Hi friends! Happy full moon/super moon. Hooooowee, the energies are so interesting aren’t they? Here we ALL are, in our homes, isolating, retreating, finding stillness and quietness by choice or not and all those emotions are coming flooding in. When we get still, our wise emotions use that opportunity to come to the surface so we can feel and heal. Interesting, right?! Hard, right?!
The feelings/energies are ones of overwhelm, boredom, despair, anxiety, crawling through our skin feeling, anger, sadness, rage even. We are all over the place and you know what…that’s ok. The new pace, the slowing down, perhaps the silence or the opposite- the constant chaos of everyone at home, are creating periodic eruptions.
All we can do is ride the wave. One day I’m ok, I feel good, focused, calm and collected…and the next I’m a weeping mess. It just is what it is. Amongst all this in this Libra Moon are lessons in relationships. Boundaries are a theme are coming up for me with family in particular. Some of our closest relationships, perhaps marriages, or with our parents, are really being tested and the guts, the aches, the unhealed spots are oozing and erupting out of us as though it can’t be contained. People are pushing boundaries and we are being asked to explore and look at the relationships in our lives and the most important one, which is the one with ourselves. Do your relationships nurture, honour and value you? Do you feel good in your relationships? Are they filled with love? Are they filled with emptiness, loneliness, hurt? What do you want out your relationships with a partner, friend, or family. Can you be ok with letting some relationships go, even coming to peace with them and still letting them go. Letting there be forgiveness and allowing room for the realization that reconciliation doesn’t need to happen in them. Sometimes healing, closure, and completion is all we really need.
So on this Full Super Moon…..Create space! Write, dance, run, scream, move the emotional volcano out of you some how. Get some oil pastels, crayons or markers and get a blank page. Scribble, color, list words, make doodles, write the F word in every color of the rainbow until you feel a release.
Here’s a wonderful song called Janjara by James Asher. All you need to do is play it, close your eyes and let your body move. Shake out all the energy, with you hands, your shoulders, your elbows, your legs, your belly button, any part of you that seeks and needs to move. Follow your body’s lead. For me I found imaging shaking off all the heaviness helpful and I imagined pushing back against people who are trying to cross or challenge boundaries. The action of pushing felt fantastic.
Happy full moon my friends. Remember we are in a life changing, soul invoking, world healing time. It’s bloody intense. So honour those dark emotions right now and embrace the gratitude. I really hope you dance it out! It’s so lovely, you’ll see.
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I hope you enjoyed my first video new moon message about current energies and thoughts. We are in a time of chaos and radical change. We are being pulled into our more feminine energies of being-ness, of creativity, of connection, of soft, gentle, present movements in our lives and we aren’t used to the slowed, down, alive, feeling based pace.
It feels anxious, scary, and overwhelming. We feel lost and unsure what to do. I invite you to simply move into what is there on this New Moon. Welcome your feelings, invite them into your space, invite them to show up so you can honour them and diffuse them into the ethers of the Earth Mother and the Universe at large.
New Moon Rituals : Creating Space for All the Feelings.
As always se the tone and mood by lighting candles, burning incense or diffusing oils. Take some deep breaths and se the intention to honour your feelings, to take space and feel and allow what is there to come up and come out on this New Moon.
2). Write a letter to the Great Mother, Creation, The Universe, the Divine, God/Goddess, Buddha, whomever floats your boat. Describe how you are experiencing this time physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally. Here are some prompts.
-Describe you feel physically, how has your movements and environments changed?
-How does your body feel and where are you feeling it? What sensations are emerging?
-How are you feeling emotionally? What feels heavy, can you name it?
-What are your fears and challenges?
-What is feeling like a gift? What is feeling Sacred during these times?
-What are the simple pleasures during this time?
-How can you connect to Spirit and Life more often, in little tidbits everyday?
-Are you honouring your Presence as life quiets or are you distracting and panicking?
-Can you embrace this time as a Sacred Pause, a time of healing, rejuvenation and recharge or are you obsessed with doing?
-Can you focus on bringing your Presence to life as though it were a spiritual practise and sacred act?
-How are your thoughts? What are the fear based thoughts? What are the trusting/safe ones?
-What are you needing during this time? Claim it and express it to the Universe, She is listening !
