Love in the Ether

You think of me, and your secret half-smile

crosses sea and mountain, 

gives me goosebumps,

love beyond the natural.

The body is as light as the soul,

minerals soar like butterflies.”

-Adélia Prado

 

Mid-Week Mantra

To hold our tongues when everyone is gossiping, to smile without hostility at people and institutions, to compensate for the shortage of love in the world with more love in small, private matters; to be more faithful in our work, to show greater patience, to forgo the cheap revenge from mockery and criticism: all these are things we can do.”

– Hermann Hesse

 

Fall in Love

I found this on the interwebs and love it…

fall in love with growing, even if it’s your hair, your wounds healing, or your vocabulary. Fall in love with letting go, letting go of a friend or letting go something that prevents you from finding your happy self again. Fall in love with creation even if it’s creating a blog, creating an ideal garden, or creating happiness. Lastly fall in love with change, how you changed your socks after standing alone in the rain for 3 years. Don’t think that your changes are little or unimportant, think of it as your second birth

x Alli

Holding Space

You can always tell who the strong women are. They are the ones you see building one another up, instead of tearing each other down.”

GRATEFUL for all the strong and inspiring women who have held space for us, encouraged us, and walked us through times when it would have been easier to go it alone. Instead of competing, they inspired us to expand our hearts and field of vision.

LOVING slow Sunday afternoons with my lapis lazuli x rutilated quartz gemstone elixirs which I’ve been drinking for the past several days.

LISTENING to these sublime tracks that just give my soul so much rest.

CURRENTLY BURNING Nightshade, our new blend made of the most gorgeous organic lavender, patchouli and other proprietary essential oils. I’ve been burning this for over a year, and use it primarily when super jetlagged or when I’m over-tired and yet can’t seem to stop that internal chatter & turn down. I liken it to the comforting deep voice of a father or loved one telling you, “Right. Time for bed, you.”

x Alli

Caim

If you ever get the chance to treat them the way they treated you, no matter how painful it was, I hope that you choose to walk away and do better.”

 – Nawja Zebian

If there’s one thing that has been proven time and again, at least in my life, is that whatever you put out there comes back to you both good and bad.

Sometimes you’re the toxic one. The jealous one. The manic and bitter one. And sometimes, you’re on the receiving end of someone else’s bad day. You’re part of whatever distorted reality they’ve projected out of their own deep fears and insecurities.

My only honest-to-God reaction (as it was recently) was, I send you peace. I send you light.

Unlike other times, I gave myself a deadline to get over it because I’ve learned that you simply can’t carry other people’s warped opinions and projections of you around. That’s your opinion, but it isn’t my reality. And so, I simply reject what I need to for my own wellbeing, creativity, and lightness of being. Because, who wants another burden?

I let myself feel whatever I needed to feel: accused for no reason, a bit indignant, definitely a lot of pity for that person, but I definitely told myself I’d be over it by lunch. And I was.  I called down a spiritual caim around myself, a caim in the form of a prayer, fried chicken, beauty shopping, and a really good laugh with friends.

You must be in a lot of pain to judge me (ergo yourself) in this way. My heart goes out to you.

Life’s funny in that we always get to walk in the other person’s shoes eventually. Judge you today, understand you tomorrow. So, I know you’ll understand sooner or later.

Until then, I pray for peace and light for you. “I’m no longer on bad terms with anyone. I’m declaring it. Judge me by yourself. Good luck with the hating. I wish you the best.” 

There is nothing more classy or powerful than showing forgiveness and grace to someone who does not deserve it.”

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