Have You Tasted Winter’s Quiet?

No, I have not invented a new holiday drink – although that would be interesting. What would a winter’s quiet taste like? Perhaps a minty coolness followed by a smooth dark chocolate – not sweet, something that takes your breath and then envelops you in warmth. Something that makes your bones feel heavy in a really delicious way.

Amid the rush of the holidays, I make sure I take moments to enjoy the quiet of winter. There’s nothing like it. Wrapped in warm clothes, sitting on a bench as my breath fogs before me, I let everything go and listen to the beauty. There’s usually a nip at my nose and maybe, if the day is just right, my feet get cold as I sit longer than usual. I love the tree skeletons frosted white, the grey of the landscape and the hawks soaring above the fields. No jingling bells, honking horns, annoying carols or list of to-do’s. I can hear my own heart beat, a lowing from the cows, the setting of the sun.

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Photo by Enis Yavuz on Unsplash

Another favorite is driving through town after dark and seeing all the holiday lights.  Sometimes I listen to carols while I do this, or just sing them. In these moments, I’m remembering my childhood and allowing myself to sit in the wonder of all the twinkling lights. I always end up at the top of the hill overlooking the city. I sit here in the quiet, thinking in gratitude of all the loved ones who’s lights are twinkling up at me.

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And when it’s really cold or wet or I’m just tired? I light the fireplace, lace my tea  with whiskey and gaze into the flames. I have a lovely conversation with them as they reflect my own inner lights and dreams.

These are the moments of tasting winter’s quiet. For me, they are priceless. What are your favorite moments?

Today’s video is a reflection of this quiet with some poetry and prose. Enjoy this as our journey to our inner light continues as we approach winter solstice.

 

Blessings, Coleen

Accessing Hearth & Home

We all want a sense of home. Your inner Hestia knows just how to access that. Hestia is the goddess of the hearth and home. She excels at creating comfort, meeting needs and being welcoming.

If you have images of Martha Stewart running through your mind, that’s one way to call forth your inner Hestia. Mrs. Weasley from the Harry Potter series is another way of embodying Hestia. Truth is, hearth and home is very personal and finding your own way of creating it is part of the joy and part of the magic.

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Photo by Pavan Trikutam on Unsplash

As we move through the winter holiday season, expectations of “home” run rampant. Sometimes we can stress ourselves out trying to create this warm, comfortable, loving, perfect holiday.

In today’s video, I offer ways to go about doing the things you need to do to prepare for your holiday gatherings – while bringing intention to what you’re doing so that the warmth and caring come through.

In the next couple days, I’ll post specific ways to incorporate the magic of everyday ingredients into your holiday experiences. To request a list of ingredients and their associated essences go here.

Meanwhile, treat yourself to some down time. Have a cuppa tea or coffee or a hot toddie. Now, sink into your idea of hearth and home. What elements are necessary for you?

~ Coleen

 

Do You Have Circles of Intimacy – IRL?

In our journey of 21 Days to Solstice as we connect with our inner light and tap into feminine energies that help us heal and transform in 2018 – we often take a step back and look at the bigger picture. In our personal lives, how do we do this? Today’s video talks about one way to do that.

Circles of Intimacy! These may be ‘your girls’, the boys, the poker buddies, the neighborhood dads/moms, sister women, bros, circles. I’m talking about relationships where you truth tell, share your lives, ask for feedback, … – witness each other. This may not be the “purpose” of any of your gatherings, but it happens. You’re committed to each other over time.

The archetype for these relationships is the blood sister/brother. It is shared experiences that bond you. You have years of history together. Why are these important?

These blood sisters/brothers know you and are committed to you enough to tell you the hard things, to know what to say to bring you comfort, to not need words. They help you find perspective and remind you of your rhythms. When you feel lost, they remind you of who you are. When you need change they hold you while you become something new.

These are relationships IRL (in real life) – in person, phone down, computers off – hearing each other’s voice, seeing each other’s gestures, learning each other’s hearts.

Sounds risky? Well, of course it is. And so worth it. Intimacy is always a risk, but it offers us so much. Yesterday’s blog/video was about the Warrior of the Heart. Circles of intimacy are full of them.

Find your circle, celebrate it! Share this post with your blood sisters/brothers and thank them for the beautiful role they play in your life.

~ Coleen

 

Touching the Warrior’s Heart

When I think of a symbol of the warrior, I think of a sword. But I see the sword not as a weapon of destruction. Sure, it can kill and maim. But swords are often used to focus intention, point the way, and cut away that which no longer serves. The symbol of a warrior may be the sword, but a true warrior wields it via the heart.

In today’s video, the angels asked that I channel a message for them. They call to the warrior heart in each of us.

