My Answers Are Within

Another go-round of The Sandbox Writing Challenge is under way. This week’s prompt is…..

What message just for you

is hidden in this ancient writing?

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I’ve decided to read my message in the ancient ‘writings’ within the bark of my Old Wise One who watches over me.

What does he have to tell me?!?! A Lot it seems!!

My tree is telling me that though I am finally at a place that I am putting down some roots, I also have wings that need tending to as well.

My roots finally have fertile soil, a place to stretch out and grow deep. They’re giving me a place to rest. A place to Just Be.

All The While…….

My wings want to take me to far away places, physically And metaphorically. Physically, in a ‘perfect world’ I’d visit those place I’ve read about and visit in my dreams. And then I’d return home once more, to rest before the next great adventure. Unfortunately, in my Real World, it’s not really an option, though I am going to work on some sort of travel.

Metaphorically, it’s with my creativity that I want to fly. With my words, my art, music. I want to release it to the universe. I need to set myself free from the constraints of my own making and allow my creativity to flow.

I’m being reminded that every thought, every word, every choice I make is helping me to create the treasure that is my life. He reminds me that my life is an ever- changing journey, that nothing ever really stays the same……

And then He shared this….from some very wise unknown person….

“Life is sublime and devastating, but it doesn’t own you. It cannot break you. We come into and leave this world alone. If you know and accept and love you, that should be a comfort, not a terror. You always have a place in this universe. You always have you.

Life is art. Life is magic.”

And so are you.

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Creative Therapy 🎨

I’ve decided to dub my Mondays my creative therapy days. Whether it’s painting, writing, ‘drumming’ (I’m way interested,,now I need to get my hands on a frame drum..but that’s for another day!)

Anyway, yesterday I took an idea I’d seen and made it my own….had my own little ‘Impromptu’ paint and sip party…….I’m happy with the way it turned out……I’m finally at a point where I’m not needing perfection or afraid of not getting it right…the idea is to just paint, create and ‘Just Be’. It’s amazing how freeing it is when we let go of expectations and ‘just go with ones own flow and rhythms.”

“Expressive therapy is a Soul’s contagion.” ~Paulo J. Knoll~

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“To practice art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your Soul grow. So Do It!” ~Kurt Vonnegut~

Green 💚

We’re experiencing so much rain..gonna have to start building an ark. But with the rain comes an explosion of Green-ness…a vibrant hue that says LIFE.

What would happen if tomorrow morning I awoke to a canopy of branches and leaves and my feet touched the soft inviting bed of moss? And what if tomorrow, instead of a green juice, I drink the dew dripping from the clouds drip by sustaining drip?

What if tomorrow I get out a new piece of paper and draw a different path, with different endings, with different sights and different loves?

What if…….I follow my own path,,,,listen to my heart,,,do my own thing?’

What if tomorrow I start over, again……and again and again?! ~Unknown~

“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.” ~ Pedro Calderon de la Barca~

The Simple Life…..

This week, over at the Sandbox Writing Challenge, exercise 13 is as follows…

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE?

simplify

[sim-pluh-fahy]

verb (used with object), simplified,simplifying.

1. to make less complex or complicated; makeplainer or easier:

declutter

/diːˈklʌtə/

verb

1. to simplify or get rid of mess, disorder,complications, etc: declutter your life

D. E. C. L. U. T. T. E. R………in all areas of my life. Prior to Jim’s death, I had already begun the task of decluttering and downsizing, thinking once he retired we may hit the road in a small r.v. That of course did not happen. With his death, came the task of major decluttering and downsizing….not knowing how long I’d be living with my son, I got rid of dang near everything………..and once I bought this place, I began to realize the things I can really do without. I’m going on 11 months here and still don’t own a t.v. and I don’t miss it……..that in of itself screams Simplification!!

Over in Social Media Land, I’ve simplified by dropping out of groups that no longer serve me well or that I’ve outgrown….I’ve also unfriended ‘friends’ who no longer serve me or my well being in a positive way and seeing how some disappeared on their own, they saved me some trouble!!

I’m also consciously making it a point to sit and meditate twice a day…to really get back into my practice. To sit…To Simply Just Be…and Breathe.

Living a simple, authentic life is good for the Mind, Body and Spirit. I’m getting there……