Taking a good hard loving look in the mirror of self awareness this morning. #fullmoonvibes
Feeling super vulnerable and wanted to share these seeds with you.
As a healer I’ve come to understand and deeply honor that the gift of a healer is HER wound. It’s the source of empathy and where ones true understanding of compassion and forgiveness births itself. In order for a healer to truly transcend and transform her own body mind spirit she must join forces with herself and the knowing that in order for her to heal thyself that she must embrace her wounds as sacred teachers. There is no other way. What a tremendous amount of humility, and patience one who embraces this life path must accept. The journey of such a soul paves the way for a hope filled humanity. She shows us that healing is available, that it is always possible. What a gift in itself. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Art by @cosmiccollage
Words by @jupitermystic
Productivity isn’t about being a workhorse, keeping busy or burning the midnight oil… It’s more about priorities, planning and fiercely protecting your time. — Margarita Tartakovsky
When I came to the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society summer session, a fellow contemplative soul told me that these sessions are like collecting seeds that will sprout and unfold throughout the year.
The sessions started with devastating news headlines about yet another shooting and were punctuated with the loss of an iconic author, Toni Morrison, who I learned was deeply influential to the contemplative mind practice (for lack of a better word). We discussed these things and many, many others, both political and personal, professional and private, communal and individual, through the lens of social justice and the ways in which contemplative practices can help us develop an emerging holistic practice of healthy relationality with self and others, to include proactive ways of dealing with world issues, from climate change to institutionalized racism and so much more. I even got to share with them about what it means to be mestiza and conjure everyday magic. I also shared with them the kinds of hopeful, empowered stories—in the classroom, in my own life, and on the page—that I am trying to explore, embody, and tell. These people from all over the world, had their own powerful, magical stories to tell. Together, we have the power to change toxic narrative. Together, we create new, hopeful narratives.
It will no doubt take the remainder of the year or longer to unpack and explore these lessons. I go back to the idea that we were given seeds this week. SOUL seeds, as I call them in my work, those things we harvest and nourish so that one day they may burst from their husks and manifest new life. They are like the acorns scattered around Smith College it a state of becoming. I am looking forward to seeing what the seeds I’ve been given this week sprout into—and when. .
Enjoy the Summer
"I don't like and even resist, being broken wide-open. But, when the contents of my unconscious self spill out of me and i sift through all the disowned parts of who i am... it's an uncomfortably enlightening and eye-opening experience. It feels a bit like emotional bloodletting. I guess every now and then, i need that release valve to open all the way...“ - Jaeda DeWalt
"We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty." - Mother Teresa
Never Underestimate the power of a planted seed
"Wild nature... is enriched by sensuality." - Michael Frome
Where I begin my day. In front of the trees, with a prayer and a furry follower. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 🌍
For letting me wake up today, for this planet I call home, for the dogs waiting to jump and greet me with all the joy in their bodies. For my body- which has been beating and breathing and regenerating itself- in every moment of my sleep and when I wake. For the air I am breathing and the sun I feel on my skin. For the taste of refreshing cold water after a long sleep.
I could get lost in my gratitude practice and I hope you can too. There is so much to be thankful for. If you can take a moment *thats all it takes*- place your hand on the center of your chest- feel that beat. You are that energy. May you carry it with you always and especially into this magical day. Stay in your magic, baby.
You are the Universe in ecstatic motion. Dance, pray, eat, laugh, stretch, read- the list is endless. Will you make the intention to approach your day from a state of GRATITUDE. You get to be here. And that mindset alone- It is life changing- try it. 😘🌈
Royal Syrian Lions were heralded as master star teachers in ancient times who guided humanity. As guardians of the Lions Gate portal only those who were present and committed to their soul path could pass through to their next evolutionary cycle of life.
Today we need to rely on our inner roar and intuition to guide us in creating, spiralling and expanding into our soul led lives 🦁✨💙 to be truly majestic in honour of this one precious life time.
Yesterday (26 July) was celebrated in ancient times by the Mayans and Egyptians as the beginning of the sacred year, a new cycle, the Lion’s Gate to a renewal of the land’s abundance for another cycle of life by divine creative intelligence.
