It felt good to witness this voice inside and this need. A sort of low-lying grief I have been pushing away or holding in. “I need you.” Yes, I do.
I am so grateful that when I enter into a state of connection and communion, my heart opens up wide, and anything I am holding onto or hiding from comes to the surface and can then be seen. When witnessed, the pain or the burden feels somehow lighter, I can breathe more deeply, and my body opens. From here, my creativity seems to be able to flow once again, nearly effortlessly. The song that came to me in this moment of renewed openness felt as if it arrived on the breeze, the words drawn up from a clear, cool well, spilling out freely. There was a flow to it. I simply followed. I was with-nessing and witnessing creation pouring through me. I felt a sense of being a mirror of creation. Fully connected and reflected. I could see myself in the water’s surface.
Today I invite you to a special place of your own – perhaps your art studio, your car, your patio, or your bed before you go to sleep. A place where you can take a conscious moment to become quiet, to breathe a little bit deeper than you have been for the rest of your waking hours. To allow this deeper, gentler, non-harried breath to bring a softness to you, your body, your being, and then invite your heart to speak. Is there something you are holding onto, swallowing down, pressing in, that would like to be witnessed and acknowledged? Ask. Do not be afraid.
Whatever arises – a troubling thought, a jagged feeling, an unmet need – can you witness it with compassion and love? Can you be a good friend to you and invite the relief that comes from truly witnessing yourself? Mmmmm. Try it. That feels better!
If you move through this small intentional practice, consider entering into creativity after this. Maybe that looks like journaling, or heading to your canvas to add some strokes of witness for what was just revealed, or playing some music and dancing intuitively. Whatever creative act calls to you, this is a good way to integrate this new awareness, honor what you have seen, and experience the creative FLOW that comes when the emotional log jam is removed from your headwaters.
I offer an invitation to this practice with compassion for our shared humanity, knowing that sometimes we can rush through our days carrying unspoken pain, burdens, anxieties and fears that end up creating an overall feeling of restriction or heaviness, perhaps even shame. I share this practice because I know that sometimes the simplest act of slowing down, breathing, and inviting this part of us to speak can make all the difference to our wellbeing and can open the gates of our powerful creativity.
I share this practice because… I need you, and you need me, and we need each other for these kind of reminders!
with shimmering lakeside love,