Category: Authenticity

Life As An Artistic Expression

“I sit here contemplating a human lifetime. One single embodied lifetime we are gifted with through our parents, the lineage that came before them, and the overall mystery of life. What I have come to in this moment is that all is a matter of perspective – what lens we choose to see through. Whether we march to the tune of the cultural narrative around us, are controlled by our race, religion, family of origin or gender – or free ourselves to ride the wave of becoming, trusting that very unfolding in every single moment possible no matter the barriers in our way.”

DAY 28: A Simple “Lick of Affection”

“And so it was that I took myself out to the N.Carolina Arboretum to hike the trails and commune with nature. The joy and laughter that I was to write about each day alluded me. Feeling lonely and somehow disconnected I put on my backpack to hike the trail down to Bent Creek and started the walk to the trailhead. Coming towards me was….”

DAY 25: Come Out and Play!

“”Play is a beautiful, creative and powerful part of who we are. In this fun and inspiring video, you will be joyously reminded of the deeper purpose and gift of play. Watch how people express their playful spirit, and learn how play connects us to our Self, the heart of children, and the larger interplay of life.” Vince Gowmon

DAY 23: Bare Limb Wild Dance

“Having spent most of my life with palm trees in Southern California or evergreens of some sort in Northern California the bare limb Winter hardwoods of Western N. Carolina are bewitching me. Have you ever just taken a walk to be with nature in such a way that you became part of the wild dance?”

DAY 21: Spontaneous Laughter and Kindness

“The holidays can be a slippery slope. As we honor Winter Solstice today, the darkest day of the year, we are aware that it also marks crossing over the threshold to a very gradual return to more light each day.Starting the day with candles lit watching the sunrise over the mountains I was suddenly awash with emotions…..”

DAY 10: Presence of Being

“If you’re going through a painful time in your life, know that it is never worthless. These tough times teach you to see possibilities that you would never have fathomed in the comfortable moments.”

DAY 7: Life Is Full of Treasure

“Curiosity, play, willingness to show up as authentically yourself in the moment, living in love and gratitude, creative artistry simply for the pleasure of it, seeing the abundance of beauty and treasure in your everyday life….that is what Julie Khyl speaks to in the short Green Renaissance video below. ”

DAY 2: Whimsy & Humor

“Laughter is such an important healing force for me, and for most humans I would say. It takes us out of our daily humdrum, and at times challenging lives, and allows us to lighten up and see the extraordinary in the ordinary. It also brings us closer together – to ourselves and to others. And it stimulates the feel good chemicals in our body!”

Compassionate Connection

“The identity that you have clung to for so many years may not claim the wholeness of who you are. There are unending opportunities each day to step out of our illusion of control and separateness, and instead see through a different lens. I wonder if everyone did one act of kindness and made someone laugh each day, whether that would change the world?”

Embodying Wildness

“Many of us find ourselves domesticated. Adhering to the demands and expectations, not only of our society and culture, but from our own deeply grooved patterns of thinking that formed over the many years we have inhabited this lifetime.
When we reach elderhood – a state of being, not an age – we take stock of who we have become and perhaps question where the wild, free, playful and passionate one is hiding….”