Congratulations, Stephinie! You are the winner of my random drawing. Stephinie just finished the course and had entered, hoping to win a spot for her special friend. Well, Steph, get on the phone and call her up! What a great friend you are. She now has a reserved spot in my upcoming e-course, Inside Out: A Creative Adventure of Self-Discovery!
Spots continue to fill quickly, so if you are thinking about joining us, visit here to learn more.
Thanks to each of you for your mindful, warm comments.
A special thanks to Heather for interviewing me on her lovely blog last week. I felt a little vulnerable sharing so much, and yet, I’ve met some new friends from doing so. I believe that the more we open up and share, the more we can connect on deeper levels. So thank you, all, for that opportunity.
Thank you, Dena, for sharing how Inside Out has changed your world!
These gorgeous flowers are gifts from my husband and mom to celebrate the start of my first 4-week e-course.
My sweet husband wrote this in his handmade card:
Today marks the end of our first week and what a gift it has been. The final count is 67 participants from all over the US and the world, including Canada, UK, Sweden, India, Australia and the Netherlands! In just 5 days these explorers are making some incredible connections, insights, reflections, artwork, journal entries and personal growths that are truly inspiring to me. I told the group that I am not the teacher of the course, but simply the person holding the space. I know from years of teaching yoga that it’s truly my yoga students who teach me, and that continues to hold true in this course.
Each day I get the privilege to participate in kind and vulnerable discussions posed on our private group page. The compassion towards one another, and the support that each person shows, is truly powerful. There is such a longing for personal meaning and making space for what matters most in our lives. I think there is also a deep need to be connected to a like-minded community. For those who like to ask the deeper life questions, contemplate the meaning of things, and peel away layers from past experiences so that we can live more full, vibrant lives, having the support and community from others is vital to our spiritual awakening. I am grateful so many beautiful beings have come together to share this self-discovery journey.
My heart is SO full right now. My years of perfectionism that kept me from taking big creative leaps is dissipating. My fear of failure stuck its ugly head out this week as I thought, “Dear God, I have 60 plus people looking for me to provide them with a class that has meaning for them. What happens if I fail them?” Well, luckily I won’t allow myself to wallow in this place for very long. This is a thought I do not need to think. Instead, I trust that we are all here at the right time, at the right place, sharing our journey together for a reason. I will not diminish the essence of this experience by giving my inner critic and fears much face time.
Instead, I take a deep breath. I honor the light in myself, the light in the kind souls that have joined together, and the light that is guiding our way.
The next Inside Out: A Creative Adventure of Self-Discovery starts April 5, 2010. Registration for the spring session starts February 22. Mark your calendars as the first session sold out! A big thanks to Hip Mountain Mama, Shivaya Naturals and Artsyville, (along with so many others!) for your great help in getting the word out about our first class.
Your Personal Reflection: Do you have a supportive person in your life, or a community of like-minded people that you belong to? If not, what small steps could you take, starting today, to find others you can share your journey with? Remember, you are not alone. We are all in this together.
So I mentioned that I had a little “spill” the other night. Well, as my brother puts it, I basically karate-chopped a balloon, and let’s just say the balloon won. These socks are the culprit, I tell you! Note to self: If you ever feel the urge to jump high off the ground to kick a birthday balloon into oblivion, than please do NOT do it wearing these socks on slippery hardwood floors again. Ever. Your butt thanks you.
My crash landing resulted in an extremely bruised tailbone and two sore wrists. And I’m talking really sore. Like, I couldn’t even squeeze out toothpaste, or brush my hair, or change a diaper (although, I didn’t miss that as much). I haven’t experienced that kind of physical pain since a ski accident several years ago.
The reason I’m telling you this is that I have discovered a whole new respect for my wrists. These little joints do so much activity in one day, and I’ve never paid much attention to them. So I find it appropriate that the Creative Every Day theme for January happens to be about the “body.” I couldn’t resist doing a quick journal page to pay respect and tribute to my wrists. I have learned that they pull, twist, turn, hug, lift, love, express, reach, expand, dance, hold and help me move through my day with ease.
I celebrate you, wrists, and thank you for ALL you do for me. Happy healing.
Your Personal Reflection: When’s the last time you really noticed all the amazing, subtle things your body does on a daily basis? Take some time to be present, to notice, and to deeply look at your body. Go ahead…no one’s watching…give yourself a hug and tell your body “thanks!”