Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Blogtoberfest Day #16: Julie invites you to unleash your true self


Today's guest prompt comes from mixed media artist Julie Gibbons, who lives in Scotland. I first came across Julie's powerful and mesmerising work via instagram, and was totally intrigued by her philosophy and process.

We are so lucky to have Julie share her secret to connecting to her true self today, as her wild woman definitely shines through her art journals.

If you were to write down your daily activities, how many of those would be categorised “being my true self”?

I don’t know how it is in your corner of the world, but I feel like each day I’m fighting obligations and expectations to carve out time for me to spend time with the wild woman I know myself to be.

So today, I wanted to get in touch with her before I tackled my daily to-do’s. To give my true self a chance to appear before the day chased her away.

1. I practised a short yoga nidra before I’d even got out of bed.
2. I ate my breakfast whilst listening to a CD of Rumi’s love poems set to music (I may have danced a little, too.)
3. I took half an hour to read some of the book I keep meaning to read at bedtime but don’t manage because I fall asleep too quickly.

Quite small steps in the grand scheme of things, but it is precisely these wee things that can add up to a more significant unleashing. And it is precisely these wee things that we so often overlook as we go about our daily business.

What three steps could you take today to get in touch with your true self? (If you’ve no problem unleashing yourself on a daily basis, can you think of three new steps you can take today to shake things up a little?)

Thank you, Julie!

Friends, how could you coax out your wild woman to play today? For more inspiration, be sure to check out Julie's vlog at Kind Over Matter. Yum!

7 comments:

  1. It is interesting that my blogging yesterday included accepting a part of me I have been avoiding... I am a crocheter not a knitter. Right now I am sat down relaxing for half an hour before bed just to get my brain ready for sleep. It is lovely. The house is quiet with everyone asleep. It is nice to have enough quiet for my other senses to expand and just be

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    1. I like to do that first thing in the morning, Stella. There's something quite magical about being the only one awake, hey?

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  2. A very interesting post and it is so true that it is often the little things that have true significance.

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    1. Melody it is amazing how we feel guilty about just being. I enjoyed yesterday's quiet time so much I plan to do it again today

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    2. Wee things multiplied = big things, don't you think?

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  3. Monday to Friday my mornings follow the same pattern .... get up, exercise, have breakfast, read for about 45 minutes, have some time online, then shower and get ready to face the rest of the day ...... and all that is done by 9am!!

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    1. I do admire your commitment! I find it difficult to do the same things at the same time each morning. But as long as I have my rituals built into the day, then things tend to go smoothly.

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