There’s no secret to balance. You just have to feel the waves.
— Frank Herbert
Astrologer Lisa Dale Miller tells us “When the Moon is full in Libra, the Sun is shining brightly in Aries. The polarity of these two opposing signs represents knowing self in an effort to know others; thereby allowing others to truly know us.”
What a powerful time this is, then, as we continue our journey. By the light of this Full Moon, we are like archaeologists on a dig; tenderly removing the debris that has obscured who we are. We have been concealed, not only from others, but from ourselves. Now, we are beginning to shine!
So how are you doing with our exercises? Remember, what you are going to get out of this is going to depend a lot on what you put into it. You will certainly get some benefit, just by reading along. But I hope you are actually doing your morning pages, writing your affirmations, going on artist dates, and working through the tasks we are being given. (And please feel free to post updates about these any time, not just when you’re “supposed” to!)
Yes, it is a time commitment, just like planting a seed and weeding would be. But it is the only way to reap the delicious fruits of your harvest later on!
So, we have another enlightening assignment today, as we conclude the second part of the twelve steps of our Artist Recovery. This very interesting exercise is also in one of my favorite books for alternative entrepreneurs, Business Mastery 3: A Guide for Creating a Fulfilling, Thriving Business and Keeping it Successful, by Cherie M. Sohnen-Moe.
Julia calls this exercise a “Life Pie” and Cherie calls it the “Wheel of Life.” Simply draw a circle, and divide it into equal slices (a pie chart).
Julia’s has six slices: spirituality, exercise, play, work, friends, and romance/adventure.
Cherie’s slices are: relationships, social life, joy, health, career, creativity, finances, education, spirituality, and home environment.
Personally, I like Cherie’s a little better. But whichever one you choose, after you label each spoke, imagine that the center hub of the wheel is the least desirable state. The outer rim is where things are wonderful. In each slice, consider how things are for you in that category – really great (near the edge) or not so hot (closer to the center).
Cherie suggests, “Consider this wheel from two points of view. First, notice any categories that are proportionately nearer the center than others. Those are the areas to concentrate on improving. The object is to bring more balance to your wheel. The second aspect is to enhance all the categories so that they are toward the outside (most desirable) of the circle.”
Notice which of your areas might be impoverished, on which you are spending little or no time. Use your micromovements to nurture these areas. Even five minutes given to some exercise (health) or collecting and stacking all those wayward receipts (finances) to enter into your checkbook (in another micromovement later, perhaps) can make a big difference.
How does your circle look? What areas are you strong in? Which ones need some nurturing? Let’s discuss!