i am curious about jellyfish.
they have good boundaries. they represent aspects of the divine feminine: receiving, grace, surrender, acceptance, trust, and flow. they are transparent. they take in nourishment wherever they go. they are guided by instincts and intuition. they can be deadly if not respected.
do they know they are in water? what would it be like to be a jellyfish? to relinquish control to the currents in the ocean, the flow of life? what are they teaching us about living?
when i first started painting jellyfish, i snapped a few pictures with my cell phone and sent them to friends and family in a text. one of my creative friends joked that perhaps i was missing the beach and wanted to bring the ocean with me to boise. a spiritual teacher pointed out that jellyfish are very similar to the cells in our bodies. perhaps i was painting self-portraits, he suggested.
is it possible to learn to shine from the inside out? to learn to not be in a rush, to pay attention, be sensitive to others and our own emotions, and to float. to trust that everything we need to survive will be provided. to feel at home wherever we are?
i love their colors. i love their organic swoop of tentacles. i imagine them in an infinite dance between effort and surrender. and when i paint them, in some way i find myself in the current of my own life, belonging to this world.
nature field exploration: is there a plant, rock, or animal that has inspired you lately? what features do you find curious? could there be something to learn from this aspect of nature? have you tried to draw or paint it?
first of all, a big virtual hug to you
these are tough times.
i decided to keep my therapy practice open and offer sessions virtually. i look forward to supporting you and connecting with you in this new way. i am still researching whether insurance will cover telehealth and the policies are updated daily. if you are using insurance to pay for sessions, i recommend calling your insurance company to verify that telehealth is a part of your plan.
take a deep breath. exhale slowly. connect with yourself in this moment. drop down into your body. ask yourself, "what is the smallest, kindest thing i can do for myself right now?"
do that one small thing.
and to close, here are some words of wisdom from various sources, some guideposts for your path forward...
"name your fears but do not feed them." ~ heatherash amara
"we were made for these times." ~ clarissa pinkola estes
"wakanda is strong enough to help others and protect itself." ~ nakia in the movie black panther
"we are all rowing this boat together." ~ unknown
“it’s like that quote – we’re not all in the same boat, we are in the same storm but we are in very different boats.” ~bethany simons
"to die is to be human. anything human is mentionable. anything mentionable is manageable." fred rogers in the movie a beautiful day in the neighborhood
"when one can see no future, all one can do is the next right thing." ~ pabbie from the movie frozen 2
in the chinese language, the ideogram for crisis also means opportunity.
peace, love & hand sanitizer,
as a highly sensitive person, an hsp, i feel it when there is so much going on in the world. we can feel scattered and depleted. we have these superpowers: the ability to notice and process information on a deep level, we catch details that others often miss, we are creative, we are conscientious, we are intuitive and very empathic.
we are necessary for the survival of the species.
but these super powers have a cost. our kryptonite? busyness, over-work, too much going on, over-whelm and over-load, and noisy environments.
in this tedx talk, caroline ferguson demonstrates the power of the sensitive trait and how self-care is a must.
meditations for the heart: a new offering!
this mini retreat is for anyone who would like to take time for themselves and learn how to practice mindful self-compassion meditation.
join me and my amazing colleague, mary fish, for a few hours on a saturday at the shenandoah studio in the north end. there will be guided meditation, discussion, snacks, and reflection.
saturday september 7th
1:00 to 4:00 pm
at the shenandoah studio in boise's north end
$65, snacks included
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.