Moonly Review 🌑 Mihailuk of The Forest
Mindfully engaging in the activity of Being.
A Giant who lives in the same Woods, told me that if I'd be a Magic card, it would be a black & blue Zombie Knight, 3/3, and coming into play for 1 colorless, 1 black and 1 blue mana. I'd be called Mihailuk, The Knight of the Forest.
The caption, hidden under some powerful abilities, would read:
"I haven't done this in years. It feels so good".
The description is inspired by a powerful moment of juggling with fire, something I haven't done in a very long time.
(Short video in here)
The whole Magic-card-thing (and thanks for indulging me that far if you have no clue what Magic cards are and wtf I'm talking about) came up somehow during the Masking Around Birthday, which I had the joy to cohost with the Giant himself and my dearest friend Austėja.
We made masks, drank ceremonial cacao, and danced around a fire, which apart from being a scene from hippie paradise, was a touching moment shared with people who are important to me. We co-created a space where we could all let go for a moment of all the crap attached to our identity, and feel free in a middle of a beautiful and powerful forest flourishing on a cliff of a ferocious ocean. No drugs required.
It was yet another beautiful night.
I guess you can tell by now, that good things are happening in my life. I feel extremely grateful for every passing day, for this island and it's people, this forest, and, of course, you, since you're giving me the opportunity to express my gratitude in writing.
The gratitude list continues. Thank you.
It's not all roses, of course.
I'm making mistakes, but I'm learning from them, and I'm surrounded by a wonderful group of people, who are (for)giving, encouraging, and wise. In fact, I'm quite humbled by my community, and I want to keep showing up for them to the best of my ability, while increasing my ability, to show up even better. That of course takes time, but due to life choices and Good Fortune, it's something I have in abundance.
The magic formula that works for me is simple:
The more present I am, the more time I have.
I could write it on the cover page of my new journal as a mantra for the upcoming 251 pages of my life.
(This is the cover page of my new journal. I also recorded a deep dive video explaining in depth how I go about setting up a new journal. It’s long. Starting a new journal is an important moment for me.)
Okay, it's confession time:
I made a stupid mistake last week.
I committed to three exciting projects simultaneously, which was an obvious locura. Somehow, I didn't figure that out until Thursday evening when I found myself overwhelmed and stressed for the first time in months.
(Locura is my new fav word in Portuguese, btw.)
I don't like being stressed. I tend to do stuffs which are obviously ineffective. I get tired. I eat like a pig (drawing a line on not consuming animals, but still alarmingly suboptimal).
Long story short:
I stopped being present, my time shrinked, and I certainly could have done better.
But you know what?
(Shocking, I know.)
It was a crazy week and now it's over, and the New Moon invites us to draw a new page of squares and set an intention.
I have a few intentions.
I have been zooming into them over the past Moon cycles and I'm ready to verbalise a new itaration. If you have been reading my reviews for a while, you'll notice, and hopefully with delight, that they are getting more specific.
I am careful what I wish for.
Let's start with the most important intention:
Find the current owner of the land I want to live on. Make an offer. Shake hands.
I know the area. I love the Land. I'm ready to take my Forest Guardian apprenticeship to the next level and commit to stewardship.
I'd like to pay for the Land in cash, with the money earned by redesigning Journal Smarter, and launching Squares as an intuitive journaling practice for creatives on a spiritual path.
Creatives on a spiritual path is a group of people I'd totally enjoy to work with, and Infinity Squares can help them cultivate self-time necessary to stay grounded, focused, and connected with themselves (and something bigger), and live a beautiful life of freedom and purpose. My role is to guide the process of setting up the squares, which I happen to love doing (see here).
The last intention is still not fully formed, but it's something like this:
Catalyse an archipelago-wide network of regenerative projects and communities, and document the process.
That's still a mouthful, but the direction vibes a lot with my heart. I love the place and people where I live, and I want to give back with my skills and energy.
Note to self:
The three projects that overwhelmed me last week were distributed between two of these three intentions. That's not necessarily a problem, but a warning flag to stay focused and keep moving one step at a time.
It's a hard lesson for me, but luckily I live in a forest, and that's a very conducive environment to practice patience.
I even wrote a poem about it.
The Giant listened to it attentively and offered excellent suggestions for improvements. We kept reading our poems to each other by the fire long into the night.
(Some more forest poems here.)
I wish you abundant moments of stillness, so you can let go and just Be.
Love and Light,
Ps. I really wanted to share with you my moonly video, but my charger broke down before I finished editing :< I've heard tales of an electronic wizard in the island. I'll pay him a visit tomorrow 🧙.
Update: The Electronic Wizard did well. Here’s the video:
I hope you enjoy it.
Here’s the link if the video above doesn’t show.