Tag Archive | Joy

Here’s the Thing … Collage Wisdom #3

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It’s so easy to worry.  Look back with regrets.  Woulda, coulda, shoulda.  The best thing about looking back, is the wisdom I’ve gained to move forward.  It’s true – every situation has had Divine Timing.  Mind you, I did not/do not care BEING in certain life events, but when they were most difficult, Earth Angels came in at just the right moments.  They helped me walk through tough stuff with divorce, depression and single parenting.  I’ve learned much, going through the muck.  I’m stronger than I ever thought I’d be.  I’m braver.  The Universe does know exactly what it is doing and an incredible teacher.  I have to take ownership in playing my role in it.  (Not scoring 5 Stars is a reality check!  Yes, I’ll admit to less than stellar performances.)  Breathing helps, every single time!  My asking for help, being willing to change my way of thinking, being adventurous enough to try new things … like dating, for example, were keys to opening doors to new life … and believe happiness would greet me.

20181017_063303_HDR It did!

The Universe is still playing with me on the dating thing … none-the-less, my life is filled with happiness, because there are lots of doors in life to open, and I’m twisting a lot of knobs!!  Not all of them open.  I respect that now.  I don’t try to bust or jiggle them open anymore.  I’ve noticed …  light, from a door cracked open in the dark – is amazingly bright.  Look at the stars and the moon on a partly cloudy night – see how the light ebbs and flows with banks of clouds, or wisps … as the earth faithfully turns.  It’s taking time to notice a door is actually open … and being willing to walk through it and … play!

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Blessings and Love,

Namaste

Debbie

www.debendres.com

 

 

 

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Here’s the Thing … Collage Wisdom Insight #1

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I find myself, among a number of friends … experiencing life change nudges.  Intuitively, we know something is coming.  I think it’s Spirit/God’s way of giving us a heads-up.  We sense a ‘Pay Attention‘ tap on the shoulder, bump/thump on the head, or in my case, L-5 putting me in a frozen, ‘now I’ve got your attention’, pose … because I chose not to listen to the quiet whispers, taps and thumps, mostly because of fear.  Fear of changing out a career (Certified Massage Therapist & Energy Worker for 28 years).  Loss of assured income.  Losing relationships.  Being my own boss.  I’m very good at taking care of everything.  Doing it all – whew.

It was interesting, when the pain was manageable, to note it was on my left side – energetically, the feminine side, the receiving side … being vulnerable, asking for help, nurturing me, being soft and gentle.  Quiet reflection, led me to acknowledge, my taking care of everything and doing it all (male energy/right side) was overpowering, leading to my life not being in balance.  My soft, gentle side, needed me to stop doing massage work.  (Deep breath … breathe ….) Now … it was taking time to process this part of my life.  This time of change.  I decided to create a collage to help me approach things that were coming through with meditation and journaling.

I call it Collage Wisdom!

Old ways won’t open new doors.  It’s true.  Life is filled with opportunities.  It’s opening new ways of thinking … yes, new thoughts are necessary! Any age, any decade!  Time to allow dreams to filter in … What if ____ ?? How about ___ ?? It is time to admit: We know stuff. (Thank you, Janice!).  We are a mixed bag of talents.  We are not one dimensional. We are multi-dimensional and that can be what ever we choose it to be.  Yes, fear is involved.  So is bravery.  We become stronger because we are going through the fear and realize how flipping awesome we are.  Believe this with me!  Create a grand door, a cabin door, a gnome door, a magical door, a real-life door …  put your hand on the doorknob, I will too.  Let’s twist it open – ready, set, GO …

Today is a new day.

More to come!

Blessings and Love,

Namaste

Debbie

A Reminder …

20180803_080715_0001Iona’s Beach on the Shore of Lake Superior

This summer, one of the places I was mesmerized with, was Iona’s Beach, on the Shores of Lake Superior.  This pink stone beach is known for the “tinking” sound you hear as the waves ebb and flow against the stones on the beach.  I’m familiar with sandy beaches, so walking here was very purposeful … with my sandals on!

