Posts Tagged as: feminine

Flow. Lotus born.

Unknown artist. Source

Lotus Flower. Unknown artist. Source

“The lotus flower blooms most beautifully from the deepest and thickest mud.”    Buddhist proverb

Ever since the French philosopher René Descartes delcared “I think therefore I am,” the dualistic split between body and mind was affirmed, and the superiority of mind declared supreme. No wonder we have also come to despise darkness and glorify light, forgetting that there is no yin without yang and no yang without yin, no masculine without feminine, not in our world of manifestation. As Jung said, “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.

It is in the pregnant, feminine space of darkness that we remember to see with the light of our own heart. No darkness, no light.

“No mud, no Lotus.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

A symbol of awakening, the lotus flower grows luminous from the muddy waters of the flowing earth. Like the roots of the lotus, our roots are often invisible but nourish, nurture, and ground our soul in the dark and fertile soils of life. Without roots, we would have no way to nourish our life force. The deeper our roots descend, the higher we can reach, the more we are able to blossom and expand. This interconnectedness reminds me of my yoga asana practice, where the more I connect with the earth, the more I can lift up; the more I connect with my body, the more my spirit soars; and the more I ground, the more I flow. This flow is lotus born.

Om Mane Padme Hum

The Lotus

On the day when the lotus bloomed, alas, my mind was straying,
and I knew it not. My basket was empty and the flower remained unheeded.

Only now and again a sadness fell upon me, and I started up from my
dream and felt a sweet trace of a strange fragrance in the south wind.

That vague sweetness made my heart ache with longing and it seemed to
me that is was the eager breath of the summer seeking for its completion.

I knew not then that it was so near, that it was mine, and that this
perfect sweetness had blossomed in the depth of my own heart.

~ Rabindranath Tagore

Om Mane Padme Hum

Hail to the jewel in the heart of the lotus.

 

Gillian Gibree brought SUP Yoga to a whole other level on beautiful Lake Tahoe, California.

Gillian Gibree. Yoga in Lake Tahoe, Ca. Via Roxy Blog

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Grounding on the earth, 0pening to the sky yoga pose. Photo Pacific Elements

lotus and hummingbird

Lotus and hummingbird, watercolor by rwhooper on Etsy

lotus glowing in the dark

A lotus flower blooms. JOY by Junya Hasegawa

…Help us be the always hopeful

Gardeners of the spirit

Who know that without darkness

Nothing comes to birth.

~ May Sarton

In the spirit of Yanantin, may we come into greater balance in our hearts, spaces, and lives. And may reconnecting to our ancestral roots help us unfurl and expand into the fullness of our being. With love,

Ode to Feminine Space. An architecture of flow. An architecture of the feminine

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We are sucking the soul out of our lives and not replenishing it. And yet we feel that something is missing, yearning for a different kind of experience of wholeness that deeply feeds, awakens, and revitalizes our souls. Are you longing for intimacy, deep communication, connection? This is an invitation to notice, liberate, express, and experience the feminine: the feminine dimension of our being, the feminine dimension of space, the feminine dimension of the sacred…

Jun 18, 2013 | continue reading →

Edgewalkers of flow

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There is a good thing on top of that mountain. I will make a straight line for it.” But the archetypal way is not like that; it is a serpentine way that wriggles and spirals its way to the top. We often feel defeated by it and brought to a standstill. It makes most people…

Apr 2, 2013 | continue reading →

Feminine flow, unfurling through space

In Elements of Loïe Fuller, Jody Sperling

I love the sinuous, kinetic, serpentine, swirling, spiraling movements of these beings expressing fluidity. The last one is a woman, a Goddess-like artist able to beautifully embody and transmit this sacred quality, this feminine flow vibrating between the auditory, visual, and tactile dimensions as She unfurls through space.   The work I do is extremely…

Jan 7, 2013 | continue reading →

The joy of blooming, a story of love

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Joy. When I hear the word blooming, I see flowers and I’m filled with joy. They are precious gifts from Mother Earth. I invite you to call on their feminine essence and joyful medicine to inspire and support your blossoming. Because your blossoming is essential to life.

Jun 20, 2012 | continue reading →

My Pinterest obsession. Unleashing Creative Flow.

Peter Gentenaar| paper sculpture

Peter Gentenaar’s ethereal paper sculptures inside the Abbey church of Saint-Riquier in France. I love these luminous forms juxtaposed against the ancient interior of this church. Seen together, they seem to be dancing in space. The Church, providing the architectural backdrop for their movement.

Feb 5, 2012 | continue reading →

Art Basel and the Soul of a Woman

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What inspires you and where do you find beauty? I am fascinated by the encounters with the natural and art filled world. I present to you my journey through Art Basel Miami, Dec. 2011. Art Basel is an art show originally from Basel in Switzerland, with art from around the world.

Jan 31, 2012 | continue reading →

i flow, rooted in the soil of my own heart

“I am rooted, but I flow.” ~ Virginia Woolf i am daughter of river, sea and wind every drop of my soul held in the waters of life   i grow roots deep in the earth arms reaching high in the sky planting seeds in other hearts   i flow gracefully rooted in the soil…

Apr 7, 2011 | continue reading →

The pendulum is swinging. Another world pulsing its way into being

Radiance by MarjoryMejia

The Feminine I am interested in feminine power, which suffers when women all around the globe deny and silence part of themselves to fit in, to conform, to survive, to be accepted and to succeed within our patriarchal structures. Our patriarchal culture rewards extinguishing part of our nature. It is the sacrifice we believe we…

Mar 8, 2011 | continue reading →

The scintillating power of YES

This is the YES that rolled out of the mouth of Molly in Ulysses (Gabler Edition) (1906) by James Joyce, the book that turned literature around with the quintessential flow of his feminine writing. This female character uttered a roaring YES in a gesture that celebrated life with gusto, without fear, without submitting to anything or anyone. This is power, to know your essence and sing it in pure affirmation. A Goddess. Out her throat and lips came a YES that shattered all the oppressive NOs into nothingness.

Mar 4, 2011 | continue reading →
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