Reflections: Seasons, Summer

Season-summer

All dressed up in a vibrant expression of life at its peak
Hotly passionate, her seduction is irresistible
An all-consuming expansion

Within the embrace of this woman
One is consumed and forever transformed
What is of ill burned down to the ashes
What is of good altered forever

Summer is fun
Life is good
To be in the sun
Is good fun

Here are some suggested ways help embody the reflection of this season:

  • Pick a day when the sun is full, bright and just hot enough.
  • Find a space where you can safely sit or lie in the sun – be fully naked if you dare.
  • Allow the sun to touch every part of your body.  Feels its heat.
  • Notice how it does not hold back any of its light.
  • It gives it ALL to you.
  • Now, got to the mirror, take in all of who you are in this moment.
  • Celebrate yourself.
  • Get dressed up to express the full delight of being alive – in the sun, having fun, nothing to hide, noting to be ashamed of,
  • Just being fully who you are.
  • Walk through your home in this delight, or go where you will and enjoy!

 

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Journeys into the Mirror: A Journal for Women written by Janneke Koole, Illustrated by Mukee Okan, you can find it at DTMMS.

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Reflections: Seasons, Spring

Season-spring

Awakening as from a deep sleep
Pungent and dank as the forest floor
Emerging fresh as first flowers

Like a spring-fed stream, she restores a promise
Of new life – a titillating pulse stirring within

Life beckons, entices, arouses
Blossoming fertility
Glowing pregnancy
Anticipation

Here are some suggested ways help embody the reflection of this season:

  • Lying in your bed as you awaken each morning, know it as the spring of a new day.
  • Take a breath and smell the potential of life in the making.
  • Feel deep down in your belly – what new life is stirring within?
  • What is your heart’s desire for this new day?
  • See yourself emerging from the cocoon of the night as a fresh butterfly into the day.
  • Stretch your whole body, deliciously sensuously.
  • Listen within,
  • A promise awakens.
  • Place your hands on your belly and give yourself the pleasure of living within this intent –
  • just for this day.

 

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Journeys into the Mirror: A Journal for Women written by Janneke Koole, Illustrated by Mukee Okan, you can find it at DTMMS.

Reflections: Seasons, Winter

Season-winter

Still
Within
A breath held longer than you’d think

Dreaming that which cannot yet be named
Waiting for a movement not yet begun
Anticipating new life not yet stirring within

Our depth is unfathomable
Our silence impenetrable
Our ways not reproducible

Even before conception, we carry the unspoken until ready for words
Even before birthing, we surrender to the forces much greater than our small voice
Even before dying, we know the time is complete

Still, within the winter, we know without knowing how we know.

Here are some suggested ways help embody the reflection of this season:

  • One day this winter, enter into the still night without turning on any lights
  • Don’t turn on any music; turn off all the phones, radio, TV, etc.
  • Instead, sit quietly and feel the approach of darkness.
  • As night falls, observe its movements and hear its call.
  • Stay totally quiet and utterly still.
  • Notice how the sounds all around you change.
  • Notice how, deep within the silence, life is unfolding without definition or form or name.
  • Know you are holding indescribable potential within.
  • Name three ways in which you can deepen your inner silence and visit your potential.

 

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Journeys into the Mirror: A Journal for Women written by Janneke Koole, Illustrated by Mukee Okan, you can find it at DTMMS.

Reflections: Seasons, Autumn

Season-autumn

The last of the harvest lies splendid in the fields
The baby is born
The family has been fed
And now…

Pausing, reflecting, and praying
We see, we release for we know…

As the fruit is harvested and taken out of the fields
What is born out of our womb is not ours to keep and hold
What we cook is eaten; what we clean is soiled again

The leaves fall from the trees
The winds come up to wipe the slate clean
Change is in the air
And so we listen, we learn and we prepare again.

Here are some suggested ways help embody the reflection of this season:

  • Visit a farmers’ market during the autumn when they spill over with harvest foods, falls colors, pumpkins and squash.
  • Delight in the smells; taste some homemade food; see what Nature has birthed and what farmers have gathered
  • Visit with yourself and review your abundance
  • What have you “birthed”? (There are many forms of babies – don’t limit yourself to physical babies only – creative projects, businesses, relationships, visions…)
  • Embrace, appreciate and then release them into the big circle of living.
  • Then go outside and feel the wind on your face
  • Ask, “What’s next for me? For what must I prepare at this time?”

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Journeys into the Mirror: A Journal for Women written by Janneke Koole, Illustrated by Mukee Okan, you can find it at DTMMS.