Monday, September 22, 2014

Equinox: honouring birth and death



September 23 is always a special day for our family. It’s the anniversary of my mum’s passing, and my partner Christian’s birthday. People sometimes ask is it strange to have those two things on the same day. I always say no, it more feels like a poignant reminder of the cycle of life.  People are being born every day, and people leave this Earth every day. Experiencing the death of someone close to you often makes you have a stronger connection to life and living, as you truly realise that your time here is not forever. So this annual honouring of a birth and a death is really a simultaneous honouring and celebration of life.
            Quite fittingly, it co-incides with the Equinox when day and night are equal in length. I like this energetic influence, adding to the reminder that on this see-saw of life we can find a harmony and balance when we look at the value of all things rather than putting them in categories of ‘good’ and ‘bad’.  The Equinox asks us to respect both sides of the see-saw: winter has a purpose, grief can be cleansing and transformational.
Equinox and all of Nature also teaches us that life keeps moving, all the time. Equinox only lasts 24 hours before the days start getting longer (or shorter depending on which hemisphere you’re in).  We are shown that nothing lasts forever so appreciate what you have while you have it. We are also shown that no matter how bad things look or feel, ‘this too shall pass’. Spring always follows winter, and the sun always rises even after the darkest of nights.
Our mum had a big heart, and now in the non-physical I know she has even bigger wings, ready to help anyone who asks just as she did in life. One of her greatest wishes was to make her healings ‘bigger, bigger’, and so most years on this day I say to everyone who needs it: if you need a mum hug, or some healing vibes from someone who had a knack of never judging anyone, ask for Miki upstairs. She’s the one with all the jingly jewellery, giggling away.

© Dana Mrkich 2014



Sunday, September 21, 2014

Peace Day

Happy International Day of Peace all!

I remember years ago first watching Jeremy Gilley's documentary Peace One Day as he went about trying to get world leader support so that the UN could officially make Sep 21 an international day of global ceasefire and non-violence - which they finally did. His documentaries are very moving and emotional and worth viewing.

Today thousands of peace events are being held all around the world which is wonderful. Ultimately though peace isn't an event, it's a decision we can all choose to make moment by moment. It isn't always easy for any of us. Life can be stressful, causing us to fly off the handle at any given moment be it toward our family, via road rage or throwing missiles into another country. 

So today, if not every day, let's try to be a bit more mindful of peace when we feel ourselves having a moment. We are all a member of a 7billion plus society. Every one of us is a piece of the 7 billion plus jigsaw, so every one of us has a part to play in doing our bit for the global intention for peace. 

Have a lovely day x

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Men...and Feelings

Lately I am noticing an increase in the depth of emotion being expressed by men - on social media, within traditional media, and in my circle of family and friends. So many men are stepping up and out, being vulnerable and open-hearted, showing their sensitive, caring, kind, nurturing, protective, wounded, healed and healing selves. I feel so heartened by this. 

Women are expressing more openly too, yet generally speaking we have had other outlets: our friends, sisters, mothers, aunties and our journal if nothing else. This public emotional shift in men that we are seeing is a relatively new thing, and it heralds a much-needed shift regarding acceptance when it comes to feelings being expressed, heard and valued - whether by men or women. 

For too long, our world has been out of balance, as have we within. Generally speaking, we've operated with an aggressive masculine and repressed feminine, as a planet and as a people, regardless of gender. We have entered a time now where everything is entering a new balance - as chaotic as it all seems, this is what is happening and indeed chaos is a natural short-term by-product of moving into a state of balance from a state of imbalance. 

So the feminine is regaining her power, and the masculine is stepping into his heart. This is gradually happening within every individual as we all have feminine and masculine energy within us. We will see more and more people in positions of power leading from the heart. We will see more and more heart-centred people facilitating powerful change from a grass-roots level. We are seeing more people reaching out to each other, to connect, to help, to be of support where needed. 

Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15-44, and while there are a multitude of reasons for this, having someone to be able to talk to - and to have that person listen without judgement - is a crucial factor in prevention. 

Today, salute your feelings and those of other people. Have a chat to someone if you need to, and provide an ear to listen for someone who needs it. x

(c) Dana Mrkich 2014

 

Peace starts within


If we want peace on the entire planet, then each country must be in a state of peace. For each country to be in a state of peace, each community in that country must be living peacefully, in harmony with each other. For a peaceful community, each family within that community must be at peace among themselves. For a peaceful family, each person who belongs in that family must have peace within their own hearts. Rather than process this with your mind, and immediately accept or reject it, feel it with your heart and look into your own life to see whether or not it rings true for you.
 
