I have been contemplating these wise words, it’s taken me through so many layers that I had to just share what I was reflecting upon in my own life. If you are a woman and love to reflect on your life and dive deeper into why you choose what you choose then give this a watch. I had so much fun with this video. Also, I couldn’t help but share some empowerment for you and encouragement. Turning up for your life, living in a connected way is just so rewarding. I have no more words to describe this but the energy explains it in this video!!
Sending loving support to you,
At the core of this journey we are all on called life, I can’t help but be amused, dragged through the mud and chewed up and spat out every time I think that I have this whole thing understood. It really is very humbling. I was talking to a friend on the phone yesterday when I came across where true courage to take on that conscious journey in life (heroines or heroes journey) lies and how it shows up. I realised that I was taking this whole ‘life thing’ so seriously that I wasn’t having fun, or enjoying the simple things like smelling flowers or slowing down to enjoy the sweet taste of a piece of fruit. No- I had become so invested in my spiritual journey that I wasn’t able to truly immerse myself in my life. I thought deeply underneath, that I had to do my spiritual work ‘separately’. But by doing that I was creating duality in my world, and losing my concentrated energy within- essentially my essence was seeping out. That manifested into my physical world with becoming more tired than usual, and feeling like I had not much time to myself. When I decided to go easy on myself, to immerse myself into whatever was presenting itself to me in life, I am finding it was creating such a rich, fertile experience for me to experience in the moment, and it became a beautiful way for me to reflect upon to get to know myself in a deeper way. I realise there is no difference between me going away on retreat, or staying home and truly being present AND participating with what is going on around me, in front of me and within me. I need not separate spirituality with the physical world, for it is in it. It is one. It is that which makes us whole. To be present in our lives is the spiritual practice for our soul. Acceptance of what is, having no resistance to how things are in the moment, and from here in the truth of how something is in the moment brings us to the depths and heights. Brings us to love. To God. To something far greater than our individual lives we lead: Truth.
Is it as simple as not wishing to be elsewhere, or wishing things to be different than what they are? Or wanting something? Is it really pointing to where we are to see the truth of our life as it stands now? To be in it. To turn up. Now, in this moment?- without worrying about the next move, or the one after that? Is it really as simple as the great Sufi Poet Rumi once wrote, “Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place?” Breaking this sentence down, for me, I experience this quote to mean something along the lines of:- Being unashamedly who I am, aligning with the integrity of that in any given moment, and having loyalty to Self first so that truth can be lived, felt, spoken and expressed.To me, this sentence encapsulates the very essence of the heroines/ heroes journey. It isn’t at all what I had previously thought it to be…..
Featured image by Kevin Moffatt
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I have been working on a program- it’s essentially a ‘preparation for meditation’ for Emergency Services personnel who find themselves stretched right now and in need of something to be able to unwind a bit. This is an introduction to a meditation program which I am running over four months which includes a group Zoom, a one- on- one session, and a free monthly meditation specifically aimed to help tool up emergency services peeps.
Please share this with whoever you feel could benefit.
Here is some info about the program!
Here is the link for the free program.
What crazy times we are finding ourselves in, during lockdown. I took some time in the chaos that is my household at the moment and looked into ‘how’ I know what I need to do now to support myself. I seem to be less stressed in this situation than I anticipated. I had put it down to my ‘training’ in different modalities, and yes, it helped, but it wasn’t it. I just wasn’t sure. Then I grabbed a pen and paper and wrote. Out of this writing appeared my ‘go to’ that occurs in my head when I figure out what it is I need for myself in the moment I realise I am not in a good way and I have two children in my space watching me, being with me, interacting with me…….If I’m not in a good space, they aren’t in a good space and all hell can break loose! When I feel un balanced or like something is missing I put
Here it is, for deeper info and a chat with me explaining how I work with it and giving real life examples, watch the video!!
Life In Lockdown for Mothers- My ‘Go To’ Practice to Prevent Overwhelm
Life Segments to Reflect on:–
* Creativity/ play/ unpaid work
* Mental inc learning, investing, finances, reading
* Physical- workouts, walking, dancing
* Spiritual- meditation, religion, embodiment
* Work- Conditioned in this world, receiving payment for whatever work you do
* Relationships, friendship or romantic
* Alone time/ free time
I came across an article about how the lockdown is impacting women, for those who would love to read it, press here.
You are not alone, keep going!
I wish I could make you feel
the light that I see in you
The light that I feel flooding through
my body, through trees….and everything…
The energy that wants you to stop
That wants you to feel and not think
That wants you to experience- not force.
Faith is a burning deeply within me
Tears form in the knowing we are one
I can’t convince anyone, but I can know it
In my bones, in my whole body, in my hair
In every single cell in my body….
There is more.
I’ve seen it. I’ve felt it. I’ve embodied it.
That which cannot be spoken… in concentration.
