My ongoing quest to know myself is as rewarding as it is challenging! I recently had my astrological chart done and have been reading through the eighteen page report with bursts of wonder, agreement and denial.
Reading through the various aspects of my personality is enlightening and confirming that I am on the right track. That at this stage of my life, I am more aligned with my truth than ever before. For the most part, I’m making decisions based on wisdom from a life well lived.
So far, so good.
Then there are the challenging aspects that point out my rebellious, nonconformist, strong-willed aspects and – can you imagine – the word ‘reckless’ is implied! Shock horror, reckless? Really?
After digesting the report, I reflected on where I had been reckless and how this had played out in my life. Was I still making reckless decisions? What have I learned from previous actions?
It has been an interesting introspective journey, and I am grateful for having had this time to reflect upon my life and the influences of the planets. There are many aspects to us all, and it’s good to know them and see how they play out. Reviewing your astrological chart or any similar exercise is an opportunity to step out of your life and look upon it.
A wise mentor recently wrote this regarding self inquiry:
A lifetime project, so take it easy and enjoy the foothills as well as the mountain vistas, and the rest stops along the way.Andrew Wells
A poignant reminder that life is a journey. A journey to take in, to taste, smell, hear, see and sense all aspects of. There is no good or bad, there just is. ‘Stop and pause and rest in the foothills’ was just what I needed to hear this week. A reminder to stop rushing and trying to tick things off the to do list. Reflect, and don’t get caught up in the process of self-inquiry or denying the parts we don’t want to know. Sit in a place of gentle unfurling.
It’s good to be challenged, and then it’s good to sit in the foothills, pause and assimilate, reflect and reset. It’s in the rests that we digest and find deeper meaning. All aspects of our beings are equally important, even the parts that we don’t like at first. It’s a balance. We need space to allow the wisdom to unfold. If we keep going when we know we need to stop, we create blockages in our growth, roadblocks on our journey.
A lifetime project. That is what we are all working with as we live each day. Each morning we rise to another day of the project and day by day we live our lives. None of us know how long our projects will be. It’s important to live well, take time, and nourish yourself when you need to, knowing that in nourishing yourself, you are nourishing others. Be kind to yourself and be kind to others. Have fun and, dare I day it, be reckless sometimes! Push the boundaries and step into the unknown, trusting that you have everything you need to grow and thrive. Give yourself permission to pause and rest, take in the view from the foothills and let the project unroll step by step up the mountain. Step by step, getting to know your precious self.