CREAgeous Living Newsletter

8 Day Countdown!

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12/13/2016          

Dear CREAgeous Friend,
 
IN 8 DAYS it’s the Winter Solstice!….

What does this mean?  Firstly, it’s an opportunity to honor the darkness and the stillness within and without, while celebrating our connection to the Earth and the return of the light!                     In literal terms the winter solstice lasts for just one moment on Wed Dec. 21st and it occurs exactly when the Earth’s axial tilt is farthest away from the sun.  This means it is the shortest day and longest night of the year.  After this moment the days begin to lengthen and the light begins to return to us in the form of longer days of sunlight.  YAY!  I think most of us celebrate this (if not all of us!).

In ancient cultures around the globe, the winter solstice was marked with ceremonies and celebrations.  The birth of a divine child and savior at the winter solstice has also formed a central part of spiritual beliefs through the world since the beginning of history.  In ancient Egypt as the birth of Horus, the birth of Mithras in Persia, the birth of Jesus at Christmas, the birth of the divine son of the Druids, etc…These celebrations have tapped into a universal spiritual principle that is just as relevant now as it was then.  (Who knew!?….the things I learn as I write these newsletters!)

I believe these celebrations at the solstice speak to us of the mysterious and universal understanding of the unique human ability for spiritual transformation and personal growth.  All things which come into being must first be born.
I love this symbolism of the winter solstice as a celebration of being “born again”….not in flesh but in spirit….the birth or re-birth of a light within us.  Each of us is full of latent potential that lies dormant like a seed.  We can live asleep and in the darkness to this potential or we can choose to bring light and growth to our Selves, our Souls.

This is the time of year when we can gather our intentions for what it is we want to shed from the past and what we want to create for our future….
from darkness to light….from holding and grasping to letting go and moving forward.

Let us each use the energy of the sun to shed light on what is asking for change and transformation within us.  Let the creative process which gives birth to the universe and its cycles also give birth within you to all you long for!

My wish for you this season is that the seed within you gets the light it needs to grow and flourish!

Love,
Cynthia

and PS….
remember that a supportive community awaits you at CREAgeous Living!…
for you to explore the growth you want for yourself/your life….

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Claim Your Gift!

 

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12/7/2016          

Dear CREAgeous Friend,

 

Today is the ONE MONTH COUNTDOWN to CLAIMING YOUR GIFT!


Your gift of
what you want to bring into your life in 2017.  


ALLOW DESIRE TO RULE!  The flow of creativity within you will inform….  

Get through the holidays knowing you will get a gift on Jan. 7th!

In 31 days is YOUR DAY OF…

•  DIVING DEEP INTO CREATIVITY AND PASSION

•  INSPIRED HEALING & MOVING FORWARD!

•  JUICY INSPIRATION!

• CREATING INTENTIONS FOR 2017!

in 31 days is…

                 AWAKENED CREATIVITY!

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    START YOUR NEW YEAR WITH INTENTION!

more info & registration

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with LOVE,

Cynthia

 

 

Love as cliche?….NO!


 

11/29/2016          

Dear CREAgeous Friends,
 
I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving!
I’ve been thinking about this “season of Love”.  Is it all just a cliche or can we make it real for ourselves?  I actually believe it IS up to us….

             And we are put on earth a little space
   That we might learn to bear the beams of love.
                                                         William Blake

We all yearn for love.  This is a universal human experience.  I have been reading a beautiful book by American psychiatrist and theologian Gerald May called “The Awakened Heart”.  He states, “There is a desire within each of us, in the deep center of ourselves that we call our heart.  We were born with it, it is never completely satisfied, and it never dies.  We are often unaware of it, but it is always awake.  It is the human desire for love.  Every person on this earth yearns to love, to be loved, to know love.  Our true identity, our reason for being, is to be found in this desire.”  He goes on to say that “William Blake was right about the purpose of humanity; we are here to learn to bear the beams of love.  There are three meanings of bearing love: to ensure it, to carry it, and to bring it forth.  In the first, we are meant to grow in our capacity to endure love’s beauty and pain.  In the second, we are meant to carry love and spread it around, as children carry laugher and measles.  And in the third we are meant to bring new love into the world, to be BIRTHERS OF LOVE.  This is the threefold nature of our longing”.

How can we each take responsibility to birth more love into our world this season?  Within this question it is also important to consider both our inner world and outer world and our capacity for giving and receiving “self” love and “other” love.

Do not forget yourself during this season of giving…..go for walks, take hot baths, buy that beautiful candle for yourself, spend time with loved ones, for when we feel full we have more to give and then we can go out there and beam love to others by smiling at a stranger, serving at the Soup Kitchen, being patient with the harried sales person or just slowing down and letting that car get in front of you!
ENJOY…….