I like that they clarified that there are many soldiers in the world today, but too few warriors. I know that today’s training for soldiers often focuses around inhibiting the heart. If not performing yet to standards, they are shamed through the use of derogatory names for the female – “girly boy” “pussy”, etc. The enemy is often portrayed in demeaning characterizations. They fight remotely where they can’t even see the enemy. The brutalities they do experience encourages them to close their hearts even further. Perhaps the greatest cost of war is the loss of the warrior’s heart?

But the angels are not asking us to go to war – in fact, they discourage us from fighting. They ask us to stand for justice, protect our beloved communities, and risk ourselves for the community. They suggest we do this in little ways, in our everyday lives, right in our own communities.

To risk is to potentially sacrifice for our community. The word sacrifice means to do something that makes all involved more sacred. This can only be accomplished through the heart. To see that ALL involved are more sacred requires us to step back and look at the big picture. It requires us to open our eyes and our hearts to everyone – to see ourselves in them, to see them in ourselves.

I’m remembering when I was a girl scout in my youth and how excited I was to earn a badge. Each badge required time, learning new skills, and putting myself out in the world in some way. Each badge helped me to become a stronger person, more skilled, more aware of the world. I looked for opportunities to learn the skills and to practice them – even after I earned my badge. And what joy I experienced as I sewed each badge on my sash.

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Photo by Joel Overbeck on Unsplash

It wasn’t about the badge. Truly, “we don’t need no stinkin’ badges!” It’s about feeling competent; knowing I could contribute; celebrating the actions I took; and knowing that the risks I took and the sacrifices I made were worth it.

I still look for those opportunities in life to share my skills – and most importantly, to offer my heart. Take a risk. Join me. Let’s make the world more sacred.

Thank you for joining me in this series of posts and videos; for connecting to our inner light as we move through these 21 days to Winter Solstice; and for embracing the feminine energies that will help us heal and transform the world in 2018.

Blessings, Coleen

Embodying Love

Hi, today I offer a song about love as the connecting force that moves through all.

The love that flows through me to you,

that flows through you to me,

Is the Spirit that moves through all things.

(2)Compassion and peace, gentleness and love – all gifts of spirit.

(3)Spirit gifts of Quan Yin and Jesu, the gentleness of deer, the apple tree – all gifts of spirit.

Like so many of the songs and chants I’ve written, this one simply flowed through me in a moment of meditation. The first verse, which I sing many times on today’s video, is an excellent meditation in itself. The 2nd and 3rd I offer once. All three can be sung together at the same time.

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As we move into 2018, it will be beneficial to embody love. Begin with yourself. I believe this is a major key to healing our planet.  The various forms of the Golden Rule that shows up in so many spiritual traditions requires this self love. “Love your neighbor as yourself” has a whole different meaning if you do not love yourself. We must start by letting love flow through us and to us.

I happened upon a new Beach Boys song today. It’s got lots of words, but the same theme. Give a listen: “Unleash the Love”

I love the line: “It’s in our power to change this planet’s destiny.”

Be the love the world needs.

Love and blessings, Coleen

We Are a Story People – Do you withhold yours?

The warmer time of the year is usually more about adventures out in the world. The winter is about sharing the stories from those adventures. Stories about adventures evoke treks across the globe, dangerous quests, or luxurious vacations filled with interesting characters. And aren’t those stories delightful?!Day 11 - Story

But perhaps more useful are our everyday stories. What if we considered our everyday lives an adventure? No, you do not need to change anything. The point of this post is: our everyday-ness may just be the story that’s needed. Watch today’s video for an example.

We live in an overpopulated world and yet we live incredibly isolated lives at times. But we are a story people. We are designed to be in community, to be interdependent, to share and learn from each other’s experiences. This is what makes humans so adaptable. If we listen to each other’s experiences our base of knowledge is greatly expanded. But instead of sharing real stories, we watch made up stories on TV.

Perhaps we’ve come to believe our stories are not significant; they’re too small, too boring. To suggest those may be the very stories that will bring healing and joy in a hurting world, … That might make us significant and perhaps even inspiring.

“Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.” Marianne Williamson

Nelson Mandela brought international awareness to Marianne Williamson’s words. They touch a knowing place in our hearts, don’t they?

  • Have you ever felt all alone in your experiences?
  • Have you been convinced that no one else knows how you could feel?
  • Have you ever felt no one could possibly understand your life – or, that if they knew you’d be shamed?

What if, someone shared a bit of their story and you found yourself in it? Imagine how comforting and inspiring that could be. In those moments you do not need some far off adventure, dangerous quests or intriguing characters. You probably simply want someone who can relate. What a gift! What a gift you could give.

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Photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash

Risk it. Share yourself with someone – find places where you connect and relate. Even if they don’t share your experience, you will have brought them a place of understanding that experience and help them relate to others with that experience.

We are a story people. Please do your part. Share your everyday, small, boring, incredible, inspiring, IRL story. Someone needs it.

