Today is one of those grumpy late fall days, the sort of day where the sun competes with cloud, the wind howls, and the temperature is way too warm for the date. The leaves have already rapidly left the trees at the highest elevations, but lower down many trees are either green or brown. Here in the valley, leaves should be at peak but most are either refusing to turn or simply turn brown and drop. Out in California the fires burn and my thoughts are with all who are touched by them.
We live in a time when greed rules. This is certainly not the first time humans have lived through such periods; there is always and inevitably a correction. Sadly, those realignments usually come with a lot of suffering attached, and the most vulnerable get hurt by both the greed and the course correction.
I imagine that many of us took physical form in order to be of service during these difficult times. Probably most of us had hopes of averting the worst, of somehow helping to bring humanity, and ourselves, into balance as we were instructed by prophesy. Now we find ourselves offering support and encouragement to others in a time of profound change and risk, even as we wonder just how difficult things will get.
Sometimes I feel so sad, or hopeless, or even just downright angry, that doing simple things like writing, making art, praying, or making ceremony go by the wayside. I find it easy to imagine that I have precious little to offer in the face of such madness. Luckily, at such times the animals often go out of their way to get my attention, to remind me that although things are bad, I am hardly alone. It is good to be encouraged to spend time with Pachamama and the spirits, and to remember that although much is dire, all this meanness is just an aberration, a blip in the vast timeline of the planet.
May you have times today, and in the days to come, when Grace touches you, and you settle into the beauty and safety of the moment. May you find yourself uplifted by the support of others, and moved by the beauty of the world. And when those moments come I hope you will share them with me.