Works of heART// Untitled...

I do not understand
who do not feel things intensely. 
Have you not lived?
Have you not loved?
Have you not tasted the salt
of poetry
as it slips from your tongue?
Have you not known sacred things...
and dark things? 
What is life
and what is love?
And how do you know...
what it feels like...
to breathe deeply
to feel the full expanse of heart
against your rib cage?
When you have not known
all of these things in such a way
that it is the very truth of life
birthing starlight
under your skin...

Natasha Mandel (written : November 3rd, 2017)

Love notes...what if...


We all seem to wait until our last days to seek forgiveness; to do right by each other. What if we simply lived and loved that way? Didn't do things that needed forgiven? Lived to do right by each other?

What would that life look like? Because I think THAT would feel light. And I think THAT would look like LOVE. 

Photography by @dincturk. Thank you for capturing diversity in photographic art. 


Happiness & Love,

Love notes...


"The ancestors are whispering. Listen with your heart."~ The Art Of A Happy Heart

Trying hard daily to remain in my heart space; where the wisdom resides. Not always an easy practice, am I right? Ha!

Just a little love note from my heart to yours! 
Share the love, share this image. Tag @theartofahappyheart! 

Happiness & Love,

Works of heART// "Found"

We are the storytellers...
Learning the language of love.
Ripping through sinew of heart...
Cutting to the bone.
Sweet darkness swallow us whole.
Take us into your arms, we are not afraid.
For we are not from this place, take us home. 
Let us journey to some other sunrise, 
where leaves grow into trees.
There, we will be found.

Natasha Mandel (written : September 5th, 2017)

Love notes...

"Humble your heart. Futures are crumbling at the feet of ego."~ The Art of a Happy Heart

While meditating this morning, these words came into my minds eye. Feels appropriate.

Let us think to ourselves how we can humble our hearts when speaking to each other. Just a little love note from my heart to yours! 

Happiness & Love,

Love notes...


"NORMALIZE being kind."~ The Art of a Happy Heart

Some simple wisdom for your Wednesday! I am ALL for gratitude and being appreciative. I do believe that gratitude and kindness has the possibility to completely change the hardest of hearts!...but have you ever noticed that sometimes kindness seems so RARE that we find it to be extraordinary?!?!?!

A little story...while at a festival a few weeks ago with @kyaracreations, we met our festival neighbor selling at the tent next to us. It was a very hot day and this nice man forgot to bring water. Britt shared a few bottles of water so he would be hydrated throughout the day. He was sooo grateful, that he thanked her over and over again! It was truly very sweet and he seemed like a very nice person, and it all felt really good taking CARE of each other. But he was sooo grateful for freaking WATER!!! Don't get me wrong, I know many countries, and even cities in the states (Flint, Michigan!!!! <---) lack clean water...but let us normalize kindness! And care for one another and help when we can. Not only for the feeling we get from gratitude, but because we care about doing what is RIGHT and good for each other.

How can you normalize kindness today? In what way can you do something good because it is the right thing to do? 

Just a love note from my heart to yours! Share the love, share this image. Tag @theartofahappyheart and show the world that we stand together in kindness and care for one another!

"As Human Beings, We Have To Help Each Other, You Know?"~ Mohamed Bzeek

Happiness & Love,

Works of heART// "Journeying hOMe to the Heart..."

                                                                                                                                                                                                    DeLICATE PORTRAITS PHOTOGRAPHY

                                                                                                                                                                                                    DeLICATE PORTRAITS PHOTOGRAPHY

"There is no ME, without YOU.", he whispered...

And just like that, all those old choruses of broken voices in my mind said,
"shhhhh. You are enough."

And I was standing on the doorstep of my heart; it's chamber doors unlocked and flung open.
All the lights were still on as if they had been awaiting my return.

And I was home.

Natasha Mandel (written : May 29th, 2017)

Works of heART// "Free From These Pages"

As blue moons rise
and red suns fall

when sleep can't find me late into the night
into the mornings hush

I know it is because I am awake
and there's no time for sleep
in times like these

cutting through lies
and history

the evidence
and poetic warfare
running down the pages of old books

A moment will come
when we are nothing left
but bone and ash

no flesh to hold or hearts to thrash
against rib cages
against these bird cages... from these pages

Natasha Mandel (written : May 29th, 2017)

Works of heART// "Lion Heart"


The truth is...
I'm afraid you'll see my darkness.
My barren lands.
My suffering.
And that you'll think I cannot serve.
That I cannot survive.
That you'll think I cannot bring my own kind of healing.
That you'll not count me among the tribe.

But this heart has taken beatings.
Has bled for the poetry that flows from its veins
and fills up the wounds.
This heart has cracked and shattered and still fucking LIVED!

For many moons and many suns I've seen the darkness flooding the horizon.
Have felt the suffering of a body stolen.
A bird trapped in a cage and without a song.
All the carnage strewn about at the hour of sunset.
And I cannot alone heal that kind of brokenness.

When the hours grow dark,
those birds they still beat their wings inside my chest.
But this heart, she is a LION!
And this lion has already died a thousand deaths for songs unsung.
No more.

