for Urban Professionals & Other Skeptics in a Rush
February 28, 2013 in Inspiration
am no expert on planetary activity, and am luke warm about astrology at best (I’m a Capricorn, if you’re wondering). When one of my favorite yoga teachers in New York decided to theme several of his classes “planet yoga”, I was ready to bail. Isn’t this just a little too weird? But you know, great things can happen when you suspend judgment for even a few minutes and try something new. So I was delighted when my friends the Astrotwins enlightened me about Mercury Retrograde. If you are even slightly curious about astrology, you should check them out – they really know their stuff.
Planetary activity is on low volume in my life, but something about this looming mercury retrograde was on my radar had me in a state of dread. Four times a year something happens in the physical relationship between the earth and mercury that makes things go backwards – which in our modern world, means not working the way we want it to. Hence “retrograde”. I was not looking forward to this – the idea of my flight being delayed, signing a flawed agreement, wiping my computer, or accidentally sending that private email to my mailing list and my carefully crafted newsletter to my mom (and only my mom) was not appealing. It’s still not appealing.
The thing is, if I’ve learned anything from studying the body, and the human connection with our environment, it’s that nature rarely makes mistakes. Dis-ease arises when we are out of sync, knowingly or unknowingly, with our natural rhythm. The challenge is learning how to connect with the vital flow of your life, which is what we do in my holistic coaching program.
So too with astrology. The Astrotwins point out that retrograde is about revisiting unfinished business: Existing relationships that need revival, commitments made and left unfulfilled (Do you even remember your 2013 resolutions?), passion projects that were put on hold. I love this idea.
So in alignment with forces of nature we may not totally understand, here is an offering from one of my wisest teachers to nourish your relationships:
I want to love you without clutching,
appreciate you without judging,
join you without invading,
invite you without demanding,
leave you without guilt,
criticize you without blaming,
and help you without insulting.
If I can have the same from you, then we can truly meet and enrich each other.
Perhaps it’s simply not time for the new things to happen just yet. I for one am willing to entertain the possibility that nature intended for me to tie up loose ends on a quarterly basis before moving forward, leave a blazing trail and not a tangled bunch of yarn in my wake.
Ready to tune into the vital flow of your own life? I’d love to work together to do just that. Email Rachel@rachelschipper.com with the subject line “I’M READY”, and we’ll get started.
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