Oh such a curious time this week has been. Dare I say, this year has been. I feel a bit like I’m in an enchanted land, marveling at things, being delighted by things, finding myself curious about things, but also a bit detached.
Sometimes I have a marvelous recurring dream that begins by wandering around a neighborhood, a bit off the beaten path, a little hidden wonder, and suddenly there it is, a perfect house that I know is mine. That will have a plethora of hidden rooms inside to explore and wonders to unfold. And as I stand on the sidewalk before entering, I’m filled with excitement. Both for delights I know are there, and for the things I’ll yet discover.
And that’s a bit how I feel half-way through the first month of this new year.
So many things have captured my attention, so many things I want to tell you about, and then in the next moment I want to be still. I want to carefully attune to the tender seedlings I feel are growing within. I want my container filled with rich soil, and that’s what this time feels like. Like I’m enriching my soil.
So no productive tackling of projects seen through to completion, but rather dabbling. Dreaming. Journaling bits here, doodling patterns there; alternating between quiet conversations with my mind and passionate exchanges with my heart.
This is so clearly a filling-the-well time for me and I’m relishing it. But still, you know I love sharing what’s capturing my attention – spreading the swoon-worthy love.
I was surprised when a color, Lapis Lazuli blue stepped forward as my color to work with deeply in 2014. I’m thinking blue has a lot to say to me this year, and with an introduction like this I know I’ll continue listening. Nature is gobsmackingly, breathtakingly beautiful and amazing is ways that make my brain melt and my heart burst. I am utterly mesmerized by this video of blue flaming lava from an Indonesian volcano.
With the extreme winter conditions that ushered in the new year behind me now, I’m much more receptive to seeing snow in a more favorable light this week. And what’s not to swoon about this magnificent environmental art by Sonja Hinrichsen? Snow drawings on a scale that make me laugh with delight.
And while on the subject of beautiful pristine white art, let’s move from the immense to unbelievably intricate. Check out these paper sculptures by Rogan Brown. Oh my!
Did you know 2014 is the Year of the Fairy Tale? Well, at least according to Carla Sonheim who is offering a year-long class which begins next week. Of course I’ll be playing along – how could I possibly resist?! But even if you’re not smitten with fairy tales to the extent I am, do check out this short interview with her sister-in-law. Delightful.
I love the invitation of fairy tales that invite us to discover our hidden strengths, to rise up to the best of who we are, and to influence things in a way we often have no clue we’re doing.
Which feels to me like the perfect way to explore one of the themes I believe needs our full and focused attention – loving ourselves full on. I think I may become a crusader on this issue – challenging us to remove it from the illusion of self-indulgence and elevating it to what I believe it truly is – a spiritual imperative. There’s lots of work for all of us to do around this, I imagine. Which makes it all the more exciting to celebrate those instances when self love shows up in wonderful inspiring ways.
Photographer Natalie McComas is creating a portrait series entitled Beautiful in this Skin, and here’s one of the beautiful photographs of singer Patience Hodgson.
We’re all beautiful. Shiny, shiny, shiny soul beautiful. And it’s such a delight when we allow ourselves to reveal it.
Which leads me to my final swoon-worthy share. I had a blessing created for me. There is something big and bold and at my leading edge that I’m inviting into my life this year, and it felt like such a perfect consecration to begin this opening when Rachelle Mee-Chapman began a new offering Bespoke Blessings.
While what was created for me is delicious and beautiful and powerful, it’s also very personal so I won’t share it in its entirety. But I will share one line, which I will hold for myself, and for each one of my beautiful friends and readers of this blog. “…May Delight greet and sustain you with every reveal.”
And so it is.
Now tell me about you. What has you swooning this week? Are you in dreamy filling-your-well mode or are you busy creating and turned more outward? Have a favorite fairy tale? More of a snowman builder or snow angel creator? Do tell – you know I love to hear.