February 28, 2014
Popping in briefly to invite you to come on over and check out Healing Waves – the place where I’m pouring out heart and art these days. The next group experience begins March 10, but you can begin the on-demand wave called Softening any time.
Softening is a beautiful way to prepare your heart for the other healing waves. And goodness – to prepare your heart for ALL of life. I’m soaking in the practices myself these days.
Love and light,
Right here, right now
February 20, 2014
She said yes to trust
February 4, 2014
I love this image because it’s my story.
I’ve lived through darkness that’s felt darker than pitch-black night;
…felt the pull of my heart to make whatever choice I’ve had in me to move toward light;
…said yes to that pull in faltering, hesitant ways that’ve opened out, over time, into full-bellied, arms flung wide “YES, Universe. I choose trust!”
…experienced slow dawnings and brilliant bursts of sunshine along this way and the learning, through experience, that the sun rises AND sets on this path…and rises again.
I’m growing stronger, lighter, softer.
Trust is taking root.
And now I’m following the pull of my heart to clear this path for you.
To create art that helps unravel your fear.
That seeds your trust.
That grows in you softness, and supple strength to face your road ahead.
I’m on a mission for this.
I invite you to join me next week for a 10-day wave of healing art, called Softening.
10 illustrated practices aimed at helping you unclench and develop a daily habit of softening.
Next month I’ll offer another 10-day wave called Centering, followed by a wave called Opening.
With joy, I invite you to come learn more.
Wishing you love and trust and joy,
P.S. There’s a temporary bundle deal if you’d like to join me for all three waves – $19, rather than $30 ($10/each). Sign up between now and February 10 to receive it!
New year :: New focus :: New art
January 15, 2014
Hello there! Things have been quiet around here, but oh my goodness, so NOT quiet at my studio table!
After three years of maintaining multiple arms of my business (client work, traditional e-courses, art), I’ve decided to hone more fully in on my art. Yay for art that heals and helps us grow!!
Practically speaking, here’s what this means:
- My shop will be growing (and growing!) with new trust-nourishing products and prints. I’m in a giant push of creativity over here, so watch for this to make its way into the shop in coming weeks.
- Blog content will be stand-alone illustrations – a change from the longer articles you’ll notice in the archives here.
- Trust Notes, my weekly email missives (see sidebar for sign-ups), will include an illustration, and will be THE place to get the meatier, worded reflections I so love to write. Click here to read what people are saying about them.
- Trust Tending e-courses for 2014 will hone in on illustrated art, like my Santa Pause offering, and will be offered around themes. Stay tuned for series of sketches that explore topics near and dear to your heart.
This website will be undergoing changes in coming days and weeks as well, to more clearly reflect my new focus. You may have noticed a few of them already. More to come!
In the meantime, I hope you’ll join me for Blessings – 10 days of inspired, illustrated blessings, sent to your inbox FREE. This is your chance to get a taste of the art that I’ll be offering all year through themed series of illustrations – on love, relationships, grief, parenting, money, and more. Click here to sign up.
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As part of my “coming out” as a full-time artist, I’ve been spreading art across the web! Some of it looks like the style of work you’ve seen me do before, but much of it is new. If you’ve seen the movie Frozen, I feel a little like Elsa when, after a lifetime of containing her gift, she finally lets it fully out. I have no idea what all I’m capable of, but I’m eager to find out!
While I’m definitely not about building an isolated ice-castle and closing off my feelings (!!!), this video of Elsa “letting go” speaks so much to how I’m feeling these days.
Below you’ll find a sampling of places I’ve been this month (click the thumbnails to go to full images) – all places I love and am honored to be part of promoting. These women are bright, beautiful lights, doing wonderful work in the world!
Big blessings to you, and all my love,
P.S. Don’t forget to sign up for Blessings if you want to get in on that goodness. They’re free, and start flowing this Monday.
December 24, 2013
December 18, 2013
My body is my guru: Jen Lee
December 11, 2013
photo by Bella Cirovic
Jen Lee is a friend and a deep, Trust Tending kindred. Her work inspires, heals, and comforts me on so many levels, and is blazing a trail – as we speak – for innovative, collaborative, world-healing work. Please welcome her to our My Body Is My Guru series.
My residency in my body has not been a comfortable one.
