Recently I opened my heart and made myself very vulnerable by sharing my very personal back story. It is not the whole story, however it is significant to my growth as a person. There are so many ways to heal the spirit. Prior to my 50th birthday, I attended a couple of retreats to assist in the finding of myself. A friend of mine, knowing of my passion for photography, recommended a retreat/workshop called Inner/Outer Vision hosted by Catherine Anderson and Jennifer Halls. It was a huge transformative step! I was reminded how to access my intuition and heal myself. Passionate photographers intuitively know what they wish to create with their images. Activities provided ways to access our creativity in an intuitive way. Creativity heals me. It is a balm to my soul. As a child I could spend hours creating a home in a mimosa tree or involving myself in any number of whimsical endeavors. Sometimes, as adults we forget that "knowing" . I encourage anyone to seek that which feeds their spirit and helps with healing. Personally, I love to learn and I love to try new ideas on for size! It is what keeps me sane and assists with the aging process...learning experiences, creative outlets and adventure...that, my friend is the true Fountain of Youth! Experiment until you find something that makes you feel alive and happy!
Another way to determine what you may wish to accomplish is to write yourself a note or letter and stash it somewhere, read it later and assess where you are and where you want to be. I have done this a number of times and it resonates with me. The following is a note to myself written at the Inner/Outer Vision Retreat, signed, sealed and delivered to Jennifer to be mailed sometime within that year. Let me mention it is somewhat disconcerting to see a letter from yourself in the mail, particularly when you have my memory! The following is the card and the message dated March 2, 2013:
When you get caught up in the craziness of your days, I want you to pause, breathe and remember the beautiful weekend that you gifted yourself. The time to just BE, the time to explore photography and see this as a re-awakening of your talents, those revealed and those waiting to be revealed. Remember the silence of the woods, your own breath, the crunch of leaves and the sound of wind in the trees.
Remember to slow down and Be Mindful! Love ya bunches, C
I am a little tightly wrapped and this reminder was perfect! The last five years have been a source of amusement, trials and great personal growth. I have said it before and I will say it again...Life is Beautiful!
Find your Tribe! Hang with the people that make you feel absolutely alive, delicious and beautiful! Ditch the Drama! Practice extreme self care! The journey is one step at a time. I saw this painted on stairs...You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step!
This photo is credited to Catherine Anderson and was gifted in the form a card to retreat participants
Catherine hosts some wonderful events, trips and offers many creative options at the following website: Catherine Anderson Studio. Catherine provided the photography instruction and Jennifer of You Know LLC guided us in the use of our intuition. Jennifer offers personal guidance, workshops, retreats and a monthly meditation. The meditations can be accessed on the above website for a small fee. Jennifer is very generous and frequently offers recordings free of charge. She is also a fabulous artist.