Ketchum, Idaho on Tuesday evening, September 15th. Smoke from the wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington has settled in Idaho.
The Department of Environmental Quality iAir quality is currently ‘unhealthy’ for sensitive groups.
When air quality is unhealthy, persons may experience health effects and should limit prolonged or heavy exertion and limit time spent outdoors. The general public is unlikely to be affected.
Voluntary burn ban for residential wood burning activities is in place.
The New Moon in Virgo is Thursday, September 17 at 5:00AM Mountain Daylight Time
This New Moon in Virgo challenges us to get organized with our thoughts and intentions.
It challenges us to focus on clear practical communication and to take responsibility for the details of our lives.
It is time to get ready for the slow but steady crawling out from under intense change and to use the energy for solid transformation as the momentum builds.
It is important to keep your eye on the lofty goals for the future but not to get lost in the illusion or fantasy of what is true right at the moment. Keep your tasks practical and grounded, and keep going, putting one foot in front of the other, no matter what.
This is an important equinox as we ask ourselves, “what’s the plan?”. Instead of waiting for more clarity, work with what you have and set some practical intentions (always subject to change) for yourself. The most important lessons during this time are the ones that show you clearly what you do not want to dream up or manifest for yourself.
Take an inventory of what has not worked for you in the past, what you are complete with in your life, and give it all over to the West with great gratitude for being part of your container up until now.
You may not have the whole picture of where you are headed however you can begin to organize your energy by focusing on what brings you joy right now in these times and go from there. Beware of the mental quagmire of thoughts, anxieties and worries that have you spinning in circles. You cannot manifest a good future from the place of “too many thinking”.
The best way to use the Equinox is to practice gratitude, to focus on love and do something higher centered that gives you joy, preferably in nature.
[And wear your mask.]
The Equinox is Tuesday, September 22 at 7:31AM Mountain Daylight Time (MDT).
Four things I know are true but have to remember to remember:
- santosha (the joy is there, I just have to scan for the good)
- impermanence (everything I love will someday disappear)
- karma (what I give is what I get)
- dukkah (suffering is wanting things to be different than they are)
-Abby Falik, Global Citizen Academy
‘You must know what you believe & why. Only then can you know who you are & what sort of world you want to live in.’
“Lots of us have a bit of Eeyore’s angst and gloom.”
“When you’re experiencing a lot of stress, it’s easy to head into a downward spiral,” says Judith Moskowitz of Northwestern University. She is trained as a psychologist and studies the ways positive emotions can influence people’s health and stress. She developed the program taught to the caregivers.”
Here’s a quick summary of the eight techniques used in Moskowitz’ study:
- Take a moment to identify one positive event each day.
- Tell someone about the positive event or share it on social media. This can help you savor the moment a little longer.
- Start a daily gratitude journal. Aim to find little things you’re grateful for, such as a good cup of coffee, a pretty sunrise or nice weather.
- Identify a personal strength and reflect on how you’ve used this strength today or in recent weeks.
- Set a daily goal and track your progress. “This is based on research that shows when we feel progress towards a goal, we have more positive emotions,” Moskowitz says. The goal should not be too lofty. You want to be able to perceive progress.
- Try to practice “positive reappraisal”: Identify an event or daily activity that is a hassle. Then, try to reframe the event in a more positive light. Example: If you’re stuck in traffic, try to savor the quiet time. If you practice this enough, it can start to become a habit.
- Do something nice for someone else each day. These daily acts of kindness can be as simple as giving someone a smile or giving up your seat on a crowded train. Research shows we feel better when we’re kind to others.
- Practice mindfulness by paying attention to the present moment. You can also try a 10-minute breathing exercise that uses a focus on breathing to help calm the mind.
Joy has come to live with me. How can I be sad?
I do so love Thy presence, which is joy within me.
Be like the bird
That, pausing in her flight
Awhile on boughs too slight,
Feels them give way
Beneath her and yet sings,
Knowing that she had wings.
Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your
grasp, but which if you will sit down quiet, may alight upon you.
Joy is the realization of the truth of one-ness, the oneness of our soul with
the Supreme love.
Happy May. Happy new birth. Happy love.
The blade of grass may wither and petals fall from the flower, but the idea, “the word of the Lord…Gaia…endureth forever.
I know that all things are good when rightly used. I enter the game of living, then, with joyful anticipation, with spontaneous enthusiasm, and with the determination to play the game well and to enjoy it.”
‘Breathing in and out of the grief point as it becomes the touch point of the heart. Experiencing joy where once grief was felt, there arises a new confidence and gratitude. And that sweet ache of connection becomes like Krishna’s flute calling, offering its pain to the Beloved.’
-Stephen & Ondrea Levine