Day 18 of 59 Days: "Taking Action"
Day 18: “Taking Action”
May 8, 2019
Original Painting: “Taking Action”, 18×24 Acrylic on Paper, 11/6/2018
I have been a little agitated lately. I got poison ivy last week and it seems that the topical solution gave me a minor case of hives! I have felt like I was coming out of my skin. This is not an unfamiliar feeling for me. I have super sensitive skin and as a child I used to get sun poisoning with a dash of allergic reaction to sunscreen. My skin would crawl either way! Might as well enjoy the sun, right? Uh, no! I was a kid; I would annoy my mother with my discomfort. You know what they say, “misery loves company.” I had forgotten about this until today. I woke up with itching and found myself saying out loud, “I don’t understand?” To this I answered, “Stop saying that.” I have been itching, scratching and treating the poison ivy and hives for a few days now and repeating that, “I don’t understand” question. Today was the day to resolve this and TAKE ACTION!
I attempted my usual routine and practice of coffee and reading. The itching was too much of a distraction. I went to the studio to select today’s painting, I picked three, with the last one being “Take Action.” Ok, message received. So, what was the action to take? How was I going to resolve this agitation? I decided to take the initiative and do something active. I dressed in long sleeves and jeans and grabbed my clippers, gloves and yard can. I was going to clean up, prune and weed the front yard. It had gotten overgrown with spring weeds. It rained last night, prime conditions for easy weeding. So, my action was more than the physical task of yard work. I set the intention to pull the weed and prune of my thoughts and subconscious, settling my agitation while I worked in the yard. It was cool enough outside. It was quiet and I was alone.
Our inner landscape mirrors our exterior life. In Tai Chi and Qi Gong we work with the microcosm, the body, as a reflection of the macrocosm, the Universe. I took this principle to heart as I started my weed pulling. I didn’t even know what time it was or how long it would take, I just kept working. By the time I finished, I had filled a yard can and put a decent size pile at the curb. Sometimes the best medicine is movement. We can’t always sit in the mountain top experience. Whether it is my extroversion, my blood type that required physical action, or just the responsibilities of home ownership…today was a great awakening and reminder for me to take action.
This painting is full of texture and light. I see the mountain in it. I want to share my life in a way that shows both the mountain top experiences and the activeness that comes with living authentically. I appreciate this lesson of today, hives and all. It has brought me to a place that is welcoming to me and hopefully to those I encounter. Are you wanting/needing to take action? How will you express that? Are there weeds of thought that need tending? Where can you prune in your life to encourage growth?
The other lesson of today was about the entrance to my home. It was overgrown and not very welcoming. If my front door is a metaphor for myself or my heart, am I more open to welcome others in after I cleaned up the entrance? I would say, YES! What happen next was a joyful surprise, of sorts. My cat, Rolli, brought a chimpmunk to my newly spruced entrance. She was meowing with her mouth full. I stepped out side and she laid the chipmunk down on the porch. I ushered her inside. The “chippy,” as my neighbor calls them, was still breathing and in shock. It had a small bite mark but didn’t seem too bad for the experience…other than shock. As I knelt down and held my hands over it and offered Reiki (energywork) for its healing and highest good. I also said a quick prayer of protection. I came inside to finish getting ready for the rest of my day. I checked back about 10 minutes later and my little friend was gone! Hopefully, it will heal. I googled chipmunk totem. The chipmunk is a totem of friendship. It also gave this message, “something good is on its way to you.” Thank you, Chippy! What a great reminder of this totem. And, what great timing! My hope for you is that you receive this same message from the chippy…may something good be on the way to you!
Blessing and peace on your journey!
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