Saturn Returns – YIKES

I like astrology. I don’t love it and I don’t make life decisions based on it, but I like it. It is a tool that I have found helpful at times and now is definitely one of those times…it turns out I’m smack in the midst of Saturn Returns, which sure explains a lot!

This has been a year to remember and it ain’t over yet! I started a new job, moved from LA to San Francisco, went to India for the first time and traveled to Guatemala with my new employer, CARE. I lived alone for the first time and learned more about myself in 6 months than I have in the 29 years prior. India opened my heart in ways I could never imagine.

It has been the hardest year of my life, but also the most transformative. I see why they say Saturn Returns is a ‘returning to your true self’. It’s like I was asleep and someone threw a bucket of ice cold water on my face to wake me up! I suddenly realized that I had forgotten my #1 desire – to travel the world and help people.

Not that I’d fallen so far from my goals that I hadn’t made any progress, but my priorities were centered around stability rather than happiness…and let’s face it, if there is one thing this world is not it’s STABLE. I was trying to force my life to fit into a little box, but I learned a valuable lesson…Life doesn’t move in a straight line. I won’t get all esoteric, but suffice it to say, that’s just not how the universe works. If you think otherwise, watch out for falling buckets of ice water!

I am thrilled to say that despite the rude awakening, I am finally living life the way I want. By the close of 2010 I will have added 2 new continents and 3 new countries to my travel checklist (Asia: India, Guatemala and South America: Peru) and run my first 1/2 marathon…what’s to come in 2011? Hopefully a Himalayan trek and my first trip to Africa, including a climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro.

We all have different priorities, but it sure feels good to be true to them ~ for me, I want to experience life, help others and love as deeply as possible. Oh also; be healthy, so I can keep on truckin’ as long as possible! So bring it on Saturn – I got this!

 

Published by Gita Matlock

Gita is a writer, speaker, and nonprofit professional. She earned a bachelors degree in international studies from Pepperdine University and a masters degree in nonprofit administration from the University of San Francisco. She has traveled extensively and held leadership positions with national and international nonprofit organizations. She was born, raised, and now resides with her husband and two children at Ananda Village, the first of eight cooperative Kriya Yoga communities founded by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda.

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