Beauty · Fieldnotes · Natural Science

Petrichor + champagne rain

I favor this type of weather, truly I do. I’d pick it over a sunny~up~day most anytime. I’d invite it to rain at least once a week in our land if it were opportune. There’s something healthy about the washing and cleansing of the rainfall… something about the cloudbursts of fresh cool sprinkling sprinkles that brings out a rather poignant mood in me. Something dreamy reflective, especially now as I drive my morning route to work on others with my hands and administer healing to my clients.

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Lights in the distance as well as the ones at the precipice of the roads edge and landscapes outset reflect molecularly and prismatically in the blue glow and gold rays of the dawn’s light…. much is cloaked in a veil of water particles, marring its visibility, making things a little bit more mysterious and magical: these mild elements are gentle and healing today and such good medicine in a myriad of ways.

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I find myself ruminating on a deluge of mistily soaked memories as I sip Earl Grey tea from my mug in one hand and navigate with the other… still paying fine attention to the road and all its wet chatter, as I mentally note the recollections organically dwelling up from the rich soils of subconscious earth, welling forth from the dusk and shade. Thoughts that demand more of an homage than any normal thinking on my part. Thoughts that when giving consideration if I am to wake them from their hibernating slumber, will give back to me three fold, SO they deserves the administering and commitment that reflective attention demands of them.

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I revere the meditative staccato of tapping rain droplets on the windows: recalls me of champagne sparkles or a broken string of pearls scattering across a wood floor. There’s something about the delicate, protective, and insulating veil of rainfall that beckons me to wander with my spiritual feet off down the winding verdant green sodden foliaged paths in my head, through canopies of leaves and up the rarely adventured hillsides in my mind which I usually tend to let over grow with all the wonderful that time lends to cultivate in my busily involved cranium.

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Spaces where the phrenic clematis, cerebral jasmine, subjective wisteria, and clairvoyant ivy takes over when I’ve not pruned and preened the shrubbery there. The entirety of these memorial contemplations have been covered with pretty little bounties of botany lichen and moss. All the kinder and sweet things that grow when nature takes over in my head, you see I don’t allow for the misfortunate and darker shadowy things to remain long in my essence, I tackle them head on and problem solve their demise so I can get going and get on with my blessed life.

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Either way, My visits here insist on a little bit of pruning, be it to shape and refine a bit or send the briars and bind weeds to the burn pile… because I know what lingers in the head eventually takes form in the heart. The power of memory + thought invokes a quint and peculiar alchemy: one of palpable feeling and transfers a potent absolution of dopamine into the bloodstream, which turns into capable action.

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These spring showers, rain in general, can be addictive to me, possibly my second drug of choice next to the printed word. It’s an elixir of champagne. A roadmap of grand cause and effect when I chart it’s a cumulative effects, what they produce when an event of thought initiates a succession of similar thoughts, and feelings, then actions, and furthermore events.

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Now one can see how thought is provokingly + provocatively powerful. It influences ALL. These initial feelings and then the outcome after. Rain is my feel good sensory ritual. Perhaps it’s because I was born in the Pacific Northwest Coast, Washington being my place of origin. Perhaps this is why I’m a water lover/water appreciator.

Rain allows me the golden pass, the mental submerging into these iridescently meditative neurotransmitting depths and pathways within myself. Areas that are usually outshined by my light hearted easy going cadence. The rain must be a quieter voice that tells my circadian rhythm it’s alright to be languid and muted a wee bit. It’s adequate enough to be a little bit slower in movement and action. Reflective.

Rain illuminates, or rather gives substantial weight to what would be my naturally optimistic nature. There’s just something, a je ne sais qua, about how the rain that magnifies and brings out all the spectrum of colors internally as well as externally when one takes the time to let their eyes settle on the scenery. Allowing them to take in the intensity of the vivid and bold chroma that nature is laying out from horizon to rain swept horizon, a gift offering to us in visual and sensory bounty.

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The scent of the air and earth together is invigorating as well. It mingles with our own personal scent, and also makes what molecules of aroma that are maneuvering around the territory brighter and sharper. Water molecules encapsulated and amplify, carry, and stay close to our bodies where they fill up the spaces we walk though… therefore the essential oils of cedarwood and peppermint I like to wear, with the combination of the fresh air, is ambrosial. These magnificent natural scents combined with mist infuse the olfactory and rushes a clean and crisp clarity into my mind. Grounding and marking any event that should happen within this time.