What soul seeds are roaring for you to plant this lion’s gate?✨🌱✨ 🦁
“I don't like and even resist, being broken wide-open. But, when the contents of my unconscious self spill out of me and I sift through all the disowned parts of who i am... it's an uncomfortably enlightening and eye-opening experience. It feels a bit like emotional bloodletting. I guess every now and then, I need that release valve to open all the way...” Jaeda DeWalt.
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My favourite part of today's #rootsacademia workshop with @fa_tima_is_art @littlereedlb. Intuitive language in dirt. The adults and kids quickly told her no, to stop, and that she will get dirty until her and I swept them away playing. In the sand pit area, all delved in, a sense of clean fun, apose to dirt being dirty. Our collective consciousness has a sense of remembrance piercing through children left to seed. Not only have adults forgotten to play, but children spend more time on screen then outdoors playing. We've replaced boredom with depressions and medicines which can't heal us as love and the touch, sound and smell of nature. Thankful for the beautiful escape in this land and the opportunity to hold continuous workshops with the bright team behind Elissa at #LittleReed, bringing the kids to a space in play back to our roots.
Have you ever been so grateful, you break out into a joyful jig?
It touches deep in your Soul and tickles your feet... Yeah, I love it when that happens!
After co-founding @Califlourfoods this is what I've been up to....
And it's rocking my Soul!
I created http://calisoulcoaching.com and packed it with a whole lot of Soul!
You can find Soul Grub~with my fresh new recipes!
(Sorry...no cauliflower pizza crust recipe-it's a trademark secret!) Soul Stories~A thought provoking commentary created to stir your heart.
Soul Speaks~ Podcast about what matters most...with special guest too!
Soul Seeds~sign up and get a bit of inspiration for your week!
SOUL FIRE~ A local event October 21st, 2017. You're definitely going to want to grab a seat! A 4 hour power workshop that will reignite your life's passion. 🔥🔥🔥 http://calisoulcoaching.com/event
You can never have enough Soul! ~Dana, The Soul Gardener xx
Let go of the "stuff", give yourself permission, let go, breathe and receive your #soulseeds to flourish, nourish and grow.
Golden hour. Skin been glowing lately.
And glowing skin is awesome, but don’t forget to get your soul glowing too ✨
Looking at me, you would probably never have any idea how crazy my life has been & just how much I’ve had to go/grow through.
There was a time when I truly didn’t even believe I would be able to stay alive this long.
If I could go back, it would only be to talk to my younger self. I would tell her that all those traumas & trials would one day be worth the stronger, wiser, more empathetic & compassionate version of myself that I would become.
The same fire that burns the forest, purifies gold. You can’t change the fire, but you can choose to be gold. I would tell her to choose gold much earlier on.
If you could go back & speak to your younger self, what would you say?
Makeup by Mother Nature
Freckles by @browstress
My girl doesn't pose for photos. She doesn't brush her hair or paint her nails. She draws, reads, thinks deeply and will cut you with her wit! She threw on her suit and decided to grab her board when we all took a quick walk to the beach. She caught a few waves and walked back home. She doesn't compete. She once said, "I don't need people judging me based on my ability to perform for them. It's fine for other people just not for me." I could not agree more, my girl. Authenticity is the name of her game. I don't think she has realized how fierce she is yet. .
How are you taking care of yourself?
This time of year it can make or break the season if you are not giving yourself a big dose of self love.
What does that look like?
(And no, no no! Let's not wait until the seasons over to implement selfcare)
I'm all about YESZZZ! 'Say yes' to setting specific time slots when you don't work. Focusing on work is a great excuse for not taking care of yourself. ...Start your day off with meditation. ...Work out. ...Get enough ZZZs. ...Write a poem. ...Keep a journal. ...Talk to friends and family. ...Wake up slowly.
(I write every morning what I'm grateful for!) Understand that you can't be everything for everyone. Value yourself, your time and your energy like the ones YOU love. Celebrate YOU!
Get your own oxygen mask on so that you can assist others. It has to be done in that order. Don't fight the order or you will end up burned out with no energy left for yourself.
If you are craving more...more self care, self love, let's make a plan.
Did I mention boundaries? Yeah, we'll make those too.
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I'll can't wait to meet you over there. ❤
Sending you so much love!
~Dana, The Soul Gardener xx