-What gift can you offer yourself in this very moment?
I invite you to claim and feel and inhale the sacred of this unique, sometimes scary and uncertain times. There are many gifts amongst the chaos. There is Sacred Shift going on right now and it can feel a bit rattling. I invite you to feel what you do but to open to Trust and Faith and know that the Universe always has our backs and is always supporting us during these changes. There is a knowing we do not know yet but is in our best interest.
And so it is friends.
Happy New Moon. Feel the feels, the scary, the sad, the lonely, the lovely, the amazing, the gifts. Feel it all.
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I feel like I always wish for more time. More time with my kids, to cook, to clean, to go out, to be creative, to have more dates with my husband…to do the things I want to do…to organize, to whatever. Amidst this Coronavirus pandemic life has suddenly shifted drastically. Hockey is cancelled (that is much of our life these days), school cancelled, social gatherings and activities put on pause. The kids will basically have nowhere to go and nowhere to be. Has this ever happened??? It’s time to get creative to keep those stinkers busy! I don’t want to down play the current global crisis and extreme measures we are placed under because I know myself as an immune comprised gal, I am nervous to leave my four walls. However, perhaps there is some light in this somewhat dark tunnel. Perhaps we can engulf the good that comes with the bad. Perhaps there is a real gift, a real shifting into being-ness, the feminine side of life that is given the opportunity to emerge while much of our outside lives are on pause.
A piece of me is like, “eeeeeeeeeeeeekkkkkk!!!” this is going to be a long four weeks of no school and no daycare. But the creative part of me is sparked up with inspiration of what we can do creatively at home, while building and incubating our connection to each other and a family as a whole.
What I feel really committed to within myself and my family these days is tending to our emotional and spiritual needs and health. This is so often put aside amidst the busy days of homework, hockey, play dates, family visiting etc. etc. With the growing number of places closing around us, the “doing” of our life has come to a halt and we are being called back into those lovely inner places of being.
A plan to do a series of Family Connections activities during the next while.
So this week’s Family Connections activity is the “Team Huddle”.
This week’s Team Huddle topic – Talking to the Kids about Corona Virus & How Life is being Affected by it.
Gather the troops (family members) and sit around your kitchen table. Light some candles, maybe even infuse some oils or burn an incense. Make the space special.
Explain to the kids that you are having a team huddle for your family and it’s something you’d like to do weekly. Maybe Monday nights or Thursday nights or Sunday afternoons. Whatever works for you. It’s a time and place to come together, sit, process, get on the same page and plan for upcoming activities.
Here’s a brief outline. (create it in a way that works for your family and lifestyle)
1 )Have a beginning – a ringing of a bell or clinking or forks on glasses. Kids love this.
2)Talk about what is going good this week. Each family member takes a turn.
Introduce this week’s topic or goal. For us this week it was discussing Corona virus after my oldest son questioned if he would be ok if he got Corona virus. We reviewed common symptoms, how people get it, how to prevent it. We reviewed the important of really good hand washing.
I put 2 papers on the table. 1 paper we all wrote about what we thought and felt about Corona Virus. Even my 3 year old scribbled on the page and talked about another topic but it was inclusive as his little mind still doesn’t comprehend fully.
The 2nd paper we listed ideas of activities we could do at home as we would be together and at home a lot over the next while. We then taped the paper to the wall to remind us when we are “bored”.
3. Next we discussed calendar/schedule/upcoming appointments.
4. Followed by everybody’s ideas for meal planning ideas for the upcoming week.
5. Ending -We ended by having a goal each and a family goal or activity planned for upcoming week.
6. Family Treat. End with bell or clinging of glasses and a nice treat like cookies and milk, cake, tea, ice cream or some other fun food as part of the experience each week.
This really helped us feel connected and discuss topics in a supported, safe way.
I hope you give it a whirl and let me know how your family found it.
Sending love, good immunity, joy, embracing what is, and trusting in the Universe for she is shifting us into something soooo deep. It is scary and overwhelming but it also feels miraculous what we are doing as a human nation.
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What if upon our transition into our teen years, we were supposed to learn really important teachings about our body, heart and soul? What if these teachings could dramatically change the way you feel about your self…your body…your heart?
