amazing women UNITE …

IMG_6313

Another amazing workshop with amazing women, check aaaand CHECK. Everything about it was magical and perfect. It started with a coyote siting on our drive into the park. Then, we found a jackrabbit hanging out in our meeting spot, keeping it warm and extra natury until we arrived. Then, at the tail end of our hike, we came over this little hill to a man playing guitar in the desert. And I haven’t even gotten to everything in between and after!!! So let me do that …

Jordan led us through a powerful body awareness walking meditation halfway through the hike. Afterward, we all paused for a moment and reflected on our physical and mental sensations. We all talked and caught up and got to know each other throughout the rest of the hike. Upon returning to our meeting place, we worked on a self love handout created by Jordan and I to dig a bit deeper into how we love ourselves. I was so grateful for everyone’s willingness to be open and to share bits of themselves, and to witness these bad ass ladies support each other. We all held space for one another. They created a safe space for me to guide them and not be scared doing so ;) And everyone created a safe judgement-free space to speak our truths, to be our authentic selves, to connect to something bigger than this physical world …

Jordan and I were so incredibly honored to guide these 4 beautiful, empowered and confident ladies. Wow. Just WOW.

Advertisements

BREATH feels better in nature …

The workshop on Breath actually happened over a week ago, however, I left town for a primal skills gathering (blog post to come soon, cause that was AWESOME as well) the following day and didn’t get a chance to post about this workshop.

We had a longer than expected desert adventure at Piestewa Peak, as we got sucked into some sort of mountain vortex. A small part of me was freaking out as I had led these ladies astray. But they were unphased and quite content with being together and catching up on life and soaking in the sunshine and breathing in nature. Yay!!

It truly was a beautiful hike as we found ourselves in the center of the mountains. It is rare to hike in the middle of Phoenix and not be looking out across the urban sprawl as you climb. Here, for a pretty lengthy stretch, it was different. No city in sight, no traffic sounds (probably planes flying overhead but I was too focused on getting us back to our cars safely to even notice!). It was pretty freaking gorgeous and a lovely retreat from the busyness. Just don’t ask me how we got in there ;)

We all worked together to balance and support each other through breath and love. It was so amazing to facilitate this workshop and to be a part of it as well. These ladies help me to learn and grow and remember to BREATHE. Thank you.

[chain] link HEARTS …

I’ve been here in Phoenix for almost one month already. I KNOOOOOW, I can’t believe it eitheeeeer!

I’m opening up here. I take yoga regularly, and it feels different. It’s emotionally more challenging. In class today, the teacher had us holding poses longer, which helps to open the body and to feel what’s happening in there. And I had to come out of some of them sooner than the teacher guided us to. It was like my heart needed a break. I felt like I couldn’t keep going “there” … this was a beautifully interesting realization. My heart is more open here and therefore, yoga is proving more intense for me. I wanted to embrace this newfound openness, and so I came home and asked my friend, Jordan, for a hug. She’s a great warm and fuzzy hugger with lots of loving energy, so not surprisingly, tears started to well up in my eye balls. As us humans do, she asked what was wrong. “Nothing really.” I just needed some love and support cause being opened up is a tough place to be without love and support. As our hearts linked in that warm and fuzzy embrace, we could feel our hearts beating together (mine overpowering both ๐Ÿ˜‰). Man, hugs are important. They literally link our heart energy and spread loads of love. I need to remember this more …

self love for SELF …

Last Sunday’s workshop on Self Love was all about Jordan and myself self loving ourselves (Austin Powers anyone). We guided each other through an amazingly powerful and heart-opening adventure. It was exactly as the Universe intended it to be, and I’m extremely (like really extremely) grateful. We meditated; breathed together; shared a piece of ourselves; hiked a fairly gentle mountain; learned from each other; brainstormed; explored our deepest selves with the support of one another … and then decided to change the workshop on “Change” (25 February 2018) to another “Self Love” workshop. I feel guided to make this change. And, well, change happens. All. The. Time.

So please join us as we connect through the power of loving ourselves and sending that love out to the world!