LOVE,
Cynthia

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AND in light of NOT forgetting yourself…..

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There is still space in this Saturdays Workshop –  Dec.3rd

GATHERING YOUR ACORNS FOR WINTER – A SoulCollage® Workshop
http://cynthia-shaw.com/fallworkshops/

and PLAN FOR YOUR NEW YEAR 2017….NOW!

JUICY ALIVENESS! – A WOMEN’S CREATIVITY RETREAT
JANUARY 7TH,  9-5
http://cynthia-shaw.com/fallworkshops/

warmly,
Cynthia

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Staying Grounded in Times of Change

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Dear CREAgeous Friends,
 
This has been a tumultuous time in our country, the election is now over and no matter your political leanings this will be a time that is going to bring change.  And as we know Change is never easy.  I think the most important thing we can each do is stay grounded….grounded in our deepest Selves, grounded in our families and our communities and grounded in our hearts.  

There has been so much divisiveness it is now time to take stock and find areas in our individual lives and hearts where we need to create more loving connection….and that starts within ourselves.  If we are each responsible for our dark sides; our hatred, our fear, our jealousy, our rage…if we can shine light on these areas within ourselves we can bring awareness and responsibility there and not act this darkness out into the world.  This takes a great deal of self examination and courage….creative courage….or CREAgeousness!  This change, within and without, needs to be creative ….coming from a deep place of wisdom and not from our limited left brain!  

I believe that an important aspect of creating any change is to stay grounded.  By this I mean the ability to stay out of our heads and in our bodies, to feel fully what emotions are arising and to allow them to flow.  Being grounded is being connected to the earth and the intimacy of life all around us.  Being grounded is being deeply connect to the present moment.

Being grounded is what helps us from getting pulled by all the ups and downs of life and change.

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10 Ways to Get Grounded…….

  1. Stop and notice your Breathing. No judging, just notice.
  2. Roll your shoulders forward and then backward four or times. Notice the tension release as you breathe and move your body.
  3. Use a stop light as an opportunity to take a deep, relaxing breath.
  4.  Stand without your shoes and feel your feel touching the ground. Feel the support on your toes, your heals and the insteps of your feet.
  5. Take a walk outside and notice the trees around you. Trees are a wonderful example to us–their roots firmly planted and branches reaching high.
  6. Imagine roots coming from the bottom of your feet into the ground to firmly tie you to the core of the earth. Feel the energy coming up from the earth into your body with any excess flowing back down into the earth.
  7. Observe your thoughts. Yes, just stop and notice what you were thinking. Are you off in the ozone or present to your current experience.
  8. Give yoga or tai chi a try. These ancient practices get us into our bodies and slow us down to become aware of our movements.
  9.  When the weather cooperates, get outside to be on the ground or to garden. Nothing like getting our hands in dirt to get us grounded and present.
  10. Do regular grounding meditations.  Google and you will find many meditations to listen to!

Being present and connected to your body and the earth will give you great resources of energy. And stopping to re-ground when you find yourself spinning into over thinking or fearful imaginings will keep the energy flowing in a positive way.

May our inner and outer world reflect the love and hope deep in our hearts.

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Hope Is The Thing With Feathers 
Hope is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –
I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.
– Emily Dickinson
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with Love,
Cynthia
 
MORE WAYS TO STAY GROUNDED!……….
UPCOMING OFFERINGS…..
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GATHERING YOUR ACORNS FOR WINTER:
A SOULCOLLAGE® WORKSHOP

at CREAgeous Living Studio in Nyack

SATURDAY DECEMBER, 3rd – 12:30 – 430

Come join a group of like-spirited women and explore with intention how you want to move through the fall and into winter.  Discover and move through what might be blocking you from what you most want to achieve.  Let us dig deep together and enjoy this engaging collage process to gain clarity about our dreams and visions. 

All materials provided

Your Investment – $67

For more information and Registration:

http://www.meetup.com/SoulCollage-Adventure/events/234617522/

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 PLAN FOR THE NEW YEAR NOW !!!

JUICY ALIVENESS: 

a full day creativity retreat for women

Saturday January, 7th – 9 – 5

What could be more delicious than giving yourself the whole day to be with yourself and a group of like-spirited women creating to your hearts content…or napping…or walking to the river…whatever feeds your soul in the moment!

For more information and Registration:

http://www.meetup.com/SoulCollage-Adventure/

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JUICY ALIVENESS ON STEROIDS:
a 4 month program for woman over 50!

March – June 2017

MORE INFORMATION TO COME SOON!

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