Love in Action- Happy Madre’s Day!

Love in Action SBB blogI am thrilled to be the guest blogger at courtesy
of the divine Suzi Banks Baum, Madre Extraordinaire – here is part of my post….

When I was in my mid-thirties Clarissa Pinkola Estés’s book, Women Who Run With the Wolves, Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype arrived at a pivotal moment in my life – this book and subsequent writings by this wise and talented Jungian Analyst have nurtured my creative soul for many years. Recently, while sitting in a circle of talented women, the topic and associated societal norms of motherhood came up.  There were women in the group who were not “mothers” in the traditional sense and an undercurrent of mildly irritated commentary was swirling around me. Sensing the change in energy,  I spoke into the circle … “there are many ways to be a mother –  Clarissa Pinkola Estés speaks about how as women, we are all mothers. There are women who as soon as you meet them, something about their presence draws you in, and you intuitively name them… “Madre”.  As women we can be mothers to each other, to animals, to the earth.”

I embrace an expanded view of the roles associated with the title of mother. I am blessed to be a “mother” in the traditional sense to a wonderful son and I also have the gift of being a “Madre” to a beautiful young woman.

Clarissa Pinkola Estés, illuminates,  “There are women, who, as soon as you see them, something in you leaps and you say “mama”. You take one look and think, “I am her progeny, I am her child, she is my mother…” These wild mothers guide you, burst with pride over your accomplishments… their purpose is to help you, to care for your art, and to reattach you to the wildish instincts, and to elicit your original best.”

Is there a Madre in your life?



The Courage to Transform


The Courage to Transform 2A Daily dose of Courage

Open Heart

The doorway in

Dancing in a wider circle


(courage – from the French word coeur = heart)


Where does your daily dose of courage come from?


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Renewal – Dare to Be Bold

Renewal- Dare to be Boldrenewal…

spring – a fleeting glimpse

a brief appearance

a cold wind howling

mother nature not yet fully committed

a dream germinating in winter silence

the breath of renewal

the door of awakening

dare to be bold

make your dream a reality


What dream do you have that has been germinating in winter silence?


A Leap of Faith

Leaps of Faith 2

How often do we have the courage to take a Leap of Faith forward – towards becoming the person we are meant to be. What are we waiting for? As James Hollis says “Permission to live one’s life is not something one is given; it is to be seized.” What are you leaping towards?


Awakening the Creative Fire – Making the Invisible, Visible…

Cathy F. full body chakra image - Feb 17 Playshop

A group of courageous women responded to an invitation to bravely and playfully venture forth on a journey of discovery through the Chakras. These wonderful women joined Sherry Smith ( and me for a day of meditation, yoga and artistic exploration. The day is best described by my good friend writer and artist, Cathy Fynn in her guest appearance on my blog:

“I signed up for the Play Shop because I needed to open up. I write professionally (copywriting and editing) but I love writing short stories. I wanted to free myself to write fiction without being obsessed (and judgmental) about the outcome.  “Awakening your Creative Fire,” sounded like a good start.

I must admit I came to the session with some trepidation. My artistic endeavours had not progressed beyond stick people so venturing into the visual arts definitely pushed me past my comfort zone. But the no- pressure-no-judgment atmosphere put me at ease immediately. I felt free to explore and create, and managed to keep my inner critic at bay for a blissful six hours – that’s a record for me!

The results blew me away – literally. When I left the room and came back to my collage, I stumbled. It was so powerful. It was unlike anything I had ever done but it felt like it reclaimed part of me. I was so proud (as you can probably tell from the picture)!

When I came home with my piece, I was even more surprised. I didn’t diminish it, or apologize for not being an artist. In fact, I actually felt like an artist – and I think I’m going to feel that way for a long time. The workshop rekindled my faith in my creativity. And while I won’t be quitting my day job, I will bring that openness and self-acceptance to my fiction writing – and to everything I do.

Thanks so much to the Play Shop leaders for fueling our creative juices. From the oatcakes and tea to the meditations and asanas  – everything flowed beautifully. Namaste.” Cathy Fynn


“To the soul and spirit, images are real and present. They are not merely representations of something else. They embody what is otherwise invisible and yet present.” Thomas Moore

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For over  60 days I have been meditating the Kirtan Kriya {see blog post – November 26 – Hari Kirin’s Gift} and this powerful image has emerged.

When I am leaning too close to the edge of my comfort zone, I have a tendency to procrastinate, distracting myself with mundane tasks; anything but action in service of the new work.  I am actively exploring ways of changing my patterns and challenging well worn habits that no longer serve me. What am I afraid of? Well, if I am being honest here, the not knowing, making a mistake – oh! holding on way too tight to the outcome , so then I take a breath and return to my commitment of holding things lightly, bravely , playfully – ah! now not so scary.

