Category Archives: 9th Alignment Principle

Clarity of Purpose

I’ve been adjusting to my new surroundings in Montevideo, Uruguay, South America. My lifestyle hasn’t really changed, just the setting. It’s marvelous to make change even if one makes small changes. I must admit that my changes aren’t completely unworthy. There is new language that completely surrounds me and although I have been fluent in Spanish, the “de la Plata” accent is something unfamiliar. It’s fun to stretch my brain to take it in. An added benefit has been that I hear two languages most of the time. I get to hear both Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese so I get to practice both.

Food choices are a bit different but it’s amazing to see how other countries value their food production. My body feels a bit more alive as there are many healthy choices and much local food evidenced by the many, weekly farmer’s markets in the various neighborhoods.

In addition, I walk a lot more. There is an extensive public transportation system and less reliance on cars. It has been interesting to walk on stone reminding me each day of the history of place. This causes me to look both up and down. I watch my steps and then look up to take in the beautiful architecture of a lost epoch.

Learning where to get other needs met when there is no acquaintance to point the way is a lesson in resiliency. It has taken nearly a month to find the places one wants to wash linens or get one’s haircut not only because there are so many choices but also because one must intuit the place that makes one feel that it’s “right”. That comes from feeling the surroundings, getting into the rhythm of being, the cadence of life as it is in the new place, not just making a place be suitable, but understanding it as well.

All this reminds me of this month’s alignment principle to have clarity of purpose. My purpose is to fit into my new surroundings and not have them fit me. I am happy that many people have mistaken me for a local–that is until I open my mouth to speak! It is then that they realize that I am a foreigner. Although they ask me where I am from, some are surprised to find that my country of origin is the USA. It’s because I don’t have a USA accent when I speak Spanish, I have the accent of my Mexican heritage. Because of it, these beautiful Southern people have embraced me more as one of their own and for this I am deeply grateful.

The Amazing YOU

This past month I have asked you to focus on how you dream and then create a Balanced life. We have been given many tools, especially becoming discerning and impeccable practitioners on our Paths with Heart, the Beauty Way.

What seeds have you planted for the future: your future as well as the inclusive future for All Your Relations?

As we wind our way inward, I hope that you use this season to give yourself space to reflect on the amazing power of You.

 

Working on Balance

Lately I’ve been reflecting on what a life of Balance would mean to me.

I feel privileged that I get to help “take care” of my loved ones. Taking care means nurturing them with food, love, and intimate conversation.

Lately I’ve been thinking about what it means to “Be”. I am distracted by my loved ones because I am taking care of them. I enjoy the wide, open times when I am listening.

I am nourished when I take care of my loved ones. I am nourished when I “Be”.

I am planting seeds for the Future. My desire is the future of well-being and Balance.

Clear Purpose

Finishing up this month’s moon cycle, I have held true to my purpose to vastly improve my health. As a result of my clarity and intentionality, the seeds I’ve planted sprouted into a vitality that I haven’t felt in a long time. One by-product is that I am at the lowest weight I have been in years. Even my “skinny” clothes feel loose and comfortable!

One of the best things that I have learned is how to liven up my vegetables with salsas and seasonings from around the world. The wisdom of indigenous people all over the world is inspiring. The flavor profiles are unique to the land and the creative innovation by the individuals who inhabit the land. Their powerful gratitude for what they have been given has changed me.

In this next moon cycle, I look forward to developing the changes I will make in my next year long course that I will be teaching where I live. I have already changed the title from “The 13 Feminine Truths” to “The White Bear Medicine Shield”. Hopefully, I will be making vlogs in 2014 to share the class with my followers!!!