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To top it off, the scent of fresh crushed sage, sprigs of newly sprouted grass, and last seasons leaves and dried things underfoot are richly soul soaking as I walk the path before me to where I am going…. I relish the feel of the mist on my face, breathe in the air, willing the tiny particles to reach every portion of my lungs, and take the long stretches of breadth and touch every cell of my body. I adore it, all soggy and saturated in it’s wonder of botany, soaking up the nutrients for good things to come.

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As far as adventure and wanderings for my tangible feet: I favor how the mist lazily sets on these highlands, it somewhat entices me to rush into the hills the second my first massage service is done today at the Spa. An abandon, I just may give into… since I’ve some errands to do for my children down in the heart of the valley in the meantime. A lark if you must ask me. One that needs taken advantage of.

One things for certain, in all of this meandering and brook babbling… This rain is the cocktail of verdant splendor that will bring forth the flowers of Spring and the brilliance of summer. Call Up all the moss to brighten and to spread its velvet across stones that don’t roll, lichen to splay across the granite and greenery, vines to twist upward, wildflower buds to unfurl as leaves on birch fill up with glory, and the pine split their cones open, as the buffalo grass send seeds with the wind across the prairies and hills, and all that is good are welcoming of the goodness within us.

{Breathe deep + grow well lovely birds and sweet doves, and I will see you in the wind.}

M.

P.s. The attention to my badly needed nails done in a springish neon green, compliments to the darling Molly at SpaMed + the F.H.F. roll on perfume: oh! my! heavens! if you want help breathing go get some p the hill. and make sure to tell the ladies I sent you. wink.

Natural Science · Specimen

Collections + Specimens + Lessons {Natural Science}

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Look for the gift in everything, especially when you are facing what appears to be a negative situation. Everything that we attract causes us to grow, which means that ultimately everything is for our own good.

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Adjusting to a new path and a new direction will require new qualities and strengths, and these qualities are always exactly what we need to acquire in order to accomplish things ahead in our life. ~Secret, Daily Teachings

Adventure

Nomad

She is a member of a community of people who move from one place to another, 
rather than settling permanently in one location.
Often this journey’s within her heart.
Sometimes it a tangible step by step…
Either way, she feels like a Nomad until she can find a home to hang her heart.
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Today I finished up some work.
I made a wonderful mess, then I cleaned it up. 
I soldered, strung, and wrapped together some loose ends.
{In life and in creating}
Today I found harmony in getting lost in a bit of metal…
Today I felt I needed some more sunshine + fresh forest scented air. So i infused some of that into these talismans along with that brilliant light that every so often filtered through ponderosa and birch and skittered reflectively off the ponds waters. I needed to capture and create something that brought to mind this place in which infuses my spirit so with goodness.

Something that made me remember how good it feels to be barefooted and carefree up here in the hills where I feel centered, grounded, and alive.

Life

I resolve today and forever on

…to be Ethereal…

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…means you are extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too enchantingly perfect for this world. So entirely light, that the burdens, barriers, and thorny briers of living in this world cannot touch you.

…because as of last night I decided once and for all that I am, I was tired of being weary. Tired of chasing time. Through with trying to forge out moments I just don’t have, in order to keep aloft all the plates I’ve got spinning. Done with letting the reality that there’s too little time in the day and too little money in the bank, yet so much that needs  to be done, paid for, and so much still that needs attending to. After all, a person can only get done in a day what can be accomplished without splitting themselves into two.

At times I feel that I’m just getting by on a wing and a prayer… although, I’m at peace with the reality that I have to work hard to earn my daily bread, I still desire that we can get to a place where we are thriving, not just surviving… while barely just making due, rolling with the punches, or catching obligations and the demands of life just in the nick of time, more often then not by the skin of our teeth. I’ve always been resourceful when the well is dry and there is no water in sight, I find water some way, travel the distances I have to: Yet I wont be letting the worries and woes of making ones ends meet cause me heartache and lost sleep at the end of the day, no more allowing the shadows of fear and worry and doubt elude me from rest and cheat me of the delights of people and moments in my day.

