Here’s another look back at a blog I wrote for our Patrons last year…
“We have such a unique connection with the earth that we never had when we lived on land. I mean, obviously we live by the wind, tide, and current, but it’s much more than that.
A few weeks ago, out in the Secas Islands in Panama, Justin and I were laying in bed one evening when we suddenly both looked up from our books at each other and agreed that, “wind is coming.” Litha was just moving slightly differently than she was hours prior. A little chop, a slight shake. But we could feel it. We downloaded the weather using our satellite phone since we had no cellphone service… And sure enough, it was supposed to blow 25-30 knots in a few short hours. We jumped out of bed and tied up our paddle boards and anything else that the kids left all over the deck before going to sleep that evening.
A few days later, we were out sailing and we could see small choppy white caps on the sea in front of us. Justin says, “it’s about to blow 12 knots” and, yep. As soon as we hit those waves, it started blowing… exactly 12 knots.
I mean, really! We’re beginning to be like those old sailors who can feel a storm coming!
We know which thunderheads will produce rain from the very first sight of them.
We know that “Red sky at night, sailors delight” is a very real thing.
We understand that the ocean has her own personality and can change so much hour by hour, day by day.
We can tell which sea animal is out there from miles away by their unique movement and flow on the water. We know where fish are because we watch the birds.
We can tell by the curve of the shoreline whether an anchorage is going to be comfortable or not.
We go to bed very near sundown, and wake at sunrise. We live by the light of the day and not an alarm clock.
I know, I know, there’s some of you who have to set an alarm before sunrise (especially in the darker winter months) and I remember that being so miserable as I waited for summer. But here’s a few things you can do to connect more with nature. I truly believe that the world would be a better place if we started with this small routine…
Try to go to bed shortly after the sun goes down. Unplug. Stop watching so much tv and scrolling through social media in the evenings. Have dinner, and then go for a walk. (Even if it’s raining or snowing.) Watch the birds, find a worm, pay attention to what the animals are doing. Observe the plants and the leaves on the trees, and breathe it all in. And then go home and go to sleep. Wake at sunrise, and if you have time, go on a morning walk as well.
Start connecting with the rhythms of nature in your own corner of the world. In your own backyard. You’ll be surprised at what you notice.”
Reading this after we spent our first winter aboard Litha covered in plastic in New England is really interesting, especially “I remember that being so miserable as I waited for summer”. Winter really was miserable. I was not able to connect with nature like I had the previous two years and my mental health really suffered for it. I’m taking my own advice here and making sure I do this now… and throughout next winter.
If you’re looking for even more advice about how to ground and connect, join our crew and/or see me for a reading!
Hello! Long time no blog! I’ve been organizing my old “Lessons from Litha” blogs that I posted exclusively for our Patrons on our Patreon last year as I begin to get ideas for my next book. Some of these entries are really interesting to read a whole year later. I thought I’d start re-blogging these and add my current thoughts for everyone to read:
“As you all know, the world came to a screeching halt in March, and we became “stuck” in Panama, having nowhere to go, all boarders of surrounding countries completely closed around us. It gave me time to pause and think, and (most importantly) offer support as I realized that everyone I knew was unexpectedly thrown into a lifestyle similar to our own.
For my family, very little changed. I mean, our ability to travel stopped, and we were forced to spend extra money at a marina instead of anchoring, but other than that, we went about our days somewhat normal…
I already live with my family 24/7 (in a very small space I might add!),
I already homeschooled my kids,
I already worked online and through zoom (also trying to keep the kids quiet in the other room!),
I already stocked up on groceries for months, and I was already very used to not finding the ingredients and items I was hoping for.
We even already cut our own hair!
With this knowledge in mind, I was thinking about how most lives will probably never go back to normal… and that during this huge pause, most people would be open and okay with that. In my business (Seeing from the Sea) I’m known as a “Personal Navigator” for my clients. I already help people who are feeling stuck and looking for a change… clearing energetic blocks and offering intuitive direction. All of a sudden, the whole world is “stuck” together, and the insights I have living on Litha, would help people in an even more profound way than before.
At the end of March, I was asked to teach an online workshop for a special-to-me tribe called Souldust. After telling stories about my life aboard Litha, and laughing and crying about Covid, I led a chakra balancing meditation and pulled some cards. It was healing for them, and me. This image is the last card I pulled that day from a funny, light deck called “Affirnators!” Read it! Wild, right? Everything happens for a reason!
Vitality. I am healthy and vital and strong. My radiant love of life fills me with healthy, vital, and strong cells. Each cell is a warrior. Every one has its own sword and shield. I dare you to try and penetrate my cellular army. Didn’t think so, chump.
Soon after, we became “unstuck” and sailed from Panama to the Dry Tortugas in Florida. 10 days at sea, and 18 days anchored near that small island without being able to go to shore, and having no contact with the outside world besides a satellite phone.
I now encourage you to unplug. I know I talked about getting out in nature during my last lesson, but even if you’re still safe and snuggled up at home, unplug from the internet, sit still and think about what you love about your current life. Embrace change. Maybe these things you feel are inspiration of a lifestyle a little like mine.
Much love and stay healthy! ❤️”
So, I decided to pull a card today from the same deck and here’s today’s message:
Good things to come. There are so many amazing gifts coming my way. I can’t see them now because I respect the general convention of not peeking under wrapping paper. But they will show up when the time is just right, and that’s when I’ll remember how much fun it is to be surprised.
I mean, I don’t know about you, but this feels super good. I feel like we’ve all embraced change now that we’re over a year into the pandemic, and that only good things are coming from here on out! If you feel that you need help figuring out which gift to unwrap and what changes to embrace, join our crew and/or see me for a reading!