If I've learnt anything in the past year, it's that sometimes you just need to completely let go - of your expectations, your grip on things, your fear and learn to just go with the natural flow of life. Okay guys, admittedly this is easier said than done at times. I myself often struggle. I'm a really structured person, I appreciate a little routine and knowing upfront where I'm heading and what's in-store. I'm impatient and I like things to happen at lightning speed, because hey, once I get an idea in my head and allow myself to get excited, I don't want to be waiting around! But sometimes, just sometimes, you've got to take a step back, slow right down and accept that things might not be heading straight in the direction you were aiming for. Sometimes you have to accept a detour.
With Mercury in retrograde this month, my current detour back in England couldn't be more apt! If you're not astrologically inclined, Mercury, the great planet of communication, likes to take a little step back in time on average about three times a year, for the duration of about three weeks. This reversal tends to throw a few things off balance and can disrupt even our best laid plans. Yes, it can be hectic and a little brutal, however, it's also a good time for deep reflection. Going back over your ideas, your thoughts, your values and any plans you've made and really questioning whether they're still right, or in need of adjustment.
For me, things in Berlin had simply reached a stalemate in every aspect and my mind had become fogged, meaning I was completely unable to make an informed decision about what to do next. Although returning to England in some ways will always feel a little defeatist, even if it is only for a few weeks vacation, I have come to recognise that it was the right thing to do and it has most definitely been a positive step in the right direction. Staying with my beautiful best Charlotte and her lovely fiance Sebastian, has kept me grounded and boosted my positivity and creativity no end. They are both very heart-centred loving people and I think, when you're around that type of energy, it just can't help but rub off on you.
I've been able to really shift my perspective and re-evaluate a few things this past week. I honestly love my work, I love living in Berlin and whilst I am still climbing a very steep hill to get to where I really want to be, I am truly happy. I think it's important to acknowledge that at the end of the day, we're all human and we humans don't half have a lot of emotion encased within our fleshy selves. Unfortunately, at times, whilst our higher selves might be clued up and believing, occasionally our emotions will get the better of us and no doubt, we will find ourselves crumbling into a teary heap of disbelief and doubt. That's okay. That's normal. That's what comes of having one foot on the ground and the other in the ether. The main thing is to feel what you feel when you feel it and then let it go.
For the most part, we are all striving to get to a particular destination. Each individual to ourselves. It's hard not to want to click your fingers and for it all to be magically manifested in front of you, but these things take time and let's face it, as impatient as we can sometimes be, we know that the best things in life are worth waiting for. So this Mercury retrograde is a particularly good time to reaffirm to yourself what it is that you want in life, where it is you're aiming for. We might not be able to have it all right this minute, but we can at least do what we can, with what we have, right now and be appreciative of that.
N.B. All photos accompanying my Happiness Project posts will be taken from one of my Pinterest boards, which hosts all the images that make me happy. Feel free to check it out in the meantime, for more happy snaps.
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