I am writing from my home in Southern Florida, contemplating this Mother’s Day. My 95-year-old mother is in a rehab with a broken ankle and a weak heart. When I first flew down to see her from NY, she was weak and half in her body. I wasn’t sure she would make it. Yesterday when I left her, she was alert and ready to get back to her life.
On this trip to Florida I have probably done more “release rituals” than you have done in your whole life. Each morning upon awakening I do my “Violet Light Meditation”, pick an oracle card and write in my journal. When I am finished I drive down to the beach to purify in the ocean. Nothing soothes me like the ocean. I invoke the Goddess Yemanja to release from my mind, body and spirit anything that would keep me from being totally present to what is. Then I dive into the ocean and allow the water to cleanse me.
Yesterday after my swim I noticed a group of about 15 people all dressed in white. They were praying and chanting together. I asked them where they were from and they told me that they were from a Baptist Church and were about to do a baptism (an ancient purification ritual). They offered to do prayers for my mom which re-enforced my belief that the Universe is always sending support if we are willing to be open to receiving it.
If I still feel any anxiety, I do the release technique I learned from Larry Crane and when I find myself feeling angry or resentful towards anyone (it is hard to stay calm when you see the medical establishment mis-managing care) I do the ho’o’pono pono practice I learned over 25 years ago.
When I am done I walk on the beach and breathe in the negative ions that stabilize and calm me down. I am in a state of gratitude by the beauty of nature and the gifts that God has given me.
I feel blessed to have the time to be with my mother on the last leg of her journey on earth. None of us know how much time we have here, but all of us can appreciate the people and experiences we do have. This is the gift that God/Goddess has given me this Mother’s Day.