Great Blossoming Day After Day
By Ann Whittaker | CosmoMuse Editor
Images (in order) | Ibeyi, Edward Weston, Pinterest (2)
A written word is the choicest of relics. It is something at once more intimate with us and more universal than any other work of art. It is the work of art nearest to life itself. It may be translated into every language, and not only be read but actually breathed from all human lips; — not be represented on canvas or in marble only, but be carved out of the breath of life itself. – Henry David Thoreau
Spring is in full swing, days are longer and warmer, and we are gathering more in an effort to find our place in the different communities we inhabit. And yet there is still a bit of awkwardness as we blossom: we’re not quite sure how all the personal work we’ve been doing will be received. We are required to be bold and trust that our efforts will find the right audience. First, we must speak our hearts and minds so that we can find exactly where we belong.
“We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Each morning, before you speak to anyone, find a quiet spot in your home or in your bedroom. Think about the things you value and have been working on in your personal world that you want to tell people about. Consider that everything you’ve been cultivating over the past few months is looking for a community–these ideas, hopes, dreams are not yours alone–they must be shared with the world.
What things are in need of promotion and feedback from others? Notice if there are any thoughts that take precedence over others. Don’t try to control what comes to mind–let your intuition guide you with each inhale and exhale. Let your imagination play and wander. Do this for at least 10 minutes.
“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” – Jack Kerouac
After you’ve had some time to let your mind wander, write down what ideas stood out to you. What is most important to you? What do you value most? What do you hope to bring to the world? What opportunities might you need in order to bring movement, and a little discomfort, to your path? What scares you about the next steps? Are there people who could help you make the leap and find a bit of a soft landing? Write it all down.
“All I have is a voice.” -W.H. Auden
Practice telling people what you are doing and what you hope to do. The more people that know your intentions, the more they can help you and suggest others to talk to or things to try. People and community are our dreams’ best amplifiers. Don’t worry if not everyone “gets it.” Not everyone will. This is how you find your community. There will be people who know exactly what you’re talking about, and can give you valuable feedback and introduce you to a world of people who can give your projects torque.
Every day, during Gemini season, think, write, and speak your intentions. Get out of your comfort zone and watch how the community brings new movement and dimension to everything you’ve been working on. Keep in mind as you share your intentions with others that you do not have to change to be accepted. Hold true to your value, and you’ll find the community that will resonate best with you.
“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” – Thich Nhat Hanh