I love the energy of Lake Superior.  The stones on this beach were soft rounded edges, smoothed by the consistent washing of the waves over thousands of years.  While strolling, I discovered a beautiful teal/gray stone in the midst of the pink.  It took my breath away.

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It was a gentle way for Mother Earth and Spirit/God to whisper,

“There is no one like you.”

We are not alone.

We are surrounded by many.

But in this whole wide world, there is only one YOU.

How wonderful is that?!

In the busy minutes of life … I remember that beautiful stone … I pause … and embrace the ebb and flow … allowing it to soften my edges … and breathe!

Blessings and Love,

Namaste

Debbie

Birthing Spirit Dolls – “Sharing the Love”

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A few months back, friend, Lisa Jordan, Artistic Director at The Crossing Arts Alliance, introduced me to Spirit Dolls.  She had sent me info by the artist Chris Flynn, who blends spirit energy, fibers and magic into her creations, beginning with intention and meditation.  I fell in love with the idea … and Lisa asked if I’d teach a class at The Crossing Arts in the fall, with their Fiber Arts Trail.

And so … I thought I’d try.

Starting from scratch, I got the clay, face molds (I’ll practice learning how to make faces at some point), paints, finishing spray and a plethora of sticks, stones – some from beautiful Lake Superior, leaves, pinecones, herbs, moss (with tobacco offerings of thanksgiving to Mother Nature), Lisa’s beautiful wool, and piles of do-dads, fabrics, buttons, lace … you get the idea.  Meditation, began the birthing process … I had no idea who would appear.

My first one, Leighaeasta, (Irish for ‘healed’), will be a story for another time.  She took a long time to be born, as is often the case for a first!  “Sharing the Love”,  was great fun.  She has a piece of driftwood as her core, sticks from my back yard, moss, kid fleece (her hair) from a goat named Maximus, jute, stones … and filled with love.  Her spirited nature wants to be outside my front door, greeting guests with playfulness and joy!

I’m so grateful for Lisa.  She truly has uncovered a type of textural artist, I didn’t know was in me.  I’ve enjoyed taking her needle felting classes and have made numerous felted Angels as gifts … and the birthing continues!
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I’m excited to share my Spirit Doll stories.  I look forward to you joining me!

Namaste

Debbie

BE Who You Are …

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“True belonging is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness.  True belonging does not require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are.”  – Brene Brown

BEing uniquely you, means you don’t have to fit into any box. Ahhh!!  You are a beautiful creation, ever evolving and growing.  Your looks, your ‘style’, your thoughts, the way you do things … or choose not to do things … is you.  Sometimes, sharing and doing together, is important.  We need and thrive on our healthy relationships with others.  Being seen and being heard helps us to thrive.  Being ok with standing alone, can be a difficult choice or a blessed relief.

“To thine own self be true.”  – Shakespeare

Every day we have another chance to practice.  Believe in yourself.  Be authentic.  Be the light only you can be in our world ….

Thank you …

Namaste ~ Debbie

 

Embracing Your Inner Goddess

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When I’m open to Spirit … wonderful things happen!  Sitting down one recent evening , a bit anxious with a new computer and grieving the loss of my trusty laptop … I breathed deeply a few times, put my hands to my heart and said to this sparkly new fangled computer … “Let’s be friends and see what flows”.  I am over the moon excited with what unfolded and asked a smart, witty, self proclaimed Goddess, Becky Flansburg to co-facilitate with me. (She said yes!)  Her story was one of the sown seeds of this creation … and maybe a bit of energy from the Super Blue Blood Moon.  Within 48 hours (24 was given to pause with intention, ask Spirit for a sign of confirmation before moving ahead … yes, that’s part of the story!), we had our venue confirmed at beautiful Prairie Bay and Sunday afternoon, February 25th is the day …

CelticGoddessLove“Where there is a woman, there is magic.”

 – Ntozake Shange

Embracing Your Inner Goddess

The Beauty of Who You Are
It’s all about you.
Looking within, knowing you are unique.
There is no mold to follow. You travel this journey on your own,
surrounded with loving Goddesses, each on their own path.

