In the course of an ordinary day, life presents us with a rich buffet of opportunities for joy. These opportunities arrive in the form of simple pleasures and they’re easily overlooked when we’re not paying attention.
When where you are now seems far away from where you want to be, it feels like you’ve got to make big changes fast or else you’re never going to achieve your goal. But— and this is why people get overwhelmed and give up— how on earth do you make big changes all at once and still keep up with everything else you’ve got going on in your life?
My favorite way to do a weekly oracle reading with the Faces of the Divine Feminine Oracle is to draw three cards. The first card on top is the theme for the week. The second card (on the left) is the quality to call on during the week to navigate challenges. And the third card (on the right) is the quality that will enhance your life experience this week. Below I've included the entire passage from the deck for Intuition, along with excerpts from Sacred and Desire, so that you can consider how these qualities can work together for you this week.
I am celebrating the launch of my new meditation shop by offering a free guided meditation.Strange thing: I've been writing and recording meditations since 2011. And it's always been my intent to eventually offer these for sale, but there has always been something that's gotten in my way. For and foremost: It's awkward listening to my own voice recorded.
Sometimes, when I get stuck working on a piece, my way of getting unstuck is to meander through my collection of old papers--maps, journal pages, sheet music, and scraps of old poems I wrote. Last week I found this old poem is my collection. I think I wrote it in 2015 or 2016. You can read the poem in full below the image and then see some close-ups of how I incorporated the words into my mixed media work.
Last fall, when asked to talk about my creative business failures in a women’s business group I’m part of, I realized that I didn’t have any. Not because I’m so super-fabulous and amazing, but because I couldn’t recall a time recently when I’ve put myself out there in any way that would allow for me to fail. This wasn’t a terribly surprising realization. I’ve written before on this blog about how I stopped writing as a young adult after having a few poems rejected by literary journals. So, I already knew I was risk-averse. But I’d never stopped to consider how this was impacting my desire to share my work with the world and do big things.
Last week, I was working on a new piece that I’m calling Behold the Tulip Queen.The idea for the piece seemed to pop into my head fully formed, which made me curious about where my ideas come from (and more generally, where Ideas comes from.) Being trained in hypnotherapy last year made me think a lot about the creative unconscious— how this part of our mind works behind the scenes and is especially involved in problem-solving and the creative process.
One of my favorite ways to spend my time is doing things that cause me to lose myself and find myself at the same time. Yesterday, this was me: sitting on the couch for four hours straight, working on a new painting for my fairytale series. When it was time for me to leave the house and make my way to my office for the afternoon, it felt a little like I was emerging from hibernation.