietly, in the hopes of someday creating this long dreamed of farm as a sanctuary for others to remember and lean into their own dreams, values and sense of wholeness, peace and fulfillment.
So during these uncertain times, may you take a few minutes every day to ask, “What is most important? What is success? What do I most value?” What are my dreams to dust off?” and perhaps just write down even the smallest of steps every day to walk into those dreams. And when or if fears come up, landing tightly in your throat or chest, practice closing your eyes and just breathing in the light or the rain of the day. Visualize the light or the rain washing away layers of fear, fatigue, constriction that don’t serve you, allowing your creativity, courage and strength to come through.
I wish you strong health, safety and most of all love. And, if you ever wanted to try a night in a yurt under a billion stars, let me know!
Lastly, as I go through these moves and transitions over the next few weeks, wonderful guest writers may be sharing their “Thursday Thoughts.” Always great to get new perspectives and see new horizons!