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It’s my pleasure

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So I’ve been on a little sojourn. In fact, the foundations of my life have been shifting, in the very best way. New explores and momentous changes. The Artful Life has been quietly awaiting my return – now it is time – I’m craving vivid blossoms and beach walks and luscious splashes of paint, I’m craving pink and turquoise, I’m craving the company, virtual and physical, of beautiful artful women, women who make gorgeous creative messes and take chances and spill paint and squeeze the juice out of life and know their own pleasure – vivid creative women – I have missed talking to my tribe!!! Starting today, I’m doing #20artfuldays on the blog – daily sharing, jumping back in at the messy creative deep end of life – please join me – I’ve missed you!

Now, I love my life. I’m filled with gratitude daily. But I have been noticing a tendency lately – a very subtle tendency – to shrink away from sensation. I think we all develop this to a certain degree, as a natural consequence of living and accumulating the wounds of life. We are all more or less wounded, we are all more or less resilient. And we all, when hurt, will shrink. But it can become a habit. And when it becomes a habit, we find ourselves shrinking not only from pain, but from all sensation. Including pleasure. And once we start to shrink from pleasure, well, that is the dark cloud of depression just starting to show itself on the horizon.

So what to do? Lean in to your pleasure. Allow vivid spills and deep plunges. Savour. Breathe deeply and bathe in sensation. Cultivate sensual courage. Create space for sensation.

I’m not talking about being seduced by the false pleasures here… I’m not talking about justifying binges or trading authentic feeling for the euphoria followed by numbness that comes from our shadowy indulgences (whether they be cupcakes or wine, netflix or overwork.) I’m talking about real pleasure, the kind that takes courage, the kind that requires vulnerability, softness, and being vividly awake.

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I’ve set myself a little challenge, a challenge to learn how to open to more vitality and pleasure. I’m diving deep for twenty days. Here’s what I wrote in  my journal:

I’m beginning to see this as a time of awakening guided by pleasure. The habits of numbing that I’ve developed over a lifetime in response to pain and stress are now preventing me from opening to pleasure in the ways that I am being drawn to. Whenever I start to take REALLY good care of myself, though, I start to get glimpses of natural euphoria and grounded joy. Maybe that scares me, because I sure seem to run away from it, back to the soothing old numbing ‘pleasures’ which no longer inspire me…. So I am challenging myself these next twenty days to seek – and explore – real pleasure. I already know the places to start with this. I know to start with movement and moderation, with nature and art, with rest and touch, with creative work and clean food. In all of these things I will seek and notice pleasure. I will seek and notice the pulse, the sensual opening, the heart opening. I’m afraid this is going to be too hard, and that I will fail myself. so let my actions be deep and deliberate, cautious but persistent, consistent, strong, powerful, momentous. Let me point myself in this direction, yoke up, and go!

So many things help me to cultivate this kind of pleasure in my life:

  • eating and drinking clean
  • loving my body with movement that’s fun, like yoga or dance or running in the woods
  • journaling
  • making art with no agenda
  • being deeply in nature
  • prayer
  • making things pretty and making pretty things
  • flowers
  • gorgeous fragrances
  • vivid colours
  • reading!
  • touch. lots of touch.

And another one of them is writing – even a little bit – right from the growing edge of my experience, right from my tender heartspace. So I am committing to do that, here, for you, every day for twenty days. My goal is to share some little vivid spills of life here every day. #20artfuldays. I’ll be documenting this on Instagram too, if you want to visit me there I’d love to see you. And if you want to join me on this adventure, just commit to taking the next twenty days to notice and cultivate your true pleasures daily. You can play along on social media with #20artfuldays. What are your authentic pleasures?

Thank you for being here.

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Welcoming spring, renewal and rebirth

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Along the back of our land the wild plums are awakening to a slow ecstasy of white, throwing into the soft damp air a sweetness that makes me stop in a small swoon whenever I walk outside. The winter here always feels drab and endless, I grow lethargic and lose some of my joy; then suddenly the frog-song and plum blossoms and early green leaves come along and start pushing and pulling at me, reawakening my energy and joy.

This has been such a big year filled with change, and I am on the brink of even more change. I want to welcome the change, I don’t want to move into midlife becoming stiffer and more afraid, less likely to leap. I want to keep moving and growing and allowing big changes to move through my life clearing out the underbrush and making room for all kinds of new tender green growth. I want to stay tender and ready. And I know I can’t do this by standing still, or by holding on to things simply because I am in the habit of holding on to them.

