Calendula in November

November Calendula

November Calendula

The bright orange of the sacral chakra, Svadhisthana, is my color for the day.

sunshine calendula

butternut-pumpkin pudding,

with orange egg yolks,

baked in a steam bath

whippoorwill farm carrot, raw bite, right out of the bag — the sweetest thing ever

getting ready for stock-making.

mom’s down vest when she stopped by

for a cup of ginger tea

on the vermilion couch.

Sweet fall carrots

Calendula, the common marigold, wears the orange of the second chakra.  Svadhisthana, the sacral chakra, is the center of passion and pleasure.  The place where creativity is born.  Where feelings arise from.  The home of sensuality, intimacy and connection.  This energy center, alive with the element of water, is a place from which movement and transformation arises.

This chakra is the location of some of the challenges that I am exploring at the moment.  How do I let myself be expressed in my physical being?  How do I let my creativity flow?  I am finding that the relationship between the root chakra (which relates to having basic needs met) and the sacral chakra is a dynamic one.  It is not only that I need to have my basic needs met in order to feel safe enough to freely express myself creatively.  I think it may also be just as important to let my creativity flow in order to be able to take care of myself and meet my basic needs.  This means there must be movement in order to feel safety.

It makes me think of the way that when you ride a bicycle, you must move forward at a decent speed in order not to fall over.  Staying still, in interactions with a bicycle, is not necessarily the safest place to be.  And what if it’s true that humans were designed to move?  So when I am paralyzed with fear, and feel scared for my life (how will I make a living, what is my purpose?), and I have the instinct to stay still, I am not necessarily doing what is best for my life as a whole.  My life needs some movement.  Even if it is scary.

Sacral Chakra Affirmations

(from http://www.chakra-anatomy.com)

I love and enjoy my body.
I have healthy boundaries.
I am open to experiencing the present moment through my senses.
I am passionate.
I feel pleasure and abundance with every breath I take.
I nourish my body with healthy food and clean water.
I know how to take care of my needs.
I value and respect my body.
I am open to touch and closeness.
I allow myself to experience pleasure.
My sexuality is sacred.
Emotions are the language of my soul.
I take good care of my physical body.
I am at peace.

Back on the subject of calendula, I use this calendula flower essence tincture from Floracopeia every morning. It “supports personal empowerment, receptivity and internal comfort, especially in communication dynamics. Supports digestive and skin health.”

orange/water/spiral

orange/water/spiral

Welcome Wonderful Women!

Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

 

 

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me. 

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman

Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.