6 nature-based rituals for the new year or anytime

The word ritual sits within the word spiritualspeaking to the connection that is made or reinforced with the Divine by intentionally working with simple materials and sharing our deepest truths. Today, I wanted to share just a handful of options for ways to feather your intentions, whatever they are, whenever you feel the desire to ask for some help from Creator Love. There are so many options in this arena, so take one of these listed below and play with it--make it your own. Add crystals, dance, music, art, candles, found natural materials, etc...to embellish and deepen the magic.

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Silent Night, Holy Night

I wrote this in reflection of the evening our family shared on the solstice, as we drove up to a high grassy knoll in Saluda, NC to watch the moon rise into the darkness. We lit a candle, smudged ourselves with sage, and stood in the beauty of the cold stillness. Sam had brought a friend with her, and together they gleefully played in the raw sweet natural world. It struck me that in 2094, the next time the winter solstice coincides with a full moon, she will be an old woman, and I will not be around to witness her face to the light. I hope that she will dance under it, that there will be open land, free and clean for her to do so, and that she still listens to the moon's song.

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Calling all Do-ers

The energy of the heart chakra plays a vital role in sustaining the tissues of the heart, lungs, breasts and mid-spine. When we hear about, or experience issues in those areas, we must consider more than just genetics and random chance. The topic today is about when the glorious act of creating, gets hijacked by approval from others, resulting in a cavity within--a wounded heart. I know this topic very well from experience, so let's dive in.

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The story of The Handless Maiden

I continue to be fascinated with paradox. The idea that by intentionally doing the opposite of your goal, your interests are met even faster. Giving away money to earn more; lifting less weight to get stronger; practicing drawing to get better at writing; stopping the search to find. Paradox is leveraged not by force, but by surrender. Not by doing more of what we know, but by spinning joyfully out of our comfort zone to make room for co-creation. What we haven't mastered, or need to learn may really just be a matter of timing. Maybe we simply don't need to know, or do RIGHT NOW. Paradox invites us into the land of trust. By setting aside our patterns and welcoming the unusual, insight and success can find us with ease.

The concept seems absolutely insane. And backwards. And because of this..is altogether fascinating! Let me share with you how this time, it's teaching me a lesson to last a lifetime.

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Magic happens.

A common prayer of mine is to give thanks for the magic that flows in and around us; the way it knows what parts of our soul to push on or give respite to. Magic and soul go hand in hand. The soul is thee who creates the breath. The breath within the breath. The energy that bends a flower toward the sun. Magic. Unseen, yet so powerfully directive and always miraculously on time. 

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When things fall...together

Life before Charlie was life as I knew it, as is always the case until something changes. But life after his arrival has been absolutely beautiful, nudging me into a different version of myself. Without my planning, my priorities are shifting, and not in a way that I experienced with Sam's arrival. My pelvic injury has literally and figuratively slowed...me...down.

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No baby yet, but I have these 3 gifts

I have been playing the “waiting game” for this little one to arrive, and even with my patient nature, years of inner work, and methods of re-instilling grace (via meditation, movement, writing and music), I will admit that this has been HARD. My expectations keep needing to be quelled by my wiser, higher self that is always in the flow, but not before I have whined for a while!

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One day you will forget your cane

On the first day of the year, I casually took the family to Urgent Care with me after slicing a deep cut into the pad of my left index finger while preparing New Year’s Day lunch. I received 3 stitches (which were nothing compared to the numbing shot!), and a band-aid. Sometime I’ll tell you about the symbology of this left body, hand wound, and what it reinforced about the importance of finding help with the studio, but that’s not the focus of this piece.

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