The Spring comes along and reminds me to take the risk of growth. Just look at these tender petals Is there anything more beautiful?

On Sunday I invited my bestie and her dear ten year-old daughter over for an afternoon of Spring-welcoming activities. I said “bring some flowers and blossoms from your garden,” and they came to the door with arms full of branches of quince and camellia, stems of daffodils and heather. I brought in early cherry blossoms and very fragrant narcissus.

We made flower essences. We made flower crowns and flower mandalas. We coloured eggs, using  natural dyes and beeswax. When it was all done, we went for a long rainy walk up to a seaside meadow, where we gathered nettles to steam and eat as a spring tonic. I ended the day with my fingers nettle-stung and stained with pollen.

After my friends left, I had a big pile of flower petals that needed to be taken back outside. I sprinkled them all along the path to my door. Why not? Why not walk on flower petals when we can.

How will you welcome Spring? How will you welcome the changes that life is bringing you? On what paths can you scatter flower petals?

{I’m sorry I’ve been away. I’m back now. I’m glad to see you again.}

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Camille - Hooray! You’re back!

Corinna - I am happy to read that you are back. I missed your posts.

Beth - Hi there,
Can you send me info on your upcoming course? I can’t find it anywhere.

Full Moon In Virgo – Navigating with Grace

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I found this beautiful image on pinterest and after a diligent google image search still could not find an attribution. if you know who this artist is, will you comment and let me know? Thank you…

It’s Full Moon again! Full Moons bring fruition and revelation. What seeds did you sow at the last New Moon? How have they taken root? Now is the time to look at those New Moon intentions and decide what to do next. Time to consider what needs to be released. Time to slow down a little and consider the places in your life that are full, ripe, and abundant – celebrate the fullness and practice gratitude. At the same time, consider the things that have reached their peak or natural ripeness, and need to be transformed or released or diminished. Want less of something in your life? Say so now, and watch it dwindle as the moon wanes.

This intense Full Moon at 15° Virgo asks us to deal with the Virgo/Pisces duality within us. We are being called to healing and wholeness through using a skilful balance of discernment and flow, a balance of intuition and clarity, groundedness and release.

What a challenge! Other aspects in the sky are pushing us hard to change, to grow, to release, and to feel deeply, and on some level to claim our power and fight for our dream. We might feel as though we are in limbo, or being tossed on stormy emotional seas – we may be longing to just feel ‘normal’ again. This Moon provides wisdom we need to get through this time, if we are skilful enough to use it.

Yes, change is uncomfortable. The key to surviving this period of flux is GRACE. We must dance our way through this – to dance on uneven ground requires the strength, balance, and discernment of the Virgo temperament, combined with the continuous flow and surrender of the Pisces soul.

Remember that the other meaning of GRACE is a gift from the divine. The highest manifestation of this lunation is this kind of grace. Use all of your feminine elegance, discernment, gentleness, flow, and clarity to deal with today’s challenges. If you can synthesize the light and shadow of this time, you will be gifted with true grace.

Did you know… THE ARTFUL LIFE publishes A BEAUTIFUL DOWNLOADABLE CUSTOMIZED MOON CYCLE JOURNAL FOR EVERY MOON IN 2015.

Each set of Moon Journal Pages will contain:

~ beautiful artwork and collages by Bronwyn

~ an in-depth write up on the energies of each Full and New Moon and how best to use them in your life

~ a printable moon phase mandala for you to fill in and use daily to track your moods, feelings, cycles, and life events through the phases of the moon

~ suggestions, instructions and recipes for New and Full Moon Rituals and activities each month according to each month’s moon signs and aspects

~ gorgeously decorated journal pages for you to record your New and Full Moon Intentions, plus other moon-cycle related journal prompts

learn more or purchase here

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Corinna - Yes to grace! I need it so much right now.
I am happy to read from you again. Missed your posts!
Spring blessings, Corinna

Full Moon in Gemini & The Artful Life 2015 Moon Journal!

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Happy Full Moon in Gemini! I have an EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT! I’ve been planning this offering for awhile and I’m happy to be able to tell you about it today.

THE ARTFUL LIFE WILL BE PUBLISHING A BEAUTIFUL DOWNLOADABLE CUSTOMIZED MOON CYCLE JOURNAL FOR EVERY MOON IN 2015, starting on the next New Moon, Decemeber 21st!

