Day 105: Why I’m On Vacation

I started my 365 Day Creativity Challenge more than three months ago and the last post I wrote was all about how wonderfully transformative the whole experience has been. That was a week ago and you better believe these last seven days I’ve felt guilty about not posting. It’s a new kind of guilt, more of a nostalgic, “I actually enjoy doing this” kind of feeling. I didn’t expect to like the challenge I set for myself!

I anticipated a nice friendly blog post today about all the magical transformations I’ve undergone on the first half of my two week vacation in the States but as I’m writing this, a deep ache in my stomach has come up and I feel like it’s my intuition saying, Veronica, take a break for jeebus sake! And it’s not as though I have been neglecting my challenge, I have lots of creativity to post about.

Alright, I hear you, intuition.

cultivate and let go

Exhaustion is not a status symbol.

That is, after all, why I’m on vacation. Every time we do something - anything – out of the ordinary and take a step outside of the lines of our daily routines, we shake up the habitual energy that is going stale around us and we destroy the curtains we accidentally put up between ourselves and God/The Universe/Nature/Spirit.

A vacation doesn’t need to involve a hop across the Atlantic Ocean, vacations can happen every day for whatever amount of time we can spare. Make a thirty second vacation while you’re at your desk. Schedule a five minute vacation after you get home and before you ask your kids how their school day went; then before bed, schedule a fifteen minute luxury getaway to the beautiful realm of your imagination when you fly away into yourself on the wings of meditation.

If you’ve always wanted to meditate but haven’t found the right guides, Oprah and Deepak Chopra are doing a 21 day meditation challenge that is free and incredibly well put-together. I can’t recommend it enough and I hope you’ll join your energy with mine and thousands of other people involved in the daily meditations as we work together to collectively raise the vibrations of the planet. Yesterday was the first day and you’ve got access to that online here for four more days. Here’s a sample from the end of the recording that I transcribed because it’s so darn beautiful:

My security and peace are within.

To keep the essence of today’s meditation with you as you travel through the day, consider making time to check in with your experience of security.

Pause several times throughout the day and notice how you feel. Do you feel centered and grounded? When uncertain moments arise do you feel safe or unsafe, secure or insecure?

Just observe and be with your feelings, pay attention to the moments that you do feel safe and secure. This natural state is one that you can always access and come back to for peace and clarity. The flow of feeling safe is part of your essential being, there to support you and bring you home to yourself – your true self.

Rest Well,

The Sacred Here & Now

Day 98: An Update

So exactly 100 days ago, I had this moment where the words “The Sacred Architecture of the Here and Now” floated through my brain. I was lying in bed and I paused whatever I was doing to write it down and that was the moment this blog was born. The blog wasn’t an idea I was stoked on from the beginning, though, it felt narcissistic and like a bandwagon I had been taught not to buy into.

We're all like cats jumping on the Swifer ride of life!

We’re all like cats on the Swifer ride of life, “No time to explain, quick, jump on!”

Luckily my little ego got out-shouted by my divine intuition and the idea for a post-a-day 365 Day Creativity Challenge was not long coming. You see, I was working on raising my throat chakra vibration pretty intensely since moving to a new country and using a new language had forced me to confront my frustrating inability to communicate well. I had developed excellent public speaking skills and found the English language rife with lovely vocabulary with which I separated myself from my peers but I still found myself communicating things I really hadn’t intended.

The Creativity Challenge this blog hosts every day has been about exercising my communication muscles (which are found in more than just the mouth and throat where the fifth chakra lies) in an effort to find my flow and join the mass of functioning humans who say what they mean and mean what they say. This blog has been a continuous affirmation to myself and the hard work I do every day to raise myself up ever closer to my higher self. It has brought me affirmations from the Universe that I’m on the right path, and it has given me a reason to communicate with Nature daily in a way that I know has already affected my ability to communicate with other human beings.

I’ve always been outspoken, but not in a skillful sense. I’ve always called myself creative, but not in an artistic sense. I’ve always found myself spiritual, but not in a “God” sense. All of these half truths have changed in only 100 days, and I’m so blessed to have found this path on which we are walking together.

In 98 days our bond has grown 183 people strong and the vibrations in our community have resonated amongst us more than 500 times. This is a real thing. This is happening. Thank you for being a part of The Sacred Architecture of the Here and Now.

Namaste ♥

Whaaat? Veronica, this was so cool and then you went all sanskrit on us with that silly word and now we’re lost! Okay sorry, guys, but there just isn’t an English word for what I want to say! Here’s a translation and I hope you will permit me to sprinkle it around my postings here on out now that you love it as much as I do…

“In India when we meet and part we often say, ‘Namaste,’ which means I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the place in you of love, of light, of truth, of peace. I honor the place within you where if you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us.”    – Ram Dass

Day 97: What Is The Difference Between Love & Fear?

This is a poem I wrote a week or so ago. I decided to post it because another one came out of me today on the same theme. It was late at night when I wrote this one and I was having trouble sleeping because of my sensitive heart and too-thin skin which often lets in more emotions than can possibly make something as peaceful as sleep happen. Now seems like a fine time to mention that until four months ago writing poetry was never an outlet for my creativity (apart from the occasional haiku) and I’m really over-joyed to share this new branch of me with the world. I hope you’ll feel some kind of connection to this too-human experience of feeling which keeps all of us up at night.

"Expansion" by Paige Bradley

“Expansion” by Paige Bradley

Love vs. Fear

The feeling of a heart
ripping open at the seams
is the very center
of the human condition.

It matters not
whether it is split open by loss
or whether it bursts apart
from the fullness of love.

Which is icy and which is hot?
To which do you run
and from which do you hide?
Wiser to ask: are they different at all?

Does the loss not invoke love
for a wholeness once known?
Does attachment not call up fear
for the treasure that can now be lost?

So fear or love, which is the best?
Where do we run and where do we hide?
Who gave us the authority to decide?
Who taught us to have the right response?

Well balance is -1+1,
and zero is the center of infinity
so the heart chooses neither love nor loss,
because it knows there is nowhere to hide.

To the heart they are no different
than night and day
and it is the mind which forgets
love and fear inter-are.