SELF LOVE | 25 February 2018 | Piestewa Peak Phoenix AZ | 9-11am | moderate difficulty | www.firstlightwellness.com

 

from a higher PERSPECTIVE …

โ€œWhat you choose to focus on becomes your reality.โ€

My first desert mindfulness hike was a wonderful success … I mean, look at these smiles :) The day was perfect. The people were perfect. I am so grateful to Jordan and Cathie and the universe and the earth and the sunshine and … OK, I could go on forever as there is a lot that got me to this place …

There are a few more workshops left on my snow-birding adventure here in Arizona. Visit First Light Wellness for all the fun details!

XO Dawn

HANDS on …

wedding vow artI shared one of these pieces (left) on social media some time ago, but hadn’t shared it here on my blog. I have also since created another piece (right). Both of these were commissioned by an old co-worker from my Architecture firm days. I’ll be honest, I really wasn’t sure how to do this. However, I knew I COULD do it. So, I said yes. Eek. And then I thought about it a whole lot, like a lot a lot; and fear made me ignore it at times; and then motivation set back in, and I played around with different lettering and techniques. It took me 3 or 4 tries to fit all the words I needed inside one heart. That’s a lot of calligraphy practice! See, there’s good in everything. I truly enjoyed the process from start to finish, even in those WTF moments ;)

I thought I had it down pat so the 2nd piece should go so much faster … and then my creative brain stepped in and decided that it needed to be in a completely different font. Which basically changed everything that I learned from doing the first piece. I went with it though … call it intuition (this just feels right) or boredom (not wanting to make the same thing again) or challenge (keep it easy for myself. now, that’s just silly). A bit of all of them, I presume. Whatever it was, it led to a very lovely piece of art for another lovely couple.

And I got to create. With my hands. Those handy hands that continue to make cool shit. Team work – heart, soul, hands, brain, energy – connection between me and those that I create for.

We are all connected in one way or another.

GREEN machine …

Green is the color of the heart chakra. Green is also the last name of my best friend. Coincidence? Hell no. [Insert a little fact about me: I don’t believe in coincidence.]

We have some mad crazy awesome synchronistic connection. The universe brought our beautiful souls together 10 or so years ago (she’d remember timing better then I). Although, the amount of time doesn’t matter anyway, as we were connected on this path long before we ever physically met at DPA Architects in Scottsdale, AZ. Oh, such fond memories …

Currently, we live on complete opposite sides of the country. We talk less now than we used to, yet our lives are more connected than ever. We seem to go through major life transitions around the same time. I left my NYC life around the same time a job in San Francisco came up for her (I left a big city, she moved to one!). The other night, we unintentionally journaled and contemplated the same topic: forgiveness. We’ve texted each other at the same exact time when we haven’t texted in days. We’ve sent each other things that are completely in line with something we are dealing with at that exact moment. This year, I sent her a birthday card with a green tea cup on it that said “Happy Birthday Best Tea” (adorable, I know). I had purchased it well in advance of her birthday, and just prior to me mailing it, she sent me a gift from her trip to Ireland: a pretty package of tea and a green tea cup. Yeah, that’s the kinda shit I’m talkin’ about.

For a while, we found this bizarre. Now, we are used to it and understand that this is our relationship. We are spiritually linked through the universe even while living thousands of miles away. It is really hard to put a relationship like this into words … if you’ve had one though, you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s so magical to have this type of connection with anyone, and I’m so incredibly grateful that it’s with her :)

I’d also like to add, as it is just as important, we get each others’ sense of humor! She makes me laugh. Like for real laugh. She can send me a 2-word text that’ll crack me up. And, we can hear each other’s tone and voices through text which makes our correspondence that much funnier. We just get each other. And not too many people get us ;) Which is why we work. And why it’s easy. And amazing.

What’s also amazing is this little story: Green and I traveled last August/September together, spending 4 days in Phoenix and then made our way to California for 6 days. Every day of that vacation, we were blessed with heart-shaped “things” along our path. “Things” refer to fried eggs, rock formations, artwork, latte art, a potato pancake, graffiti, etc. All hearts. Following us along our journey together. We knew they were signs and weren’t quite sure of the meaning yet, so we embraced it, laughed about it, shared it, loved it.

