May 13, 2013
Today, is a bonus Magic Monday blog post … coming to you from the unleashing of my own creative spirit. I sat down to write one thing and something entirely different wanted to come out of me.
So for today, this is what I will share. For today, this is who I am...
I am joyous. Full. Full of Joy. Joyful.
I am the spirit of the hummingbird.
I am the relaxed, long pause on sand before ocean waves crashing.
I am children’s laughter and dog’s barking, “Come play with me!”
I am a baby gently sleeping in my mother’s arms.
I am orchids, lilies and the scent of jasmine on a hot LA night.
I am ecstasy and orgasm.
I am freedom and the wind in my hair.
I am a cat curled up and sleeping in the sun.
I am the divine union between masculine and feminine, the triangle and the space between.
I am a good luck charm and a red buddha’s belly.
I am the best and only free parking space on an overly crowded street.
I am a deeply rooted tree; dark, deep soil and the place where the seeds of life begin.
I am my cup runneth over, deep red wine on a white party dress.
I am licking sticky peach juice that’s running down my arm.
I am a trail of ants leading to sugar.
I am the fuzzy fat caterpillar about to become the beautiful butterfly.
I am soft gentle curving of hip, meeting angle of bone and flesh of stomach.
I am the green bird tattoo, turning pink and flying off my arm.
I am bitter coffee, dark, hot and soothed with coconut cream.
I am the bubbles in San Pellingro and dirt under summer’s fingernails.
I am ripe tomato, arugula and avocado salad. Dressing on the side please.
I am the Mojave’s dusky desert love song.
I am a winter’s constellation, Orion’s belt and the pregnant moon.
I am the Little Dipper leading me to my own north star.
I am itchy feet scratching on fuzzy carpet.
I am soft seashell insides, blue mists and waterfalls.
I am Caroline’s version of Suzanne, red dance pants and aching legs.
I am bigger than I can ever know, at least in this body and twice on Tuesdays.
I am the nonsensical life, the whirling dervish pattern and the spiral of seas.
I am wind chimes and owls, the breeze through eucalyptus trees.
I am the green flash just before sunset turned into midnight’s bio-luminescence.
I am TROUBLE.
I am the sound of a match striking on cardboard paper.
I am sleepy and ready for bed.
April 8, 2013
This video is really simple & sweet…It speaks to a message that my older brother, Doug, gave to me a few years back. It is one of the most sage pieces of wisdom I have yet to receive.
The advice was to be my own best friend.
Today the transitional blues were rocking my boat, BIG TIME. There was a grumbling gremlin inside who wanted acknowledgement and attention for her emotional woes and upset.
I realized in that moment that I could give myself the acknowledgement and attention I was looking for. It didn’t need it to come externally, I could provide it within. I saw I was hurting and didn’t make myself wrong for feeling BIG emotions. I treated myself with the same care, love and attention that I give to my close friends.
So I gave myself permission to skip an art event @ the Broad Theatre (no drama, no beating myself up) and instead went into nature for a hike. By giving myself exactly what I needed, my BIG emotions passed and I ended my day feeling more grounded, freer & lighter. So simple. So profound. So empowering. (And no one was harmed in the process).
I invite you to TAKE ACTION.
Next time you are having a funky day, feeling BIG emotions or hitting bumps in the road known as life…
TREAT yourself as your own best friend and give yourself the same care, love and attention that you would give a best friend.
Most importantly make sure you DO the suggestions and take the loving advice that you give yourself.
LET ME KNOW HOW IT GOES! I love hearing people’s personal stories…
I invite you to share your experiences in being your own best friend in the comment section down below!
OR if your feeling shy, you can e-mail me here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 25, 2013
Say YES to the F words…. Fierce, Fabulous, Free, Fearless & Fun!
I bet there is a side of you who is fierce, fabulous, free, fearless and fun! If you let her out, what would she look like? (Feel free to pronoun exchange as you see fit!)
If you gave her a voice, what would she say? If you made space to truly listen to that still voice within…maybe she would surprise you? Mine certainly did.
This is Jana Carrey of Creative Spirit Awakening. When I wrote a letter to this inner self and asked her what she required to become manifest as the woman I truly know I am … this is what she had to say:
This week’s video is an excerpt from a longer video I made for a group I am a part of called Project Desires Movement, which is run by a fabulous mentor of mine Tara Marino. This movement is all about tuning into that inner voice and giving life to the desires that each one of us contains within. I believe making these heart-felt desires joyfully manifest is part of our birthright! I felt a bit resistant to sharing this video as it reveals a (vulnerable) lightness of being that longs to come forth in more expansive and ever-present ways. And as Marianne Williamson is so famous for saying in her book Return to Love …. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
I have included the quote here as it is packed with uplifting goodness:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously
give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson, Return to Love
I invite you to ponder, dream, envision & imagine who IS this fierce, fun, fabulous, fearless, fun warrior living inside of you? What does she/he have to say?
