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Natural Awakenings Greater Boston - Rhode Island

A Conduit of Connection

Maisie Raftery

At some point in my career of publishing Natural Awakenings, I intellectually realized that my function here on Earth, at this particular space in time, is operating as a conduit. A conduit of connection. A bridge between those who want, need and are open to the words, products and services offered through these pages and those who supply those words, products and services. Connections that are made for the greatest good of all with ripple effects spreading out to those connected within each one’s own family, community and ultimately the world.

Lately, I’ve been opening to a bit of a calling in recognizing that in order to raise my level of effectiveness in that role, there’s some work to be done. A timely article for me this month by Linda Strocky, “Organizing and Our Chakras, Declutter for Emotional Well-Being,” is a sweet reminder that I’m in the thick of that work having taken the time this summer to clear a ton of clutter and rearrange several rooms including moving my office. Clearing the clutter and moving my desk to a space that faces the sun through late morning has left me feeling lighter and more free to create and allow life in this space to flow more freely. While there’s still a basement to be tackled over the winter, it feels good to know there’s a plan and a sense of freedom in that work. 

The other part of my work, which goes hand-in-hand with how clutter builds up over time is procrastination. This issue has plagued me for as long as I can remember and up until this point it has been, hands-down, my Achille’s heal. This isn’t the first time I’ve written about it. 

Installing several different support systems to help me to grow through this area where it can feel as though there’s one foot on the break and one on the gas, each pressing simultaneously hindering progress and movement forward, has proven quite helpful. Doing deep inner clearing work at a local spiritual center, participating in personal development classes, establishing practices that support my souls desire to serve in the best way possible, is my commitment to myself and to the world. I know that I show up for others in my life better when I take care of myself and clearing those areas is clearly an avenue of self-care. 

Summing up the clarity of purpose that I now feel—I bring joy with me wherever I go as often as I can. I also create pathways for others to connect and experience the joy of the work they do together.

With warm wishes for each to experience lasting, valuable, and heartfelt connections in life.