Friday, 31 October 2014

Life with a One-Year Old

Finding time to blog with a wee one can be challenging, especially if it is low on one's priority list as it is for me at this time.  I felt compelled though to share my latest pondering.  Last night in bed I admitted to my partner that I have been feeling disconnected from source or creator, or whatever one calls that all powerful mysterious being or force that connects us all.  I have been so wrapped up in caring for my little guy, 24/7, that my practices around connecting in have fallen by the wayside (ie. daily meditation and yoga).  My partner had some very insightful words for me.  He said that my utterly selfless giving to our son is my way of connecting to source at this time, as my son is inherently connected to that all-powerful being.  He came from a truly mysterious place...perhaps this phenomenon is best understood by those who have witnessed a birth first-hand.  Ultimately everything comes from source and contains a life force in my opinion.

Upon reflecting my partner's words of wisdom, I felt some sense of relief.  Instead of berating myself for not keeping up with all of my spiritual practices which help me connect with creator, I can recognize how I am connecting with Creator in my daily practice as a mother. 

Happy birthday, my precious One.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

The Journal of the New Mother

Why are we so quick to want our old bodies back after we birth our babies? What’s so awful and shameful about the fine lines and soft belly?  There’s real wisdom and experience in those lines!  And that belly held and nourished life for nine months.  And that body continues to sustain life and will hopefully do so for many months (I am referring to breastfeeding here).  I wonder if part of our desire comes from mass society’s fixation on tighter, firmer, and smaller body parts?  In my experience, there’s not much joy in this focus – it is narrow.  Sure, going for hardy walks with a baby can be enjoyable, though, in all honesty, the underlying motivation is often for the tighter, firmer and smaller parts.  As new mamas, we have just experienced transformation on all levels – body, mind, and spirit.  We are forever changed on all levels.

There is also a keen focus in society on the joy and jubilation of being a new mother.  And sure, we all need to hear about the beauty and bliss, yet how about sharing some of the gritty bits on becoming a new mom as well?  It’s not to wallow in the challenges, but it is to be authentic and honest about our experience as new mothers.  This reflection comes as part of my personal process of understanding my role as a new mom, and also in light of a recent tragedy in my community; a mother of a young child who chose to end her life much too soon, in my opinion.

Women need a gross amount of support and self-care during the first year of motherhood - more than I ever thought possible.  Who is meant to spend 24/7 at home, often spending large amounts of time on her own with her baby?  Yes, I have experienced many precious moments with my little guy snuggling, giggling, and smiling.   Yet, there have also been many moments when I wanted to pull out whatever remaining strands of hair I have left on this head of mine.

All-in-all babies are our greatest treasures and some of the best teachers around.  Having said this, I am forever grateful for my little guy – Joseph Skye.  J

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Spring Festival of Awareness

Check out the guide for the upcoming Spring Festival of Awareness in Naramata, BC.

I will be facilitating a workshop called, "Finding Your Wise Guide with Tarot", and am quite excited to share my passion and help people develop a more intimate connection with the cards.

Maybe I will see you there!

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Spirit Fair on Vancouver Island!

I highly recommend this upcoming event.  It'll be great for helping to clarify and set intentions for 2013.  I am nesting in the Kootenays this winter, though I will be there in "spirit"!

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Tarot Time: Take Note of the Repetition

The issue of card repetition in readings has come up for me recently, so I thought I would share my thoughts.  Repeat cards can be an indication of a significant theme in your life.  Pay attention!

An example for me personally is the 10 of cups in the Thoth tarot deck.  This card has consistently shown up in many of my personal readings over the last few months.  The 10 of cups relates to the soul coming into fulfillment in the earthly realm.  Over the past two years of traveling throughout Ecuador and British Columbia, I have been intently focused on "soul" searching.  After having many beautiful, enriching, downright uncomfortable, and challenging experiences I have come to a place of stillness and a readiness to bear my soul in the world.  This has definitely been reflected in the tarot over the last few months - beginning with a tarot workshop I attended in September to a reading I did a few days ago.

From personal experience, it's a good idea to take heed when a card resurfaces time and time again in your readings.  Most of us don't have time to do daily or even weekly full readings, so one idea is to carve out five minutes at some point each day and pull one card.  ONE.  Create the intention that this will be a daily reflection card.  When I first started working with the tarot I did this, and I wrote down the card, and over time I definitely noticed repeats.  With 78 cards in the deck the probability of choosing the same card on a consistent basis is low.   Though, energetically the probability is high if this card has a lesson in it for you!

The question to ask yourself then, perhaps, is: What is the message here?  What issue is this card asking me to address? Often there are hidden gems to be discovered if we are willing to ask the questions and allow ourselves to listen for the answer.

Saturday, 15 December 2012

December 21, 2012 and Beyond

December 21, 2012 not only marks the official start of winter, but also signifies a major universal shift.  The world is in crisis and we have reached a critical period; we are being called upon to respond. 

There is a newly established local newspaper here in the Kootenays, called The Kootenay Times , focusing precisely on this matter in its most current issue.  I contributed a piece entitled, Tarot Time, to help explain how we can prepare for the coming times.  Check it out if you're interested.  It is on page 15 of the magazine.  There are many insightful and brief reads!

Friday, 23 November 2012

Verity In the Voice Within

I have taken a hiatus from blogging lately, mostly because my computer runs the speed of a snail.  I love snails, really I do, though technology can suck the life out of you, especially when it's as slow as my computer is!  I am in desperate need of a new computer, and I have been procrastinating on this issue for quite some time now.  Once the Mercury Retrograde is over (apparently the worst time for a computer purchase) I will make a move.

So for now I will share my latest published article in Issues Magazine, entitled, "Verity in the Voice Within". .  To read it click on the Nov/Dec/Jan 2012 issue with the Elk on the front, as shown below.  My article is on page 14.

Happy reading!