In my family, story came through my mother. We’d tell her and she’d tell everyone else. So all our info about each other came through her filters. When I recognized this and started speaking directly to my siblings, our relationship totally changed. Words like, “you too?”; “I thought I was the only one,” and “I didn’t know you felt that way.” emerged – and so did a deepening of our connection. Shared experiences need to be validated through shared stories. For me, it’s been well worth the risk.

Blessings, ~ Coleen

What’s Emerging …. from you?

As we approach the winter holidays and celebrations of new hope, new light, new birth – we are invited to look within and discern what new things want to emerge in our lives.

Our focus is so often on anticipation of what new light/hope/birth will come and we forget to honor that through which the newness comes. All things are born through the feminine; it is the feminine within each of us that brings forth new birth. This process includes labor, doubt, fear, hope, joy, pain.

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Photo by Luke Brugger on Unsplash

We all carry this story at various times in our lives. We are all part of the same story, as birthers. Did you know that research shows that women in labor have a shorter and easier time in the birthing process if another women (birther) is in the room. That woman does not need to do anything, but be present.

Let’s be present to each other, to the birther in each person. Let’s allow our presence to ease their labor, calm their fears and give them hope.

Today’s video offer a SpiritSong Prayer for the Birther. Be with us as we labor to bring forth whatever it is we are called to birth in the world at this time.

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Many blessings, Coleen

Is the Dragon Lady All Heart?

Today we explore the fierce feminine. Now, if you have words like “raging bitch” “bitter old maid”, or “dragon lady” going through your head – push them aside cause you’re on the wrong page!

Here are some places you really want the fierce feminine on your side:

Giving birth to a baby – talk about fierce energy!

Your “baby” (child, project, recipe of your heart) is threatened.

Your life is threatened.

You need to stand up for yourself at work or home or in a relationship.

Survival is at stake.

You’re sabotaging yourself.

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Before we continue, remember that the feminine is community oriented, has an eye for the long term/big picture view, is committed to relationships within the whole.

The fierce feminine is deeply compassionate and willing to do even the difficult/unpopular things in order to accommodate what needs to be born or protected. She cuts the umbilical cord, frees us from things that bind us, cuts away what does not serve. She makes sure that we have what is needed for survival – what we need to thrive.

Yes, she has a “sword”! Yes, she knows how to wield it. No, she’s not unfeeling or out of control. The fierce feminine is deeply compassionate and discerning. When should we call on her?

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Photo by Christopher Campbell on Unsplash

Have trouble saying no?

Still carrying old habits or ideas about life?

Stuck in bad relationships?

Need to find your voice?

That’s right, you’re getting it. We all need a bit of the fierce feminine to pave the way for change when something new is wanting to be born. Her “sword” may be her voice, her eyes, her healing hands, the written word, a song, a scalpel, a conductor’s baton, …

Give her some light. Let her help you face the challenges from a place of deep compassion. Once you experience her a time or two, you’ll treasure her and her loving heart.

Here my story about the first time the fierce feminine showed up in my life.

Blessings, Coleen

What Do You See? Get Rattled and Sing

One of the beautiful aspects of the masculine is the ability to separate things so you can see how each “piece” is made. Of course if you leave things in separation, you lose track of the beauty of the whole. It is the feminine energies that gather and connect.  Today, I offer you a song to help you remember, see and celebrate how connected we truly are.

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Photo by Cathal Mac an Bheatha on Unsplash

Before we do that, I offer you a tool to shake off the debris of your day – anything that puts a cloud around you and separates you from what’s important. Sound can do just that! Get a rattle and shake it – shake it over and around your body, your children’s bodies, your partner’s body, …. you get the idea. Don’t have a rattle? Watch today’s video and learn how to make your own in just a few minutes.

Now that the cloud of debris from stress and the day’s worries is released, let’s sing.

The song I offer came through me a couple years ago. I was probably out on the land talking to the trees, sage brush, deer… It’s simple. Its teaching is profound. Singing it as a practice can open your heart to connection, open your eyes to possibilities and offer healing to the world.

I see me in you.

I see you in me.

And together, we move now in harmony.

I see me, I see you, I see we.

This is a powerful song to offer in prayer at the holidays as we seek to see the light in ourselves and in each other. Learn the movements on the video and share this song in a circle with each other. Be sure to look in each other’s eyes. Open your heart. Smile. Love.

Blessings, Coleen

 

Can You Hear the Land’s Song?

The sunny winter day is calling me, so I grabbed my camera and off I went to see what it might say.

“Sing.  Sing Me, Beloved.”

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Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

It’s my deep joy to sing the winter hills. May it speak to your inner light and maybe even wash you with golden rays as the setting sun washes the hills with golden light. What shadows might it cast for you?  Look for the treasure in both the light and the shadow.

Watch the video and hear the song.

The feminine dwells in experience and in the mystery of the song without words. May it bless you  this day.  ~ Coleen