But every now and then you get glimpses of IT
In everyday life-
In your deja vu, or when you fall in love-
In that first precious ignition
That…. That- there IT is….
I serve one thing- IT- the light in you and me
In everyone. That truth, that power, that grace, that love….
That perfectly balanced energy beyond the individual
But within each of us…..
So, I will be here. Loving, passionately devoting myself
To that…. all of that…. Nothing less…
No matter if you see it or not.
I will still continue…
I will still continue…
I will still continue…
Your passionate servant
I yearn for the sweet, crisp wind blowing in my face,
The long dry grass tickling my legs,
The fresh flowers beautifying my gaze,
The scent of the flowers intoxicating my senses
I yearn for deep connected conversation
As I sprawl over pillows on the floor-
Relaxed and open and ignited by soul connection
With dear friends and truth filled words
I yearn for the fire to flare in my body
To burn and dissolve all that I thought myself to be
To entrance me in my dance and my inner gaze
My movement and simultaneous stillness
In that space where there is no separation
Between what is perceived as opposites
Oh, going into the depths of ecstasy
Of opened surrender and movement, of dance…
Deliciously gyrating, and letting go, letting go, letting go…
I yearn to move with others in sacred ancient connection.
And simultaneously to be aware of my depth, witnessing and still.
For those of us who have touched such moments
Are changed forever and left parched dry
For the fluidity of another gathering,
being beautifully vulnerable, supported and
held in unconditional love and humbled in truth.
Traversing the realms and timelessness,
Embodying truth and living it in our lives.
Having a sense of belonging in this crazy world.
Connected, we rise and fall in the life we each lead…
But never, never are we ever alone.
This is a new, very new creative collaboration. I would love for you to join me with meditating and allowing music to be created in the process. This is the first of hopefully many! I enjoyed this so much.
Doing this has taught me that being vulnerable, just going with it when I don’t know the direction it will take, picking up the guitar because I had this overwhelming feel to pick it up and weaving it all together is so, so rewarding internally. Letting go of control, of perfectionism is just such a beautiful space to be in, and simply put, it creates more space for creativity to come through and be expressed.
Can you relate to this? Sometimes we need to just allow, jump in before you feel ready and give it a crack. From there refinement and learning can take place. Onward and upward, my friends!
It was a pleasure to play, to trust and to bring this to you.
Let’s connect, have fun, be open and trust ourselves.
Art by PLotulitStocker
There are times I lack flow,
There are times when I feel so heavy
All I can do is close my eyes
And give myself to me
Over and over again….
There may be no more beauty
than a sledge hammer.
There may be no more passion
Than a piece of cardboard.
But what is left in this moment?
What is left when all is peeled back
When I come, I sit in this place?
Me- prepared to face truth.
I needn’t act in any way
I needn’t impress others
I needn’t talk to anyone
I may just be here in all of my shit
In all of the self talk, in all of the ugliness
In all of the unmistakeable truth
And here, here I sit, here I breathe
Here, just here in my humanness
Learning to love all there is right now
To love all the fears, the ugliness, the broken bits
Being okay, being okay with just being okay.
Just me. Being just me. Exploring just me.
Featured art by Graham Dean
Click here for my latest meditation to support yourself right now.
Exposed for all to see
Truth cracks me open like an egg
The yoke of my heart ablaze
I am burning, burning, burning……..
Would it be ‘un holy’ to desire
Would it be ‘un holy’ to want to fuck?
Would it be ‘un holy’ to feel my skin standing up-
As if pleading for more of a delectable taste or touch…
Would it be ‘un holy’ to want to experience and explore in this world?
Would it be ‘un holy’ to actually live the life I wish to live?
Would it be ‘un holy’ to embody my desires, be truly aware of them?
Rather than to pretend they don’t exist and shove them back down again
This world can be so dry, so ‘pure’ in it’s piles of cowardice excrement
That the truth gets masked over
Gets watered down.
Get’s diluted so as to not shock, or alarm others,
To stay as a ‘good girl’.
To not ‘rock the boat’.
When truth rises to the surface, and it will….
When it detects the putrid stench of hiding
This is a time for raw, honest truth- or else it is in vain
And we fall back asleep again with a thousand woes.
To accept and surrender to who we really are,
What we really want,
Or to go on that path of finding out just what that is-
Without influence or conditioning placed upon us
Is perhaps the easiest translation of the ancient wisdom
Left for self realisation to know thyself intimately
And claim all parts left hidden in the shadows or underworld.
Featured sculpture by Goran Josic
Please have a watch of my latest video which goes into how we can give our power away to others. This is a practical way to use awareness in difficult situations. I show you how to notice when you are triggered, take it in, and breathe to open up the mind to give us space to be able to respond rather than react.
I hope you find this helpful.
All my love,
Featured art by Victoria Fitzgerald