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Body Wisdom + Trance-Formation

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Body Wisdom Wednesday is a new series for me.  It invites me into relationship with all my bodies…the physical, spiritual, and emotional.  I invite the bodies to dance with my intuition and creativity, finally capturing something of myself with a small image on a card to add to my growing collection.

I have been cultivating Body Wisdom for decades.  It is amazing what the body knows….what it remembers.  For example, when I was very, very young I had a traumatic event take place.  I never forgot the happening, but I was so young that I didn’t have a sense of exactly where it happened in my hometown.  One day when I was delivering flowers for the florist I designed for, I drove up to the back door of a store.  Finding myself in the alley, I noticed my breathing changed.  I felt vulnerable and my heart raced.  I was having a panic attack, only there was no reason that I could discern that would have triggered it.

I calmed myself, looked at my surroundings with more peaceful eyes and noticed an oleander bush that reminded me of a time long ago.  I called my father and asked him a few questions that helped me confirm that the alley way was part of the traumatic event from decades before.  I would have had no idea, but by body did.  It held the memory.

Now I drive by the alley way all the time.  It doesn’t bother me.  Instead I think of it as a place where I learned of the power of body memories, to honor what the body knows even if the mind thinks otherwise.

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Trance-Formation

The woman in this Body Wisdom Card is a version of myself.  She is full grown but in the fetus position.  She holds a flower in her womb and seems to be attached to a blossom.  The image tells the story of  birth, rebirth, and what we birth.  In her hair hides a heart.  Hair can feel energetic to us, give us strength.  It connects us to our Crown Chakra, the energy center in our body that opens us to a higher Divinity.  The womb connects the Chakra Center at the other end of the body, as well, allowing us to connect with Mother Earth. Overall, the painting feels serene and transformative.  We often think of creativity as an active thing, but in this moment, it seems to unfold with tranquility. The woman has gone inward in a kind of trance that appears to be sparking a growth of self.

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Art Heals

I have been a busy little Creative lately.  The studio is a royal mess… I say royal because I think it reflect a bit of Queen of Creativity vibe to it which I take in stride.  All that creativity is coming out of a desire to express the big journey my life is taking as I live with cancer until my upcoming surgery.  I know I mention it often in my posts, but my life really revolves around that deep self-care these days and I want to share that part of my journey with you.

I feel like we all have something that drives us closer to care for yourselves.  Mine is cancer right now, yours may be stress or self-doubt, desires for more serenity, who know…. the list potentially could be very long.  But I know self-care in the midst of life itself isn’t just a means of making life more bearable, I believe it is one of THE reasons we come to the Earth School.  To learn to love ourselves and care for ourselves.

Art in the Name of Self-Care

In yesterday’s post about Gifts from the Universe, I gave a peek at one of the pieces I have been working on.  It is about love of my body, radiating an exuberance for life, and looking inward for wisdom and guidance.  I did her with a series of other paintings in a very intuitive process that starts out with mark making on the canvas then look to the canvas and the self to collaborate on what wants to be expressed.  I will share the other pieces some other time.  For today, I would like to feature the Queen of my Secret Garden.  I just adore her!

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My Morning Meditation in the Studio

Body Wisdom Check-in

Sitting with eyes closed, focusing on my heart and on the seat of knowing that sometimes gives me a gut intuition , pull my attention out from behind my eyes and try to be aware of every cell in my body… aware of the wholeness of me.  I invite in a steady peace and confidence into the space that is me and then expand it into my day. Breathing into that I let go of trying to control and lean into the Mystery of not-knowing.  I stay with this until I intuitively know I am done.  Then a deep breath, a good stretch and the day begins!

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Body Wisdom Art Cards

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I am excited about all the potential October is bringing.  I have put together a loose schedule of subjects I want to explore that I think will give us some opportunity to visit some of my favorite ways to insure life is meaningful with just a touch of magic.  Here is my Blogtoberfest plan…. keep in mind I will have a few surprises blended in to keep it FRESH!

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  • Tuesdays…. This SENSE-sational Life:  Using the senses to cultivate a sensation life
  • Wednesdays… Body Wisdom Wednesday: An intuitive, creative check in with the physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies
  • Thursdays… Surprise Gift from the Universe: Cultivating a mindset of possibility that encourages the Universe to shower us with gifts
  • Fridays… Inside Creativity Tribe Studio:  A peek at my latest works of art
  • Saturdays… Dear Creative Spirit:  Prompts to help you infuse your life with creativity and your creativity with life
  • Sundays..Seeking Sanctuary:  Going inward for the journey to being and becoming

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A beautiful symphony of self-care practices is coming together for me right now.  Looking at having surgery sometime in the not so distant future, I have been checking in with what the physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies need.  So often they are intertwined.  Our physical body has aches and pains that call attention to emotional wounds which point the way to spiritual shifts.

