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Graceful Soul Journeys

Hatea River, Whangarei – Morning Walk
Introduction to Graceful Soul Journeys

This has been quite a journey in so many ways, on so many levels over years and years and here I am, present in the moment.  I am grateful to be writing and want to briefly introduce Graceful Soul Journeys.  Still getting used to saying it out loud and allowing myself, giving myself permission to hold such a notion, the audacity to want to suggest that we are on a Graceful Soul Journey.

I have encountered so many different kinds of journeys for myself and have been privileged to witness so many others.  Some of the transitions I have named, personal development, spiritual enlightenment, survival and realise that in the naming I have tried to use my brain to name something and have it be in a box, so I could then fix things!

Even as I write this I cannot believe how much I needed to have things in a ‘box’ so that I could understand versus it being what it is, a journey.  A journey in which I could have a ‘felt sense’ of it through my body, which invariably when we get to that point it is a body, mind and soul integration.

Have to say that some parts of the journey have felt anything but graceful, it has at times been down right brutal.  On occasions I have had the inner harsh part of myself make comments that are undermining, trying to protect what no longer requires protecting, well you know the story.

This is one of the reasons Graceful is here.  I have learned over the years that graceful means kind, caring, tender and is a skill that can be learned.  It means having a kinder narrative, a softer heart that is available to ourselves to journey with and perhaps reduce the rugged terrain that may have been created with the brutality of an inner critic and sometimes from others, but this is about our journey, inner and outer landscape.  Grace also means having the willingness to see, hear what may be challenging, hearing a truth that we may have hidden from.  Taking responsibility, empowering ourselves and taking action.

I know that I have so much to share and right now this feels enough.  I will be playing and having fun with different formats with the blog.  I want to offer a range of sharing a topic, an idea, a curious inquiry in different ways, play dates that are therapeutic by the mere nature of showing up to them and therefore part of Graceful Soul Journeys.

Thank you for reading and coming this far.

My wish for you is that you continue with gentle curiosity and permission to explore your Journey with grace, tenderness, and with honesty to the best of your ability and I hope that a little of this contributes in unexpected ways.

I love this song that I play at times to remind myself of being Graceful and kind to myself and therefore others.
I will be Gentle with Myself – Karen Drucker

Worth watching: Brené Brown’s Life Advice – 12 minutes

Fun water colours and doodling:
How to paint Abstract Watercolor + Doodle. Easy for beginners – 8 minutes

How to Live Gracefully

Arohanui
Liz xx

 

1.21st September 2021