Thursday, June 21, 2018

Doing Our Best Where We Are

Every time we come to a place or experience a situation, it is a first. Everything we experience contributes to who we are. We are, in a sense, a different person than we were even being in a place or situation visited previously. That being said, the energy in Florida on my Farewell Tour definitely felt different from my prior stays.

Previously, I’d see dolphins frequently. It seemed a bit odd that they visited me very rarely even though I was on the beach most mornings and evenings. Energetically, they are always with me but, as a human, physical sightings still bring an unmatched thrill. Rainbows were another sight I was gifted with regularly during my earlier time in Florida. This trip they were an uncommon treat.

One of the characteristics that I love about Florida is the lush tropical foliage……green everywhere! During this time, human activity had caused great harm to nature. Vast areas were clear cut and in the process of such. The cut vegetation was piled high and burned….not even being used! I witnessed these scenes, in a very raw, visceral manner. Even the Gulf’s shoreline was eroding drastically before my eyes! One day I physically witnessed sea grape plants and a palm tree fall into the water as the rain poured and unusually large waves crashed high onto the sand. I do understand that things evolve and Mother Nature is constantly reshaping, renewing, refashioning, reinventing, recreating….. This is not a bad thing although it sometimes creates some hardship and sadness for humans. It is simply part of Gaia’s ever-changing dance of existence......a reflection of our own lives with our ever-changing chapters.

Another interesting scenario that helped show me I wasn’t meant to stay was my meetings with friends. Actually, my lack of meetings would be more accurate. Many friends said they missed me, wanted me to keep in touch and indicated they’d like to get together if I was in the area again. While I had delightful connections with 5 of these beautiful friends, there were 10-15 that just didn’t happen. I know most people are very busy and have trouble just keeping up with their daily lives but this was just excessive. I also know some of the behavior of certain people not getting back to me was totally uncharacteristic of them. It was as if the Universe was conspiring to make sure my reunions didn’t happen so, combined with my other unusual experiences, I felt no more ties to the area.

On a bright note, I felt new hope regarding the trees and “natural landscaping” when I learned about a project one of my friends is involved with – The Urban Forest.
​​“The Urban Forest will be located on about 26 acres of land between the eastern leg of the Waterway Trail and the Seaboard industrial section, extending between the Venice Avenue and Circus Bridges. The proposed corridor will extend about 1.75 miles.
The VABI Urban Forest is a critical component in enhancing the City of Venice’s urban design that was introduced by John Nolen in 1926 and remains its principle planning document. Adding this “green belt” corridor will complement Nolen’s “city garden” concept and serve to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors.
Once completed, the Urban Forest will provide sanctuary for migratory birds as well as enhance storm water management and improve the community’s water resources."

I feel like I’m coming full circle regarding my relationship with Casey Key so will bring you along regarding my experience of my first visit there. It was 2005 when I visited Florida for the first time. My former husband and I traveled to the southernmost state in the contiguous US to confirm that we wanted to move there and determine the specific area that felt best to us. Stepping foot on Casey Key, I felt like I was in – the only word I can best describe is – a vortex. It was as if I was in the same place, different time. I don’t know if I was Calusa or some other tribe unrecorded in current history. What I was aware of is, in that instant, I somehow knew what the rest of the key looked like….sans houses…with much more flora and fauna....and it was not called Casey Key. The whole experience was probably just a blink of an eye but so powerful I will always remember it. When another intuitive friend mentioned healers are being called back to places they once worked (sometimes very long ago), it rang true as another possibility for my possibly final Florida trip. Perhaps there was some energetic work I needed to wrap up before bidding this beautiful paradise good-bye.

Reporting more cheer.....
My happiness has been heightened with the knowing that my kids are both happy and starting new chapters in their lives.

In closing, wherever you are, please find comfort, happiness and reassurance with the knowledge that we are always doing the very best we can where we are, with what we have, in the present moment. If you’d light assistance shedding light regarding this, perhaps you’ll consider Wellness Coaching byPhone. Namaste ~

P.S. I was just about to publish this blog post when this message from TUT showed up. It was so appropriate, I had to include it:
“People who do all they can, with what they've got, from where they are, Michelle, no matter how puny their actions, how tiny their steps, or how futile it may seem, simply have more fun. Way.

Of course, to the uninitiated it doesn't appear that way. To them it appears as if only those taking gigantic leaps, who drive cars with fancy wheels, have loads of friends, perfect bodies, and fly around the world in First Class Sleeper Seats, are having fun. But what they don't realize is that we're often talking about the very same folks, just at different points in their journey.

Coffee, tea, or a brand new Bentley?

   The Universe”