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Not Saved

In Progress Mandala

For those discouraging days, when we might catch ourselves asking to be saved from challenging emotions, a reminder that it’s all grist for the mill. When we can ease gently into our unpleasant thoughts and feelings, we begin to surrender little by little and see the lessons behind it all, feeling it all, learning from it all. No saving necessary.

Not Saved
{A Poem} by Jenn Lui

Those days
When we carry a heavy heart
And sadness wells up inside
The tears pour out uncontrollably
We hope for salvation.
This notion of being saved
It doesn’t come from the outside
And it’s not about saving ourselves
From discomfort
But with every painful emotion
We can release our grip
Onto expecting it to go away.
Instead
See that we are meeting our teacher
And honor the humanness
That brings us to our knees.
Know that place inside
Unaffected by the mind’s waves
That sees us as beautifully
Part of it all
Not needing any saving.

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Little Altars Everywhere

A Photo Essay + An Invitation
Originally published on Be You Media Group

“The sacred tree, the sacred stone are not adored as stone or tree they are worshipped precisely because they are hierophanies, because they show something that is no longer stone or tree but sacred, the ganz andere or ‘wholly other.” ~ Mircea Eliade

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#littlealtarseverywhere on Instagram – Jenn Grosso

Little collections of meaningful objects, bundles of special trinkets, groupings of knick knacks that connect us to the sacred, to something beyond ourselves; to me whether they are man-made, found in nature, or a mix of both, they are little altars. Resting places for our weary hearts and souls, connecting us to something deeper, connecting us to the “wholly other”.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always created little spots of sacredness in my surroundings. They ground, comfort and help me see the beauty in all small things. When I began posting pictures of my little altars I realized I wasn’t alone, so many others created their own versions of little shrines. We may be honoring parts of ourselves, the beauty in nature, intentions we’re wanting to manifest or simply appreciating the little thing; there is definitely some powerful about the little altars everywhere.

Nature treasures - Kate Bartolotta

Nature treasures – Kate Bartolotta

Moon phases  – Bryonie Wise

Moon phases – Bryonie Wise

Trust creates peace - Jenn Grosso

Trust creates peace – Jenn Grosso

Found altar on a nature walk – Photo by Jenn Grosso

Found altar on a nature walk – Photo by Jenn Grosso

Word altar – Kate Bartolotta

Word altar – Kate Bartolotta

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Deities and things – Jenn Grosso

The home altar – Bryonie Wise

The home altar – Bryonie Wise

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Little nature altar – Jenn Grosso

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A creative altar – Jenn Grosso

{The Invitation}

And so dear readers, I invite you to share with me your #littlealtarseverywhere photos which will be included in a follow up post. Send them to BeYouMediaGroup@gmail.com with the subject line “Little Altars Everywhere” and if you so choose to include your name and blog/website/Facebook Page link these will be included with your photo. I look forward to seeing your little collections of sacred objects, to see where your mind, heart and soul rests for healing and rejuvenation.

“Everything for me is sacred, beginning with earth, but also going to things made by man.” ~ Paulo Coelho

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