venus retrograde: six weeks to figure out what you love

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something big is happening in the stars again.

back in the beginning of july i eluded to the fact that this month was lining up to be an intense, powerful, inspiring month. i like to call it the summer of love. (read what i said about it –> here).

we’ve made it through one full moon, one new moon, and we have another full moon ( a blue moon actually) waiting in the wings.

but, first, we have what an encounter with venus… you know the goddess of love, the planet closest to us, and boy will this encounter give us an interesting ride.

beginning today, 40 days of venus retrograde begins. (july 25 – september 6)

if you remember, retrograde is when, if you look up in the night sky, it appears that something is moving backwards across the sky. of course, it actually isn’t, but the illusion of it seems to stir up lots of crazy things + powerful opportunities.

back in the late spring, we experienced mercury retrograde, which made things feel all topsy turvy. well, venus retrograde isn’t going to make us feel so scattered + out of control as we were back in the spring, but it will give us an amazing, emotional, intense opportunity to reassess our life.

especially when it comes to love. (makes sense, huh? being the name of the goddess of love?)

when venus turns retrograde today, we are being asked to look at exactly what love means for each of us. i am talking about love of others in our life, self-love, and what we have prioritized in our life.

as kate says: over the next 40 days, “we will have two options: to hide in the shadows and miss the opportunity of a lifetime, or to go after what is inside of our hearts.  it’s not a question of if we will make a big jump—but a matter of when. and there is a push to literally look around and see what truly makes us happy.”

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venus is giving us a chance to realign our awareness on love, relationships, what we value and what we’re worth. it’s a mystical, magical and important period that doesn’t come around all that often. it’s a time to reflect on the inner value of your experiences rather than outer display.

it’s all up to us whether we want to take advantage of this time to reflect and realign and take stock on what + who is really important to us. those things that we are most passionate about, that we really truly love, and are advantageous to our lives by helping us to live our truth.

the venus retrograde period turns out to be the perfect time to focus on the quality of life over the desire for financial gain, in other words, we get to decide for oversells what’s more important. money, power, success, security… or an authentic life, love, peace, etc. it’s ok whatever we choose. the point is to slow down just long enough to really think about what we are giving our time + attention to, what we say we love, and see if those two things line up. we are given a chance to reassess our priorities, in our work and in the people that we invite into our lives,  focusing on our inner need for contentment and fulfillment and what/who really makes us happy.

either way, this retrograde period is tempting us to reconsider our approach to relationships of all kinds: what’s important to us? what (and who) do we want in our lives, and why? and more importantly, what we have to offer?

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venus retrograde is a time when we may be forced to re-examine what we consider “worth it.” if we use the next 6 weeks wisely, we will think about the activities, people and things in which we have invested our time, energy, commitment and money… and if what they are giving us are the rewards we thought we had bargained for. not monetarily, of course, but in relation being true to ourselves + following our bliss.

it’s all about continuing to realign ourselves to that path in life where we feel that we are living our truth, living the life that we were called to live. 

again, kate says this: “we have to trust all the lessons in letting go of what was no longer serving us. and we have to believe that we have learned a lot about how we want to authentically live our lives.

venus will be in retrograde until september 6th… so take a deep breath, because this retrograde will be anything but casual. it’s all about how deep we can go”

lots of love to you all… and happy venus retrograde!

onwards + upwards! xoxo

// week twenty eight (part 2) // the healing magic of sweden’s nature

hello, friends! have i got a treat for you today!

get ready to breathe deep + feel the healing magic of the swedish archipelago. yesterday i shared a bunch of photos with you about camp life in the archipelago – i spent last week there. but, the other part about being out in the archipelago is communing with nature.

to get there, after 2 hours or so, you turn off of the main highway and then drive for a while longer deep into wild, free, green forests of southern sweden. it’s as if you can hear + see the legendary trolls scampering about to hide behind or beneath rocks. and i swear that if i peer closely out the window as we make our way down the gravel roads, i can see fairies flitting about between the greenery, darting behind trees, alighting on the sunshine-drenched wildflowers.