Sign me up – right?! The trouble is these teachings have been lost, buried, waiting to be reborn into our lives and into the world. And so I hope to share some of the Sacred Feminine teachings I learned on my healing road, in hopes your soul remembers and your own self love grows.
In mind-body therapy, our behaviours and our struggles are really symbolic to our deeper issues and needs. So…let’s take world’s obsession with our weight, body hatred even body altering and let’s explore that for a second. Is it possible we are acting our our soul starvation on the physical level? Is it possible we are expressing how truly disconnected we are from our bodies as a nation by trying to become physically perfect and thin?
This was true for me…I was acting out a deep feeling and longing without having the words. I was showing how frail and weak I felt on the inside by becoming it on the outside. So let’s meet the issue at the root : we are emotionally and spiritually starving and we don’t know what to do with that.
I know as an emotional, intuitive, creative, feminine soul, I craved these teachings at the threshold of adolescence and perhaps if I had them, I would have discovered how to love myself sooner. I would have lived my life in union with my feminine, primal, wild, emotional soul instead of feeling like I had to separate from her. Perhaps, I would have saved myself from the battle wounds of an eating disorder because for me, it was merely an expression of my dying, starving soul. I didn’t know that then, I felt it, but I know it now. The healing journey brought me home, back to these teachings and practices and in presence of my own body, heart and soul.
So here are 8 Sacred Feminine Teachings that your feminine soul might still be craving and that that teen girl in you deserves to know:
Simply by regularly connecting to our bodies and her inner realm and making this a conscious practice, we naturally nourish our souls. And when our souls are nourished, we feel confident, fulfilled, full of life, joy and energy. We don’t need to try and express our pain or fill up our soul starvation through body bashing or dieting, because we are already nourished from the inside out. Your cravings for bingeing or alcohol or shopping will automatically disappear with this practice if you struggle with disordered eating symptoms or weight pre-occupation yourself. So I ask you to remember that your body is a Sacred Messenger of the your Divine Self. Please, please, please treat her with the reverence She deserves.
I honor you and your Sacred body…the Sacred Home of your unique soul!
Aho! And so it is.
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This last week has been etched with interesting, restless, agitated energy. With mercury in retrograde we are revisiting old ideas, themes, projects and we are asked to re-work it. We are asked to remold some aspects of our life just like a pottery artist does as she sits at her potter’s wheel and molds a big hunk of clay into a new and beautiful form.
All I keep hearing from Spirit is to take Action. Jump in. Just do. Start in the doing and find your path one step at a time from there. The energy feels like an art form, not a set path, just finding the expression and soul form as we work with it, like clay in our hands until the piece or project finds a form. We must breathe energy into, stoke it like a fire and allow the magic of manifestation and creation to form with our infused energy. We can not think this one out, we cannot plan it in linear form. It is Sacred Art and Expression from our souls at its finest.
So this month, just allow that mind to quiet and let your body lead. Let your instincts guide you, let spirt take your heart and hands and allow you to begin to mold your work, your life, your relationships into something brand new.
You’ll notice I did some changes to the website. At first I was like, “oh my gosh what did I just do?”. It had appeared that I lost all my old stuff. Some of it was lost. But I knew Spirit was nudging this to make me dig deep and re-mould, re-work and re-form some new ideas and inspirations.
So this month…jump in and just start. Just do. Sometimes we get so caught up in the how, it stops us from taking the first step. Figure it out as you go along and trust that the energies are supporting you as you mold your new creation into a new form.
-Clean out closets and release, stuck old energy. Call in new energy by making some space for it.
-Smudge your home, clear out the stagnant energetic corners.
-Buy some flowers, and know it is a Sacred Expression and invitation to beauty and abundance in your home.
-Clean out cupboards, toy boxes, garages, anywhere that accumulates stuff and let that old shit go.
-Open up the windows and allow the crisp Spring air to sing a cleansing song in your home. Imagine the wind sweeping through with her luscious spring colours and vibrations.
-Do something different. Really shake up that routine. Take another way to work, wear something bold. Try a new class. Shake things up.
-Take a bold step. Register for that class. Apply for that job. Buy that thing that makes your heart sing and feeds your joy just cause you value your joy.