You are your own version of perfection.
You are a Woman of Beauty.  You are Divine.

This time is recognizing self-love and accepting ourselves as we are.
Authentic, creative, loving, compassionate, vulnerable, weak, uncertain and strong.

We are all longing to go home to some place we have never been –
a place half-remembered and half-envisioned
we can only catch glimpses of from time to time. Community
Somewhere, there are people to whom we can speak with passion
without having the words catch in our throats.
Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us,
eyes will light up as we enter,
voices will celebrate with us whenever we come into our own power.
Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done.
Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healing. 
A circle of friends.                        Someplace where we can be free.
-Starhawk/ The Spiral Dance

💗 What You Can Expect 💗

💗An afternoon of Friendships, Sharing, Green Fire Ceremony, Meditation, Tips and Ideas for  Self-Care
💗A Fun “Reflections of You” Mirror Collage Activity & Making a Flowered Head Wreath
💗Yummy Hors d’oeuvres and beverages provided by Prairie Bay.
💗This gathering will be a safe place for you to share, talk, connect and heal with other like-minded women.
💗Every participant will get a Goddess Mini Swag Bag!
💗COST : $50.00 per person (Adults Only Please)

We’d love to have YOU join us for some “Me-Time,” sisterhood  and celebration of the Goddess that lives inside ALL of us.

So, there’s our afternoon!  What fun!  Click here to join us in Brainerd, Minnesota.

You can also find more on my website.  If you like, follow updates on Facebook.

So … I think my sparkly new fangled computer and I are clicking well together!   I find trusting Spirit, helps me to be brave.  Breathing helps, too.  My intention is bringing women together to shine in their love, beauty and divinity.  Collectively our strength and goodness ripples out into the world, making it better and brighter … because  that’s what we Goddesses do!

With a Grateful Heart,

Namaste

Debbie

Take a Breath & Try …

I have the most amazing ladies in my Book Club.  We’re unconventional, and eclectic and meet twice a month, simply because we marvel in each other’s company.  Sometimes we read a book and it will last for months, because we read a few chapters at a time and then share our thoughts and experiences.  Once, we took turns reading aloud, Gift from the Sea, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh.  It took a while, but we loved it, and followed up with visiting The Charles A Lindbergh Historic Site in Little Falls, MN and a fabulous lunch.  We’ve recently been watching inspirational TED Talks together and listen to speakers who challenge our way of thinking and affirm to us, how amazing we truly are.

Our latest book: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert.  We took a month to read it and a month of discussion – along with our own “Show & Tell”.  We challenged each other to share ways Big Magic has shown up in our lives.  We have writers, artists with a variety of mediums, story-tellers, photographers, travelers, builders, gardeners, sisters, mothers, aunts, grandmothers, daughters … I did say amazing ladies, didn’t I?  We’re breaking through fear barriers, sharing with each other, as we take a breath & try whatever inspirational thought = action happens to nudge us.  Those fear barriers … “What will people think of me?” … “I’m not good enough.” … are being tossed to the curb, and we find ourselves (I find myself), nearly giddy with the joy of doing for no other reason than joy!

One of my Big Magic moments happened yesterday.  First, a little history: My Grandma Grace was an artist – oil, acrylic and water color and painted until her passing at 93.  My mom took an art class in her 60’s and enjoyed her assignments, partly because she had to “make time to play”.  Dad made her an oak drawing table, so there was a designated space to create – she loved the time she lost, as she watched her creations unfold.  I have recently acquired her drawing table!  (It was stored away after she crossed over). In the last month, I have pulled out her and Grandma Grace’s art books, paint brushes, pencils, various types of paper and canvases.  I’ve looked at them, for weeks, neatly scattered in my den, trying not to be intimidated – ha!

Yesterday, I heard the words, “Take a breath & try …”

And so I did!

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Letting go of fear … (I’m sharing with you) … and being giddy with the joy of creating.  Not for money, or recognition, but simply honoring my Spirit, who always wants to guide and cheer me on – whether I’m ready or not!

Today, I encourage you to be open to magical moments.  Listen to Spirit’s nudges and then,  “Take a breath & try …”