light through the dark
and my first guided meditation
I always seem to be searching for light. I imagine it’s because there’s so much darkness to be found in the world these days. Occasionally, when I feel buried deep in the darkest moments, I dig myself up just a little, trying to remember: the beams can’t get to me without the dark.
Those beams of light!
I greet them when I step out my door in the early morning, letting them soak into my cheeks while my pup waits patiently by my side. I watch for them on my daily walks - the gentle speckles of light filtering through the trees and moving across the brownstones in the early afternoon. I look for them in pockets of hope in my slowly growing business - an unexpected wholesale order, a heartwarming private lesson in my home studio, a workshop gathering of incredible women creating clay vases on a drizzly Sunday afternoon.
The beams of light - they’re everywhere - when I make the space to look for them: in the sleepy smile on my partner’s face in the morning, in the look of anticipation my pup gives me when he knows it’s time for his walk, in the sunbeams tanning my arms as I bike to and from my studio on summer days, in the order placed by a stranger on my website, in a kind message on Instagram, someone telling me that I made a difference for them - I brought them some light.
May we all feel our feelings when we’re in the darkness, and through the dark, may we find the beams of light. May we feel their warmth. May we be them. May we share them.
Sunday’s workshop was drizzly magic with glowing candles and warm banana bread. I have a few more scheduled for this fall, you can sign up here (or reply to this email if you’re interested in a private lesson!) And if you can’t make it to an in-person workshop, I can send one to you with my mindful clay play at home kit
My messy studio photo this week is a peek at what the feeling feelings mug looks like right before it goes into the kiln for it’s second firing:
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This week our practice is focused on bringing light into our minds and bodies, including an audio of my voice guiding you through a gentle, light-filled, full-body meditation (side note: I’ve never shared anything like this publicly before, and it feels feels particularly vulnerable for me. My greatest hope is that it brings some peace and calm to someone <3)
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