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Monday, March 22, 2010

Infinite Possibility

As I write this, my heart is buoyed by the symphony of birds, singing their heart-songs of joy now that they have returned from their winter retreats in warmer climates. Spring is truly here. With spring comes celebrations of renewal and also freedom.

As a Jewish woman, this week I am engaged in readying my physical home in preparation for Pesach (Passover), also known as the Festival of Freedom. This includes intensive cleaning of the house in order to rid all corners of chametz-leavened food stuff. I'm doing a modified cleaning this year as my energy is not what it once was, but still honoring the traditions of my Mother, Grandmother and all of the Jewish Mothers who came before us in the best way that I can. (I gratefully acknowledge my husband Gordon and our daughters for their part in getting the house ready! and my sister Amy and Sister-in-Law MaryLou for purchasing additional Passover foods we couldn't find up here in NH-thanks everyone!) In our house we also change all the pots and pans and dishes to special ones dedicated only to Passover foods (just like my Mothers before me). In my spiritual life this week I am taking a hard look at my personal "puffed-up"/judgmental habits in order to sweep them out from the corners of my heart. These judgments include those I hold toward others as well as toward myself-the person I probably criticize the most. I have Pharaoh-like tendencies especially when it comes to myself! Metta (lovingkindness) practice is really supporting my intentions this year, allowing me to soften my own heart, unlike Pharaoh (as the story goes) whose heart became more and more like stone with each demand for freedom Moshe Rabenu uttered.

How can each of us call out to the Pharaohs of the world and demand/ensure freedom (including our inner Pharaohs?) My friend
and fellow Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach® and Singer Songwriter Jill Allison Bryan is stepping up to the challenge...with song. She is celebrating like the birds outside my house tasting the freedom of warmer days and Myriam the Prophetess too, as she sang and danced with my Mothers across the Sea of Reeds long ago.

I want to share with you something truly awe inspiring Jill has put together in support of "women survivors of war [as they] rebuild their lives," through her extraordinary fundraising event:

Infinite Possibility

A Night of Music, Art

& Women Helping Women

Saturday, March 27, 2010
Jill Allison Bryan's "Dancing in Limbo" Solo CD Release Party
and Silent Art Auction Benefiting Women to Women International


Please take 4 minutes from your busy day and watch this video in which Jill explains what this beautiful event and soulful offering is all about. Even if you don't live in Dallas, TX (I don't), you can get involved and help out by buying a CD, or tickets as a donation or by making a direct contribution to Women for Women International (if you do please let WfWI know that you are making this donation in connection with Jill Bryan's charitable event).

Jill was my practice client when we were in training together as Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaches®, these were intimate, healing sessions I will always treasure. One of the things I love most about coaching is that like teaching and parenting it is a reciprocal process; you give and receive in an exchange of metta (lovingkindness). Jill's latest creative endeavor is truly metta in action.

Jill my dear, YOU are an inspiration to me...May you be blessed with abundant joy and the freedom that comes with being a generous soul.

11 comments:

  1. Thank you, Laura. I am honored to exist within the sacred space your blog represents. Filled with inspiration, love and light, I can think of no better place to share the message of Infinite Possibility with others. All the best, Jill

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  2. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us, Laura. Thank you also for describing your beautiful family traditions.

    Many blessings to you.

    Judy

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  3. A lovely video & great cause ; a generous woman.

    You sounded so couragous in your last post, mind you look back at that when you aren't feeling so great!

    I used to be hugely affected by all the stress around me & made a lot of my own until I learnt to step back - yoga practice helps me to go back when needed & as your mantra says we are safe.

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  4. Jill,
    You are so welcome...I'm so thrilled that you allowed me to post your video, to share your creative genius and generosity with my readers!

    Judy,
    Thank you for stopping by. May this be a day of wellness for you my friend.

    Emma,
    Thank you, actually I feel pretty good right now. Accessing my life pre-Pesach is a traditional Jewish practice...it's not that I am feeling especially down on myself...I'm not even particularly stressed out...again just doing what is asked of me by my tradition. But the work does create even more fatigue in an already tired body...it's ok though. Yoga was always a stress reducer and energizer for me (for about 18 years!) but my yoga is a much more internal experience now...not so much asana. I'm so happy to know that it is healing for you.

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  5. Blessings on your Passover preparations and celebrations, Laura. Soulful work and ancient. You must feel such ties to all the wonderful women who have done this in this same way before you. Enjoy!

    I am blessed to bear witness to your "softening" through metta and so glad that you bear witness to mine. We are often so hard on ourselves, aren't we - and expect so much! (like perfection? even on the spiritual path...) May be all be more gentle and love ourselves up a bit!

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  6. Blessings and love to all the beautiful women out there who open themselves up to the misfortune of others...I am happy that you are feeling well Laura..

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  7. Thank you for sharing this post with us. I always enjoy them so much. I will go watch the video. Blessings to you, my friend.

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  8. wonderfull thoughts to cleaning and clearing out to let in blessings and love

    peace be yours

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  9. Thank you Laura, for visiting me and my blog this morning. What a wonderful way to start the day. You touched my heart!

    I wish you a happy Passover with your family, mindful, peaceful, and kind.

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  10. I always learn so much when I visit you, dear Laura. Your words, the video, music and art filled my soul today. Thank you.

    May your Passover be a blessed time with beloved people around you and nourishing food on your table.

    I hope you are feeling well today.
    xo

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  11. Dear Laura,.

    Jill is right...and we cant live without to help who needs US.
    U are nothing, laura...and a day....everything it will end...the death will come and for that...We need to help...
    My husband says me taht I give everything that I have taken with my work...but I am happpy so...
    have a nice day
    graceolsson.com/blog

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