Tinctures

I’m truly not one to complain, yet I am one to address that which needs a solution. Therefore, as of today, changes are being made… energy is being put forth where it will serve, delegation is being directed, and for heavens sakes, I’ve a plate or two that I’m going to let crash to the ground, or rather, that I need to lay down delicately. I decided to focus on attracting light into my life, I’m shutting down the shadows of everyday life that threaten to weigh me down. I’m allowing myself to work hard for the dreams I want to manifest in my life: and why not, I’ve got spirit, I’ve got bands of light to lift me. I’ve got all I need at my fingertips to serve this purpose.

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…the probable outcome to this broken record: is to throw it out and play a new song. There’s going to be some wonder going on about these parts. I feel a spring in each action I take in the ‘light’ direction.

That’s my zeal, and this is my Talisman… to be Ethereal, charms found at my shop until they’ve all been claimed. 

See you in the wind. ~M.

Life

Meditation

Grounding and Centering…

Have you ever heard of someone being referred to as “down to Earth” or “grounded”? Some people seem to have a stability or peace to them that keeps them from getting out of control, or carried away.

There are a variety of ways to reach that state, and this is one of them. Grounding and centering is a visualization and meditation exercise you can use to focus yourself on the present and learn to feel more whole, more aware.

Try it whenever you are stressed, worried, or nervous. The image of a tree evokes feelings of stability and connectedness for many people. This may take some practice, but with diligence you may find that this exercise helps you live in the moment.

I personally like to Ground and Center with prayer… much like thisYet if that doesn’t work for you try this:

Sit in a chair with your feet on the ground to begin. Choose a quiet place without disturbances. As you practice this exercise, you can perform it anywhere.

Notice your breathing. Clench your stomach, tighten your muscles and breathe up high in your chest. How does that make you feel? People often say, “anxious,” “tense,” “panicky.” Chest breathing is not deep breathing, and it is often an unconscious reaction to stress or trouble.

Relax your stomach and let your breath down into your belly. Imagine it flowing down into your toes as your belly expands. Do you start to feel different? Some people find this sort of deep breathing unnatural. To learn it, put your hand on your belly, breathe so that your belly pushes your hand out. Practice regularly, so that it becomes easy and natural.

Close your eyes. Imagine your breath pushing down through the base of your spine, through your feet, like a tree pushing down its roots. Imagine those roots pushing down through the floor and into the soil below. Imagine they can feel something of the quality of the earth, what grows there, and how healthy it is. Push down through the waters under the soil, down through the bedrock, and down into the center. If there’s still any tension or fear, let that go through your “roots”. For some people, imagining that there is a fire at the center of the Earth and throwing negative feelings into the fire helps to make those feelings dissipate.

Imagine you can draw some of that fire up. Feel it as the earth’s living creative energy, and bring it up through the rock and the water and the soil. Bring it into your legs and feet, like a tree’s roots would draw up water and nutrients.

Bring it up your spine and imagine your spine growing like a tree trunk, reaching up to the sky. Bring some fire into your heart, into any place inside you that needs healing or extra energy. As you imagine the growth and energy flowing into you, raise and open your posture and re-focus on your breath.

Direct the energy up through your arms and out of your hands, up through your neck and throat and out the top of your head. Visualize branches of energy that reach up to the sky, and let them spread around you and reach back down to touch the earth, creating a protective filter around you. Take a moment, look at that energy web, and notice if there are any places that need to be repaired or strengthened. Send energy in that direction.

Imagine the energy of the sun, shining down on your leaves and branches.Breathe deep; draw that energy in. Breathe it down through your leaves and branches, down through your heart and your belly and your hands. Take it in, feed on it like a tree feeds on sunlight.

Open your eyes. Look around you. How do you feel? Relaxed? Revitalized? More attentive?

Imagine your feet have sticky roots. Let them sink into the earth and then release when you start to move. Walk around a little. Feel connected with the ground. Feel the imaginary roots grip and release.

Stretch your arms out to your sides as you move, as far as they’ll go, until you can’t see your hands if you look straight ahead. Now wiggle your thumbs, and slowly bring your arms in until your thumbs are just visible on the edge of your peripheral vision. Notice how wide your field of vision can be. As you walk,breathing deep, grounded, activate that peripheral vision. Know that you can be aware of what’s going on around you.