Each set of Moon Journal Pages will contain:

~ beautiful artwork and collages by Bronwyn

~ an in-depth write up on the energies of each Full and New Moon and how best to use them in your life

~ a printable moon phase mandala for you to fill in and use daily to track your moods, feelings, cycles, and life events through the phases of the moon

~ suggestions, instructions and recipes for New and Full Moon Rituals each month according to each month’s moon signs and aspects

~ gorgeously decorated journal pages for you to record your New and Full Moon Intentions, plus other moon-cycle related journal prompts

How does it work?

Each month, the night before the New Moon, you’ll receive an email with a link to the downloadable PDF of that month’s Moon Pages. You can print out the pages, view them on your device, or both.

How do I join?

You have two options:
Your best deal is to purchase the ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP for $99, and receive each of the 13 Moon Journals when it is published. SAVE $70 with this option!!! YES PLEASE, charge me $99 now for my entire 13 month 2015 subscription. Click below!




Or, you can spread out your payments and SUBSCRIBE MONTHLY. The cost of a subscription is $13 a month. The subscription runs for the 13 lunar months of 2015 and can be cancelled at any time.YES PLEASE, charge me $13 for the first Moon Journal and subscribe me for the year! Click below!



Either way, your first set of beautiful Moon Pages will be winging their way to you through the ethers on the night of December 20th, 2014!

About Bronwyn: Bronwyn Simons’ vision is of a world where we are all able to live daily lives of deep connection, purpose, and joy. She’s an artist, writer, teacher, and retreat leader whose work has touched and transformed hundreds of women’s lives for the better.  The Artful Life Blog provides a daily touchstone for women seeking to live more soul-satisfying lives.

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Lunar Tea & Moon Lore | Your Nurturing Nook - […] at The Artful Life (I just love her blog!) offers a subscription for a monthly full moon journal. Each moon journal contains information on the new and full moon, a printable moon mandala for you […]

Soul Talk – The Artful Life Inspiring Women Podcast – Episode Three – Camara Meri Rajabari

Welcome to Episode Three of my new podcast, Soul Talk. Every two weeks or so I share my deep, soulful conversations with exceptional, creative women. We talk about living well, nurturing our spirits, caring for ourselves abundantly, and growing deeper in our wisdom.

In this episode, I talk to artist, healer, and teacher Camara Meri Rajabari. We talk about sisterhood and connection, motherhood and life balance, the importance of celebrating the Blood Mysteries of our feminine life cycle, the Red Tent Movement, and much more.

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About Me, Camara Meri Rajabari, MA

I am an intuitive artist and healer. I create sacred spaces for wombyn and girls to create with their wild visions, dance their dreams and grow through empowered sisterhood.

Before I understood the full power of being a woman I always thought life was “happening to me”. I never was taught that I could co-create a life of my own desire. It was not until one day of a five day vision quest, I was sitting in a river with waters rushing around me –crying because I felt motherless. I instinctually called out the word “Ma!!! Ma!!! MaMa!!!” and in that moment I received the re-remembering ancestral bloodline. I invoked my connection with the Divine SHE within me and all of my Grandmothers that came before me.

Embracing the Divine Feminine lead me to transform parts of my life that no longer served me. I realized that it was ok to be myself and live in my uniqueness.

Many women and girls have no concept of an “empowered life”. Many of us do not know we have the DIVINE RIGHT to soar and fly in our own right, in our own context and by our own definition. Yet, we are now RISING to a “cosmic nudge” to explore and take a journey toward SELF.

My work integrates intuition with knowledge of ancient spiritual systems, indigenous feminine practices and creativity. This sacred art pathway is not about creating professional art or developing skills for perfect execution. I believe everyone of us has the right to create with our own voice and own vision. The creative temple space is a non-judgmental environment without the pressure of a perfect “end product”. You do NOT have to be an artist. You don’t even have to know what you are doing or where you are going. This journey is about the present moment. You will be surprised what comes forth when we are open to the process.

My work includes sacred art creation; intuitive healing sessions in for the form of energy healing with divination; and sacred art temple gatherings. This work is weaves together spirituality, creativity and sisterhood into a joyful, powerful dance of the Divine!

Please enjoy my conversation with Camara:

For more information on Camara and to learn how you can work with her, visit her website/blog, Art Heals Us.

About Bronwyn: Bronwyn Simons’ vision is of a world where we are all able to live daily lives of deep connection, purpose, and joy. She’s an artist, writer, teacher, and retreat leader whose work has touched and transformed hundreds of women’s lives for the better.  The Artful Life Blog provides a daily touchstone for women seeking to live more soul-satisfying lives.

 

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