One of the downfalls that I have struggled with since I was a child is anxiety. There have been many moments where my stomach becomes tense, causing disruption in my digestion and appetite. My jaw clenched tightly shut, both while awake and asleep (if I managed to drift into sleep). My breathing shallow and sometimes my breath will be caught without the relieving exhale. I have learned to manage this and even overcome a bulk of this within the past few years using various methods, but today I will use my love for the stars as an example.
In those moments where anxiety, worry, and stress threaten to consume me, I make it a point to stop what I’m doing and go outside. I gaze up and into the thousands of stars that inhabit the sky. This becomes a form of meditation because there tends to be an overwhelming sense of relief that washes over me. Could it be the extravagant details of all of the constellations and the (sometimes) visible planets like Venus? Yes! I also believe that it is knowing that God created the sky along with each and every star that we see almost every night. Just knowing that he created something so complex, it makes my problems fade in comparison. Realization hits me in knowing that God will take care of me and will carry me through those problems. Try it next time you feel overwhelmed!
The beauty of the stars have also caused me to become sort of obsessed with them. Over the past few years, I embroidered both Ursa Minor and Cancer constellations!
I particularly have a fascination with Ursa Minor and Ursa Major.
In fact, I even name my new car Polaris (or North Star), which is a part of Ursa Minor because the color of the car reminded me of the night sky! In my new car, I plan to add a mini alter to include some crystals that represent protection. I love the fact that it has a moon roof so perhaps the crystals can bathe in the moonlight. 🙂