“Self-esteem does not come from surrounding yourself with people and things that seem to increase your value. Real self-esteem is an integration of an inner value with things in the world around you.” ~ Anna Deavere Smith American Actress, Playwright,... Continue Reading →
There are musings, themes, writings, and offerings in the creative cauldron, bubbling away and readying for emergence in these curious times ... stay tuned. For now ... Fire & Honey 'Medicine'. First, the Fire bit. That'd be one key theme... Continue Reading →
In the Spirit of the Season of Lights … stir the Light within you and shine brightly as a gift to all around you.
Ariakerou at Imado – Lighted House, by Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915). PD-US.
“I build a lighted house and therein dwell.”**
This is a musing on well-lit houses, inner (and outer) gardens, being refuge and/or refugee, among other things.
In his July esoteric astrology letter, Phillip Lindsay shared the above ‘keynote’ for the archetype of the moon-ruled sign of Cancer, along with other powerfully insightful and inspiring observations and reminders.
(Thank you, Phillip. Kindred-spirit readers, you’ll find the link to Phillip’s full article below — highly recommended inspiration!)
We’ve recently had this Cancerian wellspring stirred, as the Sun did its annual meander through Cancer, along with Mercury and Venus.
Beyond these few weeks, the invitations and deep wellsprings of this deeply feminine, Yin-Water archetype are vitally important for these turbulent times we’re living in.
The same could be said for the ‘greater angels’ of each of the archetypes, and may it be…
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More Ease. More Calm + Confidence. More Clarity & sense of purpose. 'Tis the season (again ... how did that happen so fast?). If you're super-eager to see the current early-December specials, hop right on over: Early-December Specials - Calm+Confident, Clarity+... Continue Reading →
"If everything is uncertain, then the future is open to human creativity, to possibility and therefore to a better world." ~ Immanuel Wallerstein We don't normally see chaos as an ally, because it seems so, well, chaotic. Uncertain. It feels... Continue Reading →
nar·row-mind·ed. adjective. "A person with a limited outlook who is unwilling to consider alternative ideas, perspectives or thoughts. An example of narrow minded is a person who has a strong political position and who will not even listen to debates... Continue Reading →
“Our destiny is the golden thread that holds together the hearts of humanity and the heart of the world. We carry the heart of the world within our own heart, and through living our destiny we nourish the heart of... Continue Reading →
We’re born into this world already with just the blend of inherent traits, ancestral intelligence, and soul imperatives we need for this lifetime’s expedition. Some of this encoding is time-released, and some is latent until it’s activated by certain forces... Continue Reading →
There are several 'big energy' activations and/or life-milestone cycles underway just now. Here's a snapshot, and I have a few specific updates on the writing roster for a couple of these. The shifts and fluxes in the shared energy field... Continue Reading →
Persephone, like Inanna, is such an important mythic and archetypal story about the epic Underworld Journey and initiation into our deep-Feminine wisdom. Some of us experience a real-deal Dark Night of the Soul, a true Underworld Journey, as we're shaken... Continue Reading →
I’m happy to share this lovely musing from Nimue Brown on ‘Redefining Luxury’.
One part of reclaiming our mojo in various areas of life involves reclaiming and redefining words (and the corresponding actions) that have been co-opted and put in service of the Rat Race.
By reflecting on and reclaiming our own definition of ‘luxury’, we’re also centering in on what truly has value and worth to us (rather than what we’re brainwashed to value regardless of whether it contributes to our own and the collective wellbeing).
This is a natural question for those of us exploring the Taurean-Venus ‘mystery school’ (aka Taurus Rising) in this lifetime, since the soul-expression of Taurus is to explore, define, and take root in what’s truly of worth and what expresses the deepest and truest of all values (vs. the more superficial and transient ones defined by consumption-driven culture).
But regardless of the soul explorations and adventures we’re immersing in, these are questions that invite us all to come home to what matters most to us.
What has value, what feels (and is) of real value and worth to us, and in what simple, often-overlooked ways might we rediscover real luxury and decadence?
Many of my ‘Top 10’ (or 20, or …) simple and rich luxuries would overlap the list that Nimue shares (you’ll find the link to her post below).
I’ve added another recent discovery in the comments on Nimue’s post — going ‘minimal or sans electricity after sundown at least several (or more) days a week.
I’ve found that, as much as I love and appreciate technology, this practice feels truly decadent in our over-tronned times!
Another simple-pleasures practice of mine in recent years has been to reclaim the wisdom of my wise woman/man ancestors by learning the ‘wild plant allies’ around me and their nutritional and medicinal gifts to us. Truly rich, and very abundant.
My ‘about Jamie‘ musing includes more of my own appreciated, simple and rich luxuries.
Thanks to Nimue for this lovely post and invitation to reflection and the power of redefining and reclaiming ‘luxury’. You might also want to check out some of her other posts, like “What’s it Worth?”
How about you?
What simple pleasures and natural luxuries have you rediscovered or renewed your appreciation for?
Western culture tends to define luxury around items that cost a lot of money, or at a pinch, experiences that cost a lot of money (luxury holidays, mostly). ‘The Good Stuff’ is all about objects, and to afford the objects, or cheaper replicas of the objects, we have to work very hard. The culture of things is not sustainable, our planet cannot keep everyone in the style of an average western household, much less in the style of a household that can afford a lot of luxury goods.
What do you consider to be a luxury? Is it the price tag? Is luxury defined by scarcity? Is it an emotional response to something indulgent? If so, what feels indulgent? If we can redefine luxury, perhaps more of us can get off the treadmill and enjoy living, rather than chasing after objects that will soon become obsolete. Here are ten things…
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