Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tie-Dyed Warmth

This is the vibrant tie-dyed puff quilt my mother recently made for me.  The burst of color is amazing.  This is such a treasure to me.  Thanks Mom!

Winter Solstice

I celebrated the Winter Solstice by letting go of that which no longer serves me, and then enjoyed some hot spiced cider.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Letting Go

"The soul doesn't distinguish between good and bad as much as between 
what is nutritious and what isn't." - Thomas Moore

It has been a long, trying year.  Ugh... I have moved myself and my daughter out of the family home, gone through a divorce and the transition that goes along with the D word.  It has been a roller coaster, and not the fun kind.  I threw my hands up in the air and screamed all a lot, but it was no trip to Six Flags, that is for certain.

Amidst all the turmoil, I have found a bit of grace.  I am most definitely grateful for having the strength and courage to leave a toxic marriage.  I am also grateful for those who held my hand, and dried my tears along the way.  I am grateful for my friend, Sally, who has boarded my daughter and I since April.  I swear sometimes she is a guardian angel.  I am also grateful for all that this experience has taught me.  I do not regret being married, but I am grateful that I knew when it was time to go.  Timing is everything.  And now it is time to let go of some of the self-defeating thought patterns that are holding me back.
The Winter Solstice is quickly approaching, and this year I am taking part in a Letting Go ceremony.  The Mother of All Releasings with Pixie Campbell.  This ceremony of mine will not be huge, but it will be powerful.  I am already meditating on that which no longer serves me, and that which I choose to let go of.  I've written these thoughts, behaviors and actions down on strips of paper and will burn them on the Solstice.  You can do the same if you feel inclined.
http://www.pixiecampbell.com/2011/12/mother-of-all-releasings-ceremonies-winter-solstice-2011.html

It has been a long year, but I do not have to keep carrying this weight of fear, rage and bitterness.  It is time to give up as much as possible, and I am ready to just...let...go.  Florence Welch said it best: "It's hard to dance with the devil on your back, so shake him out!"  I really, really, really want to dance.
We are all in charge of our own personal inventory.  What do you need to let go of?

Infinitely Yours,
Lenora ∞

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wisdom Returns

My lovely daughter Sophia will be celebrating a birthday just after the first of the year, and buying for her was easy, peasy to say the least. She is a girly girl after all, and is drawn like a magnet to all things aesthetically pleasing.

This is not uncommon, and I encourage her to follow her heart. She is already experimenting with make-up, hair products and fashion. This is good, and as it should be. She is discovering her preferences, and learning about arrangement, design and flow. This is a trial and error time. It is also a time when self-esteem is developed. I want Sophie to enjoy painting intricate designs on her fingernails, and learning to blend her eyeshadow, but I also want her to know there is more to a woman than what she looks like. And I want her to like what she sees when the makeup and hair bows are off. Her father is 6'7" and it appears as if she will be getting his height and not mine. I want her to embrace this uniqueness. I want her to love herself as she is, and see the beauty in the traits that have been passed on to her from generations before.

I kept all this in mind as I was shopping for her birthday. I wanted to get her at least one thing that would remind her to stay grounded. Serendipitously I came across a tween book online called Sophia and the Seven Goddesses: A Journey of Self-Acceptance by Beverley Danusis and Ilene Satala.
I was attracted to the book because I am always looking for items depicting or describing the Goddess Sophia. I also saw it was based on the seven major goddesses from Greek mythology: Athena, Artemis, Hestia, Hera, Demeter, Persephone and Aprhodite. These same goddesses were used in Goddesses in Everywoman: Powerful Archetypes in Women's Lives by Jean Shinoda Bolen that I read over the summer. I was fascinated by the connection.

Well I had the Sophia book wrapped in pretty hot pink paper... but I couldn't stand it... it had to be read!

The heroine in Sophia and the Seven Goddesses is a 12 year old girl, Sophie, who is discovering her own unique talents and learning how to love and accept her physical appearance. Sophie, along with her new friend Tena, use their intuition to bring Wisdom back into the world in a fantastic, life-changing adventure.

My review: Outstanding! Goosebumper! This book is worth the read for tween girls, and every woman of every age. Men - you might find it enlightening as well. This book almost had me in tears. The meaning is so profound, and each goddess, even Aphrodite who always seems to get a bad rap, is depicted in such a positive, uplifting, empowering light.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Weather Girl

My little Sophie Mae was excited to welcome the first snow of the season after school today.  There wasn't much, but it was pretty to watch.  Sophia loves snow!