Control

What in your life do you try to control, and where do you allow flow? I'm a very anxious person, so I tend to try to control everything.  I'm a self-admitted control freak.  I also believe this comes from my mom being a control freak, so I learned to be that way from her.  I... Continue Reading →

Winter’s hold

In what ways do you celebrate or acknowledge the release of winter's hold? I love when it starts getting lighter in the mornings and when it's lighter after work.  This year the winter has been much less harsh weather wise, but I still have missed the sunlight and being able to work in the yard and... Continue Reading →

Imbolc

This pagan holiday is often celebrated around February 2nd.  It kind of corresponds with Groundhog's Day and Candlemas.  This holiday is halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. People often celebrate the fact that the days are beginning to get noticeably longer and in some areas, the weather is warming too.  In Colorado... Continue Reading →

Intuition

What is your sense of your instinctual side? I've always struggled with my instinctual or intuitive side and my logical side.  There are often things that I sense or know, but can't explain.  My logical side always wants to find that explanation. This has caused me to question my own beliefs often.  Difficulties in life... Continue Reading →

Guidance and intuitive reflection

This week's topic in The Great Work is about animal spirits or totems and the runes. Animal guides Many different cultures have used animals to guide their work and practices.  The Egyptians had many Gods and Goddesses that had animal heads, representing their animal spirit.  Many people are also familiar with animal spirits and totems... Continue Reading →

Job or home changes

Reflect on how many home or job changes you have experienced in your life. I've really only had one home change.  My parents had a home before the one they currently live in, but I don't remember it.  The one they currently live in is all I remember and they have been there for 30+... Continue Reading →

Root chakra

Chakras are energy centers found in the body, and correspond to different emotions, beliefs, and even parts of the body.  This knowledge is found in eastern philosophy. The root chakra is found at the base of the spine, connecting our energy with the earth.  The bones of our body, including the teeth, are associated with... Continue Reading →

Greatest strength

What do you consider your greatest strength? I have a couple.  It's my ability to learn new things and my tenacity.  I've always known that I can pick up new things rather quickly, when I put my mind to it.  I'm able to retain a lot of knowledge and can recall it rather well when... Continue Reading →

Comfort

What gives you comfort in troubled times? Mostly my husband gives me comfort when I'm struggling.  When I don't have faith in myself, he does.  He is my biggest cheerleader. Also, one thing that gives me comfort when I'm struggling is realizing that we humans are pretty darn resilient and tenacious.  We have lived thousands... Continue Reading →

Feeling lost

Have you had times of feeling you don't know who you are? I've been experiencing this feeling ever since I graduated college.  I knew in high school I wanted to become a chemist and work for the coroner's office in my area.  I went to college and got my BS in chemistry.  It took a... Continue Reading →

Calcination

Calcination is a term pulled from alchemy where the material to be transmuted is subjected to intense heat to drive off any waters and impurities in the material.  The result is a fine, dry powder. In life this can be seen as times where major events happen, often breaking us down, such as a death... Continue Reading →

Risks and exploration

How comfortable are you in taking risks? I'm not very comfortable at all.  I don't like change much.  I like things to stay the same, as much as possible. How encouraged were you to explore new things in childhood? I don't remember much about my early childhood, but I remember not being able to go... Continue Reading →

Trust

The first few years of a child's life are important.  All needs must be met for the child to thrive.  If a child experiences trauma during this time, typically they begin to mistrust others. How trusting do you feel yourself to be? I personally feel very trusting.  Often my friends and coworkers tell me I'm... Continue Reading →

Origin and developmental reflection

From The Great Work, the last week was about reflecting on my origin and development. There can be imbalance in the family and it can manifest in two polar extremes: the Controlling System and the Chaotic System. In the Controlling System there are rigid rules and little to now acknowledgement of differing needs. There is... Continue Reading →

My body

What aspects about your body do you like, and which do you dislike? I love the fact that my body is so strong.  Not only am I able to hold many yoga poses, but my body keeps on ticking without much help from me.  I love the way my feet look.  I love the muscle... Continue Reading →

Feeling secure

In what circumstances do you feel safe and supported? I feel safe and supported whenever I'm with my husband.  He pushes me to do better every day, and supports me and encourages me when I feel like I'm not enough. I also feel safe at home.  I know this is something that seems pretty normal,... Continue Reading →

Optimism and Hope

What symbols speak to you of optimism and hope? The biggest symbol that makes me think of hope and optimism is women working together.  I think we have so much that we can share with one another, and we should start working together more.  There is so much support and love to be had when... Continue Reading →

Losing Control

Have you ever had a moment of losing control? I've had many moments of losing control.  It is often precipitated by some small event setting me off.  It's like the straw that breaks the camels back.  Many things pile up and then I let it all go at once, and usually that leaves me crying... Continue Reading →

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