Thoughts about jellyfish. And art.
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 can we learn from spending time with jellyfish?
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 friends joked that perhaps I was missing the beach and wanted to bring the ocean with to me. 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.
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 meeting with you exactly where you are 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 and 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 gathered from various sources for our 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 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 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
"When one can see no future, all one can do is the next right thing." ~ Pabbie from 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 friend and 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.
A New Offering!
They say to practice self-compassion is to treat yourself like you would treat a good friend.
Are you interested in learning about mindfulness and self-compassion? Please join me and my amazing friend and colleague, Mary Fish, for a 4-week introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion.
Wednesday evenings in March from 6:30 to 8:00 PM in the beautiful Shenandoah studio in the North End of Boise.
Only a curiosity about meditation and self-compassion is required.
Research has found that people who practice self-compassion are more resilient, less reactive, and have a healthier self-concept.
This course is adapted from the work of Drs. Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer and will include guided meditation, reflection, and discussion. all materials will be provided.
For more information, please see the course flyer.
Looking forward to being with you.
"Being human is not about being any one particular way; it is about being as life creates you--with your own particular strengths and weaknesses, gifts and challenges, quirks and oddities." ~ Kristin Neff
"I came here to dance."