The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium. ~Norbet Platt
This moment 12 years in the making
A sea of purple and white
Graduation~the end of one journey
And the promise of a new beginning
My mind full of memories of the past
First steps, first foods, first hurts
All tucked away in my heart
With prayers for the future
as we cross this life threshold.
Sometimes I have a need to be vocal. Speaking up, sharing new thoughts and ideas.
A time to be heard and witnessed.
My words are a needed blessing and gift to the ears of weary, soul-hungry
interweb weavers in the world.
Sometimes, I have a need to go inward and seek silence.
Clearing away noise and busy-ness to get in touch with my highest good
A time of spending days in reflection, meditation and prayer.
A time to heal and renew.
My silence is a needed blessing and a gift to my weary soul-hungry self.
Part of finding Goddess within myself is making space for her to speak to me. But the space must be there for me to listen to her voice.
A mini-retreat for spiritual maintenance.
It's not necessarily where I go, but that I'm in divine quiet.
So I made space for silence. Invited her to tea. Cut her a slice of cake.
Lowered my voice here and on twitter.
I spent several hours during the day not speaking.
Just listening to the sounds around me.
Do you know what I heard?
The birds singing morning praises
The gurgling, bubbling rush of running water
The crackling, snapping pops of fire's vibrant dance
The more quiet I got, the more I could hear
Subtle sounds of the quickening pulse of the earth coming into bloom
The bustling industry of trees converting poisonous gas to invisible
nourishment for my lungs.
The delicate swallow of Mama Gaia drinking in life giving rains
The tranquil whirl of my chakras aligning with each other
My heart beating in time with these ethereal rhythms being sung
all around me.
And now I've returned
My Goddess self restored with the breath of new life
New thoughts and ideas ready to be poured out
New creations gestating and taking form.
My heart filled with gratitude for silence.
So dear luminous being
When will you invite divine quiet into your life?
Here are some thoughts from Merle Shain to ponder while drinking tea this lovely spring morning:
It is better to light candles
than to curse the darkness
It is better to plant seeds
than to accuse the earth
The world needs all of our power
and love and energy,
and each of us has something that we can give.
The trick is to find it and use it,
to find it and give it away,
So there will always be more.
We can be lights for each other,
and through each other's illumination
we will see the way.
Each of us is a seed,
a silent promise,
and it is always spring.
Yesterday I found an old journal
from my days living my European adventure
very specifically from my time in Livorno, Italy.
Within this journal there was a memory of a time
many years ago (too many years ago really) I had the
great fortune of going on a retreat to
a magical place just outside of Assisi in
the Umbria region.
There was yoga, meditation and space
for journal writing.
There were silent prayers before meals prepared
by loving hands. And no rushing, no hurrying
just allowing ourselves to
receive the gift of being nurtured.
There were verdant hillsides
and vibrant rainbows of wild flowers
calling to us with sweet voices
"Come!" they said, "lay down here
and drink in our beauty in the sun"
And we did.
We returned to our 'normal' lives refreshed, renewed
and ready to continue our journeys
being mothers, wives, soldiers and aerobic instructors
So this morning I check in to see what the lovely
Jamie Ridler had for us to Wishcast for this Wednesday.
What dreams are you wishing for? she asks
I'm wishing these dreams of retreat
were no longer just dreams
I'm wishing to take these dreams of retreat
and use them as a spring board to create
my own retreat for myself at first
And then offer a retreat for others
like me who need the healing energies of
being nurtured, silence,verdant hillsides
and vibrant rainbows of flowers.
I'm Dionne, a Natural Rhythms Creation Coach and Elemental Forces of Creation Oracle Reader. I teach people how to tune into to the power of the elements and rhythms of nature to design a life they love