Restoration is the action of returning to a place or condition
This time around the holidays can unsettle the soul and then having to navigate through every day life on top of it, can send anyone into a tail spin! During this time we often can loose sight of our needs therefore, leaving us feeling depleted, frayed around the edges and completely stressed out. Sometimes, we can find ourselves in that predicament even without the garland of holidays looping around our heads and we forget the significance in personal solitude. In those moments, we can say we're seeking restoration for our bodies, our minds, our emotions or spirit. We can categorize the need but the end result is the same, that is a need to return back to what is natural to us or to simply reconnect. In this instance, the idea of restoration becomes a calling out, a reason to get back to that state we remember and desire ourselves to be. And so we seek to do, to discover, to figure out what that is or whom is that person inside that we need to recover and/or re-discover.
"I woke up out of sorts, I just didn't feel quite in alignment. I've been trying to move forward into my soul's highest and greatest potentials yet I take a few steps and feel blocked or confused, unsure about what to do next." I started pulling out all my books, researching terms and ways, seeking counsel inside, outside, even got down on my knees with tears streaming down my face and prayed-
Then I sat in the wind, watching the leaves roll by in every direction unscathed by this unseen supposed chaos swirling about the atmosphere. There was no fight, debate, or protest the leaves just moved according to the direction of the wind and the wind, didn't focus solely on the leaves, it just weaved in and out and through any available space presented to it. I watched this interaction and relaxed, took a deep breath because fresh air brings fresh perspective and the sun was warm. The air was a touch cold on the edges of my skin but the sky was blue and mostly clear. There were even little spots of quiet clouds just motioning through the sky, gliding along a calm pace going nowhere in particular. I was in such a rush to find restoration, to understand what it means inside me that it wasn't until I put the books down, laid the search to rest, and sat among it all that I could feel the affects of returning and remember, what it means to come home.
What I learned is that restoration represents; a relaxing into the flow of life, a freedom of movement into the available spaces presented, a reminder to relax, breath deep because fresh air brings fresh perspective, to be clear about where you want to go then let the inner calm guide you without having any place or destination in particular, to trust your inner knowledge and to sit with what already exists inside you to inspire you, to move you, to accept that what you need to feel balanced, connected, and whole is waiting for you because "home" doesn't have a definition or end result, it just is and already exists inside you perfectly-perfect, we only need to come back to it. It's that simple.
Allow yourself to carve out some special time to devote purely to yourself to check in and find the stillness inside/around you to discover those meaningful moments of home.
- J. Circosta, 12/9/19
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TIS` THE SEASON OF HEART
December can be quite a magical month and fulfilling time of year. We get a chance to embrace the spirit of holidays and witness the wonder through the eyes of children and adults alike. Tis` the season of heart, when the world steps into a place of family, togetherness, and hope. It’s an end of a year that begins an active path into giving and receiving, rooted in a coming together of values and the essence of home. The season fills the atmosphere with magic; crisp air and snow falling from sky, lights aglow on streets and in homes, long gazes into loved one’s eyes by the crackles of fire and sparks of sweet-hearts. We take care, nestling into hearty foods like soups, stews, and hot chocolate. We bundle up with sweaters, scarves, blankets and loved ones and we find ourselves surround by light, the illumination of our hopes and dreams in the stillness of love within our hearts.
The heart symbolizes life, love and the engagement in partnership. The heart never leads alone... It never beats alone... One pulse follows the other in the direction of union. A sense of union requires partnership. We learn to connect and re-connect through the heart-experience, magnified between a pair of arms that allow us to reach out and touch what we love, while, cradled and comforted between two breasts that safely hold what we feel. We are given an opportunity to feel the magic of life, connection and harmony both, individually and collectively. The season of heart reminds us in order to create a spark of life, we cannot go at it alone. We simply relate and create in a blended continuum of wholeness. The heart does not beat alone... It does not lead alone... One pulse follows the other in complete unification.
This is a time of un-veiling, re-vealing, and an un-folding of self to the inner sweetness of comfort and warmth. It’s a reminder of the mother-child experience, the inner connection and bond of unconditional love. Our very own place to rest soulfully in the wonder and awe, completely disarmed and embraced in the natural state of being. The heart leads us to a clear passage and cleansing, a shedding of old, a point to nurture life and all that we live for. It is a space given in which to surrender, to lay down a clean slate, to be re-born in concept as we celebrate into the new, calm and cradled in the mother energy, inside the season of heart.
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It’s time to get out of the “cookie cutter” version of what healing should look like and shift back into our own personal guidance and experience. Sometimes, the path to healing has us feeling off center and it’s cause for questioning but we forget, feeling off center is also for good purpose. The center balances opposing sides and reveals a place of wholeness. When the scale tips toward into the wound, the other side of balance is overlooked. The gift of wholeness is to be open and available to both sides and to integrate them into conscious balance. Your personal path to healing begins inside wholeness not in one side of experience. Let’s look at pain for example. I’ve thought about pain. Pain is real. Pain is relentless. It reveals itself through the body, not just inside it. It wants to be seen. It beckons to be heard. It tugs at you every minute of every day. Pain is restrictive, trapped in the body with no space for joy and we suffer. Pain is suffering, the physical manifestation of held in, held back, shut down and buried emotion. Your physical body can become the storehouse for ignored, unacknowledged and suppressed emotional energy. Pain is an internal broadcast system for the feelings buried inside, screaming to be heard. To be acknowledged. To be cleared. To be loved.
Every healing journey will not look the same. It’s a personal pursuit-
Have you ever sat with the inner voice of your own pain?
I have. Pain is a lot more than just what we name it. It’s a culmination of stuck emotions, blocked feelings, experiences, memories, unconscious belief systems and unhealthy patterns. Because of this, healing can be an evolution of all experience and acknowledging what exists inside you, begins the path that serves as a direction. All of it is important information to construct a very intimate healing experience. Sometimes the tendency is to give up because you don’t like what you see and it can be hard to move through. This is when healing becomes dedication and time becomes discovery. I thought about pain. I’ve had pain. I’ve worked with pain and then it occurred to me. It came into me like a whole being awareness. The other side of pain, is pleasure. Pleasure. What a revelation! In all these years, it never occurred to me that pleasure was a root deficiency to my experience of pain. I was totally invested inside the pain that I missed out on any form of pleasure. I never embraced the joy of life and in being because I never thought to look at the other side of what the experience of pain had to offer.
I thank God for that moment in wholeness. It moved me. Pleasure was now in the game and enjoying my life became priority. When you embrace the other side, you stop brow beating the wound. You cease falling back into rigid, perfectionism disguised as discipline and the “trigger” has a place to go, a space to flourish. My personal healing did not look like the ideal or what I had anticipated. I found rest. I witnessed no more pushing into life or wanting to force forward. I could feel the grip loosen, I allowed some fun and sweeter foods, exercise was no longer a bloodbath but now conscious movement based on my needs for that day. Yes, I gained some weight but I also embraced that weight and loved myself anyway. My healing journey through pain helped me find a better balance within myself, a conscious balance. It helped me find the opening to the possibility of having pleasure move through me and integrate it into my experience. When you make your healing journey personal; it moves you, it changes you, it transforms you into a state of inner-conscious being. Shift away from the “call to action” approach to healing and move deeper into intimate understanding. Let that be the life-giving medicine you take in.
-Releasing Emotional Patterns
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#SeektheOtherSide #BecomeWhole #WholnessMatters
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Jennifer is a truth seeker and artistic expressionist. She is certified energy therapist, emotional wellness coach, yoga/meditation instructor and intuitive. She is known her poetry and the deep care she feels for others.