My friend Angie messaged me that she dreamed of me and I had a beautiful ballerina princess on my right shoulder. Interesting right!? As a shaman and even someone who has studied Jungian therapy, I believe in the symbolic messages and guidance of our dreams. So I embraced this little Princess Ballerina and ran with it to explore her message for me.
At yoga class last night I successfully did a headstand. Yes… thank-you, thank-you 🙂 It has been almost two years since I’ve even tried to do one due to my poor health so it definitely speaks to my progress and growing strength each day. Anyhow, as I sat there taking in the joy of the pose, I imagined this little princess on my shoulder. Somehow she seemed to be like a tiny weeny mouse, much like Stuart Little but in princess ballerina format. (Don’t ask me why I just go with what comes hehe). She bore a poofy pink princess dress and a crown. As I came down from my headstand I imagined her on my shoulder. She was jumping up and down clapping while cheering “yay” and so proud of my willingness to adventure with this pose. It tickled me pink. I became giddy and it opened an enjoyment in me that caused me to beam ear to ear in smile. It was simply pure fun and raw excitement to imagine her on my shoulder like my playful little secret.
Yup, i just said that! Hehehehe….still giddy.
I got to thinking, why don’t we all have a fun little symbolic princess ballerina on our shoulders for a day? Why don’t we allow ourselves to see different life elements and different moments in our day from this lovely presence? Really she’s like our inner child, an extension of our souls, literally sitting on our shoulders. She’s the definition of adventure and play, everything is enchanted and magical through her eyes. She’s our ability to experience each moment as it is, detached of any preconceived ideas or feelings, just excitement for the experience at hand as thought it were an adventure. Each moment is Divine. Why not consciously take a lesson from her book and enjoy the moment right?
So I imagined her throughout my day today and allowed her to guide me. It allowed for a very connected and fun day with my son walking in the woods while I followed him off the trail. He was leader you know. Teehee. And I didn’t think about cooking or cleaning or even my to do list. I just was excited to play because I imaged what she would do consciously throughout the day, particularly when with my son. It allowed for a freedom and peace than my busy mom, wife, adult woman self can forget about.
I invite us to take this further into different areas of our life too and get a feel for her perspective on it. Let’s face it, life can get B.O.R.I.N.G. and mundane in routines if we allow it. So invite her on your shoulder and taste the spoon of magic and enchantment for at least one day…see what you find in exercise listed below.
At work I imagine taking a break and dancing it out (maybe Shake It Off -Taylor Swift) and literally shaking it off just to change the energy and have mini bouts of fun throughout the day. Or maybe we make tea and a joke coffee break at 3pm where everyone brings a cup of tea and joke and we have a funny laugh. Any fun playful moments we can invite in our offices helps shake up the negative energy and allows us to connect joyously with our co-workers.. When I get back to work I plan to do this with my office buddy Cori 😉 At the end of the day it’s really about connection isn’t it?!
Then there’s doing dishes, everyone’s favorite right!? I know, I know…so why not approach from the point of this cute little ballerina princess on our shoulder. Can it be fun and adventurous (I know your thinking, dishes adventurous ya right!) but hear me out. Can we approach our daily “to dos” and tasks with a child like wonder, meaning no preconceived ideas or feelings about things, just a simply acceptance and excitement with the task at hand. Can we dry the dish like it were our first time and truly be in the moment while approaching each task with grace and humility.
Maybe dishes can be done with the intention of fun…turn on the tunes and dance while you dry. Or use some really luscious smelling soap and indulge your senses. I remember learning from Lynn Andrews that doing dishes is a sacred act, like a prayer. Make a game of it or start thinking of all the fun family suppers you can create while you clean. Maybe everybody gets dressed up top notch, even the kids, and we have a fancy dinner with candles. I imagined wearing my wedding dress, how fun would that be? Might as well use it again, right?
What would that princess ballerina say to us about our relationships? Whether it be friendships or romantic relationships, how can we bring child like wonder and enchantment to our connections? Date night pops up in my head!! How can I create even fun date nights at home or just bring back some of the playfulness in my marriage?
Imagining these things excites me, it invites a playful energy into my life. It invites me to enjoy the moment and squeeze out the excitement and joy of each day, each task and each person in my life.
WRITING EXERCISE: MAKE SOME MAGIC WITH A BALLERINA PRINCESS
Pick four times throughout your day tomorrow. Go on, pick them out, four literal times on the clock that you’ll pause and see life from her perspective at that moment. Journal from the point of view of a beautiful, happy, tiny, princess on your shoulder that is just full of life. She radiates joy, she’s got even a happy, squeaky voice that oozes rainbows.
How does it feel to be around joy? Do you embrace it? Is it enjoyable? Do you push it away or feel annoyed?
How would she approach the task at hand or the experience you are in? Imagine writing as her and enjoy her point of view or just having her there on your shoulder, how does that feel?
How does that shift things for you?
Enjoy….Please do share as always.
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