Welcome to February!
January was an interesting month, colder than normal for my area, snow – again not normal for my area and coming down with a strange bug that landed me in bed for five days, and then continued to haunt me with lower energy levels for the rest of the month. The bug, while not welcome, did provide for some quiet time, lots of sleep and rest which included reading a couple of books. During that time, I was given the message that we are all in a time of gathering, time to gather our resources, shore up our defenses and be prepared for this coming year. The energy has shifted with this being a one year, and while we don’t know what this year will bring to us, we must be prepared to accept all opportunities as they arrive. We are all more than we think and might just be surprised by the awesomeness that awaits us. The time for complacency has left the building and now it is time for us to stand proud of who we are, and know we can accomplish anything. In this time of gathering it is important to realize that you are not others, but unique in your own right. What works for you will not necessarily work for others, and that is one of the things you need to gather and honor – to each his own with compassion for all unique ideals.
As we step into February we participate in Groundhog Day on the 2nd. Personally, this “event” used to always bring me anxiety. Would the groundhog see his shadow or not? I would wait with baited breath as a child to hear the results. At some point during my 20’s I realized that no matter if the darn groundhog saw his shadow or not, spring would not arrive until March 21st, so either way winter was on its way out! Now I choose to honor Imbolc, which celebrates the half way point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Imbolc happens February 1st this year. I don’t think we should dismiss the groundhog that easily though, after all I love to delve into what different animals mean.
“Take time out for meditation and self-reflection. Use Groundhog energy to go deeper and to dig out what is unseen within you. You are being asked to explore altered states of consciousness deeper. The answers are within you – however you just have not dug deep enough to find the root of it. Groundhog can also be letting you know that you need to pay attention to your metabolism. Be aware of how your diet influences your natural bodies cycles and to make dietary adjustments to balance the workings of your body. Alternatively, Groundhog can be giving you fair warning that you have overstepped someone boundaries or someone is overstepping yours. Best is to resolve the situation with respect and from the heart.”
Valentine’s Day is another day to celebrate, even if you are single, the love that you have in your life. Not just the romantic type which is what all the companies who gain huge revenue around this holiday want us to do. Celebrate that you love yourself, your family, your pets, your friends. If you are averse to even thinking about this day, take heart, it is also Ferris Wheel Day! Celebrate that!
Other weird “holidays” in February, something for everyone to grab onto and celebrate – National Weatherman's Day, Send a Card to a Friend Day, Kite Flying Day, Don't Cry over Spilled Milk Day, National Battery Day, Be Humble Day, Tell a Fairy Tale Day, National Tooth Fairy Day. I kid you not! Check them out on the internet!
No matter what you choose to do this month, take time out of your busy weeks to have some fun. Schedule a celebration of joy into each week and remember what brings you joy feeds your soul.
Always thinking, always observing, always wondering and pondering the things that make life go round.