Part of my treatment for all three (physical, emotional, spiritual) is to check in with the physical body first and allow it to point the way to the needs of the emotional, finally, letting the spiritual do the work.  For me, creativity and intuition are a huge part of my spiritual life.  They open the door to deeper awareness…inevitably offering deeper healing.  For the month of October, I will be sharing some of my Body Wisdom Cards with you for Body Wisdom Wednesday.  You may find that they tap into any of the three bodies mentioned above or into a combination of them.

Today’s cards were inspired by my interview on Become Soulfully Connected Telesummit.  The interview is up for about 24 more hours.  There is a free gift called the Creativity Booster Pack that I hope you will check out!

It was also inspired by Jon Gabriel’s 21 Day  Meditation for Weight Loss Challenge.  Now I am not one who is a proponent of diets for myself.  I really believe they have messed up more than they have helped, but Jon Gabriel’s mind-body approach to weight loss is very different and revolutionary as far as I am concerned, so I jumped at the opportunity to take part in the challenge.  And so far it is delightful and inspiring!

My Body Wisdom Cards for Today

I started working with my Body Wisdom Cards by listening to the mediation Jon Gabriel sent out today.  It was centered around the affirmation… “I radiate health and vitality, I naturally release excess weight.”

Next, I checked in with my intuition as to what essential oil I might use to support a deeper understanding of all three levels of the body.

I chose Wild Orange, a happy scent that is both uplifting and calming at the same time.

Art Card Process 1

This is an image I designed for the BSC Telesummit.

Art Card Process 2

I worked on the two cards initially as one piece. The first representing a more structured idea, the second inviting in more of an organic flow.

Art Card Process 3

I eventually separated the two.  The first I embellished with matte and shimmery water colors, Prismacolors, and paint pen.  The second, I repeated some of the themes discovered in the first and began to tell a story about what is going on in my body.  The circle with flowers and a heart is the symbol I have been exploring in my journals as I explore what it means to me to have uterine cancer.  The ovaries have blossomed into flowers.  (I later realized that it also resembles an orange…perhaps a Wild Orange!)  The little snail is a recurring character in my art which I believe to represent curiosity.

Art Card Box

I chose a box I had in my studio to hold my card collection. I intend to continue working with the cards and exploring them during my 21 Day Meditation Challenge.

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A Sense of imBalance

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My life has gotten out of balance….literally.  Last week I somehow twisted my knee.  I woke up one day to tightness, mild swelling, and an unstable joint.  When I wanted to walk, I had to hop and stoop to get around.  I am still all bent up.  The pain isn’t bad.  It just doesn’t really work right.  Needless to say, I am jumping into self-care mode to help get my knee what it needs.

This afternoon I am headed to the chiropractor; tomorrow, a massage.  Even with that though, I think the quirk in my knee must be less about something physical and more about something desiring more balance in my life.

That is why during my meditation this weekend I have explored where the imbalance comes from.  You see, I am learning that imbalance is an invitation to a new level of balance.  I don’t think it has to be that something is wrong as much as that there is a new something right trying to make its way into life.

My meditation connected me with a time when I was completely immobilized with severe back pain. Same thing then, no apparent episode to blame it on, just woke with it!  I remember knowing then that if I was ever to have better use of my body that I wanted to dance.  I needed to dance….not for the sake of my body, but for my overall well-being. Dancing celebrates my body.  It is a moving affirmation of a part of me that for much of society doesn’t fit.

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I am a big, curvy girl.  I have been since the third grade.  Something shifted in my existence that year, and I went from a small child to a large child.  I have spent a good portion of my life fighting against the negative spin our society, culture, the media, and even well-meaning loved ones throw out about anyone who doesn’t have the perfect body. Sometimes I am tricked into thinking that only curvy bodies have to contend with this, but I know that there are very few women and even very few men who love their bodies and accept them.  How can that be?

Yesterday my husband made a list of reasons why he thought I should read a book. He said I had a lot in common with the author.  He is so cute. He even made a list.  At the bottom of the list of how I was like her, he wrote that I was an advocate for body acceptance.  I didn’t know he saw me as that.  I am an advocate for many things, but for body acceptance, I think I could up my game.

That is the new balance for me….affirming my body in all its roundness, with all its pudgy places, with its twisted up knee, its little mole on my wrist that grows a single thin hair out of it til it is long enough for me to pluck it away, for the lines that are stretching out along the soft flesh below my eyes, and the small but very present age spots that have found their way to the back of my left hand.

