You aren’t alone
November 28, 2012
Deck the halls
November 24, 2012
Like this sketch? Come join the Santa Pause circle to get one every day this season. 30 sketches to nourish, sustain, empower, heal, and multiply your trust. And a warm, big-hearted community to support you through your challenges this season.
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What people are saying:
Kristin’s art is wonderful, winsome and simply adorable! The delightful sketches are infused with wisdom, vulnerability, humor, humility, gentleness and love – fruits of her long, long seasons of courageous soul-tending. Like each of us, I’ll always have “a ways to go” down my own road toward deeper trust, but one thing I’m certain about: Kristin – with her pen and paintbrush and beautiful heart – is a great gift on this journey. ~Kellie Heath
On days when I find it hard to breathe, Kristin’s illustrations bring me back to the present and remind me I’m never ever in it alone. ~Lara Veon
Kristin’s artwork has allowed me to believe, to have faith and to trust that everything is as it should be. And that it is okay for me to have what I want in this life. It has launched me on an amazing healing journey. ~Kavindra Jacobs
I adore Kristin’s illustrations, because they are able to convey the deepest truths of the human experience. Always, though particularly in a season as fraught with emotional challenges as the holidays, they offer tremendous comfort to mind and spirit. ~Lindsey Mead
Kristin’s work always seems to be exactly what I need to help me get back to center in order to act in my own best interests. Her sketches are a wonderful place to find calm, peaceful guidance, most especially appreciated in these days of flashy distractions. ~Pamela Belding
November 20, 2012
This is a love note to anyone who loves to read, and who hasn’t for a long time because life is so full.
This is a love note to anyone who loves sitting in warm sun on a cool day, eyes closed, listening to silence. And who hardly remember what that feels like.
This is a love note to the folks who understand the power of exercise, the nourishment of good food, the leisure of a long, uninterrupted phone call with a dear one. And who’ve had strikingly little of all three lately.
This is a love note to the builders, to the healers, to the artists who are trying to find their truest way not on smooth and well-marked trails, but by blazing brand new ones. Trails that take hard, hard work to create, and that plunge into life’s depths every much as they open out into breathtaking vistas.
This is a love note to folks who wonder whether they’re making life harder on themselves than it needs to be.
Who’ve said YES to a call.
Who wonder how much of that call they made up.
Or whether it matters where it came from.
This note is for me. This note is for you.
This note is a heart-felt blessing that you give yourself kindness, right where you are. Kindness in your questions. Kindness in your pace. Kindness in that heart of yours that loves so much, that’s healing, that reaches out for love and connection like lungs reach for air.
You’re doing a fantastic job of being you, in this place, in this season.
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I’m looking so forward to Santa Pause! It already feels like a warm hug. I’d love your company for it, and am so inspired by the souls already gathering. Registration closes Saturday.
A new kind of power
November 9, 2012
These are the days, you guys.
I feel it like a drumbeat in my chest.
Like a piper waking me up, whistling me out beyond what I’ve always known and into a foreign-familiar homecoming.
We’re here to heal. To come together. To drop the illusion of separate, competing interests.
When you win, I win. When I lose, you lose. Our planet feels this. Our populations feel this.
But these are the days of moving out beyond even these dichotomies. Of focusing not on rightness and wrongness, winning and losing, but on wholeness. On recognizing our unavoidable part in a bigger story and listening, whole-heartedly, BIG-heartedly, to how we want to shape that unique part.
Jen Louden wrote a practical, prophetic piece on this before America’s election this week.
Julie Daley is writing beautifully about this kind of power.
Amy Oscar is a light for this Way.
And, goodness, we’re in such amazing company! I could link and link and link to the souls that are living out “These are the days!”
In this same vein is my deepening conviction that we who make livings from healing, heart-centered work are not in competition. We are soul doctors and soul nurses and spiritual therapists for a planet.
We each have a specialty, unique to us. And there are folks, many of them, for whom our specialties are most needed.
So. Bringing “these are the days” to these very weeks that finish our year – weeks when nearly all of us need soul support as we up our sugar intake, our activity levels, and time spent with dear ones who trigger our less-than-best power moves…
Here are some soul specialists to assist you this season. We are, all of us, trust tenders, and we’re consciously trying to embody the most healing, transformative kind of power.
Marianne Elliott | Zen Peacekeeper Guide to the Holidays
Liz Lamoreux | Water Your Soul
Hannah Marcotti | Holiday Joy Up
Rachel Cole | Wisdom Notes
Alana Sheeren | Picking Up the Pieces
Yours Truly | Santa Pause
Find something that nourishes and supports you (from this list or well beyond). Invest in it. Take seriously this call to embody – right in the midst of this season – your deepest power.
For my friend, who has breast cancer
November 7, 2012
More than just trying to cope
November 1, 2012
I recently had a conversation with a friend who’s been facing enormous challenges this year with breath-taking courage. I said something about my awe in her ability to cope with all she’s facing, and her response stays with me still.
I don’t want to just cope, she wrote.
I simply know, deeply, that we aren’t here to cope.
And so many spiritual practices (not to mention social constructs, mental health recommendations, etc. etc.) seem to me, to boil down to coping strategies.
I use them.
I want more.
I know there’s more.
And I’m drawn to the stories/people/teachers/poems/whatever that point beyond successful coping, to an all-the-way existence of all-is-well.
Perhaps being in a how-do-I-cope experience is an ideal place to learn.
My heart thinks instantly of all those struggling to stand in Hurricane Sandy’s wake.
And as I think on my friend’s wise words, and on the cry of my heart to find a way into the reality that I glimpse here and there, that wafts past my awareness in unexpected moments, that all is deeply well, always – yes, somehow in and through our darkest hours – my motivation to tend trust is fanned into energizing, heart-warming flame.
I believe small steps, taken over time – whether we’re writing a book, or starting a business, or raising children, or learning to move our bodies again – add up. They transform us.
And learning to do more than “just cope”, learning to trust life DEEPLY, is no exception.
So here we are in a brand new month. Here we are at the outer edge of a brand new holiday season. And I’m ready to use these very weeks – these very weeks that have historically been so full of stress and trying-to-just-make-it-through for me – as a classroom for this very trust I want to learn.
This holiday practice is one conscious move I’m making to nourish trust this season and to keep my sights set there, rather than on the swirl of reasons-to-need-to-just-cope that whirl around me.
And I would love nothing more than your company in this practice and in the bigger picture of this more-than-just-coping path. Join me?