Last Sunday I spent the day at my parents' house on the Jersey shore.
This top photo was taken this summer.
Note the metal guard-rail on the right-hand side (on Andrew's left!).
The photo below is from last weekend. Same spot, same street, just facing the other way. Look how high the sand is against the guard rail.
We often forget Mother Nature until she does something we don't appreciate, something that reminds us of her strength and makes us feel small and chastised.
We revert to high school English, where we studied themes like Man Against Nature.
Like most of our literary heroines, I have come to the conclusion that in a clash between little ole me and Mama Nature, the big lady's gonna win.
So how do I begin to align with, instead of alienate from, a force that feels so huge?
For me, I return to the natural cycles that are more human-scaled, the cycles that I can understand and engage:
the cycle of my breath, in and out,
the cycle of the sun, of dawn and dusk,
the cycle of the moon through her phases.
At the start of each cycle, we have an opportunity to begin again.
So take a deep breath now and set your intention for your day.
When you arise in the morning, align with the dawn and feel into who you want to be in the world.
And when the moon is new on Tuesday, light a candle and set your intention for the moon cycle (month) to come.