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Resting In The Infinite

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These words are speaking right to my heart:

{The Well of Stars} by David Whyte

“… But it takes a little while to get there,
all the unburdening
and the laying down
and the willingness
to really tire yourself,
and then step by step,
the way
the poets through time
generously gave themselves
to us,
walking pilgrims
through doubt,
combining their fear,
their fierceness and their faith.

And you now,
in the front of the room
under the fluorescent light
by the reflected window,
hiding all the stars
you have forgotten…

There, for all to see,
the well of stars,
and the great night from which you were born.”

After last night’s Honey Full Moon, I took all that full moon juju, that rocked and shook me into looking at things a bit differently, and tucked it in this medicine pouch. It whispers a reminder to see joy in all the little things and just choose happy.

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Tending to The Bones

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Mary Oliver + the classic Tagore for Sadhana tonight. Practice repeat and lose yourself in the here and now – in the “untrimmable light of the world”.

{Mindful} by Mary Oliver

Every day
I see or hear
something
that more or less

kills me
with delight,
that leaves me
like a needle

in the haystack
of light.
It was what I was born for –
to look, to listen,

to lose myself
inside this soft world –
to instruct myself
over and over

in joy,
and acclamation.
Nor am I talking
about the exceptional,

the fearful, the dreadful,
the very extravagant –
but of the ordinary,
the common, the very drab,

the daily presentations.
Oh, good scholar,
I say to myself,
how can you help

but grow wise
with such teachings
as these –
the untrimmable light

of the world,
the ocean’s shine,
the prayers that are made
out of grass?

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Behind The Poetry

I’m very excited to share with you today an interview that the Women’s Spiritual Poetry site did with me for THE WOMEN BEHIND THE POETRY! Later this year, they will be publishing an anthology of poems with contributions from poetesses all over the world. Four of my poems were chosen to be included. I feel so honored and grateful!!!

To check out the interview, go here.

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Be You Media Group’s Artist of the Week: Jenn Grosso

I’m so excited to be featured as this week’s Be You Media Group Artist of the Week!

I believe we all have something to share in our lifetime, something that’s uniquely from ourselves. So share what inspires you, what brings you alive, because maybe without you it might never be seen in the unique way that you can share it.

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I’m happy to have had the opportunity to share my own creative process and what being an artist means to me. Check out the post here.

I create because I’ve always felt a powerful and constant need to create, a drive to outwardly express what’s going on inside of myself. I create because this is one of the ways I make sense of my world and my struggles. I see my creative process and expression as being intimately tied to my spiritual practices; they are two sides of the same coin. Being an artist, a student of spirituality, a yogini and meditator, are all tools that I use for my self-development that propel me forward on my life’s journey.

My influences and inspiration come from everywhere and in every possible media. I believe that everything has beauty, and proceed through my days with my eyes, mind, and heart open to receiving. Through my time in nature, connecting with other artists and people, through music, reading and research, I never run out of inspiration. I just have to take the time to see it, to feel it and process it.

As an artist, I’ve never been able to confine myself to just one medium. I experiment and have experimented with so many, although I always seem to come back to photography, painting, collage/mixed media, and writing. Truth be told, I’ve sometimes gotten down on myself for not picking one medium, for not being more “focused” and getting really good at one thing. How my passion, curiosity and desire to explore and learn has held me back as a “successful” artist, but then I remind myself that these are the qualities that in my opinion make me an artist to begin with. I’ve realized that I can’t just stick to one thing, for me that isn’t conducive to making art. My life IS my art, day in and day out I create with how I see the world around me, by how I honor its beauty in all the little ways that I do, and share this with others. That is my art, the medium becomes irrelevant.

Through every action I am creating; I create my mindset, my environment and my future. To me this is the most fantastic creative act of all. To create ourselves! My art is simply a by-product of this. All of my experiences are a part of my creative process… and so my whole life is dedicated to finding inspiration, to being inspired and to inspire others.

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On Slowing Down

Early morning inspiration with tea

Early morning inspiration with tea

“Drink your tea slowly and reverently,
as if it is the axis on which the earth revolves…
slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

I was greatly inspired this morning by this quote. One of those things that right after you read it, you know it was just what you needed to hear (well read).

I do at times drink my tea slowly and reverently, but not always. Sometimes life is hectic and chaotic, where my mind scatters away from the here and now. I’m then reminded to ground myself back into today, back into this moment. Into every single moment as they happen.

I’ve noticed that I’ve taken quite a few “tea” pictures over on Instagram… and apparently really enjoy my YogiTea. I’ll share some of them here. My ode to drinking tea slowly and reverently. Enjoying the present moment.

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Trust creates peace

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Just awesome Yoda+tea

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Honor your words

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Trust the wisdom of the heart

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Simply be

“Some people will tell you there is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Found Wisdom

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THE stack these days. In no particular order. Book and journals, journals and books. Day 84 – 365 Project.

Finding inspiration in the words that I’ve gathered around me.

“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering its a feather bed.” ~ Terence McKenna

Photo: Pinterest

Photo: Pinterest

“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.” ~ C. JoyBell C.

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