Lessons from the Land
If you read my musings from last week, you'll know that after 13 months of waiting, planning, creating, manifesting and completing more tasks than I can remember, we've finally made it to our final destination – The Shambhala Collective. To 40 acres in Eastern Tennessee, where 5 of us have partnered together to create a sustainable, off-grid, cooperative permaculture farm and education center (yes, that's a mouthful, and it's sometimes as daunting as it sounds).
First, it feels so good to be here. It's slower (as I mentioned last week), calmer, gentler, happier, and downright blissful, most of the time. When we remember not to sweat the small stuff. Such as miscommunication, a broken this or that, running out of space in our poop buckets, and generally—quite literally—sweating our thick-blooded tushies off (welcome to the South!).
The messages that keep recirculating for me are as follows. I hope they are helpful.
1. Be patient with the minds and hearts of others. They may not move as fast as yours, they may not be as open as yours, they may not love change. Be patient, send love, and ask questions.
2. Living in community is new. We are all adjusting to this concept. The lack of privacy, but the gain of so much more is what we brushed up against yesterday, and we don't even have all 8 of our families here yet. When we do, I see joyous gatherings, helpful work sessions, and the food--so much food and resources to share! And honestly, I felt the lack of privacy so much more deeply in Suburbia than I do here. I can shower naked behind my deck with no one in sight, just the birds and the trees as my witness. I couldn't even walk around in my own home naked because we have had neighbors on all four sides, within 20 yards, for over 15 years. I'm not a nudist, let me clarify, but I have been naked in creeks with friends in the woods and not cared a bit... but not, again, for well over 15 years (more like 25).
3. Trust that the Universe ALWAYS (always always!) provides! She has brought us this amazing piece of land. She has gifted us with amazing neighbors. She has given us the fruits of her own natural and abundant labor (the wild blackberries. OMG!). She has shown us what paths to take, which friends to make, and what branches to shake. She is with us, always. All you have to do is ask, and then TRUST. Which is harder for you? Perhaps both.
I am grateful to be here now, especially, as I am in the month of my birth, cycling into my 5th decade, and ready for the "second half" of a magical life that I have manifested through synchronicity, but more on that next week.
In Goddess we trust,
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