A few weeks ago I had the honor and privilege of being a creative director for my friend, Mary Hyatt‘s BODY LOVE campaign. The message was simple, though, unfortunately not easy: love your body – No. Matter. What.
A room full of women of all shapes, sizes and colors came together with a unified message of self-love and self-acceptance.
It was seriously one of the sweetest and most heart warming moments I have ever experienced…walking in and seeing everyone standing proud and loving themselves in their lingerie… each one stunning. The energy in the room was palpable…chills and tears. Even after the photo shoot, no one was in a hurry to cover themselves up or leave.
Vulnerability met with true acceptance eradicates shame.
These women embodied TRUE BEAUTY.
Now more than ever it is vital for us to live a life fully embodied. To fully embody our bodies and our spaces means to fill them up with our energy and our essence. The only way to do that is to believe that we are worthy and valuable enough to be here and be seen.
Whether space is our physical bodies, our structural homes, or our home of Mother Earth – becoming more conscious of how we embody these different “homes” is part of our path towards enlightenment.
How we do anything is how we do everything, right!?
Do you see a correlation between how you treat your body, aka your physical home, and how you live in your structural home? Or what about how you live in your residential home and how you treat Mother earth?
Conscious living is about embodying and bringing more awareness to all the spaces you live in – your body, your home and your earth home…
When you begin to honor one, you honor them all…
Light and Love! xo
FENG SHUI: TRANSITIONAL SPACES
Feel like you’re stuck in-between certainty and uncertainty?? Or like the “walls are coming in” on your life?? Feng Shui the transitional areas of your home.
These spaces are the hallways, foyers, and corridors that connect one room to the other. They are like the veins and arteries to your heart and lungs that feed chi energy throughout your home. They are the connectors. These areas of your home directly affect your breathing patterns too.
Ways to Feng Shui the transitional areas of your home:
1. Remove any clutter or unnecessary furnishings and objects
2. Hallways and pass-through spaces should have at least 3-4ft. width.
3. Avoid placing furniture in hallways that encroach upon a comfortable width.
4. Keep chi energy evenly distributed in hallways.
- If the hallway is dark and narrow be sure to add adequate lighting and a lighter paint color.
- For hallways that end with a door or window at the end, slow dow the energy before it reaches the end with rugs, window shades or by keeping the door closed to avoid energy rushing down and out.
Sudden change, disappointment or longing can leave us feeling like we’re in a long dark hallway searching for the light switch.
I call this the hallway of transition… when one door has closed but the new one hasn’t opened yet.
As uncomfortable, clumsy and irritating as the dark hallway can be, I’ve come to believe that it’s also a very necessary part of the process.
My inner emotional adult knows I’ve experienced and overcome dark painful hallways of transition before. It knows the hallway will eventually birth and prepare me for somewhere new. But the emotional child in me fears that this time, this one “unique” time, will be THE time when it won’t work out as well as it did before … it fears that THIS time the hallway will go on… forevvveeerrr.
But here’s the reality… nothing… NOTHING… stays the same. Ever. Life is cyclical. It’s not linear. When there is death, a closed door, or an end of an era… new life will ALWAYS come.
But here’s the REAL secret … there is life in the hallway too.
The hallway is a holding space, an incubator for new life to form… These moments of transition are the paradoxes of life. It’s during these times that we are both afraid and hopeful… held and not held… We are both at the mercy of life and in the grace of life… The hallway is not either or… The hallway is the… And…
So don’t give up thinking life is over in the hallway. And don’t be in such a frantic hurry to find the next door that you miss the healthy and healing order of things.
You are NOT a victim to the hallway or to anyone else that played a part in you getting there. This hallway is conspiring for you.
You have not come this far to settle… or give up in the hallway.
Light and Love! xo
I’m back in Nashville after a week in Glastonbury, England also known as Avalon. I was on a Sacred Pilgrimage with 20 amazing women from around the world. It was a beautiful time of honoring the essence of the feminine, communing with nature, and connecting with like-minded people.
While there, I was reminded of the importance of ceremony and ritual.. I was also reminded of what a gift it is to do deep, personal soul work within the limitless confines of community.
During our days there, we set aside time to do personal inquiry and listen to the whispers of our souls. We focused on two simple but powerful questions:
1. What is FALLING away? In other words, what is no longer working in my life or contributing to my evolution as a fully alive human being?
2. Even more, what is RISING in me? Or, what is wanting to awaken and be given voice thru me?
Good news – this time of year is actually a perfect time to ask yourself these questions: What is falling way? What is rising in me? What wants to come forth now more than ever? What is the Universe, God and your soul asking for you to release or step into?
The reason this time of year is set up for these questions is that we’ve just entered into Summer Solstice. (June 20th- 23rd. )
Summer Solstice is the space of time that marks the longest day of the year and shortest night of the year. Solstice means “the point at which the sun seems to stand still”.
It is an auspicious time to celebrate self-expression and things you want to manifest in your life. It is a time to celebrate abundance since the sun is at its peak of creative energy yield.
In ancient times this space was celebrated with festivals and ceremonies near megaliths or monuments like standing stones and stone circles; these ceremonies always happened at either sunrise or sunset. Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Eve was also inspired by this time of the year.
So while most modern day people associate it with the first day of pool parties, BBQ’s and summer break, I encourage you to become more conscious and connected to the deeper wisdom of this fundamental time. Use this energy to do some personal exploration and celebrate what is rising in you.
There is an intimate connection between the seen and the unseen and observing these seasons helps us establish harmony between the human world, natural world, and the divine.
Part of what is rising in me is to attune myself deeper to these rhythms and cycles of the earth. And to begin to hold more ceremonies and rituals to honor and remember this ancient wisdom.
What about you… What is RISING in you??
Light and Love! xo