Think about your family, or the people you share a home with. Have you ever been in a situation where the entire household is disrupted just because one member is causing chaos with their outbursts of anger, violent behaviour, negative patterns and habits, or sullen moodiness? It is impossible to sustain an aura of calm peacefulness in that home, regardless of how peace-loving and peace-seeking the other family members are. More often than not, the behaviour of the one triggers reactive behaviour in another and the domino effect begins. 

Now we go out into the community where all the families have gathered for a meeting. They speak about the need for peace within that community, but each family is privately and quietly in a state of disharmony, wounded by the battles of the days and nights before. They have arrived with good intentions, they truly do desire peace, but their energy speaks louder than words. Each family circle has brought with it its own brand of turbulence, thus the community as a whole is awash with instability.

Next, all communities across the country gather in an attempt to discuss their various ideas and needs. However, they have all brought with them the tension that resides within that community. Talks stall and arguments break out, they find it hard to come to any sort of agreement.

The countries come together, in a last ditch effort to communicate with each other. The countries are in a state of emergency by now, frustrated by their inner turmoil. The countries start hurling abuse at one another, throwing blame at whoever triggers them the most, for the problems they are experiencing. They all believe they didn’t start the fight, and they all believe they want peace, and in a way they are right. In another way, they need to take responsibility. We all need to take responsibility.

We have all played our part in creating the disharmony. We have all been that person in that family who by a word or action created unrest and sadness, hurt and anger, because that is how we felt inside ourselves. We are united today in a call for peace, and we are all equally responsible for creating that peace. Don’t just think peace or wish for peace, live it with every thought, word and action. 


 - Excerpt from A New Chapter, Dana Mrkich
 

Do you need a 'fear' energy shower?

We are currently hearing about so many acts and intentions of extreme violence. This is on top of the mountain of abuse being uncovered that has been perpetuated for decades by those whose job it was to protect innocents. These issues are all separate, yet connected by a common thread which at the end of the day is a violation of everyone's right to live freely, in peace, not doing harm to others, with sovereignty over their own body and life. 

Current events can make you feel like the darkness is winning, and that the world is being over-run by madness. Fear and a general feeling of yuckiness is in the air, so it's a good time to give yourself an energy shower. I am not saying to dig our heads in the sand about what is happening. Quite the opposite, clearing ourselves of fear helps us to see, feel and act with greater clarity and effectiveness, while fear makes one feel helpless, hopeless, and can have a debilitating 'I just want to crawl into foetal position' affect on us (unless you are in immediate danger in which case it triggers the important fight or flight survival instinct). 

With fear: just feel yourself breathing it out, showering it off you, smudging it away, and as you do so ask to see and feel clearly so that you may act powerfully in a good way. 'Action' comes in many forms. For some it is via silent prayer, for others it is via getting information out, providing inspiration via your creativity, donating, volunteering, providing on the ground aid, spreading your happiness around, there are as many forms of action as there are beings on this planet. 

Please feel free to share a happy, feel good story, photo or joke in the comments below - we could all use some Lighten-ing up!! xx

(c) Dana Mrkich 2014
 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Solar Flares Anonymous!

The Sun has released some powerful solar flares over the past few days - an X flare and a few M flares, and I've noticed something really interesting over the last couple of months. 

In years gone by these flares would really rock us, whereas now a flare helps me feel balanced and more alive. Even if it triggers things to the surface, it's over with quite quickly and I emerge out the other side feeling a lot clearer and even re-invigorated, refreshed and re-enthused about life. 

I find the days with no flares to feel very hibernative (which we also need, but there is such a thing as cabin fever or retreating so far inward as to feel like you're flat-lining). When lots of big flare-free days build up there's a palpable feeling of tension building - so I kind of find myself hanging out for a major eruption! Hopefully this isn't some kind of addiction - Solar Flares Anonymous anyone? - but just a natural, healthy response to what is much needed vitalising energy coming to us via the Sun. 

Obviously becoming dependent on anything external for a shot of vitality isn't in alignment with 'it's all within' but I just had to be honest and say I'm loving the flares lately! This doesn't mean it's all been happy happy joy joy - it's definitely triggered some stuff taking things to a new and ultimately healthier level - but they just feel so efficient, productive and encouraging. 

How are you all feeling?

(c) Dana Mrkich 2014