Hello lovely people
The title to this post is more than a little obscure, hopefully you are still reading this and all will become clear as you read on.
I keep seeing and hearing geese in the fields, honking their way through the sky where we live at the moment. Geese are a symbol of kindness, companionship, loyalty and they are brave-hearted. They are also compassionate about their community and fierce defenders of their loved ones. It is exactly for these reasons why I wanted to write about them especially at a time like this.
My first goose liaison was in the form of a brilliantly written article featured on the Victoria Health website. It stays on there all the time, like a mantra or touchstone. The author of the article remains unknown and this adds to the beauty of the piece, like it has been offered as a gift by an anonymous donor. I will not rehash in my words what is written so wonderfully, the piece explains how the geese work together synergistically to help the good of all. I have attached a link to the article here The messages are particularly relevant to us today. There is pertinence and poignancy to the words given the situation we all find ourselves in at the moment. Are you flying point today? Or maybe somebody else is and you are at the back of the pack taking a breather.
Another goose encounter was through the discovery of a calming and beautiful short film and narrated poem ‘Wild Geese’ by poet Mary Oliver. It is a real ‘press pause’ moment, take a look, listen and absorb here It is a magical combination of words, music and images and offers a soothing tonic to temper what is happening in the world today. Mary Oliver’s poems are multi-layered, you can easily feel the simplicity but underneath those words there is deeper meaning. Take your time to take in the words and what lies behind them. Oliver is clearly moved and inspired by nature and we can learn a lot by doing the same. Living this way results in a harmonious life.
Nature & Acupuncture
Acupuncture follows the same patterns in nature too, aligning with the energy of the seasons and taking our cues from nature to keep our lives balanced and authentic. If you can gift yourself one thing right now, it is to learn to do the same. It doesn’t matter how small this gesture is, it will be a step in the right direction. Spring is a time of change, on many levels (there is no avoiding the change we are all experiencing) but change also means growth, enlightenment, new chapters and new beginnings. Use this as a ‘spring’board to do the things you have been wanting to do. Spring’s ‘leaning in to life’ energy can help you make those changes whether it’s learning new ways of working (hello WFH/Zoom etc), a new language or learning how to cook/garden/paint/write/create. This is the right time to do it.
Spring energy is that of a young child, curious, asking questions, searching for new ideas, fingers in things, getting involved not being a bystander. If you are at a loss to know where to start, think back to the hobbies, interests, love and enthusiasm you had for things when you were 7,8, 9 years old. This will give you a starting point so you can rekindle the spark deep inside you. Let the spring energy and light in to guide you and nurture what lies within, who knows what else may unfold.
Much love to you
P.S The goose image above is a photograph I took of a picture we have by Julian Williams. We bought it way over 20 years ago.