out here everything is natural. everything is organic. everything is simple. and real. and possible.

the air is clear and fresh. the water, cold and clean (minus the seaweed + sea grass floating about sometimes). the sun sets late at night and rises again just a few hours later.

if i stand on the rocks by the edge of the water, i can hear the sea calling me. i feel instant peace. instant serenity. and my breath becomes slow and steady and deep.

yes, there is magic here. there is healing here. if you just slow down… just enough to look for a moment. just enough to feel it. that’s right, here you are one with nature. one with the earth. completely connected. the universe is no longer something that is out there. god is no longer something that is out there. you are enveloped in the wonder of the divine and the sacred.

see for yourself…. and slow down as you gaze at the photos. i so wish for you the pure peace and tranquility that i felt.

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wherever you are today, just take a moment to look around at the nature that surrounds you. if you’re in the city, just find a shrub or a flower, or even a weed. or simply stand beside your window and look up, or down. anything that is natural will do. meditate on the nature around you for a few minutes. breathe it in. let it heal you. let yourself become swept away in the beauty and the simplicity. and for one second, just give thanks. and know that, even in the midst of all that is going on in life, you are whole. and you, just like the bits of nature all around us, are perfectly sacred + divine + are simply called to be exactly who you are.

“the miracle is not to fly in the air or walk on the water, but it is to wander around right here on earth.” // china

onwards + upwards! xoxo

 

ten on ten :: july 2015

i’m late with my post! but, i have a very good reason!

my ten on ten photos for july were taken on friday (the 10th), like a good girl; and lucky me, i was still on vacation in the swedish archipelago! so, it was a great change from the always fun, but still only “everyday life” snaps, like i usually have. of course, since i was away on the 10th, i didn’t have any internet to share them with you until today. but, here they all are! all 10 (+ almost 10 extras too!). enjoy!

up early for breakfast duty: at camp we share duties + each have different meals to make. i had breakfast on friday!

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back in my room after breakfast to prepare for the morning’s meditation time. my old COLLEAGUE was at the camp so, and she asked me if i could help lead our closing gathering. sometimes you just can’t fight the things that you were born to do.
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the quote in the book says: “the miracle is not to fly in the air or walk on the water, but it is to wander around right here on earth.” // a chinese saying

blowing bubbles. saying prayers. how we roll.skeppsgarden-bubbles
candles lit in remembrance of/for others.
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we had to say goodbye to many people, as they left the camp after lunch to head back home. i consider this cutie my little neice. and i just didn’t want to let her go.livia-skeppsgarden
a walk in the woods. all alone. heaven.skeppsgarden-forest-woods
some reading (and napping)skeppsgarden-reading
i looked out my window + noticed people gathering for fika: time for our mid-afternoon coffee!skeppsgarden-fika
dinner on the grill a few hours laterskeppsgarden-bbq-grill
my love + i finishing up the leftover dessert. baked cinnamon apples + vanilla sauce. mmmmm!_skeppsgarden-dinner
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a few minutes alone down by the waterskeppsgarden-meskeppsgarden-swimming-ladderskeppsgarden-sunsetskeppsgarden-panorama
and then, sharing the veiw with my love + a few more who gathered down by the dock. cause the sunset was killer…skeppsgarden-my-love-me-lina
so we decided to blow bubbles. i thought of it as a celebration of the end of the week. of sending all of our memories and traditions and love out to the sea… preparing ourselves to return to regular life, and wait until we return next year.skeppsgarden-bubbles-seaoh my friends, this is just a tiny little skimming of the surface of some photos from my vacation that have to share with you. so, check back this week as i pile on more photos on the blog, filling up my media library, and giving you some oh so beautiful swedish nature to gaze at. sending you love + light!

onwards + upwards! xoxo