Ever since childhood, I’ve been a creature of the land. As an adolescent, I found myself feeling isolated in the middle of the woods with no one my age/my mindset to talk with. In the midst of despair, I would wander into the woods and sit for hours drawing, dreaming, listening and connecting with the trees and other beings. Even though I had no words for what was happening, I was communicating with nature in profound ways that would shape me for the rest of my life.
I moved away from my childhood homeland and traveled around the country, settling in cities and other densely populated areas. I longed for connection and places to get my hands in the dirt. After many years of searching, I began to find myself again in community gardens in the city, where I was able to again feel the wonder of watching a seed sprout into an amazing flower throughout the season. I got to know my neighbors and I found great joy in watching the clouds in the sky. Nature–the great Earth Mother–has been my constant in crafting a sane existence.
I am even more available to give back to the world after beginning a meditation practice that has taught me to keep my heart open even when I most want to shut down. I am grateful for my yoga teachers, my meditation instructors, and my many spirit guides in life who have helped me to manifest in the form that will serve the greater good.
I envision a life where we each see our own inherent goodness; where we smile at each other because we know that we share the same joys and suffering; where we recognize in all of our actions that we are connected to every other thing in the universe; where our hearts can be blown open by the beauty of a snowflake or a crow flying across the horizon; where we will fight for each others’ humanity and for the Earth. I envision a world where we are connected by threads of light and love–where we stand up for what we believe in without fear or second thoughts.
Everything I offer is from this deep desire to truly change the world. I wish you love, light and joy as you find your fullness and perfection!
Thank you for reading my words, and for reaching out if you feel so moved.
with love, Cathleen