Do you believe in ghosts?
When I was a kid, I lived in an old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. There was a great big red barn behind the house and 100 year old cottonwood trees all over the property.
All the homes in this area were separated by acres of land. The nights were bright with stars and the days filled with the sounds of insects and birds abuzz in the trees.
Every year in the late fall, enormous orb weaver spiders would build webs that hung from the eaves over every window.
Our house was a ranch style home that had a basement.
Part of it was finished and part of it was not.
The unfinished part was windowless and filled with stuff:
old toys from childhood, my parent's year books, boxes of books, forgotten furniture, heirlooms and more.
In the farthest back, right corner of that room was a door.
No one wants to talk about grief. Do you?
What comes up for you when you hear the word?
Maybe you have even decided to skip reading this newsletter because you are thinking "this doesn't apply to me".
Maybe you are thinking you don't want to read about grief right now because there is too much intensity going on in the world.
But I would ask you, dear soul, how can we not talk about it?
It's August, in the year 2021.Let that sink in....Okay, I know we all know that! The point is, you are here and you are breathing and that is a good thing. The future is upon us.
The world feels like it is accelerating...the chaos, the pace, the danger, weather, fire, disease.....
And we humans, a part of the dance of it all.
Sometimes, it is hard to see what is truly in front of us in our lives.
Hello dearest ones, I speak to you now from the cusp, as we move our bodies and our hearts toward the culmination of light that is the Summer Solstice.
These long days of light are an antidote to the shadow and dark we have felt these many months of the past year.
There are things opening, in us and around us....
We are all at different stages in our grief...
and our elation.
We have been through the sticky webs of trauma in a world turned upside down, we still feel and see the heartbreak and frustration that weaves through our world, this planet, this Earth.
We have all had a myriad of experiences....some of us are tired and confused and some of us have had uplifting, and revelatory experiences.
And everything in between.
All are valid and real and you deserve to be exactly where you are at in this moment.
It's time to figure it out.
Are you locked into a routine?
We can get so attached to them.
They help us feel safe and efficient.
We rely on them to structure our day and to give us a sense of direction.
Don't get me wrong, routines are important to have.
But have you ever stopped to consider how some of these routines might be affecting you?
Are there routines that keep you stuck?
Maybe some of the routines are in place because you have always done/felt/been that way but have you ever tuned in to see if they are a part of your present-time self?
Are you stuck in old ways of being?
Me too, sometimes.
Recently, I have been going through some of my old writing and poems. Some of it is from my graduate thesis which is about 15 years old, some of it is more recent. My intention at the beginning of this process was to find and work on some pieces for publication.
I have to say, if you want to be confronted with some of your old patterns or thought forms, take a look back at old journals or writing and look with an objective eye. Look for patterns or themes.
This is what I have been doing and I got more than I bargained for!
As I was looking at the writing (and feeling the energy of those times) I could see the same themes emerging over and over again throughout the years, some of which still persist. I wasn't surprised.... but I was curious about it.
How is it that I could still have so many old thought forms kicking around into present time, even after decades of personal work?!
Let's take a moment to take a breath together. Let's feel the collective support that comes from this small act, knowing that there is possibly someone else in this newsletter's community doing the same at the same time you are.
My grief is deep. My words are caught in my throat. My heart is broken.
Happy Holidays everyone! I know that we are all feeling the effects of the strange and long year that is 2020. Many of us are exhausted, burned out, traumatized, confused, lonely and overwhelmed (where my Sensitives at?!).
On the other hand, this year has provided many, the time for contemplation, change, deep personal work and new ways of thinking.
I know this is a simplistic summation of a complicated year but I thought we all could use some direction and help (even if it is something as simple as gifts), no matter where we fall on the spectrum of things.
This year, I have put together a Holiday Gift Guide. These are items and businesses that are largely women owned, BIPOC owned, local to Colorado or small businesses I know of in other places.
I looked for beauty, innovation and a sense of spirit in my selections. I hope you enjoy the list and I hope it inspires you to support these businesses this Holiday Season and beyond.
I know that your support of my small business this year has helped to keep me afloat. I have so much gratitude for you!
Without further ado...here is the list.......
Lark Fox is a Priestess, an herb wyfe, Seer, intuitive healer, writer and ceremonialist.
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