Perhaps it would have been easier if my insides matched my outsides so to speak, but this is not my design. My interior is intense and fiery, given to passionate bursts of speed and an appetite for execution. My body, by contrast, is a precarious eco-system with a very small sweet spot between over- and under-stimulation and limited endurance.
For a long time I regarded my body and its limitations with disdain. Who could be bothered to shower when there was so much to DO? I was annoyed that my work had to be interrupted for pesky things like sleep and meals and bathroom breaks. I fantasized about being free from these constraints. I read those articles about people who only need four hours of sleep each night with envy and longing.
I let my work burn like an unhindered forest fire until my body literally couldn’t sustain it. Until I felt certifiably crazy. My concern for my mental wellness finally pushed me to get help, to learn my body and surrender to it. To change my ways.
It’s strange to think about now–I mean here I am, sitting at my desk and really straining to remember what it was like in those days–what *I* was like–because it feels so foreign from the way I live now.
Now my body is the source of all I do. It lets me know when to sit down and get the words out and when to lie down. When to stare out windows and when to push through and get the task done.
And it doesn’t only influence my pacing or the design of my days–my body even chooses my friends. I tune in to how people *feel* to me, and now my closest friends are people who felt safe for reasons I couldn’t articulate if I had tried. I just knew how it felt to be near them, and reached out. I can often feel how a collaboration is going to go–whether the other people feel clean and clear, whether I can trust them to do the work on their side of the street as I do mine. Whether I can trust us both to take good care of one another with love and respect along the way.
I think this particular radar or knowing comes from having it go poorly. From being in situations where intimacy was used irresponsibly, communities where people were acting unconsciously or without integrity, from knowing people who were flooding with good intentions and leaving incredible wreckage in their wakes. It’s the kind of wisdom we all long to be spared from learning first-hand, but I don’t think we can learn any other way. All the after school specials of my youth and a social sciences degree did not teach my body how it feels to be in the presence of such people and situations, they only gave me a cognitive understanding of them, which is a really different thing.
My journey is far from over. I am coming off a year that saw some big dreams come true–creating a documentary about creative collaboration and taking it on tour with my daughters and many of the artists in my community–and to be honest, there’s a period of feeling a bit unmoored that I’m walking through now. Just this morning I had to remind myself, “Thinking will not get you through this.” That’s an old, go-to move: “I will obsessively ruminate my way to the other side of this discomfort.”
I know now: That is not the way to anything but a good long ride on the hamster wheel. I know my best bet is to keep soaking in warm tubs or resting under the covers with one hand on my navel and the other on my heart. To stretch and strengthen my body. To notice the way it makes me feel calmer to watch candlelight flicker and dance. It is my body that will carry me to the other side, that will help me recognize the way forward when I find it.
My body is no longer my enemy, in fact it never was. It is my sanctuary, my safe haven, and inside this skin and these bones I wait. I listen. I rest.
Jen Lee is the director and producer of the new documentary film, Indie Kindred. A publisher, producer and a performer in New York City’s storytelling scene, Jen has been featured on public radio’s Peabody Award-winning Moth Radio Hour. Jen’s soulful-meets-artful resources for off-map thinkers and makers at jenleeproductions.com include apparel, books, course curriculum, audio learning programs and film.
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My Body is My Guru is an ongoing series at Trust Tending. To learn how you might contribute *your* body story, click here.
Let’s get physical
December 10, 2013
Or getting more sleep… :)
December 9, 2013
My soul is feeling things these days that I can’t quite name. On one level there’s joy and glad anticipation of what life holds ahead. And there’s gratitude for what’s in my life and in my arms each day already.
On another there’s a kind of grief going on. The shifting nature of life – the way friendships and life seasons and circumstances come and go: I don’t always have peace with this.
This week my practice when I feel these tougher feelings is to put my hand on my heart and send love to whatever part of me is feeling them. To tell that part of me, “I’m here. I’m listening. I’m sorry you’re feeling blue.”
It doesn’t make the feelings disappear, but it helps life feel softer and kinder, which, goodness – isn’t nothing. Grief needs soft places to land.
I’m sending you love and linking arms with you in a special way if you’re feeling this mix of things, too. I’m glad we’re in this being-human thing together.
Your Great Work
December 5, 2013
This image was part of last year’s Santa Pause experience. If you’d like to receive images like this in your inbox each day this season, come see what Santa Pause is all about. Registration stays open through THIS SATURDAY.