The Kirtan Kriya along with my yoga practice and frequent somatic centering and grounding practice as taught by Presence -Based Coach extraordinaire, Doug Silsbee is supporting my path forward through the self-doubt and fear. From this place of strength I can bravely face the question as posed by Jungian Analyst James Hollis, “Does this path enlarge or diminish me? Hollis continues… “Usually we know  the answer to that question. We know it intuitively, instinctively, in the gut. Choosing the path that enlarges us rather than diminishes will serve us well in navigating through moving  us closer toward meeting the person we are meant to be.” p. 15

What is calling you to a larger journey?


Web links – hit control link

The Website of James Hollis

Art and Yoga  Hari Kirin

Doug Silsbee, Presence-Based Leadership Development


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As usual, I am reading a few books at the same time – and a particular  theme is speaking to me – O, Yes, You Can!  The Bhagavad Gita contains a richness beyond imagining … “Better is one’s own dharma though imperfectly carried out than the dharma of another carried out perfectly.”  This resonates deeply with me. As  an almost, reformed perfectionist  I am embodying a larger version of myself… to advance fully into life, not retreating… to expand, without attachment  to the outcome.

Specifically, I have decided  to  engage more deeply in my commitment through delivering creativity workshops and showing my art work on-line and in public spaces. My dharma is to light the flame of creativity in others. We are all inherently creative.  How we live through the many moments of each day, presents us with numerous opportunities to be creative… how we make the bed, embrace our loved ones, prepare a meal, practice our yoga, engage with our work.

A few folks have recently said to me, “Well I am not an artist, this is not something I could do” {referring to attending a Yoga & Art workshop using simple collage} What might really be going on behind that statement? {and I am only surmising} Could it be fear? Fear of unfamiliar territory? Fear of leaning too close the edge of your comfort zone? The answer is different for everyone.

I invite to stay open, to be curious  when an unfamiliar opportunity presents itself  – no matter what it is. Your ability to stay open to possibilities with “beginners mind” may just surprise and delight you. In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna, says to Arjuna {and I am paraphrasing} “do not allow yourself to be ruled by fear”.

I invite you to risk embodying a larger version of yourself in 2013. What is one thing your soul is longing to do? … so you can say to yourself O, yes I can! & O Yes I did!

Currently in the reading pile… Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life by James Hollis, The Great Work of Your Life by Stephen Cope, Taking the Leap by Pema Chödrön and The Soul of Rumi by Coleman Barks.

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2 Events – Stepping with Joyful Intention into the New Year

Stepping with Joyful Intention into the New Year – 2 Events to choose from.

1.  In Amherst, Nova Scotia  at the Hatha Yoga Room on Sunday January 13 {call 902-667-5653 to register}

2. In Moncton, New Brunswick  at Dynamic Fitness Hot Yoga on Saturday January 19 {call 506-204-7444 to register} .

Hope to see you at one of our events. You will feel more centered, focused and joyful as you venture forth into 2013. As an added bonus, you will also take home your own inspirational creative collage.

Wishing you a joyful and creative 2013.

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Living What I Love – Pure Bliss


Wishing everyone a season of light and moments of peace and bliss as you live what you love.


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Over the last few months, I have frequently been asked – is your ART for sale? And I am pleased to say that yes, it now is available for purchase… original paintings, artist quality Giclée prints: on canvas, plaque mounted and shrink wrapped on paper ready for framing. Also for sale,  5×7 note cards, and one-of-a-kind Meditation Houses.

A selection of my ART is currently on display and available for purchase at the HOT YOGA Dynamic Fitness Studio in Moncton, 19 Orange Lane, Moncton, New Brunswick, phone: 506-204-7444.

Feel free to contact me directly for pricing and purchasing details at

Coming in early 2013, I will have an on-line store and Pay Pal account  for ease of purchase.  Stay tuned!

BUDDHA IN THE GARDEN (original approx 24″x48″acrylic on canvas) also available in Giclée print on canvas

On the night the Buddha was to attain enlightenment he seated himself beneath the Bodhi Tree in the meditation posture and vowed not to rise from meditation until he had attained perfect enlightenment.

As dusk fell, Devaputra Mara, the chief of all the demons in this world, tried to disturb his concentration by conjuring up many fearful apparitions. He manifested hosts of terrifying demons, some throwing spears, some firing arrows, some trying to burn him with fire, and some hurling boulders and even mountains at him. Through the force of his concentration, the weapons, rocks, and mountains appeared to him as a rain of fragrant flowers, and the raging fires became like offerings of rainbow lights.

Where in your life can you be like the Buddha, and turn insults into flowers, spreading positive energy and light?

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