Come back to stillness. As you breathe, feel where it is in your body this grounded place seems to live, and touch that place. Can you find an image for this grounded state? A word or phrase you can say? When you use these three together—touch, image, and phrase—you create an anchor to help you ground quickly in any situation.

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Fall Sigh

Autumns kiss, clear and cold, her complexion pale like snow… She whispers to us, listen… she speaks beyond her own needs. Her magic makes sense, although it’s random and unpredictable. Her colors are red, yellow, smoky black, ochre & umber, the richest of gold. She plays favorites with the days picking one out of the many… To warm us, then chill us to the bone… singling certain hours in those of hundreds and thousands of the fall months as she plays pranks with the weather and enjoys them… She adores children’s laughter and bringing lovers to nuzzling closer together. She adorns us in woolen cloth mittens scarves and sweaters. She beckons us to sip hot tea, to enjoy bites of dark chocolate…. Gather together in warm kitchens over home cooked meals. She draws people together because of the stories they carry inside a library of books of things in common things known pondered and felt… She favors to tell what a person is truly made out of. Fall, is an enchanting time…… She lets us know we are still alive.

 

Life · Massage Therapy · Metalsmith Jewelry

Keep your power

“Be like a warrior~go in, do your work, move on.” ~Judith Orloff, MD.

During my hours both spent in clinic  and classes at school for Therapeutic Massage, it became very apparent to me how necessary and useful the act of grounding myself and centering my energy was…

There were times I just felt utterly drained after our clinic days… times when I felt emotions I knew were not my own. I knew it wasn’t anything I was manifesting or anything that was a result of the load of accelerated learning I was taking on, but rather, I now know it had to do with those I was in contact with during classes, clinic, and even later at the Ale house where I worked.

I was taking on others energy, be that negative or positive, I didn’t have a filter or recognition for it yet… simply, I was just open to receiving the magnitude of it all.  I was a magnet to whatever came my way, and I was not enclosing what ever energy that I myself was creating and needed to contain… to stop from projecting on my own.

So, there was an magnified, palpable, transfer going on which had been unlocked and uncontrolled. I was becoming in-tuned to it, and it was really messing with my chi, because I didn’t comprehend it.

*For instance, you understand the feeling of sympathy, or even better yet empathy: I was feeling & taking on others emotions in a very intense way: I was feeling indignation, sadness, elation, the entire spectrum of light and heavy emotion at times, for no apparent reason to me: I felt withdrawn and a need to defend myself too! What I found out later, when talking to my instructors, was that… this was me wanting my power back from someone who’s taken it.

I became hyper~sensitive to this vital force that I was honing with the education and application of massage. In~part, I was fortunate to be around spiritually elevated instructors who were very self~aware and balanced who could help me with all of this. I needed to learn how to utilize and sharpen my intent and center so it could best guard ground and protect myself with others I was around throughout the day. And also, so I could direct or divert it to help serve those who I was doing bodywork on

For me Grounding and Centering is a daily form of prayer and meditation… In order to focus and culminate my own energy, so I get the things done that need be done, so I may rise up to the events I’m called to participate in through out the day, so that I may be able to protect myself and build a spiritual shield so others couldn’t take my energy and personal power, and also that I will not negatively effect others if I’m not in check myself.

I use essential oils with my massage and talisman crafting to assist, I also pray in order to achieve a state of Grounding and Centering: for me now, I can feel it hit me like a powerful wave of energyIt should alter, culminate, balance.

This energy when understood, respected, & appreciated: can be held, or directed. When it has intent it has a powerful potential for manifesting tangible outcomes and fostering healing.

This article here will describe best what I am talking about: it’s difficult to divide the esoteric and material at times. Either way, I know that each one of us, no matter our professions or walks in life, can benefit from the meditation and decisive act of Practice Grounding & Centering 

I crafted this Elemental Talisman for those who desire to have a tangible trinket as a reminder to keep their power. I used a Peruvian Opal stone, and the elements of Sterling Silver and Copper {being a healing element for the Heart, Body, blood, & Spirit…} where it will hang over your sternum: warm with your energy, glowing with your aura and essential oil if you choose to bless some on it, and heavy enough to remember your daily affirmation.

Hold on to what is yours to keep, give only what you are meant to give.

~M.