April 8, 2017

instagram joy connections...

The Joy Connections color series 10-day challenge I was facilitating through my Subtle Harmony site ended about a week and a half ago. It was helpful to notice, even more than usual, what brings me joy.

I posted my joy-connections photos on instagram every day.

The above are some of my photos I posted to my instagram on the days for green, pink, black, white, and blue.

Paying attention to, noticing, being aware of connection to JOY ... as it relates to the beauty of color.

March 27, 2017

writing: a behind the scenes glimpse...

Several months ago, I wrote a post on my indie author blog about some of what went on behind the scenes in writing my novel, In New Harmony.

It's about how the spark of the idea came from hearing something my mother shared from her childhood... and the spark turned into a short story... which then turned into a (quite a bit different) novel.

It's been ages since I've blogged, but I'm feeling the urge... and since I want to include my writing life (and my life in general) in this space, I'm going to be including my writing-related life stuff in my posts here.

But instead of re-saying everything I wrote in my other post about the beginning-seeds and some behind-the-scenes of In New Harmony, I'm going to direct you to that post here.

And if you'd like to check out In New Harmony for yourself, it's available here.

April 5, 2016

feeling free...

Last week, Danielle LaPorte's #truthbomb decks arrived in the mail. The decks were 50% off for a short time last month and my temptation was too strong to resist. I'd been wanting these cards for quite a while.

I decided to keep one deck in my workroom and the other in the bedroom. I've been pulling one or two cards each day. Messages to myself. Reminders.


A few days ago I pulled a card from the deck in my workroom.

But do you feel free?

This caught my attention in a big way (for too many reasons to go into in one blog post).

I immediately decided to pull another card, this time from the cards in the other room.

feel free

Message received.

I've been keeping these two cards out, keeping them in easy sight, for the past few days. As reminders. Truthbombs.

Because the truth is, I haven't been feeling free.

The why of that feeling involves life choices, health issues, financial stuff, and more.

Some of these things aren't completely in my control (because, despite what some simplification-explanations of law of attraction say, or what's sometimes said in new age or metaphysical or spiritual circles, not everything is in our control - life is way too interconnected, in too many ways we can't begin to even see or understand, for us to be able to control or create every.single.aspect of the life we experience).

But when it comes to some of the reasons I wasn't feeling free, I did have control and a choice. I could make a different decision. I could take a new direction.

And even with those things I can't control, I can choose to find a sense of freedom even while I'm in those things. It isn't always easy for me to do that - and I'm far from always being successful at it - but it's possible.

When it comes to feeling free, I listen to my body.

I place my attention and awareness on my heart space and my gut. My heart chakra and solar plexus chakra. For me, those areas in my body tell me.

Does my heart feel open and spacious? Or does it feel tight and constricted?

Is my gut telling me yes or no? Is my breathing easy? Do I feel tied in knots?

Paying attention to my body can help me make a decision that moves me in the direction of feeling free.

The body is an amazing truth-teller.

But do you feel free?

feel free

February 3, 2016

more root chakra work...

All chakras are important, and I work on all of my chakras... but a chakra that's needed ongoing and long-term support is my root chakra, the first chakra, sometimes also called the base chakra.

A few months ago, I wrote a post about some of the current issues impacting my root chakra, and I shared some of things I was doing to give special attention to balancing and boosting this area.

My equilibrium problems still continue (no diagnosis yet, more doc appointments coming up) - and the physical issue is literally like not being fully rooted to the ground. (Hello, root chakra stuff!)

Also, this and other life-happenings require me to do things to keep anxiety in check... which, for me, is very connected to my root chakra.

So the root chakra work continues.

In addition to the things I mentioned in the earlier post - working with crystals, essential oils, meditations, grounding techniques, creativity - I'm amping up the focus on this chakra in other ways.

I'm doing more mantra work. Not only repeating mantras to myself (silently or out loud) but also putting them in writing.

Whether it's combining chakra-and-mantra work with practicing lettering, or simply writing a mantra again and again and again...

I've also been incorporating more color therapy into my day.

Since red is the color associated with the root chakra, I'm connecting to that color more often.

Even something like drinking water from one of my red mugs helps bring in the all-important root chakra energy and vibration.

Balancing a chakra isn't a one-and-done deal. Our chakras are continually shifting and in flux, being influence and impacted not only by things from our past but also in response to what's going on in day-to-day life.

And one chakra doesn't exist in isolation - our chakras influence each other and work together, and an imbalance in one can affect others.

That's why it's so important to do overall chakra work and chakra balancing, even if focusing more intently on one of them for a while.

That's why the goal is energetic - subtle - harmony.

And that's why the work continues... always a process, always in process.

January 29, 2016


For several reasons, comfort has been on my mind lately.

Maybe it was the lazy weekend of snowy days (snow doesn't happen very often here) and the cozy comfort of the warm indoors.

Maybe it's the ongoing physical challenges that still sometimes stir my anxiety.

Maybe it's the financial worry, or the sudden grief that can still come in periodic waves, or the desire to escape when I feel overwhelmed or over-tired.

Comfort, for me, can take a variety of forms.

I turn to self-care practices. I turn to certain friends and loved ones. I spend time with our kitty.

Painting and creating in general can provide comfort for me... and for quite a while, painting has especially been my go-to for being a creative outlet, a way to "lose" myself, and fabulously helpful at reducing my anxiety.

Prayer, resting, binge-watching Netflix - all can bring different kinds of comfort to me at different times.

And although I wish I didn't do this, sometimes I comfort-eat.

(I ate the whole thing, not only the one bite (and it was soooo good) - it had been ages since I'd had a sprinkled-covered doughnut... but I am reducing my sugar intake, so this was a special treat.)

And then there are the cards.

In addition to doing card readings for others, I also pull cards for myself. In two fairly new-to-me decks, the first cards I pulled for myself after getting each deck were both messages of comfort.

(Mother Mary Oracle by Alana Fairchild)

(Rumi Oracle by Alana Fairchild)

For me, the oracle is a tool that connects me with my intuition and also my spirituality. The messages are often affirmations, confirmations, validations... and reminders that I know what I know.

I know I'm never alone - but sometimes I forget for a while.

I know help is always available - but sometimes I forget for a while.

I know I am Divinely loved and ultimately safe - but sometimes I forget for a while.

The reminders provide comfort.

And in the comfort, I find grace.