I am celebrating you too.  You, fat…You, thin….You, sagging….You, graying….You, bleeding or not….You, barren or bursting with child….You, tired and goofy or graceful and glowing….You, You, You….in every glory of every realness of You!

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Reflection Moon & Creativity Boosters

Body Wisdom Project

Body Wisdom Project

Each New Moon for this year, I join with my friend (and sometimes workshop partner) Jessica to explore our relationship with the body by choosing a focal word for lunar cycle.  We have been focusing on February’s Believing Moon, exploring what it means to believe in the wisdom of the body.  As is often the way with intuitive journeys like the one we are creating together, each level can unfold with a certain balance of mystery and synchronicity.

The mystery comes out of traversing the unknown.  This is especially true when you give yourself up to the guidance of a collaborative experience.  Having Jessica’s input makes my experience more rich, but it also takes me to places I would never have gone on my own.  There is a degree of fear that accompanies a shared journey, but I find that the results feel almost divinely inspired.  Is that the wisdom of the body leading us to a richer more meaningful experience?  Is it the spirit of friendship that is crafting a course of healing for us both individually and as a unit?  Or perhaps it is just the nature of creativity….that something bigger than the parts will find its way into existence. 

Whatever it is, the Believing Moon has reminded me that something guides my path and that when I listen to my body and what it has to offer, I am made more whole.

Reflection Moon

March’s Moon….

After a bit of discussion, Jessica and I are delighted to name the focus for the next lunar cycle…Reflection Moon.  We have both signed up for Oprah and Deepak’s 21 Days of Mediation Challenge (would love for you to join us!…starts today!) and will be stretching that out to fill the entire Moonth.

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The Reflection Moon will be about

  • looking into the self,
  • sitting and reflecting on what it,
  • encouraging the self not to strive for more but to simply be willing to admire what is reflected of the self,
  • falling in love with the wonder and authenticity of what IS before reaching for something more.

Join Jessica and I as we explore the relationship with body. We will update our blogs on the New and Full Moons and will post to our Facebook pages as inspiration strikes.

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Body Wisdom Project {Believing Moon}

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This moonth’s focus word for the Body Wisdom Project is believe.  The Believing Moon…..as I like to think of it.  There are many ways to interpret that word and even more ways to apply it. My intention is to hold onto what I know of the word and let it be my partner as I investigate the wisdom the body has to offer.

This has brought up a lot of uncertainty for me.  What does it mean to believe in my body?  What does it look like to live in a way which honors the wisdom of my body as if it is real…as if I can believe in it and trust in it?

I think belief in the messages of the body is something that grows stronger with practice. It is like the best friend who is shy at first but who talks more and shares more as they discover that you are willing to listen and hold a space for them.  The body wants to be heard.

Like every body, mine has its fair share of aches and pains, stories and wounds.  The Body Wisdom Project has helped me cultivate a relationship with my body so that I can hear the course towards bringing peace to the storms of the body.  The medicine it needs varies.  Sometimes I have listened and heard that I needed a certain food or supplement, more water, or a certain kind of movement.  Sometimes I needed to place my hand on the wound and bring attention to it…..like a long, embrace.

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Most recently, I have found myself needing a kind of comfort that I don’t know how to give myself…..a kind of comfort that felt like it had to come from something greater than me.  In those moments when my body and spirit have desired deep renewal, I have felt myself remembering my mother and grandmothers, teachers and mentors who have passed.  I remembered what it felt like as a child to have my hair and face stroked by my mother….attentive and loving.  My imagination took me to a place where these Wise Women surrounded me, and as they gathered around, I noticed my body sinking into a profound relaxation.  I sighed.  I took it in.  And then, I made the decision to BELIEVE.

This kind of imagining is what I call Sacred Play.  It has become one of my favorite creative acts. I love that it has shown itself in The Body Wisdom Project.   As the Moon makes her way to darkness again, I will continue to explore, along with Jessica of Hearth Roots, how the word believe relates to the body.

Do you have a bit of Body Wisdom to share?  I would love to hear it!

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Full Moon Mindfulness

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A few weeks ago, at the dark of the moon to be exact, I began a personal exploration of my relationship with my body.  I am approaching this journey with my friend, Jessica.  We call it the Body Wisdom Project.  Our intention during this moon cycle is to LISTEN.

It seems like a no brainer; LISTEN to the body.  But how often do we do it?  How often do we get quiet enough to tune out the world and  its messages and messiness, and tune into the body’s subtle whispers.  How often do we follow the body’s advice?  How often do we honor the wisdom it offers?

