Living Joyfully

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When our inner compass is set for joy and gratitude, challenges can be perceived as temporary and appreciation can be experienced each day. 

It is my creative and spiritual practice to hold joy and grief or joy and fear equally so I can move through the challenge - maintaining authenticity and vulnerability. Today I celebrate keeping my compass set on joy and creativity.

What is inner your compass set for?

-Elizabeth

May you find love on your path.

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May you find love on your path in unexpected ways. May bits and pieces, broken and whole, from here and there, come together to form love every step in your journey. May the seeds of love you have sown and watered with care flourish and bloom bringing beauty and joy in your life and the lives you touch. 

Happy St. Valentine’s Day! Where does love flourish in your life? 

-Elizabeth

Doing what you love, finding your raison d'être.

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For fulfillment in life we must find our raison d'etre or Ikigai, "a reason for being” When we follow what we love with passion, gain skills and are alined with what the world needs as well as what you can be paid for - it is both our vocation and profession. Being fulfilled is deeply meaningful and brings joy and purpose to our lives. 

What is your Ikigai or reason for being? Or as Mary Oliver so famously asked - "What do you plan to do with this one wild and precious life?" 

  - Elizabeth

I wish you joy!

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For 2019 I wish you joy. The renewable resource that feeds our soul, lights up our life and allows us to be more generous. With joy, gratitude is natural and forgiveness is easier. Each day we can find the humor that helps us balance the challenges and focus on what we love most. I invite you to deepen your creative expression- especially in nature and welcome in the new year with joy. 

-Elizabeth

Gratitude

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May we offer our Grace to one another today,  giving thanks as we gather with friends and family to share our abundance and joy. Blessings on this meal, thank you for the nourishment of the Earth, sun, rain, farmers and cooks who enable us to feast and celebrate. May everyone know they are loved and appreciated.

What are you most grateful for? Do you have a favorite grace you offer? 

-Elizabeth

A garden takes Dedication, Devotion & Determination

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A garden takes dedication, devotion and determination over many seasons to flourish and thrive- just like raising a child or seeing your creative projects come to fruition. Both vision, and hard work are required to enrich the soil, plant, water, weed, and prune before harvest.  Each day, we are invited into enchantment through the door of beauty opening our hearts with joy and gratitude.  

What have you given your dedication and hard work to that has cultivated joy and gratitude in  your life?

-Elizabeth

Honor your ancestors

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This time of year when the veils between worlds is the most thin is the most potent time to honor your ancestors. Every culture has a tradition to honor their loved ones who have gone before them and enabled them to be who they are today. Consider making your own altar with photographs, lighting a candle, offering flowers, and a prayer of gratitude for standing behind you with love and support. 

How do you honor your ancestors?

  - Elizabeth

Contentment

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Contentment comes from being present in the moment and knowing "what I have and who I am is enough”. Contentment blooms peace in the heart and delight in the spirit. Gratitude and appreciation naturally flourish seeding generosity and joy each day. 

What brings you contentment in your life? 

  - Elizabeth

Presence

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To be fully present in the moment allows us to savor & open with all our senses. We can experience wonder & awe at the magnificence of life. Time stretches as we deepen & open. Drawing is one of my favorite mindfulness practices.

When do you feel most present ?  

  - Elizabeth

Cooperation

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Cooperation is when 2 or more entities engage in a mutually beneficial exchange instead of competing. A gardener cooperates in the cultivation and well being of the garden, along with each plant, the soil, sun, birds, insects, season, and all the unseen world. The spirit of the garden, gardener, and all who visit are nourished. This artist gardener is inspired by the beauty to create and the garden is happy to be seen and loved.  

Where does cooperation with nature and community inspire you? 

  - Elizabeth

A time to reflect, and be a bridge person

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Taking time to be present and deeply reflect allows us to have insight and become inspired to creative solutions. Today we are given much to consider and sort, what is true. When we are clear, we have the opprotunity to be a bridge person- linking different cultures, beliefs, and possiblities. 

Do you have a reflective practice that brings you clarity and enhances  your creativity? 

  - Elizabeth