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Pop-Up Sanctuary for the Creative Spirit

Pop-up Sanctuary Creativity Tribe

Recently, I created Creativity Tribe’s first Pop-Up Sanctuary for the Creative Spirit.  I was invited to participate as support staff at MindFit 5K, designed to bring education and attention to Depression Awareness Month.  Helping professionals and wellness-oriented services came together in my hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas to share resources that might support the whole person…from financial advisors to massage therapists, portable labyrinths to Tai Chi.

Crystal singing bowl with Rachel PayneI knew I belonged there, but felt an immediate drain when I thought of setting up the traditional booth to talk about what I do.  I didn’t want to talk about it. I didn’t want to just explain what I do or how I thought I might be able to help, I wanted to give them an experience instead. I wanted to invite them into a world of mindfulness, connection, and play, so they might walk away already feeling lifted up.

I have found that Creativity Tribe, at its best, is an out-of-the-box kind of entity.  So many of my services have a creative twist that make them different from what most people, at least in my neck of the woods, have experienced.

How do you explain to someone how a giant crystal bowl sounds or the way it vibrates when you sit near it so that your body can feel it reverberate?  How do you explain that using a rock to set intention can have an effect on how you live your life or deepen your sense of meaning about the event we are gathered for?

So, I set out to break the rules.

What I came up with was intimate, inviting, centering, and focused on opportunities for those who participated to connect with themselves, with the others who joined in, and with me.Creativity Tribe's mandala installation offered an invitation to bring meaning and magic to life.

Pop-Up Sanctuary for the Creative Spirit

I debuted Creativity Tribe’s Pop-Up Sanctuary for the Creative Spirit.  I invited the MindFit 5K participants to come sit, get a hug, indulge in the aromatic loveliness of essential oils, get lost in the sounds of the Crystal Bowl, connect with their heart, and a community of Creatives. I explained that the Sanctuary was a Creativity Tribe Happening…. created for renewing, rejuvenating, and re-creating your Body-Mind-Spirit!

The Pop-Up Sanctuary for the Creative Spirit was met with lots of curiosity, a bit of play, and an intent for bringing meaning to life.  I created a simple ritual that anyone could quickly do. Together we collaborated on a kind of art installation that represented our intentions for the night or for our lives in general.  It turned out to be beautiful and moving.

Families gathered at the Pop-Up Sanctuary for the Creative Spirit

Individuals and families sat together, supporting one another’s intent for a more peaceful, healthy, connected life.  Even the kiddos found it meaningful.

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Together we placed objects that symbolized our personal intentions into a communal space.  We supported one another while investing in our own growth.  That’s a Creativity Tribe!

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Love of Massage

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Falling in Love with Massage

Before I ever had a massage, I knew I wanted to love it.  I didn’t know why I needed massage in my life, I just knew I did.  The first time I had a massage, I went because I was ALL knotted up, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  Massage doesn’t just work with the physical body. It also has the ability to touch the emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies. I have always been a sensitive person. As a child, I cried easily.  My feelings were delicate. I held onto the weight of the world. My body took it all in.

I had just graduated from high school when I first considered massage.  I had heard the word but never considered it something that was useful or proper.  But one night after a trip to the ER my mother’s nurse suggested we might look into massage and reflexology, explaining the benefits for stress and headaches.   Not long after our conversation, just about a month, my mother passed away.  I spiraling into deep grief, all the while having a strong curiosity about how massage might have made things different.  Could my mother have found a way to a less painful life if she could have experienced massage?

I would never know the answer, but I was determined to discover all I could about this touch centered therapy as a way of discovering what might have been.

 

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I never suffered from migraines, but I felt a kind of overall inflammation that came with the grief of losing her.  I use inflammation not as a medical term, but more of a descriptive.  My soul felt inflamed.  The grief was pervasive, and I had little coping skills.

That is how I got knotted up. I got to a point where I was tired of the knots and the inflammations. I found my way to a massage therapist.  The massage felt great.  As she worked on me, I felt as though she was releasing a kind of tension that went beyond the muscles. My spirit felt like it was gently opening. I was emotional for days afterwards, but I knew it was the storm before the calm.

Massage would change my life.

Over the course of several years, I got massage as often as I could afford (every several months) and eventually followed my love of massage to school to get my license.  I went into massage looking for how to help get beyond just the physical benefits.  I wanted to give an experience that invited healing for the whole person, the same kind of experience I had been given.

Along the way, I discovered subtle nuances that offered that.  They were the same elements I cultivated in theatre and art classes, the same I now use as a Life Coach and Creativity Mentor.  They rise out of a feeling of safety, out of mutual respect, deepening trust, and a willingness to listen with empathy.

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Sure the mechanics of a massage are important, but I am believe in treating the whole person.

These are also the seeds of the community that is coming together under the umbrella that is Creativity Tribe. It is a sanctuary for Creative Spirits.  For some, that might seem like I am talking about art, but for me creativity goes much deeper than that. Creativity at its core is the fashioning of life itself.  It might take shape on a canvas, in between rows of dirt in the garden, on stage, or page.  It might also find its way – most certainly finds its way – into our relationships, our choices of how we treat ourselves, what we do with what the day gives us, and how we make meaning in our lives.

