Surfing Without Water

Hello, my friends!

I have been a busy little bee these past weeks.  My creative juices have been flowing, and I was finally able to finish a couple of half-started projects.

You know the feeling… it’s like when you start cleaning the house – you crank the music way up, pull your hair back into a messy bun, open all the windows, slam that coffee down your throat in one chug, and go for it!  Nothing will deter you from your task.  You know stopping to rest or eat or pee will totally derail you, and the job won’t get done.  So, you press on.

Yeah… that is how it’s been around here.

Project #1 – I finished designing and printing my Soul Wings Photography “Photo-Hike” brochures.  I adore photography!  It is another hobby of mine.  This particular project is an outdoor, hands-on camera and composition tutorial.  I will be walking class participants through the creative modes on their DSLR cameras as we walk through the great outdoors.  More info can be found here.

Project #2 – I finally found the courage to host my very own yoga classes.  Well, it’s just the one class for now.  Depending on interest, I will host more.  This will be my first time teaching outside of a box gym fitness setting.  This will be a gentle, serene, outdoors-near-sunset yoga experience, followed by light refreshments around the fire pit while watching the sun set behind the mountains.  More info can be found here.

On a more personal, contemplative note…

As you may or may not know, I’ve been studying the ways of the Andean medicine people of Peru in a small, local, group setting.  It has been one of the BEST experiences of my life.  I am so thankful for this path and all the things I’ve been learning and incorporating into my way of being and walking in the world.

In a recent exercise, I was to unravel the energetic chords that keep me bound to a particular role or identity, and expand my sense of self beyond them.  So, any “I am ___” or “I am a ___” statement is released, recognized as just a role I play, not a definition of who I am.  By becoming no one and no thing, without definition, I acquire the ability to step into and out of any role I need to play at any given moment.

A few examples – “I am a mom”, “I am a wife”, “I am a photographer”, “I am a musician”, “I am a follower of Christ” – anything I place after the words “I am” is an identification or role, and places limitations upon my potential.

The point of the exercise was to understand that the roles I play are not who I am, to let those limiting definitions of self go in order to embrace the freedom to be able to play any role I will ever need to play to the best of my ability.  It is taking away limitation, and embracing unlimited potential.

I have responsibilities as a mom/wife/lunch lady, but I am not just a mom/wife/lunch lady.

I enjoy using my talents and abilities as a photographer/musician/writer, but I am not limited to just these skills and abilities.

I was taught a particular belief system that draws a strong line in the sand about who is in and who is out, but I choose to keep listening and looking for evidence of love and life wherever it may appear.

It was the most freeing thing I have ever done for myself… to be able to recognize that I am more than my body, more than my skills and abilities, more than my formal education, more than my daily dose of responsibilities.

It is becoming easier for me to recognize which role I’m in, and when the shit hits the fan, (because it inevitably does – “drama drama drama”), it is easier to let that stuff roll right off of me, because I no longer identify with it… it doesn’t feel personal.

I am learning to surf the waves of life and creativity, eagerly welcoming all new experiences into my awareness.  I am excited to explore the depths of unlimited potential, and see which new roles will come my way… Ooo!  Hopefully “millionaire” is next!  Ha!

Hang loose, my friends!

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