The Truth in Embodiment

It never ceases to amaze me the connections I make between my art journaling journey and my life; and how it can be used as a tool to express all of the lessons I learn along the way and to practice new ways of being.

Most recently, my path has led me to karate of all things. After almost two years of watching my kids train, I decided to jump in myself... and it has been so fascinating to sink into the unexpected self-growth lessons and to notice how it connects to art journaling!

The Truth in Embodiment

One of the biggest benefits and most awakening Aha's (so far!) I've received from training in martial arts is total embodiment and the true meaning behind it.

For many years I've used the practice of movement to get present before diving into my art journal (in fact, moving your body and activating your senses is one of the suggested rituals in my Roots Class). I've also talked about how getting back in touch with my senses was the beginning of my journey back home to myself.

But I'm starting to see that those short practices were only just the tip of the iceberg. As I explore and stretch the boundaries of what my body is capable of, feel the soreness in new muscles I never even knew existed, and marvel at the magic of muscle memory... I find myself on a journey towards true embodiment and of learning how to be in relation with my body.

Before, my body felt more like a tool - something that just helps me do things. Now, I feel it becoming more a part of me as my mind and body begin to merge on the mat, on the page, and in life.

Embodiment is not just about being aware of the body as a thing, but of being aware AS a body.

...just as we were all born to be. As infants, we have no ability to make sense of the world through thought. Rather, we are aware of everything around us through our senses, and are highly in tune to what our bodies need. But as we grow, we move away from our sensory knowledge and begin to rely solely on our minds.

I'm beginning to think we have it all backwards.

As we all know, the mind can get easily cloudy or confused. It makes up stories that are far from the truth. It can misperceive events and even how we look and feel. It's not always a reliable source of input. The body on the other hand, never lies. It offers the unfiltered truth of what you need and of what you're experiencing.

What if instead, we switched their roles - living from the body and using the mind as the incredible tool it was intended to be only when we needed it?

How much simpler would your life be then? And how much easier would your creative process flow?



Always in curiosity and love,




Exploring Sensuality

It’s been so long my friend, since I’ve sat down to write to you. Last time I wrote I was full of excitement and anticipation as I began my journey of opening up to the deeper currents of what creativity has been awakening in me and preparing to gather women together in a private space to explore our hidden “right-brain” aspects.

I’ve been doing a lot of exploring and sharing privately within my new blossoming Soul Circle Community, but as promised I wanted to start sharing some of my experiences with you as well so that you too may begin to remember and reconnect with these aspects that may be hidden.

Each month within the community we’ve been bringing our attention and curiosity toward one particular theme that we may have been disconnected from; and this month we’re exploring SENSUALITY.

At first hearing the word “sensuality” you may automatically start thinking of “sexuality” – which I did as well when I first started getting acquainted with this word. But in truth, you can absolutely be sensual without being sexual, and you can be sexual without being sensual.

Sensuality has more to do with really connecting to your senses in the moment. Being fully present in your body and feeling the pleasure from what you’re experiencing, whether that be seeing a beautiful sunset, or smelling a rose, or slowly sipping your tea.

We often live our days being totally disconnected to ourselves and the environment around us. How alive would you feel if you slowed down to actually taste your food? If you slowed down to notice the beauty around you? If you slowed down to really feel the texture of the clothes on your body?

For me personally, getting back in touch with my senses was the beginning of my journey back home to myself.

I never knew just how disconnected I was until my friend and intuitive writer, Rebecca Cavender asked me what my favorite sounds and sights were a few years back. I couldn’t answer! It got me scared, thinking that I had no clue who I was. But through exploration and sharing stories, I was able to recognize and remember all that I had thought I lost. Long story short, I realized that I AM ME and I will ALWAYS be me. There’s no “forgetting”. There’s no “unearthing” to do. The journey back home to myself was simply about becoming more aware. And so began this incredible journey.

Today, I still have trouble answering questions about myself. But I’m okay with that now, because I feel more at home in who I am, and I’m more present in the here and now. My memory may not work as well as other’s, but I can fully feel my experience and who I am right now. And this all begins with getting present, within your body.

What do you see and hear around you? What textures do you feel? Are there sensations happening within your body?

Below are a few practices that we’ve been playing with this month to explore our sensuality and the relationship we have with our body. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to try one (or all!) yourself!

—->> Find moments to dance and move your body in new and unexpected ways –perhaps while doing the dishes or taking a shower!

—->> When you eat, eat slowly, savoring every bite. Really pay attention to the texture and the taste as you move it around your mouth before swallowing.

—->> Set a timer on your phone for every hour, and when the alarm goes off seek out sensual pleasure in the moment. What beauty do you see? What feels good on your skin? Does something smell or taste good?

—->> One of our most inspiring activities this month is a creative process called body mapping.

I engaged my senses with some drumming and lavender oil, then paused for a few moments to feel the sensations in my body. I then traced my body onto the canvas and intuitively filled it in with color and shape.

It was such an expressive, healing experience! I urge you to give it a try yourself!

Reconnecting with your body can feel hard, and sometimes scary. But it doesn’t need to be; keep it light and fun! Using curiosity and play are great ways to begin exploring.

Much love to you!!

UPDATE: Our Soul Circle Community is now open! In a nutshell, it’s a monthly membership community of women to support each other in exploring our inner worlds and bringing more life into our day-to-day. CLICK HERE to learn more and to join us!!