Massage called to me all those years ago, over two decades ago, so that I might give that gift of creativity and of touch to my body and then share in the creating of peace in the body, mind, and spirit of others.

When was the last time you had a massage?  Don’t you think it is time?  Your body will thank you for it.

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This Sense-ational Life {well being}

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This Sense-ational Life is a blogging series that explores the senses as a way of cultivating a more mindful, connected way of life.  This week’s post features guest blogger (and dear friend of mine) Rosemary from Reflections of My World.  Rosemary’s site highlights areas of her life, including her love of photography and her mindful, courageous journey to wellness after being diagnosed with an illness of her thyroid.  She is living a Sense-ational Life one day at a time and inspiring others to do the same.    

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Sense of WELL BEING
What does that mean to you and me?

The dictionaries say well-being is a noun and that it is a good or satisfactory condition or existence.

We can have money and security, and even perceived advantages over others at times, but that may not truly serve our best interest or well-being.  Did we have to give up a part of ourselves (our uniqueness) in order to gain that wealth and security?  If so, we may not really be contributing to our own sense of well-being.

What are some of the little things that add to your sense of well-being? Is there fluff that you could eliminate that would allow you to replace it with something that validates your well-being?  Perhaps practice, saying NO to others when you know that request to serve or provide something just doesn’t feel right to you.  Trust your instincts.  REMEMBER, you can always say, “Sorry, I have a prior commitment.”  They do not have to know that the commitment is to take care of your own sense of well-being.

For me – it would be a balance of what is important to me.  To look forward to those daily tasks that allows me to truly enjoy “being in the moment and knowing that all is well with me”. I honestly can say my well-being has never been better.  This is me just after a haircut/style last week after a chunk of about 7 inches of my hair broke off after a radiation treatment. Relatives wanted me to go short, but I knew that didn’t feel right, so I did what would nourish my sense of well-being.  I think it shows too.

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Here’s hoping you will take a few minutes and access your sense of well-being!

My website has also added a real sense of well-being for me. To be able to express my passions and thoughts and not worry what others may think.  Please feel free to visit my blogs and many pictures at Reflections of My World.

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Sharing in This Sense-ational Life: Complete the Circle

If Rosemary’s post inspires thoughts about how you can or do experience a Sense of Well Being in your own life, I invite you to share your thoughts in a post and enter that post address in the linky below.  Make sure to link back to this post so your readers can discover Rosemary’s thoughts on well being and wellness too. Then, check back for others (including myself) who will be writing about This Sense-ational Life.
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Paint Mojo {Lotus Pond}

I have been sitting with my Paint Mojo Texas experience, letting myself gently make my way into a fuller understanding of the process and what it means to me.  One part of the weekend keeps standing out and is ready to be shared.

The second morning we were at Paint Mojo Texas, Tracy Verdugo, our teacher, took a walk out on the dirt roads of The Lotus Ranch.  After lunch, she asked us to join her for an excursion.  We blindly followed her, as we had all weekend, but instead of trustingly delving into the landscape of our imaginations through paint and brush, we made our way to a lotus pond.

As we wrapped our new sisterhood around the edge of the pond, we giggled like school girls.  The tiny frogs made their ways from lily pad to lily pad as we, one by one, shared what the weekend had been like for us.  Every woman had a different story, and every story felt like a square on a giant quilt that we all shared.  After only a few short days, we had found connections that were steeped in meaning, meaning that unfolded like magic in front of us.

Anyone can host or teach a painting retreat, but it takes a special team to put the mojo into a retreat. Tracy Verdugo brought a soulFULLness to the weekend that left me wanting for nothing.  Our hostess, Selah Gay approached the retreat as if it were her own personal masterpiece. She crafted her love of what she was doing into every detail.  It was exactly what a girl might dream of an art retreat being.

Now, that lotus pond……I returned at sunset on the last day just minutes before leaving.  The blue haze of twilight just strong enough to catch me before the sun went down. Over one shoulder, a glowing full moon, and just within ear shot the howls and hollers of a few coyotes and a pack of wild artist women settling in for an after party.  I wouldn’t be staying, but my heart was sure to linger even as I drove through the Texas Hill Country, making my way.

Coming soon…. images from the retreat and the ways this retreat has changed the way I think about life.

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Art Every Day Month

Today’s AEDM offering comes out of a series of works I am doing around healing art.  I shared earlier in the month that I have been using little works of art as medicine for years.  On the adventure to embrace life fully, I have been working with the cards more often.  Today’s card will ultimately be sent to a doctor I have teamed up with to help me with wellness and longevity practices. (Don’t worry, I am in fine health, just wanting to keep it that way!)

An update on my wire dreamcatchers from yesterday.

 I wore the earrings attached to the card (above) today and got invited by a local salon to sell them for the holiday season.  Told you, good mojo!

Art Every Day Month is a movement, inspiring artist around the blogosphere!  Head over and see what they are up to today!  Then, consider joining us.  It is a small act that makes a big different.  Creativity…….. engage!

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