Oh, Cancer. What wonderful flowing feelings and nurturing sensitivities you bring. What potential for universal mothering . . . and oh, gosh, what hurts, wounds, and feelings of inner darkness and emotional fears you desire to expose for evolution.
Yes, pretty much everyone I know right now–including me!–is feeling uber-soft and manifesting the subsequent defenses to protect our innermost hearts. We long to connect, feel, say what’s really true for us, and yet, there is the fear of rejection, of being too vulnerable, being uncared for.
How do you nurture yourself when feelings like this are flowing?
How do we continue to show up for ourselves when the outer world isn’t showing us what we want?
How to we create stability when we feel fear?
All these questions are good, valid, and universal. Whether we acknowledge them or not or just blunder through our day pretending not to feel, the questions exist, and are calling to be answered.
I believe that the key to beginning this work is to acknowledge the heart within ourselves, and to–just for a moment–consider the possibility that no one will make us feel safe except us. That our outer world–job, relationship, country, bank account–may offer us varied experiences, some that feel good, some that feel bad, but that the emotional buck ultimately stops with us.
If we feel unseen, unloved, uncared for, can we stop for a moment and give ourselves that care and love? Can we for a moment, offer it to someone or something else, even if it feels we are “faking it?” Can we come back to ourselves, our breath, our present moment circumstance and acknowledge our ok-ness just then, in that moment, in that breath?
I know, easier said than done. I’m practicing it too. And I think, that with the astro energies of the week, it will be very important to bring to ourselves (the Sun) a nurturing word, self-kindness, and space and time to process emotions. While the outer world may seem to be demanding perfection, a “grow up” attitude, and possibly a seeming business-like coldness (Pluto in Capricorn), it is important to mother ourselves. Likewise, bring the kind words of the good enough mother (your self!) if the outer world seems too “hot,” unpredictable, and temperamental (Uranus in Aries). Our inner natures need softness, nice pillows, a stream to sit by, and the constant, compassionate loving arms of our inner parent this week (Neptune in Pisces). Can we be kind enough to give this to ourselves? And maybe, in one moment, to another?
It’s a sensitive season. We are being asked to source from within in a myriad of ways. It might feel hard. That’s ok.
Here is the audio forecast for the week, featured on Embodied Awakening radio:
June 28-July 5
I’d love to hear your creative ways with coping with sensitivity this season. And as always, I’m here to help.