-Just do. Act. I remember Lynn Andrews inviting another therapist and I to use some of her teachings in tools in our therapy sessions. We were stuck on the how. How do I use the drum in a counselling session? How do I approach it? How this, how that, when…. She said stop. Just pull the drum out and drum. Just do it. Ha! So simple. Just do!!!!
Happy March Energies my friends. The ice is breaking up, we are prepping the energies for Spring movement and flow.
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I’ve been focused on manifesting lately. The energy, the dreaming, the seeing, the feeling and the beliefs that allow the dream to come or stop it in its tracks. Low and behold the Armadillo has pranced his lovely teaching across my path today.
The armadillo says, (from Jamie Sams deck)
“A clue to how to proceed is to make a circle on a piece of paper and see it as a medicine shield. In the body of the shield, write all that you are desiring to have, do, or experience. Include all things that give you joy. This sets up boundaries that allow only these chosen experiences to be part of your life. These boundaries become your shield that wards off the things which are undesirable to you. The shield reflects what you are and what your will is to others on an unconscious level.” (Pg 149 Medicine Cards book).
Armadillo teaches us about boundaries, not just physical boundaries, but boundaries of the Self. Do we create time, space and boundaries for our own fulfillment and connection? This is usually the first thing we toss when we get busy or down, but it is the most important. It feeds all of our other connections, our energy wells, and all of our relationships and experiences of life around us.
As you complete your medicine shield on paper, pin it up somewhere where you can see it regularly. Decorate it with images or collage your shield.
Ask yourself and journal….
I hope you use the medicine of our friend Armadillo and create some boundaries, time, focus and commitment to you and the joy you want in your life.
It is done 😊
This month the word DISCIPLINE is etching itself into my psyche. I have a love/hate relationship with discipline. I used to be so disciplined it turned into obsession/addiction and sucked my life dry of beingness, joy and aliveness. It was only mundane routine.
My old thoughts believe discipline is somewhat torturous and a life filled without fun or joy. It comes from that part of me that turned discipline into an obsession and let it become my barometer of self-worth.
Today, LOVE tells me Discipline is an action of self-love. Discipline and routines, even schedules are supported energetic frameworks to help you manifest. They are acts of love and you can be flexible within them as needed, as life happens and straying off the path at times will happen.
I have so many balls in the air right now of things I need and want to do that I’m struggling how to organize them into my day and it’s throwing me into chaos in overwhelm. I need a contained form of organization or a plan to execute my day because I’m in overwhelm, I’m spinning my wheels in anxiety and restlessness and virtually getting very little done.
So as I reflected it became apparent to me I need to shake up my morning routine to set my goals and plan for the day. I find when I wake up I need to sit and drink my coffee. This is hard amongst 3 kids. So here are acts of discipline and Self-Love to help me organize, and manifest by day.
I sit and close my eyes. I’m around my sacred fire in the dark, night sky. I can hear the crackles and see the sparks. The stars are twinkling amongst the blackness all around me. I invite DISCIPLINE to sit beside me. She does and takes a seat on the ground around the fire. I make an offering to her, a basket filled with buns. (I’m not sure why, but that’s what I brought with me for some reason.)
I ask Discipline,”Please….tell me about yourself.”
She says…,“I am really just about self-love, self-commitment and self-worth. You know you are worthy and celebrate your worthiness when you invite me into your life. Having me in your life is like saying to yourself that you matter, you are worthy, you deserve great things. And in doing so, you invite my energy into your everyday to help you execute your acts of self-love and your actions to help manifest your goals and purpose into your everyday, I am an energy that oozes love, confidence and a sense of accomplishment. I am space between an idea stalking you and the expression or manifestation of that idea into the world.”
As DISCIPLINE finishes her last sentence, I notice there are others at our fire. JOY, PASSION, FLEXIBILITY, CONNECTION, CREATIVITY, possibly even more in the trees around us.
As I notice all these “beings” around the fire, I know they come as one package, they are all inter-connected. One cannot really be Disciplined if one doesn’t also commit to joy and connection or dive into creativity. It’s about balancing being and doing, as though each energy has a duality that must be honoured. DISCIPLINE has FLEXIBILITY. CREATIVITY has PRODUCTIVITY, CONNECTION has SOLITUDE and so forth.
