Do Nothing Now

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Remember when I posted back in January about moving forward with new pursuits? Now is the time to be still. I doubt this will be a change for most of us during this time of social distancing and global stay – at – home orders. Even for those who are back out in the “real world” ( or essential workers/heroes who never stayed home and kept us safe and secure), the stars require us to slow down and look inward. Three planets are stationing retrograde this week: first Saturn, then Venus, and finally, Jupiter. Many ask what will this planetary retro – dance look like? It is not something that can be easily answered. Some people will feel these energies and some will not notice anything. Three planets slowing down within days of each other is rare, but with all the chaos we find ourselves in, it is unlikely that most people will see any immediate changes. It has less to do with sensitivity and more to do with one’s astrological chart.

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For example, I have both Saturn and Jupiter currently moving through the 12th house in my natal chart and it is unlikely I will notice anything. Transiting Venus is conjoining my natal moon right now in the 4th house and I do expect that the Venus retrograde cycle will bring me experiences that are connected with women, nurturing, home, family or familiar people, and increased psychic activity. I will have to wait and see what transpires. Many times I have little awareness of planetary stations, especially while the cycle is active. Other times I do feel something immediately and powerfully at that.

Bottom line, I would suggest we all slow down, hold off on any major life decisions, and use this time to review, research, regroup,  reflect, reinvent,  revise, reinvigorate, relax, recapture, release, and recreate. Personally, I have often longed for a few weeks off to relax and regroup. But I never imagined that getting my wish would look like this! I expected that after a couple weeks post-layoff I would be busy with creative projects and new ventures. I was off track here because I have felt unwell for most of this at – home time. It has been two months since I called out sick on March 11th and have not been back at the office since. While working remotely I was exhausted per usual and did not really appreciate the benefits of staying home. Lately, I continue to be busy putting out financial and bureaucratic fires. I had been telling myself that my energy will perk up and I will start to make use of the quarantine once all the financial benefit glitches are straightened out. Recently it occurred to me that this type of thinking is similar to saying ” I will be happy once I move to a new home, or get a promotion, or lose 10 pounds, etc. ” I rather live life in a way that I won’t be bogged down by the necessary but tedious tasks that seem heavier now than before. Can you relate to this faulty thinking pattern? Let me know in the comments section.

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In the US, being busy equates with being happy. I was raised that way and many Americans do identify themselves with what they do, not who they are or who they are becoming. There is still some residue within me that resists the notion that everyone is created perfectly and need not take any action in order to be worthy of love. It is clear that I will have another chance to embrace the truth that all sentient beings are made of love with no further enhancements needed via acquisition or competition. We can choose to take action but are totally fine as we are. Let’s definitely settle down at this time and choose love.

13 thoughts on “Do Nothing Now

  1. Wonderful message Linda,
    And thanks for the heads up about the big planets going retro. Whether I feel anything or not, I find it helpful information. I often do see evidence of planetary influence in the external world, even if it doesn’t seem to be impacting me personally.

    I had a funny thing happen just as the stay-at-home orders were given. On March 12th I said to myself: “I really wish I could get out from under all this HR work I’m doing (as a volunteer in my community) so I could have some more space in my life.” Well, two days later, I basically got laid off (even though I was a volunteer.) So that was fast! And I have to say I’ve made good use of the down time. However, there have been (are being) some major shifts in staff roles underway this past week, so my “vacation” is over and I’m back in action again. I’ve gained some valuable inner skills during these past couple of months, though, which is allowing me to stay more in balance and to be able to create the spaciousness around me that I was craving before our forced slow down. Appreciations to you Linda, as you navigate these times in your own perfect way, Alia

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    1. Thanks Alia for sharing some of your experiences. It takes discipline and practice to create the spaciousness within and without. Sometimes I wake up peaceful and the residue lingers. Other times I spin my wheels. Today has been better than some, and I have resumed setting daily intentions as a way to frame my movements “through time”. I put time in quotes because time is simply a collective construct.

      peace to you, Linda

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    1. Yes Kellie, it is a powerful thinking pattern, or thoughtform as some thought leaders say. There can be a feeling of satisfaction from ego when we “get there” but the rest is an illusion.

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  2. Its all about altering our perspectives on what we have been programmed to think are important.. Busy equates to productive, productive means profitable… At least from the background I was trained in within the textile trade many moons ago…
    So we are taught to Want… To Keep working Hard… for if you slow down you are failing… Out of work= being seen as not contributing, being a burden.. And all the other labels we so often see…

    Some people are just beginning to settle into this new mode .. this way of being at home… Finding new hobbies, new emotions… Not all are dealing with it as well as each other, but it is testing all to look within..

    It took me about a year to learn to slow down when I retired.. I would deliberately find myself something to do, make, or be involved with…
    Now after six years of being at home… LOL…. Nothing much has changed for myself.. Lol… But the restrictions of freedoms to go where one pleases..

    It takes time to get comfortable within ones own skin.. And it takes courage to go within to ask ourselves those deeper questions of what it is we truly want.. And do we really want to rush about in a job perhaps we were not truly happy in..

    Everyone of us looks externally to fill the void with external THINGS, thinking these will bring us happiness, contentment and satisfaction..
    When in fact all we have to do is be satisfied within our own space within our own skin..

    🙂 It takes a life time to learn this lesson.. And at 66 this May.. I think I am just about getting there.. 😉
    Big hugs.. And LOVED your post and thoughts Linda..
    Well written..
    Mega Hugs my friend ❤

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    1. Such wise words Sue, spoken out of experience. I remember when you were first retiring, my has time flown by. I vacillate from the need to be productive or to distract myself, often not sure where happiness resides. Usually it is about allowing it to rise up, requiring no action at all.

      love, Linda

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      1. Thanks Linda…. I had this fall into my notifications box today https://youtu.be/mOFfy4y9oq0
        Lorie Ladd explains it perfectly what is happening….
        So we get to watch what is unravelling, being that observer which I find myself being more of. I am blending into my own creative space…
        And I am settling into this feeling…. I am not always in this feeling.. and I accept we still judge and hold our opinions and beliefs… But I am beginning to see things from a different perspective as I see the two sides and why we are often swaying! being kept out of balance….
        So when I watched this this morning, Lorie is able to put into words what is happening with me…
        Hope you enjoy the linked video…
        Sending HUGE hugs and Stay present.. as we keep in the moment of Now.. ❤ ❤ ❤

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      2. Thank you Sue for sharing this link with me. I will watch it today because I sense it is meant for me. Even with all this free time, I do not get to watch all the recommended videos or ones I find on my own!

        love to you my friend ❤

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    2. Always good advice to do nothing but of course this goes against everything we have learned🙃. It took we ages to unlearn and just be in joy or happiness which is our natural state of being! But we love to keep it all covered up and continue to play the game of hide and seek😁 It’s a bit like our saying I’ll believe in magic when I see it… and we all know by now that that is why we don’t experience it. Thanks for your lovely inspiring posts Linda… I’m enjoying myself reading your blog this happy Sunday on my balcony🥰 much love x

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      1. Your home looks lovely near the beach in a tropical area of Spain, like paradise! I can picture you on the Balcony reading. I still have not refined living in natural state of joy, I get bogged down by the business of living usually, but I know it is possible, just like magic in plain sight. 🙂

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