The Body Wisdom Project puts LISTENING at the center of what I value during the day.

Full Moon in Trees

Connecting the Body Wisdom Project with the cycle of the moon has helped me connect more deeply with my body.  Towards the end of 2012 I offered a moon wisdoms e-course called Touch the Moon.  The course helped me amplify my awareness of the moon, its rhythms, and meanings.  As I have watched the moon these past couple of weeks since the Body Wisdom Project began, the connection with my body has grown more intense.  Something has shifted.

I began at the dark of the moon, when the moon was void of all light, and have continued to allow my connection to grow as the light of the moon has.  The moon has become an outward reminder of an inward journey.

Where the journey has taken me…

In the first couple of days as I listened, I became aware of some of the aches and pains in my body.  The most prevalent one being a pain I have had in my neck for nearly 6 months.  I asked what the neck needed. I discovered that it is very tense. I often tighten it for no reason. And so as I listened more and became aware of the tension, I would send my breath to the muscle and invite it to release.  This has been very helpful and has brought me some relief.

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I also heard my body telling me it was thirsty and starving.  These surprised me to some degree.  When I asked what it was starving for, I discovered that I need more greens and root vegetables.  That is how I fell in love with brussel sprouts.

This week, I began hearing that my body wanted to move….more specifically, to dance. I reached out to a friend and on Friday we met at my house to dance to Gabrielle Roth’s Inner Wave.  Gabrielle’s dance is spiritual, mindful, meditative. It didn’t take long for me to find myself in a sort of communion with my body, tenderly moving it to its own rhythms, taking on the shapes that gave meaning to what it needed to express.  Expressions like….relief that I was willing to honor it with this delicate movement, grief over the messages it receives from the world, delight at the memories of dances past, hope from more dancing in the future, dreams of bringing moving meditation to others.  All that wrapped up in the nuance of a flit of the hip, a carefully placed step, breath pulled in and guided out, heat across the brow, a growing joy in my spirit.

With the arrival of the full moon on Saturday, I payed special attention to the body.  I LISTENED.  And heard….rest.  And so these last couple of days, I have given myself rest as the body has needed it, letting go of any notions that I need to get more done.  The body says rest.  And I am trusting that the rest will be just what I need.

Join Jessica and me in LISTENING.  Let’s start a movement.  A gentle, loving movement.

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Body Wisdom Project {Listen}

A few days ago I picked up an old journal. Inside I found an entry about wanting to pay closer attention to my body and promises that I would practice more self-care. The shift in my relationship with my body from that time to this is quite apparent.  Self-care one of my personal core values.  But, I crave a connection that is even deeper. I crave more peace, less doubt. I crave a level of understanding and interaction that can only come from a practice of listening to the wisdom my body offers.

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This idea isn’t new to me. Over the last several months, I have been preparing to make this shift along with a dear friend of mine and dedicated blogger, Jessica from Hearth Roots. Mine and Jessica’s friendship has been centered around body wisdom from its very beginnings. She was my dance instructor, and I, her massage therapist. Several months ago we started seriously considering how to get the same level of connection with our bodies that we had in the good old days, when we were dancing regularly, when we were both wrapped up in finding a life mate, when we were discovering who we were as women.

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We each wanted to tap into our body and seek it’s guidance and direction for the journey it wanted to lead.  We named our shared adventure the Body Wisdom Project.  It begins today, on the first New Moon of the New Year.

We have chosen a word to guide the Moonth’s focus: LISTEN.  As the Moon makes its way from darkness to full light, we will discover what it means to listen to the body and what the body wants us to know as we listen.  We will each share parts of our journey and lessons with you on our blogs and on a website we are creating as a sort of sacred meeting space for anyone interested in joining us in the Body Wisdom Project.

New Body Wisdom Moon: Listening

I close my eyes.
All around me are the swarms of life among which my body exists.
The rat-a-tat-tat of a game played in the next room,
neighbors or perhaps even strangers talking in the street in the middle of the night,
the cold, wet air of Winter seeping in from under the pier and beams.
Slight, sweet taste of pecan from dinner contrasts
the uneasy ache of restless nights that hibernates between my shoulders.

What does it mean to listen?

My awareness turns to the body.

Are the senses part of the body?
Those are the intelligence gathering agents between body and the world it lives in.
Separate. But related.

What does the body have to say tonight?

Breathe….she says.
Breathe in peace.
Rest in the breath.
Dance with the breath.
Know that you are the breath and the body.
You are the knowing.
When you show up to the body’s wisdom,
You are showing up to YOU.

With gratitude for the listening….

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