Walking the path of the Goddess, the Divine Feminine, can be likened to connecting with the deeper, soul-based needs and desire whereby we feel an overpowering sense of peace and inner stillness when experiencing the most simple of things. Noticing the first changing leaf that signifies Autumn is on its way, or how the sun's light plays upon a pond surface, the darting of sparrows, or the resilience of that pumpkin plant that is determined to take over my back garden no matter how many times I cut it back. All this subtle things may appear unworthy of any such "spiritual" attention, yet when viewed from such a perspective, they present great insight and wonder. After all, one aspect of the Goddess is Gaea, Mother Earth.
Allowing ourselves time, even if it is a few moments, to (re) connect with the rhythms of nature can assist us in our deep soul yearning to connect with something that offers us more. Little do we realise that such ways are freely available to us all the time. We do not need to sign up to some expensive online programme that has been well marketed from the other side of the world to get in touch with the Goddess. We just need to stop for a moment, sit down and breathe. The Divine Feminine is all around us - she always has been. She is just waiting for us to realise this.
|Morialta Falls, Adelaide|
It does not matter whether we are surrounded by a pristine wilderness or a concrete jungle, the gifts and bounty of the Goddess can be found anywhere, every day and throughout the year. The smell of the earth after a much needed rainstorm, the sunrise or sunset over a city landscape, the twinkling of stars in the midnight skies, the sound of nesting birds, the fragile buds that mark the eventual arrival of Spring. All these things nurture ourselves at a deeper, soul driven level. All these things are gifts to us, reminders that the reach of the Goddess is never far away.
While witnessing a sunset at some ancient temple half a world away may sound romantic and ideal to the senses, it is not necessary. Look around your own local environment for its own sense of wonder and beauty. Seek out your local green space - whether it be a park or garden, sporting ground, or even a neglected parking lot which Gaea is slowly and steadily reclaims what is hers.
Breathe in the scents that surround you. Feel the earth beneath your feet, the elements on your skin - the soft breeze, the gentle morning shower, the sunlight. Look up at the sky and watch the clouds drift above you. Bear witness to the wild things around you whether it be migrating wildebeests or industrial ants. Take note of your responses. What ignites your wonder and joy? What nourishes you? What makes you feel alive? What gives you delight and even discomfort?
|Cityscape of Singapore|
Then give thanks, show your appreciation. The practice of gratitude, of being grateful tends to be under-utilised in our modern world, yet when we practice the art of being grateful, we are placing a degree of honour and value on the gifts and "miracles" that Mother Nature, Gaea, the Goddess, is giving us.
The best gift of gratitude that we can give the Goddess is to walk lightly on this earth, to become more consciousness as to our environmental footprint as we go about our normal daily activities, and to reduce what we consume.