Nature’s peace

Getting messages today about what nurtures my soul, where I need to spend more time. Nature is one of them. She is calling to me. Thankful for this confirmation.

Quotes and Lyrics for the soul

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” – John Muir

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The Long and Winding Road of Becoming Me

She thew away her masks and put on her soul

First, I wanted to be a veterinarian

and save the whales

Or maybe a biologist

and save the world.

But way before that,

I was an artist.

I could draw dogs and horses

All day long.

No one taught me this.

I just did it.

And people said I was a good.

I loved to write,

And make up stories in my head.

But I didn’t value those stories much.

I didn’t value my drawings and paintings

As much as I wanted to save the planet

But trigonometry hurt my brain.

So I ended up in the mind field.

Fixing me more than anyone else.

While God helped me

Help people

Save themselves.

And taught me things

I needed to learn

About saving time for me.

Along the way,

I’ve saved dogs,

I’ve saved cats,

I’ve saved trees,

And  God saved me some time.

Because the long and winding road

Never disappears.

It always lead me back to my roots

Back to the work of my soul.

 

 

I love how this song can be about anything we want to come back home to.

This Is Your Soul Talking

Re-blogging with deep gratitude to Anna Lin at “Healing Soul Streams”

Healing Soul Streams

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This is your soul talking;
Do you not hear
the distant longing
that is telling you your truth?

All that you are
All that you are
created to BE
Is buried in the
treasure of your heartsong.

Open this gift
and bring it to Light,
to shine your brilliance
well upon the way.

No other creature
can take the place of you;
to be the presence
of love in who you are.

In any moment
you can choose
to set her free ~
to soar in majesty
and holy awe.

~ Anna Lin

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Feeding The Creative Soul

Here’s a therapeutic self-portrait I painted on a piece of scrap wood, several years ago:

Angel over box

Time to Step Outside the Box, Dear.

(I think I’m supposed to be painting angels.)

For more than a quarter of a century, I’ve led a Thursday night group as part of my job as a substance abuse counselor. Driving home tired, mentally drained, after an 11 hour day has been my Thursday routine for so long, it’s felt like an almost permanent way of life.

But last night was  my last evening group. I’m passing that torch on and decreasing my hours at the agency to 30, to explore more creative pursuits that feed my soul.

After more than three decades in human services, I still find counseling stimulating and enjoyable…sometimes. I  love teaching meditation and relaxation skills, and I love it when I’m able to incorporate art and other creative therapies into my groups. Now, it’s time to take a step toward my own creative therapies. At 58, I’m moving into a more creative phase of my life.

It feels like I’m moving closer to home.  Since the age of 12, maybe younger, I’ve been an artist and a writer, but for whatever reasons, I didn’t pursue a career in the arts. Maybe I needed to learn some things first – what a fascinating journey!

So this is how I’m loving me, now. I’m stepping outside my box to nurture my spirit and feed my creative soul.

Bird taking off

Bird Rising, by JoAnne Silvia

Things are taking off! Maybe I’ll take a painting class!

Is there something tugging at you? Maybe something you want to get back to?

What feeds your soul?

I’d love to hear from you!