It’s always wise to put our small problems into perspective. What better way than on Memorial Day when we slow our pace to reflect on what our freedom means, and how we’ve managed to keep that freedom.
“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” ~Joseph Campbell~ To all of the men and women who have fought, have fallen, or continue to fight for our freedom…bless you, and thank you.
As some of you know, last week I had plumbing problems. Not with my body’s plumbing but with the plumbing of the house. I had to pay to have it re-piped. Yikes. That is never fun. When you spend a lot of money and you don’t get to see the actual results, it doesn’t seem fair. No beautiful new car, or lovely dress, or fantastic trip, just a bunch of pipes going underground. And a whole lot of mess to clean up afterward.
Well, it really wasn’t that much water…but it felt like it at the time. By Sunday, I had stopped doing the bitch and moan and began to give thanks. Thanks that I live in a country that has running water and sewer systems and air conditioning. Sometimes we do forget how lucky we are. Then I walked outside and saw water gushing down my path. I held my breath for a moment, and then traced the water back to its source. The new pipes had not come loose. Whew! This was water from a burst sprinkler pipe. I shook my head in disgust. Of course this would happen on a long weekend. What did this water problem mean?
After I found a home owner’s association gardener (it is not their normal day to work) and paid him a small amount of money to fix the sprinkler, I went back inside and decided to exercise. I remained seated on my yoga mat afterward and did a little meditating. When I came out of that meditation my thoughts were on water, and what water means to us. I was reminded of a homeopathic doctor (a Chinese man) who I had visited some years ago. He told me that I had too much water. He said I needed more fire. More passion. He wanted to mix up all kinds of herbs and stuff for me to take. I declined and took the massage instead.
I looked up my chakra wheel to contemplate the body-mind connections regarding water. I’m looking at the spleen chakra, which also provides energy to ovaries, adrenals, uterus, and kidney. The color is orange. It’s governed by the #2. The key focus is empathy, trust, warmth, and intimacy. Key crystals are coral, moonstone, and fire opal. Planets are the moon and Neptune. It governs taste, emotions and feelings, especially pleasure vs. need. Foods are water, juice, and tea. Common addictions are sugar, food, alcohol, and relationships.
I did have alcohol twice last week, and there was that bag of chocolate kisses, and I’ve been eating too much junk food. Heck, I even had cake. I’m going to look for some hot and spicy food, and put on something bright and colorful. I do have a favorite orange t-shirt. And I’ll put on my coral necklace. And it wouldn’t hurt to make a cup of orange spice tea. Maybe my positive actions will transfer to the emotions of the house. Ha ha. Hey, it could work.
Today I’m reflecting on all of the men and women who have been heroes in my life, and to all of those unknown heroes who fight for all of us every day. And I’m giving thanks in my own quiet way.
What about you? Is there a special hero in your life? How do you honor him or her? How is your passion? Are you wishy-washy? Are you fiery? Do you think you balance the elements well?