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The Nourished Home Blog
I don’t know about you, but for me, it takes time to really release the stuff I know I want to no longer be burdened by.
And one of the most powerful ways I’ve learned to release is through the intentional act of ritual.
The more I create simple rituals to help move through my life, the more I find myself empowered, enlivened, awake, and courageous enough to listen to my callings.
Last year, my Word of the Year, was JOY. And 2016 ended up being one of the most painful years of my life.
Not because anything awful happened in my external world.
The universe works in mysterious ways, and looking back now I sense that claiming this word required a deep initiation through darkness into light.
The journey I took last year wasn’t one of rejecting darkness to “be the light.” It was a year of learning to love my darkness as much as my light.
We lost a lot of iconic artists in 2016. David Bowie, Prince, Carrie Fisher, Gene Wilder, Natalie Cole, Leonard Cohen, George Michael, to name just a few. Beyond their celebrity, these artists had something in common. They dared to share their truths, their art, their unique voices, even when they faced fierce criticism for being who they were.
These artists were not "perfect" people. They made mistakes. They were human. And my sense is that they were likely more free than many of us will ever be.
I know how easy it is to get caught up in your desire for approval, acceptance, and "belonging." My attachment to these things held me back from a deeper, more enlivened joy for many, many years.
My wish for you this New Year is that you feel free to be always beginning, each and every day.
When you resolve to allow yourself this level of freedom, when you trust the unfolding, you are capable of more than you can imagine.
The Winter Solstice is tomorrow. Whatever holiday traditions you celebrate I invite you to take a little time to share these five simple Solstice practices with the ones you love:
1. Get outside with your family, even if only for 5 minutes. Be in reverence for the natural world around you. Breathe the fresh air in gently and deeply.
2. Listen. Listen to the sound of the wind. Perhaps the crunch of snow under your feet. Perhaps the sound of your child’s voice. Perhaps the echo of your own inner wisdom. Be quiet and listen.
This is the Advent spiral that we have at the center of our dining room table every December.
We light a new candle each day of the month until we have 24 glowing lights on Christmas Eve! This simple, beloved tradition in my family is one of the most beautiful ways that we connect with each other every holiday season.
I have to be honest, I have felt really conflicted about writing to you about my From Hectic to Harmonious Holiday Ebook over the past few weeks.
The news is filled with stories that concern, depress, anger, and scare me all too often these days. From the U.S. presidential election, to climate change, to all that's unfolding at Standing Rock, North Dakota, to the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis (to name just a few things I'm paying close attention to), I haven't been in my typical "holiday spirit."
We're in intense and uncertain times as a people and planet.You and I are feeling it, as are our children. My six-year-old daughter, Flannery, was scared and in tears on the morning of November 9th when she found out that Donald Trump was our president-elect. It took all of my power as her mama to get her to school that morning.
And I’m so glad I did. During “morning meeting” that day, Flannery’s teacher gave each child the opportunity to share a single word adjective to describe how they were feeling.
I have seen so many people share messages of the love and light that our country and world need to move forward over the last couple of days. And I honor that.
But I also know how afraid we are of holding the space for grief. For shadow. For fear. For questioning what we thought was true. For darkness.
If you have felt called, in the depths of your gut, to speak the message of love and light in these immediate hours and days after the election, I see you, I honor you, I receive your medicine, and I am grateful for you.
But don't jump to the message of love and light because you think you "should." Be true to whatever is genuinely arising for you.
I wrote this song 14 years ago.
I shared it in small circles back then but was terrified of being visible with my voice and my message.
So I shut it down. I stopped singing.
I retreated from one of my strongest callings and fell into a path that felt safe to me.
But I know now that I am here to sing my true song.
The risk of being seen in my fullness is one I am willing to take.
I ask you to watch this video and read the words below it with an open heart and mind.