As some of you know.. SARK is one of my favourite inspiring people in the world… and I listended to an 'unplugged' interview she shared this week, I've listened to it twice already I loved it so much and there was so much upliftment to be gathered. (I'm doing some stencil work as part of a commission and my inner perfectionist critic would have me get all flustered if I let it.. so I distract her with great talks on podcast, or interviews like this one.)
I was particularly taken with a gorgeous notion she shared …
when she said "What I enjoy, are Rituals that are born out of the Moment."
that alone was so comforting to me. I transcribed as much as possible word for word… I didn't want to leave anything out… earlier in her chat she had shared that she is scared about lots of things, but doesn't let that stop her from doing what she wants/needs to do. One of which was being audited by the tax dept (which actually happened) she gave a FABULOUS account of how that went, including reference to her Wise Self, and the Wise Self of the IRS agent.
So, I go walking with my partner John on the beach almost everyday . . . and we will get into subjects sometimes that start being less than;… nourishing, let's put it that way, we're repetiviely talking, or we're getting into scarcity, or we're going into fear … whatever, one of both of us are, and so we started this Spontaneous Ritual …
I tried it this morning with a piece of pumice at Pt Cartwright beach... it helped me shift my focus, and on our walk yesterday afternoon I told my husband about it .. and he's a love… he tried it out too, with a stray leaf on the path in front of him.
that's it for now.. I just really wanted to share that simple, yet powerful idea with you.. in case.. you might need help sometime to shift your focus…. and like me… you enjoy fun.. unusual.. yet simple ways of doing so.
love Denise xo
p.s. if you'd reeeeaaaallly like to hear that interview.. email me and I can forward you the link, it's inside an email. It could also be available on her fb page, I'm not sure.
Far out my friends, it's by no means easy.. but wow… I've noticed the 'relief' creeping in. The sort of relaxing in my muscles.. or 'tension spots' where I carry that reflex to 'check it' 'check it' 'check it' …
and Sunday while driving to Brisbane I listened in the a WONDERFUL podcast, I am such an evangelist when it comes to this kind of thing, I feel like pulling my car over and announcing to the world.. "HEYYY I'M LISTENING TO SOMETHING REALLY FREAKIN COOL… DO YOU WANT THE LINK?" … *shakes head… I knoooow.. it's a little nuts, but that must be why I feel like I am somewhat of an 'inspirer' … I can not help but share about things that bring me joy/peace/enrichment/life enhancment… etc etc. If I could find the transcript I'd have sliced out some pieces for you.. Jamie Catto spoke about turning out wounds into rocket fuel for our gifts.. or something a bit like that. and our shadow parts.. like our BITCH.. need to come out and play in a controlled environment. I wholeselfedly agree. *Oh… funny thing… he has a fb group.. which as soon as I can in February.. I'm thinking I'll join. *eye-roll.
So here's the link : breaking-the-approval-addiction-and-expressing-our-creative-gifts
here we go… a 'grab' from Jamie Catto's site …
You can of course.. find and listen to interviews from Tami Simon via itunes as well. sounds true is the name to search. Ohhh wow… and he mentioned how Facebook is such an addictive thing because it feeds our need/desire/want for approval. Why else would we care how many 'likes' something receives. So… I'm not going to go all fb bashy… I have also noticed how brilliant it is for me to connect with people in a flash, and to share my workshops and things like that. It's become an invaluable helpful tool in my life… and… a sucktastic brain drain… both. That's why I'm off it for January.. just recalibrating myself… well.. giving it a good go at the least… and will return in February.. with hopefully a little more discipline and care about time spent.
On a visit to ikea yesterday I saw this cuuute little puppet.. I'm noticing crowns all over the place of late… they remind me about Sovereignty.. and being Queen of my own domain… :) … and yes like a big kid.. I put my hand inside and took a photo of this puppet being bold. hehe. .. it tooks some self control to not buy her, and a few other super cute toys they had there.
also.. a rather funky cafe/shop/display thing was set up inside ikea that I just LOVED. little video to show you.
I wish… there was a funky place like this in our communities .. where we could meet and art and collaborate and create… and of course have tea… and sugar free treats.
bye for now,
love Denise xo
I have two workshops planned for February.. please share link with your buddies if you feel to. xoxo
well… it's quite interesting my 'no facebook January' … I'd have usually shared pics on there so today I've gathered some snaps to share about my week at Woodford.
I spent some time just taking in the sights and the feeling of fun and freedom that pervades woodford, 11.30pm was magical … 3 minutes silence outside with hundreds of people each holding a little candle and thinking of our loved ones and those not there… I didn't catch a photo of it… I chose to 'be' there instead.
on News Years eve at midnight I was on my own biting into a giant byron bay doughnut… listening to a tribal kind of band… New Year's Eve's are charged times… so much energy about the place… I felt ok to be alone.. alone in a sea of lovely people, I didn't feel lonely.
here's some pics to give you a glimpse into my week.
Oh… I visited this place several times and sat to write a letter… it was DIVINE… the art of letter writing was revived with a delightful twist at woodford this year… that gorgeous posty girl… would collect the letters people had written for stangers.. perhaps only describing them by an item of clothing, or a gender and age range… and sent a letter off to them for the fun of it, to brighten their day perhaps. If we wanted to send a letter to a friend at the festival all we needed to do was write their phone number and name on the envelope and they did the rest. I LOVED THIS SOOOO MUCH.
I hope you're enjoying the start of a whole new shiny year…
bye for now,
love Denise xo
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