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Shadows

As I was sitting in the plumeria grove yesterday, drifting in and out of meditation, I looked down to see my left hand completely in shadow, and my right hand completely lit up.

I’ll admit. I spent a bit of time figuring out how to photograph it; it was quite lovely. I settled back in again. Enjoying the solitude, the breeze, watching the parrots’ sideways walking on the branches.

I began to think of shadows.. and the concept of shadow work. So many times when shadow work is talked about, it’s meant the parts of us we don’t like. Or trauma we have experienced. Things we’ve shoved way back in our brain cupboards. Unwanted, and yet, we can’t quite bring ourselves to get rid of them either.

And then I thought… “what if” … and if you’ve known me any length of time you know how fond I am of “what if” being a jumping off point for exploration rather than a tsunami of anxiety….

What if there are things in the shadows that are wonderful, and precious, and maybe our deepest true self? Tucked away because they were “too”. Too odd. Too bold. Too different. Maybe tucked away out of fear of losing what is familiar- groups of people we relate to, too big a challenge to our sense of self. Hidden behind a big ol’ box of What Will Other People Think. Requiring the deepest relational commitment of all. To our Self.

This and. Not either or.

As we look into the shadows, healing wounds and discovering treasures, it’s important to be compassionate with ourselves, and with others. There might be a whole lot of internal work that happens that will shock people who knew one aspect of you, when they suddenly meet your next incarnation

(there can be many incarnations within one lifetime, I feel)

Like back in high school math class, when I sometimes just knew the answer to a complex problem. The teacher would challenge me to “show my work” and I couldn’t, because I simply knew the answer by looking at it.

One of my friends has been posting amazing images of all the monarch butterflies emerging in their yard this Spring. It’s amazing to watch the chrysalis go from a green and gold jewel to clear, and then the butterfly makes its way out, transformed.

I have so many life shifts happening right now. The very pragmatic and fast approaching need to find where “home” is next. Work that is not so hard on my body and spirit. And beautiful inner alchemy.

So yes, I may seem the same, yet somehow different. I can hardly wait to step out of the shadows, into the light.

Shining.

Radiant.

And to hug those I love so much.T

hanks for reading.I love you.

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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!

Creativity, focus, Personal Development, Personal growth, spirituality, Uncategorized

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