the magical heart |
I can’t stop making these. Rather than making them up, it’s more like excavating the messages that are already there.

balance | SusannahConway.comfire queen | SusannahConway.comheart | SusannahConway.comsoul speaking |

 dreams |

A publisher’s postbag — in pictures

I’d buy one of these in seconds if they did a UK version | the perfect little planter

How to find “The One” — much needed wisdom from Kim

Heirloom tomato salad | roasted garlic kale hummus | peanut butter banana bonbons

Loving: The Sacred Podcast

[video] In which I demonstrate how to cry when meditating — I found this video from Susan incredibly honest and beautiful

These tarot cards are SO geeky…. but I still want them

Michelangelo’s handwritten grocery list | Mrs Warhol’s handwriting

“I think I no how to make people or animals alive”

My dream home

Happy 4th to all you American lovelies, and happy Friday to the rest of us :) xo

kindness revolution |

Should you check your email?

Swooning over these photographs | I love how she sees the world

Sugru Lego hack | meet Sugru’s inspiring and frankly awesome founder

Kale & potato breakfast hash | roasted vegetable teryaki bowl | mint coconut batida cocktail

I had fun chatting with Kate about soulful biz this week

Making me happy: one | two | three | four

[video] “I know it’s about love & ‘blah’ but…”

Check out Lumosity

Women, please stop shaming men — thoughts from Lissa

And finally, the summer session of Blogging from the Heart starts on Monday! If you’re feeling the call to start sharing your heart online I hope you’ll join us :)

Happy weekend, loves! xo

A happy is a wise woman |
Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you — Rumi

I attended a 3-day workshop with Sally Kempton recently. We were learning about kundalini and the goddess and the joys of spiritual awakening. There was chanting, meditation and a LOT of women in attendance. At one point Sally shared a few book and website recommendations with us, describing one site as “not too woo woo”. And I thought to myself what could possibly be more woo woo than kundalini, chanting and the goddess?! But I knew what she meant because I often use that term myself.

It usually pops up when I’m with a group of people who hold a mix of beliefs — when teaching a course, for example, I never take it for granted that everyone has the same references as me and I try to be as inclusive as possible. To me that’s just being polite and respectful. But lately I’ve become more aware of how I use the term in my everyday life, too. It’s the “this might sound a bit woo woo but…”s that have got to stop.

I know where this has come from. Looking back over my relationships I see I chose partners who didn’t share my beliefs. I still remember the withering looks I received and how I always felt the need to play down that side of myself. The not-an-atheist side, completely at odds with how they viewed the world.

All this has been swirling in my head since I finished reading The Dance of the Dissident Daughter. While Sue Monk Kidd’s background is vastly different from mine — I had a very secular upbringing — I devoured every word of that book. As ever, reading another woman’s story has emboldened me to own my own. It suddenly hit me that when I diminish what’s important to me I diminish myself, and while I may have been quick to do that in the past I don’t want to do it anymore.  

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I don’t follow a particular religion or a single set of beliefs, and while much of what rings true for me lives in the New Age camp for sure, these days I’m most interested in my own first-hand experience of spirituality. The best way I can explain it is this: It’s the connection I feel when I turn inwards, my sense of being connected to something much larger than me yet also unquestionably a part of me, too. And there ain’t nothing woo woo about that.

I enjoy learning about new ways to connect to the sacred within — hence the kundalini workshop — and ever since I bought my first tarot deck as a teenager I have always been interested in the metaphysical. As I get older my understanding of my place in the world is deepening, which in turn makes me more confident about embodying that with others. I love my spiritual accessories — my home is filled with crystals and singing bowls and more oracle cards than is probably necessary — but really all I need do is close my eyes and I’m there. I’m home.

We’ve come up with so many names and rules for what could be ‘out there’ — god, angels, spirit, universe, source, shakti, the mystery, the all-that-is — and while I don’t think any of us will ever really know the truth until we shove off our mortal coil, enough bonkers things have happened in the last nine years to let me know that there’s more to all this than just what we see with our eyes. I can’t prove it scientifically but I know what feels true for me. And that’s the bit that feels important — that we each find what feels true for us.

I guess you could call me a healthily sceptical believer :)

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