So as I see all these alive ENERGY BEINGS around the fire with me I am filled with encouragement, calmness and a lot less weight on my shoulders. I bring my hands into prayer position at my heart and look at each lovely being around the fire and send them love. I release my all or nothing attachment to DISCIPLINE and recognize that her energy brings with her all those other lovely beings around the fire too. They are family and connected. I leave them all gem stones, and shiny things as a sacred offering for their teachings and leave the sacred fire.
This journey around the fire has reminded me that we cannot abandon the juiciness of life in the name of accomplishment and self-discipline. I know I can’t. When life stops getting fun, I get cranky and wonky, and move into self-sabotage because I get bitter thinking that I need to suffer to manifest and accomplish. And this is not true, this is the old mind-set, the ALL OR NOTHING thought pattern that stems from addictive patterns. I really do believe when we are joyful, grateful and inspired, this is where we create momentum for acts of self love like discipline and manifestation.
Those of us with addiction/compulsive coping histories generally have an all or nothing attitude with discipline. We can get extremely into it, even addicted to it to the point we lose our connection to joy, beingness, flexibility, etc. In my past, discipline for me has become about control and obsession and I have lost balanced because I didn’t honour the other teachers like joy, passion, connection, and fun. We must keep all the teachers at the table, we cannot be all or nothing. The goal is consistency, if we fall off, just get back on. It’s easy to fall into Self-sabotage mode and get caught in the all or nothing thinking pattern. Find the grey, know that discipline includes joy, and room for life and relaxation and fun and flexibility where needed. If we are not finding joy and nourishment in the discipline then why are we really doing it?
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION?
What is your relationship with DISCIPLINE?
Where are you most disciplined?
Where could you add discipline in your life?
Are you disciplined in all aspects of the Self? Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual?
Are you only disciplined in areas of accomplishment ? Or Health? What about tending to your soul and emotions?
What small acts of discipline can you invite into your life to help you in your goals and everyday management of your life so that life can move more freely and smoothly?
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And so it is! It is done!!
I like doing these question every year around New Years. It’s so interesting to look back on and reflect. Each year is so voluptuous in learning, healing and evolvement. Take a moment to sit and ponder, dive deep and soak in the year. Write your heart on to the page while letting go and inviting all the energies of the past year and the year to come.
Here we go….
1) What was the single best thing that happened this past year ?
2) What was the single most challenging thing that happened this past year?
3) What was an unexpected joy this year?
4) What was an unexpected obstacle ?
5) Pick 3 words to describe this past year.
6) Pick 3 words your partner would use to describe their year. ( without asking)
7) What are the best books you read this year?
8) What was your biggest personal change from January to December of this year?
9) What was your single biggest time waster this year ?
10). What was the best way you used your time this year ?
11)What is the biggest thing you’ve learned this year?
12) Create a phrase or statement that describes this past year for you.
13) What is your word for the New Year ahead? Mine is creation. And Manifestation.
I hope you enjoy and savour the taste of these reflections into your whole body and soul. And so it is 🙂
Happy New Year friends 🎉😘.
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And the end of each year I feel the need to clean and purge. It’s like a letting go of the past year, a wiping away of stagnant, old energy and a sacred gesture to the Universe acknowledging and welcoming in the energy of the New Year and new experiences ahead. So I invite you to join me in welcoming in a swishing, cleansing, wave energy into your home that releases the old and opens up portals for the new.
Here are some ways to prepare the energy in your home and close the energy of this year.
Clearing out the old is so refreshing may you enjoy the new space and energy that comes in this New Year.
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Happy Winter Solstice from here in Canada! On this Darkest day of the year the Universe has brought me back to the teaching of the Grouse. I have lost my balance between inner and outer self, between light and dark, doing and being. And the grouse has puffed up her chest in my face, reminding me of her sacred message.
In her book Medicine Cards, Jamie Sams connects the grouse to the sacred spiral. She asks us, “Analyze the way you move through your world. How do you picture yourself in the act of “locomotion”…What word would you use to describe the way you move through both the material and spiritual worlds?…is your movement compatible with your greatest desires and goals?” (journal prompts!!)
