|Ciao Amica Mia,|
I hope this Sacred Sunday finds you well.
The photo above is a smart phone pic of a canvas wrap a good friend gifted me. It doesn’t do the art justice, but I wanted you to see and get a feel for it.
My friend is one of the most creative people I know. I think of her as a renaissance girl. She’s most definitely a Breakaway Girl.
Her talents seem never-ending from mala making, photography, graphic design to painting, just to name a few. She’s also my collaborator and the co-creator of the Open to Grace Asana Card Deck.
Besides all that talent, she’s wicked smart and a researcher. You can be assured that whatever project she’s working on she’s done her homework.
When she handed me this little gem, I felt her joy in creating it and in the giving away. It’s so simple and yet quite profound.
~Swagatam. One little Sanskrit word that holds layers of meaning and possibility.
~Swagatam. Welcome yourself.
I often use Swagatam as a mental focus while holding my seat of meditation. Swagatam is an invitation to come home to yourself. An invitation to accept all of who you are. As you’ve likely heard me say, the good, the bad and everything in between.
I also appreciate that for the artwork my friend chose a lotus flower. Like the Sanskrit word Swagatam the lotus holds meaning and possibility.
The lotus represents enlightenment. Yet, that’s only one petal of the flower. The lotus grows its roots in the mud and rises with long stems from the dark depths to bloom and unfold in her beauty.
It’s one of my favorite metaphors. Just like the lotus flower, we too have the opportunity to rise out of the shadowy underworld while integrating both our darkness and our light. And in doing so we elevate our consciousness and shine our brilliance inspiring others along the way.
“If she can do it, so can I.”
Swagatam means to welcome yourself. To accept yourself. To love yourself. And I believe to take refuge in your legacy self.
It’s so important, now more than ever, to develop a practice that nourishes the lotus within.
I’m really curious what your go-to’s and non-negotiables are that help you accept and love yourself fully.
I’d love to hear from you. So, head on over to my Private Facebook group and share your personal breakaway strategies.
How do you get out of your head and into your heart?
What’s one way you, breakaway from the story that’s keeping you stuck in the muck?
I’m here to support you on your journey so don’t hesitate to reach out for a complimentary Breakaway Coaching session.
|With lots of love, xoxo Paulette|
Seeds of love we plant
It is the highest teaching
From the muck we bloom