In the last days of Hurricane Season in Florida, we begin to relax a bit. A few weeks after the Equinox, the days began to get cooler by one or two degrees. In Southwest Florida, there is an appreciable difference between 89 and 84 degrees. 89 is oppressive. At 84, we feel we can cope. At 84, I can get out of my car and walk into a building at mid-day, and not be drenched with sweat.
In Hurricane Season, Honorable Shamans and Fellow Pagans, we are reminded of many spiritual lessons:
1. In my case, my relationship with the Divine is real and sustaining. This Season more than the other times of year, tests my faith, again and again. And the Divine guide and protect me, and comfort me. Listening to the Divine, is a daily practice.
2. Striking the balance between planning and going with the flow, is an on-going lesson.
3. Spiritual people are people. This year, at least two of my spiritual mentors, people I admire, trust, and learn from, experienced the humbling reality of fear, and anxiety during Hurricane Irma. So did I. The best I can do, is learn from this. What triggers fear? Too much unknown. What can I do about that? Learn more and listen more.
4. Hurricane Season teaches me, again and again, how to ask for and receive help, and how to provide help to other people.
5. The end of Hurricane Season is marked by the arrival of tourists. Some of them will stay for a weekend, others will stay for the next 6 months. As our population swells, our food banks need our support.
You may want to consider celebrating the end of Hurricane Season, by sharing some of your hurricane provisions with a local food pantry.
Share your peace with Mother Earth and Father Sky, and the Big Waters all around us.
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