Letting Go

“Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.”

~Allen Ginsberg

I don’t know if this happens to you, but every once in a while, something big distracts me and takes me “off” course. (That is, the course I think I am on.)

Last Tuesday night, I was restless.

When I looked at the clock, it was 3 a.m. In my foggy half-asleep state, I vaguely remembered that a lunar eclipse was happening.

I got up and wandered outside.

Here in California, we are having a heat wave. The night was calm, warm and still and the sky was clear.

I grabbed a blanket, cuddled up and for the next three hours, watched the moon, accompanied by my telephoto lens.

In my last newsletter, I mentioned I would be sharing a meditation technique I have been using, especially when I’m being hard on myself or experiencing difficult emotions.

Truth be told, I haven’t been using it much this week, although I have really needed it.

I like to think of meditation, exercise, eating well or any other thing we do to take care of ourselves as a mini spa-treatment.

Between juggling a child sick with the flu, my fervent pace preparing for our upcoming remodel, and recovering from sleep deprivation after my all-nighter with the moon, I could use something spa-like right about now.

Self-compassion seems to be the perfect thing to focus on, especially as we approach Valentine’s Day and there is so much talk about Love.

I think sometimes the most loving thing we can do for ourselves and others is to accept where we are in the moment, without judgment.

And so this week, I simply offer to you where I am at in this moment.

Reflecting on the moon.

Preparing for a change.

Working on that article.

Reminding myself to breathe.

Remembering to buy a tripod.

Oh yeah, and being accidentally guided to a different course by the incredible movements around me.

How about you?

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  1. Beautiful photos and message Laurie. Thanks for sharing with us!