September launches for me a magical time of the year. I think of September as the gateway to the remainder of the year that fills me with warmth and fondness. It's also a time of year that I tend to go inside and become much more reflective about life.
I have been contemplating the word connection a lot these last few weeks. I've been asking myself; How I can more fully connect with the people and environment around me? This is not a new thought for me, it is a path that was started years ago but recently it has descended deeper, and I find myself delving into the unknown depths.
You see, a few months ago a momentary incident happened that changed and broadened my perspective . It came about in a very normal setting that instantly became abnormal for me. Many people have animals as pet, I currently have two cats. One, a new little rascally kitten named Taz, and the other is our large Mancoon Mix named Stevie Ray .
It was a morning just like many others, nothing unusual or abnormal at all. I had just finished putting on my makeup and for some reason I felt compelled to look out in the hallway. Sitting up and staring straight at me with complete attention, was our big cat Stevie. Normally I would just glance out and go on about my business but this time when I looked at him I did a double take as I saw "something" inside him intently looking back at me. I felt the shivers go up my spine and a shock go through my body. It was one of those moments that tend to rattle you.
In that moment I realized I was looking at a sentient being, it wasn't a "cat" at all. Intelligence and presence was staring at me eyeball to eyeball. Time kind of stood still for a moment as I stood there looking at him. I felt like I was looking at something that I had never really "seen" before. I was changed by that moment, I felt deeply humbled and rather embarrassed at my arrogance and self-absorption. Embarrassed because I had never really "looked" at him before. Never noticed or gave any respect to his spirit or soul before. Frankly, my attitude toward him was that he was a "pet" that we owned and cared for.
This so resonated with me that I began to think through my life and wonder how often do I do that to the people or situations that are so familiar in my world? Then last week I saw a social media post by Ram Dass where he was talking about how a person had counted him insignificant and irrelevant, and how that made him feel. I had to wonder how often do I do that to others? As I sat in retrospection, I could clearly see situation where I am guilty of this myself, especially if someone does something I consider unacceptable or downright mean.
So, how does all this relate to September? I love this time of the year. To me, the holiday season begins September 1st. I know that right around the corner, I can anticipate many gatherings of family and friends. This year, I want to be present. I want to feel more than think. I want to look at people in the eye and connect with them on a soul level. I want to look at everything with wonder and not take any of it for granted. Tall order, I know, but that is my goal. I know I am going to need help with this...
I am so grateful that Mother Nature has bountifully supplied help in this area. There are many essential oils that can assist me with both introspection and bring about emotional balance. Frankincense is my go to oil for enhancing my meditative practice and to try to stay connected to my true Source. A friend also introduced me to Believe and Inspiration and honestly, I can't get enough of these two oils. These oils lift my spirit and I feel clean and new inside. I have a diffuser at work and my office mates just love the smell of these when I have my diffuser running. Release assists me when I just need to let go and not prove to others how "right I am". I have learned to pick and choose my battles and Release somehow helps me distinguish when I need to stand my ground, or just let the issue ride.
So as we head into Fall, I invite you to join me in connecting. Connecting to each other and with our Source...
Much Light and Love to You~ Jen