For me I’m like a chicken with head cut off, running around my busy life with my three boys and husband, always doing three things at one time, somewhat disconnected from it all. I want to move slower, more gently and way more consciously. I want to be fully present in the moment of what I’m doing. I have almost come to a screeching halt in the spirit world and need to change this today! In this moment I see how we cannot manifest this visions into physical form if we are not taking time to see the vision in the moments of still and spiritual world exploring.
The grouse is also an ancient symbol for birth and rebirth and is often represented by the sacred spiral as this is the way the grouse does her sacred dance. The sacred spiral is symbol of personal power, a feminine symbol that we used to paint on our bodies for ceremonies and vision quests, a symbol of visioning to the centre of creation, down the sacred spiral and towards the centre and still spot of a tornado.
This message fit well as I have been really exploring my energy lately and witnessing how much I push myself and how much I pull back. And in my self-assessment I’ve come to realize that I’m really good at pushing myself and I rarely pull back my energy on my own accord but usually out of collapse. I typically go from a state of pushing, pushing, pushing to a grinding halt…stopped dead in my tracks with inertia and exhaustion. The experience of pulling back is not gentle or subtle, it’s extreme and fierce. It’s forceful and out of desperation, a need for recuperation and a catching of my breath for survival. Like everyone else I’m learning to exist somewhere between inertia and a thousand miles a minute and moving away from the extremes. I do know this, for every action there is an equal or greater reaction. So when we move to one extreme, there is always the opposite extreme waiting for our arrival.
So can we experiment and maybe loosen our ropes? Pull back from doing so much? I remember during my recovery from disordered eating, I forced myself to find the middle ground and find the luscious glow of mediocrity. I wouldn’t run as far or push as hard, I would intentionally try not to be the best or on top but rather middle ground because it was gentler and more loving but it was deeply uncomfortable. Feelings of worthlessness and fear of not being good enough oozed out of me as I tried to live a more balanced life. I equated not being perfect or the best with failure even if it cost me my well being. A new form had to be found. This constant over-doing and busyness is a ridiculous and unhealthy way to live my life, no more. The busyness of my life has moved me into exhaustion and disconnection. My pulling back is to be more intentional and consciousness in the moment and way more stillness. I need to make space for it like my life depends on it because I know it does.
On this beautiful day of darkness, I encourage us to find the sacred ceremony of intentional gentleness. Mmmm…I want to inhale the word “gentleness” into the aura of my life and let her soothing energy settle into my bones. So celebrate this day of darkness by sacred acts of doing less, of being gentle, of soothing the soul by dipping into our dark depths. Perhaps gentleness is letting the dishes dry in the sink or reading a good book instead of doing the laundry. I found it to be quite playful to try and find balance in a gentle, subtle, loving way in my every day life instead of just pushing and getting through these few days and then falling ill or finishing my weak in a state of depletion. Perhaps it’s even lighting up on the workout or spending the day cozy in fuzzy socks and Christmas sweaters by the fire. Perhaps it’s lighting candles and infusing peppermint oils with the sparkling twinkle of Christmas lights around us. Make today a sacred game of finding was to be gentle and softer, more being less doing.
SOLSTICE REFLECTIVE WRITING RITUAL:
What is your relationship with Beingness?
What is your relationship with your own inner darkness and shadow self? Do you welcome and embrace your darkness or do you push it away and positive affirmation yourself into by-passing it?
Do you spend time in reflection and contemplation? What supports this practise for you or what hinders it?
Imagine sitting with the great sacred being of Solstice, the keeper of the dark, cavernous portals of being. You and this powerful gatekeeper are sitting around a crackling fire inside a deep rocky cave. Can you just sit in the energy of this Being..feel that being ness, pull it in, let it soften you, soothe you, surrendering your guards. Just sit and be, feeling Presence, feeling the warmth of the fire on your face. Sit there and receive the gifts of Being. Inhale the gentleness and calm around you. Expand the calmness all throughout your body. Feel it in your lungs and allow it to settle into your bones. Savour in it for as long as you need. When you are done, make an offering to the Divine Solstice being seated with you and when you’re ready, open you’re eyes and feel how you still feel the gift of Beingness.
Aho! And so it is.
Happy Solstice Friends 🙂
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