Archive for ‘September, 2017’

Milestone Update

Woohoo!!!  Just finished writing the text for each of the 80 Art Cards in the guide booklets…  Can’t help but celebrate with you in this 90 second clip:

That’s right– I’m on track to begin the Kickstarter fundraising campaign in late October to early November, so it looks likely we’ll have decks by Christmas!!!

There’s plenty of work yet to do, so please keep up your prayers and encouragement.  But wow, this is a big milestone indeed…

 

With joy and gratitude,

Melanie

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Deeply Joined

As we see more division, disregard, and blatant self-interest in the news each day, I thought I might share this image:
Intention: Connection
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Invitation:
To invite the exchange and energy that relationship brings.  To engage the world and each other with respect, delight, and healthy curiosity.  To remember that all beings are deeply joined with one another.
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In balance:
Interacting in mutually helpful ways that are good for all.  Encountering each other and our differences with open arms.  Touching with gentleness and love.
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Out of balance:
Isolating ourselves.  Believing we don’t need each other or the Earth community.  Taking power from another person or being.
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Draft text from the Listen For Joy Art Card Decks— coming soon.
Only four more sets of text like this to write and send to my editor!
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Art title: “Connection 2”
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Still Climbing

Only 8 more Art Cards to write and send to my wonderful editor– still climbing!
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Intention: Tenacity
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Invitation:
To stay steady and determined in a worthy struggle.  To endure bravely in the long work of healing, justice, and transformation.
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In balance:
Persevering through a challenge by pacing well and using smart effort.  Sustaining our focus on what’s most life-giving and meaningful to us and our communities.
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Out of balance:
Insisting on finishing or perfecting a task even when it costs us too much to do it.  Working beyond good stewardship limits of energy, health, or resources.  Refusing to leave a dangerous or toxic situation because of misguided loyalty.
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(This is the draft text for the Art Card called “Tenacity.” Art Card Decks coming soon!)
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Art title: “Tenacious”
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Trusting Steady Progress

Woohoo– Only 19 out of 80 left to write of my text drafts for the Art Card guide booklets!   It’s not easy to keep showing up, trying to make steady progress.  Takes a lot of trust, in fact– which was the name of the card I just worked on:
Intention:  Trust
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Invitation:
To rely on wisdom, intuition, or Sacred Presence for assurance and guidance.  To open ourselves to receive care and acceptance.  To be upheld by the flow of life and to practice following its current.
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In balance:
Engaging life with confidence.  Enduring through doubt.  Counting on others and ourselves to be trustworthy.  Having faith that the story of the Universe is unfolding toward justice and compassion.
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Out of balance:
Defending ourselves from vulnerability or intimacy.  Sinking into misgivings about ourselves, others, and the future.  Drowning decisions and relationships with skeptical criticism.
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Art title: “Fall In”
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Intention: Conviction

To honor brave DACA and immigrant friends who are #heretostay, and to encourage us all to speak out and protect our neighbors.

Intention: Conviction

Invitation: To claim the power we are born to use. To go out into the world, facing opposition or even danger with the inner strengths of purpose, faith, and joy.

In balance: Living with integrity and balanced self-confidence. Entering the freedom to be our true selves and to be strong.

Out of balance: Stifling identity or power. Refusing to speak out on behalf of life and justice. Lacking the inward assurance to engage resistance.

(From the upcoming Listen For Joy Art Card deck)

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