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Lessons from Plants

I have this plant that my Dearest Human gave me over four years ago.

It often sprouts a new leaf near the full or new moon. This is the one today, with the full moon coming in four more days.

Lately, it’s been starting to drop a lowest leaf now and then, and I became concerned. It’s very special to me.

Being on an intense journey of growth myself right now, I stood there and looked at it, and realized.

It is letting go of what no longer serves it. Making room for the energy of new growth and direction.

Plants can teach us so much. They flow with the seasons, send roots down deeper or shallow, seeking nourishment and water. Network with their companion plants. Bloom and celebrate Being. Go dormant and gather up energy. Drop leaves to make room for growth. Bend and twist to follow the light. Make the best of the environment in which they find themselves.

What a lovely meditation this sweet plant gifted me this morning!

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What Does Crafting the Spirit Mean, Anyway?

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A while back, I went to an expressive arts summit, and came away with an entire series of workshops downloaded into my brain.

It felt so right, so what-I-am-here-to-do, it was frightening. So I put all my notes on one of my brain burners to let it simmer.

Not long after the summit, I was having a deep, delicious conversation with someone I often call my favourite mirror. I was describing what I wanted to do. Walking with people on their journeys of self discovery, using creativity as a tool.

“It’s almost like…. like… we’re crafting the spirit,” I said to him. Both our eyes got big, and I jumped on the computer and snagged the domain.

Now that I’ve created this page, and community, I’m getting asked. “What do you mean by crafting the spirit? I’m not creative. How does this apply to me?”

Well. I’m here to tell you. You don’t have to think of yourself as traditionally creative to do this.

What I mean by crafting the spirit is to create a life for yourself that holds meaning. So many times people say they feel lost.. or that they just can’t find their purpose. What if you considered that ****being*** is your purpose, and your journey is to experience, make discoveries, and create a life that holds meaning for you?

Learning how to cultivate a life where you release attachment to self doubt, comparison, the need to always be productive or in control- these are all ways of crafting the spirit and creating a life that hold meaning for you. It is yours; it is your precious gift.
Both freeing and intimidating, right?

For some people, this might mean surfing, or cycling, or dancing. For others it will be writing, or cooking, or painting. Playing music. Creating a welcoming environment in your home. Being the best parent you possibly can be. Being a mindful leader in your workplace or community. Spending time out in Nature.. our big beautiful planet.. Noodling around in a science lab. And yes.. relaxing and doing nothing is part of it all, too. To me, all of this is creative.

Using creative tools such as movement, drawing, music, creating various objects.. are all ways to get out of our heads and get into a flow. Start to observe and imagine the world around you differently. Shifting your perception even a little can yield amazing results. I’ve often been stuck on a challenge, and when I do something like knit, or create music, the tangle releases, and I know what to do. Working in a medium I’ve never tried, with the only expectation to explore what is possible… heaven!
I’ve had the challenge of not having blocks of time where I can hold in person workshops. One day, I decided to get around that for now by creating an online community, where we can gather, share, and learn together.

I’m so excited to se how this all evolves. Thanks for joining me!

You can find the online community here:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/929235890790763/?multi_permalinks=939561443091541&notif_id=1573092434571516&notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic