Greetings Star Seeds,
The simple act of breathing is a gift. Respiration is a process of our autonomic nervous system, like heart rate and digestion. These processes occur unconsciously and keep our bodies functioning and regulated. The parasympathetic nervous system is part of the autonomic nervous system. It keeps us out of fight or flight, and allows us to rest and digest. Conversely, our sympathetic nervous response comes online in survival mode. When the amygdala is activated, and our flight/fight/freeze kicks in, our breath becomes shallow, we do not fully exhale because we are in survival mode. I find that conscious breathing can be more accessible when we are healthy and things are functioning in a balanced way. Yet, awareness is often born from an experience that compromises our well-being. My prayer is that we not hold our breath during this experience. Can we exhale even while we are not in an optimal place, even in discomfort? Can we be in our hearts, regardless of external circumstances? We are not expected to sprint through this and we are being offered an opportunity to deepen into self-reflection and discovery and feeling into our connections to others and to the planet.
COVID-19 is hitting the collective well-being hard. There are so many feelings that go along with this unprecedented experience and all of them are valid. We may be grieving losses-current or anticipated. We may be going through cycles of anxiety, panic and fear. Perhaps moments of acceptance and even spaciousness grace our days. Our perceptions of time may be shifting. What is essential may be coming into focus. There may be subtle awarenesses available. For me, community connections feel deeper and more vulnerable, more whole-hearted and present and super creative. I am able to see stars in the city and notice a myriad of bird songs replacing traffic, sirens, and the din of the city machinery. For all this, I am grateful.
Breathing is so important right now. How would it be to start a conscious breath practice? How would it be to take extra breaths for those who are having a hard time breathing right now? There is an expansive quality to breathing, and when we allow for this as a practice to receive, our capacity to give increases. How would it be to love one another more fiercely? How would it be to intend loving kindness to the Earth and all her inhabitants? We are in shifting times. What will be the gifts of this collective experience? There are things we can control and things we can't, like the prayer goes...Grant me the serenity to know the difference. The heart is where we can access comfort and safety, even when we find ourselves in the dark. Compassion arises from the heart, which is an organ of perception and intelligence whose electromagnetic field extends further than the brain. Love is the antidote to fear. The simple practice of placing hands on heart and breathing is a calming act that only depends on the commitment to do so. Add intention and it becomes more potent. Send it out to the world for healing and it amplifies the reciprocal connection to all that is.
We can access support from the Earth simply by feeling her consistent presence under us. Establishing a daily practice where we consciously connect, we can imagine breathing through our hearts and sending our breath down our own root system into the Earth, releasing tension and pulling up qualities that are nourishing. We can visualize our crown opening and connecting with the cosmos and the universal energies for guidance. We can breath out and energetically connect to our loved ones across the street or across the world.
A friend delivered an abandoned nest to my house the other day. Left it on my doorstep. Such a simple gesture. The sacred is found in the simple. It totally transformed the way I have been thinking of shelter at home. I am now entertaining the symbology of a nest. It can be a metaphor for the physical home, and also a symbol for the heart and our deepest knowing that resides there. The meaning of this for each of us will be different. How are we tending our nest? Are we nourishing our hearts? Can we exhale into possibility?
We are not isolated even while we are social distancing. Please reach out to one another and connect with nature during this time. Nature is always available in some capacity. We are made up of the same elements, Earth, Air, Fire, Water. As above, so below. As within, so without. As always, I would love to hear from you!
All my love and gratitude for your resilience and courageous hearts,
star+root portal essences are multi dimensional allies created for these times and help support our transitions, disintegrations, ascensions, rebirths, and embodiments as the Earth balances. I am offering a 15 minute complimentary consultation to discover which essence(s) can be your cosmic guide in navigating these dimensions.
star+root portal essences for support during this challenging time include:
Easy Breathing, Comfort & Courage when the Unimaginable Happens, New Codes, Ascension Codes I/ II.
Claudia is a nature lover, alchemist and dreamer. She lives with her life partner, Ilan and her beloved dog, Osa.