I eat pomegranates with Greek yogurt and Pumpkin Flax granola most mornings. I thought buying an entire box of the seed filled fruit would help prolong the number of mornings I could indulge in my favorite breakfast. Once pomegranates are out of season, it’s tough to find them.
Due to a lack of pomegranate fans in my house, I’m having trouble getting through the box in a timely manner.
Do you ever wind up with an abundance of something and wonder what to do with all of it?
In this case, as I perused Eating Well magazine, this wonderful and healthy salad appeared. Yay, one more way to use pomegranates!
The recipe also taught me how to make pomegranate syrup. Who knew?!
Luckily, the same thing can happen in life.
When we are faced with a situation that seems challenging or uncertain it is best to ask for guidance from the Universe or a higher power and then pay attention. I find the answers usually appear in the form of God winks, interesting synchronicities, or tiny epiphanies.
Carl Jung first coined the term synchronicity in the 20’s to explain meaningful coincidences he observed with patients. In one instance, it is told, a patient dreamed of a golden scarab when at home asleep one night. The next day, during her session, an insect kept hitting Jung’s window. It was a beetle known as a golden scarab.
Today, the phenomenon is studied heavily in the sciences and drives the law of attraction and the idea of manifestation.
Martha Beck, in her book Steering by Starlight, writes, "...it always helps to find a place inside you were the problem is already solved - solved so completely there's absolutely no way for anything to go wrong. You go to that place - you live in the that place - and darn if everything doesn't start inviting you to the picnic."
A decade later and now in junior high, the incredible blessing known as my son needs lots of support to be academically successful. When school started this year I wasn’t sure where to find help, but I trusted that something would work out. I put it to the Universe and let the year unfold. One afternoon not long after school started, in the span of less than an hour, all three people who had come together to create a support system for my son called me to confirm plans. My plea for help had materialized beautifully and without much effort. His support system is truly amazing.
In fact, be careful what you wish for. That kid has so much help he had to turn some of it down!
Synchronicities even happen with this blog. There are days I wonder what the heck I am doing! Why do I bother writing this drivel and nonsense? In those moments, I gently prod the Universe for a sign...or a cheerleader. That’s usually when a random person will tell me they appreciated my blog that day or someone will join our Facebook page (which is almost to 200!) or leave a comment for me. It happens every time I mentally ask for a nudge.
Call it synchronicity, answer to prayer, or a God wink.
Asking for guidance, help or encouragement can take us out of our worry, overwhelm and despair. If we ask for answers and trust they will come, they usually appear when we least expect it.
Now, when I am stumped with something like a parenting dilemma, I will ask the Universe for an idea. Within days, an epiphany will come to me out of nowhere such as when I walk the dog, take a shower or clean a toilet.
So, whether you need to solve a complex problem or are desperate for ways to use up pomegranates, stay calm and carry on.
The trick is to trust the answer is there.
Expect that it will be revealed and pay attention.
The world is ever in your favor.
Light & Peace,
The Busy Buddha