As always I delight in your positive comments and insights in the reply box down below.
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March 11, 2013
Just as we need time and space to digest our food – why eating slower and eating less helps our digestive process – we also need space and time to digest our lives experiences.
It is key that we do not overfill our life and find time to take pauses. Just as a great meal can be better enjoyed slowly and by not over-doing it, a great musical composition is created with the silent moments between the musical notes and a work of visual art is created with space to balance out the forms or shapes, your life requires space between the moments to better assimilate the experiences of your life. In this way your life can become more of an intentional work of art and less of a disorganized work of chaos. And in that space you can have time to digest your emotions and thoughts – and then let them pass on. If we overfeed ourselves or overeat on life’s experiences – we can become “constipated” or stuck and suffer the same or similar consequences as overeating food – such as fatigue or sluggishness.
In this video I give some quick PRACTICAL tips for how you can better digest your life on a moment by moment, daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly level.
This video cuts out a little before the end, but I hope it’s of service just the same. The Magical Monday videos will now be posted bi-weekly and my Inspirational newsletter will be published bi-weekly, always on Monday – they will just alternate.
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As always, I love comments and feedback below – what do you currently do that supports your digestive process and helps you to digest and assimilate your life’s experiences?
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HAVE A BEAUTIFUL WEEK!
February 25, 2013
Life is creation and the ultimate work of art. Creativity is an integral part of life. Having a healthy relationship to one’s own creativity is part of a balanced holistic life. All of life has the potential to invoke our playful, light and joyous creative spirit. Or we can end up experiencing the routines of our life as a heavy, burdensome experience.
I like to compare the creative flow of life to a faucet. There is an optimal setting for us all and I believe that is unique to each one of us. Turn the faucet down too low and we feel creatively stuck, blocked, stagnant, blah or depressed. Turn the faucet up too high and we can feel overwhelmed with information, ideas, energy, mania or anxiety. The fast pace and addiction to busyness of our modern world can lead to us feeling like someone is turning the faucet up and down without us having any control. But we do!
I know it is possible to manage our own flow of creative energy as humans because I have spent the last 12+ years mindfully observing, reading about, researching and experimenting with the creative process. … Life CAN feel like a joyous, colorful work of art. Once our creative spirit has been unleashed and is given permission to really “play” (not work) the game of life. So….. I am extremely excited to announce:
*A 5-week telecourse for women in re-awakening your creative spirit. This integrative & holistic creativity course is designed for women in any stage of life transition, who are ready to take a light & playful journey into creative self-discovery and creative un-blocking.
*Each week will go through the 5 expressive art forms and their connection with the mental, physical, spiritual and emotional bodies.
This course is open to women with a range of creative & artistic experience, from novices to professionals! Creative Spirit Unleashed includes a private group forum for daily support & inspiration, as well as two 30-minute (or one 60-minute) creative coaching calls with Jana!
First course starts March 12th! Enrollment is limited to keep the group intimate: Now accepting applicants via private consultation, please e-mail email@example.com for more details!
In studying “the creative process” as well as the felt-lived experience of my own creative journey for the last 12+ years, I have noticed many things about the creative journey including the fear that comes with the start of each new project or even each new day. When I examine the “illusion of fear” more closely and get intimate with fear, I find I can make it work for me by giving it space through meditation, breath or moving my body. This video discusses making friends or getting to know your fear, which may be just excitement, desire or deep caring “dressed up in fear’s clothes”
My new Jana Carrey Photography Shop is open and ready for business! I am highlighting my first on-line gallery & shop Senseless Acts of Beauty, so go on over and take a look at some images that will inspire & delight! (In the future I will be highlighting other galleries as well!)
As part of my newest venture, Creative Spirit Awakening, I am launching a new course, Creative Spirit Unleashed in March!
If you are a woman (or know a woman) who is interested in taking a playful 5-week journey into re-awakening their creativity, send them my way – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creative Spirit Unleashed is an intro course to the Envision Your Life As Art ™ Process and will be infused with spirit, happiness & meaning. I am keeping the first group intimate and thus carefully curated, so enrollment is limited. I am now accepting applications! Please e-mail me at email@example.com for more details!
Stay tuned next week for more updates on my Creative Spirit Unleashed course or head on over to Facebook to get a sneak peek!