I signed up for three different online classes for the month of August and have been wondering how I will have enough time to devote to them plus stay active here. Along comes Susannah with the answer...
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I'm not sure how I managed to go all this time without ever reading The Red Tent, but I have. It's been recommended to me multiple times but I pushed it aside and moved on to other books. My guess is that I wasn't ready for it quite yet.
Have you read this book? The book is voiced from the perspective of Dinah from the Bible, the daughter of Jacob and Leah. I love hearing about the women's time in the red tent during the new moon. Why have I never heard of the concept of the red tent until now? Perhaps I had but overlooked it. They say, "The teacher will arrive when the student is ready." I completely agree.
Anyway, the women circled in the red tent during their womanly cycles. This is where they were nourished and loved, rested and restored. This is where they honored their histories, of those of the women who had gone before them, and those who would come after them. This is where they healed.
Why have we not continued this practice? Oh, how the women would be nurtured by this divinely feminine support. We NEED this. Inside of us, we have a hunger for this lost story, a story that we can choose to weave into our history. Let us be led into the shelter of the red tent, gently by our sisterhood, our tribe. We shall rejoice as our bodies sync with the repetition of life, as we gather wisdom of the women and place in our pockets for safekeeping.
There are days where I wake up so exhausted and grumpy that I'm not sure if I truly caught any sleep. Even so, I trudge on through my daily chores and put on a happy face. I'm a firm believer in the, "Fake it till you make it." concept and on days like these I have to place this theory into action. The most valuable approach for me is seeking beauty in the ordinary.
Take a moment and look around you.
What do you see?
Look past the obvious.
Call on your senses.
Is there something that you usually wouldn't notice that caught you eye?
Does it make you smile? Remember? Does it bring you joy?
Yes, that it!
Take a mental picture or an actual photo, if it helps.
Now, take that peace and try to carry it with you throughout your day.
When you're feeling a bit stressed, recall that mental picture. Take a few deep cleansing breaths as you focus on the image and bring yourself back to center.
Come back to this practice, if needed.
We get so busy in our lives that we don't always take the time to look around us and take in the little things that we would usually miss. This became so obvious to me when my son was a tot and he would be spellbound by what I deemed ordinary but he considered extraordinary. A rain drop, a snowflake, the wind blowing his hair, a butterfly, or even a flower amongst weeds.
For me, it all started with Spirits of Joy, seaching within to reconnect with my true self and remember the passions and dreams I had long forgotten. Part of my excavation was realizing that I am worthy of all the joy my heart could hold and what overflowed was at the ready to blanket those around me. It feels good to spread that passion for life with others and watch them unfold organically into beautiful, amazing beings.
This is why I’m hosting a giveaway for 3 spots to The Joy Up guided by the lovely Hannah Marcotti. Yes, three spots, thank you, Hannah! I want you to say, “Yes!” to:
- Showing up.
- Doing the work, but not for anyone but you. It’s your soulwork.
- To uncovering your dreams.
- Reconnecting with your joy.
- Stepping into your fiercely beautiful life.
- Seeking connection with a circle of women that your heart has been whispering for. Tribe.
- Unfolding, beautiful you.
The Joy Up begins on August 1st and runs through the 12th. Can you commit to 12 days of focusing on your joy, your self-care, your soul-care?
I’ll randomly pick three names on Wednesday evening at 6 pm CDT and post the lucky participants shortly after. To enter, leave a comment below declaring that you are chosing joy in your life.
Learn more about Hannah and the magical work she's sharing with the world at HannahMarcotti.com.
This giveaway is now closed. And the lucky winners... Cindi from Letting the Words Escape
Lisa Marie Tsering
and MPeez (Marisa)
Congratulations! Please send me an email so we can get you signed up for The Joy Up! amanda.j.stclairatgmaildotcom