Now, I can see that those hearts were a sign of opening up. For both of us. Opening our hearts to others. To each other. And, most importantly, to ourselves. We both have been on quite the adventure this past year and a half. Learning to find ourselves again and to love ourselves more deeply then ever. And I know that we were meant to be on this spiritual ride together. And giiiirlfriend, this ride ain’t over, so get strapped in and remember I’m here to support you and love you through it all. You are my human heart chakra … those are some big shoes to fill, huh?. No pressure. Just keep bein’ Green.

which way is RIGHT …

This is kinda what life feels like right now. However, I could probably add an up/down arrow too. And maybe a few diagonal arrows. I’m feeling pulled by the universe in a direction that will serve me, obviously. Yet, there are things I’m currently doing that are in different directions. Plus, there’s a long list of things I want to do. So which way do I go? What do I do? How do I get “there“?

Moments before I took this photo, I had been pulled up to the top of a mountain. I set out to hike a slightly challenging yet quick trail, out and back. The second I stepped on that rocky trail, my body just went, and didn’t stop until I reached the top. I felt an energetic pull (or push?) to get up the mountain. Even through heavy breath, I kept going at a quick pace. My mind and body felt at ease, peaceful and connected to that universe. You know, the one that’s pulling me in the right direction, which, at that moment, was up a mountain. The second I reached the top, emotion washed over me and I got choked up. It was a beautiful feeling. Trusting myself and the universe can produce amazing things. And for me, nature REALLY helps with that too …

Remember to connect to those things in your life that bring you ease and peace. And trust that it is what you need, that it is necessary to feed your heart and soul. XOXO

i am DEFROSTING …

As some of you know, I had a frozen shoulder back in August last year. And if you are unfamiliar with a frozen shoulder, it means I literally couldn’t move my shoulder and therefore my entire arm – ya know, it was frozen. Without assistance, my arm was glued to the side of my body and I could only move it about 2″ away from my hip. So, yeah, that hurt. I moved it anyway, pushing it through the excruciating pain. Even 1/4″ felt like an accomplishment. And my mom moved it for me in wider ranges of motion. I started seeing a chiropractor a few days after the freeze and that helped immensely to get things moving around. I worked on the emotional part through reiki and through personal awareness and self-love. I started exercising again the second I felt I could, even though it still hurt at first. The area with the most discomfort has significantly improved, as in I barely feel it anymore (and if you don’t recall or know, I’ve had this discomfort for at least 8 years), even with yoga and challenging workouts. I can’t even explain how amazing that feels.

At the beginning of my work with my chiropractor, my back scan showed RED (caution! danger!) in the area around my right shoulder, equating to serious pressure on the nerves going to that area. Last week, being 6 months later (damn, time flies), the scan was GREEN (danger averted!) in that area. I could feel the change, and then to see it made it extra awesome! This is all connected to my life being on the right path right now. I am releasing all the icky stuff and bringing out a whole and healthy body, mind and spirit…fuck yes!

I am no different than any of you, so you can find your path too. If and when you are ready. I did not get here alone though. I discovered the need for outside love and support from friends, classmates, family and the universe. It is all there if you open yourself up to it…

2-dimensional WALL …

Some of you know this about me because you’ve followed my blog from the beginning or you’ve [luckily] known me for a long time … I love steel. I’m not even really sure why I’m so drawn to this material, but I AM. Is it its strength/power, its variation in color, its ability to change and morph itself (through environmental exposures of course), its simple natural beauty … ? I’ve never thought that much about it until I started writing this post. I just get excited about steel and accept our OBVIOUS connection. Maybe I was a welder in my past life :)

I used steel in one of my furniture creations (My Baby) and used it to make a hanging presentation board in college. I also rusted the board … not so naturally though, as I had only a few days for the rust to take effect! Pretty sure I remember the container of chemicals had a skull and crossbones on it. Yeah, I wasn’t so aware back then of how I could contribute to poisoning our earth. But, I do gotta say, it came out pretty damn cool! ;)

This is the extent of my working-with-steel knowledge (at least in this life), yet I still love it. So, I’m sure you can guess that I got all warm and fuzzy when I saw these Richard Serra steel walls embedded in the ground at Storm King. (And yes, I took more pictures of these simple sculptural walls than anything else there!).

Connecting to steel may seem really fucking weird to most of you, but regardless … notice the thing(s) you connect to in this world (maybe birds, roses, trees, frogs … could be anything!). No need to question it or figure out why, just notice and feel. It’s pretty neat.