Get Lost

One of my most favorite quotes of all time is…

“All those who wander are not lost.”  J.R.R. Tolkien

And this has proven to be true for me.  I’ve spent such a long time wandering in the weeds, making detours, backtracking and even winding up on the shoulder of the road of Life but I have never once felt truly Lost.  Somehow, I always knew whatever awaited me ‘beyond that far horizon’ would be mine . . . I just need to keep going to wherever there might be.

I wasn’t always introspective.  I didn’t always listen to my gut.  I didn’t always believe in myself. And I certainly didn’t appreciate being in the Moment.

I guess I was Lost for a bit, but I didn’t panic and eventually I Found myself again.

Being Lost sometimes means drifting away from what you used to do while you discover what you might Be.  It means shedding all the skins you inherited and adopted along the way until like that caterpillar in the cocoon you shed the safety of what you know for a chance to soar into whatever may be trusting all the while in both yourself and the Universe.

Others don’t always get this part of you.  Loads of people think if you have no immediate purpose and if you are not defined by society to fit in some sort of category and wear some sort of label then you are a freak or a threat and there’s something wrong with you.  To that I simply shrug my shoulders for mine is not to worry about the thoughts of others, mine is only to worry about the thoughts I have for both myself and others at all times and to keep them Positive and filled with Light and Love.

So, even today I feel as though my soul drifts from here to there.  My Path is not a straight one and for that I am eternally grateful because in the bends and the peaks and valleys are the delights I cannot see yet.  There are Lessons in those.  My pace isn’t always steady and yes, at times, I do falter under the weight of my own doubts, yet in the end I persevere and continue.

If this is being Lost I am beyond okay with that.

I say lose yourself.  Cast off all the things that define you and wander directionless and purposeless to see where the warm winds might guide you.  You may be surprised beyond your wildest dreams to see what you become when you leave everything else behind and allow yourself to be Open.

Peace.

Pins and Needles . . . Well, Just Needles Really

I had my first Acupuncture session a few days ago.  I know… I’m always late to the party.

So, anyway, you’d think I’d be open minded enough to have done this years ago but the truth of the matter, upon great consideration, is that I really wasn’t Open, nor was I ready.  Thankfully, I am more Open than I’ve every been and it seems I’m learning things at a faster rate these days which flies in the face of the whole aging process.  My mind can’t seem to get enough ‘food’.

For the past several years I have been studying healing in a whole different light.  In a way that encompasses Mind, Body and Soul.  I’ve been reading about the many other medicines other than Western and slowly but surely I have come to understand that those, while not always viewed in Western society as equal or even better than the Science of Medicine practiced in the Western world, they possess their own brand of healing, something to which I gravitate to.

I believe something natural is always better than something man-made in terms of diet and health.  Sure there are plenty of pills that can help with afflictions, but pills or shots don’t always cure the underlying cause of Dis-Ease.  They simply mask it just enough that we are able to survive, tho there is some question to Quality of Life.

I went in to the appointment with an Open mind.  I was asked plenty of questions as any doctor would, but they were different questions.  More to the root of me.  Questions that I had to think about, not just repeat by rote.  Many notes were taken and I will admit to feeling a bit insecure by that.  I mean were they good notes or notes that even this course of treatment was useless?  Thanks, to my ego for this.

Soon I was on the table.  When I was asked if I wanted to see the actual needles I declined.  I mean why make me even more skittish?  Instead I closed my eyes and relaxed as my pulse was taken.  I listened to the soothing music and waited for the pain.  It actually never came.  I felt a pinch here and there but really nothing else.

My body felt heavy and there was an achy feeling in some areas but it wasn’t enough to complain about.  I lay there for thirty minutes undisturbed except once when I was asked if I was feeling okay.  Even then I quickly fell back into the trance I’d fallen into.  I saw some pretty incredible colors as I focused on my Chakras.  Pretty explosive colors and I was under from that point on.

Time both stood still and passed in a heartbeat.  Suddenly, it was over.  I got up and sat on the table for a few moments, asking if it was normal to feel so out of it.  The answer was yes.  Though every session is different for different people.

A few hours later I felt tired, but then rebounded with a bang a few hours after that and have been flying around on some sort of incredible energy high every since.  The thought process is that my energy of Qi was blocked somewhere and the acupuncture had removed the block.  Pretty awesome.

It’s several days later now and I still feel pretty good.  I slept deeply and completely for the first time in I don’t know how long even with meditation and yoga and everything else I do.

Here’s the thing . . . we can prevent ourselves from healing simply by our preconceived notions.  I’ve been juicing for a while now and let me tell you it ain’t always so yummy tasting, but I know it’s good for me so I keep at it.  If I’d have turned away simply because of my fear of needles, my Western education, etc., I’d be missing out on a whole other world of goodness.

So once again I say stay Open.  Stay as Open as you can to new things, new thoughts, new experiences and they will take you on the most incredible Journeys.  Let Fear not rule your life or your thoughts for Fear is simply a resistance to the Unknown.  Or in layman’s terms be a sponge for all the days of your Life and soak up as much as you are able so that your world is color-Full.

Peace.