I am not just that little bird without a song.
I am that lioness.
And I long to let out my roars
across those barren lands
And awaken myself and the world.

For I came to this place with flaming mane and claws that scratch and fight for life
and for love.
For truth and honesty.
For all the hearts that shatter and come together.

So here I am...thundering out of the darkness.
Heart pounding and bleeding.
Arriving and departing all at once.
Holding on and letting go all at once.
and dying all at once.

So here I am...are you still with me?
Shall we come out of the shadows?

Natasha Mandel (written : April 14th, 2017)

Nature's Reflection...

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."~ John Muir

One morning, while taking a little walk in my yard, just sipping my coffee, I looked down on my favorite little bench, and saw this one little leaf with the most stunning droplets of dew just reflecting back the morning light!  It was so beautiful and in that moment, I just had to capture it's beauty with a photo.  It is just more evidence that nature has so many little things to teach us about ourselves and the world around us.  Today, take time to see extraordinary in the ordinary.  Something as simple as a dew drop reflects back your own beauty.  I see you; and you have meaning on this earth.

"Life is truly reflection of what we allow ourselves to see and be.” ~Trudy Vesotsky


"Nature's Reflection"-

♥ Adorn your hOMe and sacred spaces! Photographic art nature prints are now available!

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Happiness & Love,

"Realign & Reconnect"...Spring cleaning for your heart & home...

"I touch and surrender myself to the earth.  I become one with my true nature. to EMERGE...From these roots I shall grow... ~ Julie Timms

We have spent winter in hibernation; examining, letting go and stoking the inner fires of transformation.  But spring has come and it is time for yet another shift and rebirth. When the earth begins to awaken from yet another slumber, we too begin to slowly awaken to who we are now.

As the heaviness of winter gives way to sunbeams and honeybees, we are renewed with the hope that comes with spring...more aware and in tune with our purpose and vision of who we are becoming.  All that lay dormant now comes to life!  Our burdens seem lighter, our hopes ignited.  The seed dreams we planted are ready to blossom in the warmth of a new light; inspired by the wisdom we found in the slow, unraveling of our layers in winter.

After the cold and dark of winter, our heart and home are likely in need of a little love and tending.  Now is the perfect time to realign and reconnect with those most sacred spaces.  Spring brings with it a transformational energy, and we can use its wisdom to transform our heart and home energy through release, ritual, and reconnecting.

Clearing out the cobwebs of our heart and home both physically and metaphorically can do such wonders!  It allows us to energetically realign our sacred spaces with our intentions and invite in freshness and a new beginning; untangling ourselves from all that keeps us from coming into full bloom and clearing out stagnant energies that no longer serve us.  Usher in a new, fresh energy and feel yourself come alive!

Tending to your hOMe...

Cleanse your space.  Take this time to declutter and donate.  Keep only things that are meaningful, useful and bring you happiness.  Purging out the old and rearranging or redecorating your home does incredible things for releasing and clearing stagnant energies.  You will be amazed how the energy and vibration changes just by letting go and weeding out the old to make space for the new!

Create an Altar Space.  Set an intention for this season and then begin to create a beautiful, vibrant, and relaxing place for you to reconnect back to your heart and intentions throughout the day. Decorate your altar with crystals such as citrine for abundance, rose quartz for love and clear quartz for clarity!  These are beautiful and symbolic stones to work with in the Spring.  Add a soft, warm glow by using candles or salt lamps.  And clear stagnant energy by burning sage or palo santo.  Come back to this space anytime you feel you need to  reconnect with your heart's intentions.

Connect with nature.  Embrace the lushness of spring by filling your home with plants and pieces of nature.  Invite in LIFE and fresh air into your space by throwing open the curtains and windows!  Allow fresh air and sunbeams to enter and brighten the energy that surrounds you.  And spend time outdoors!  Reconnect with nature and your soul.  Throw up a hammock and take rest under the shade of a tree, soak in the sun until it fades to moon, and you cant tell fireflies from stars.  Take in the medicine of nature; the trees and the animals. What messages do they have for you at this time? What can you learn from them this season?  Discover yourself again in the earth, and renew your cells among her wild love.  There is healing there.  

Tending to your Heart...

Be free.  Unearth those things no longer serving you and leave them behind.  What do you need to release? Old thought patterns? Negative self talk?  Toxic relationships?  Step into a different story.  Weed through and release those things that hold you back or weigh you down.  Free your spirit.  Take time to appreciate where you have been and where you are going.

Deepen your practice.  Recommit to meditation or yoga.  Open your heart space through self inquiry; this is key for awakening your authentic self.  Your heart has it's own intelligence; what is it trying to tell you this season? What do you need in order to grow? Follow it's call.  Quiet your mind and be fully present in the wisdom of your heart.  This is also a beautiful time for self~love!  Do things that make your heart happy and bring you joy and peace. Be gentle and kind to yourself during this time of powerful transformation.

Dream and reconnect.  Spring is a fertile time and the perfect season to give birth to a new idea or try something new!  Dream, visualize (perhaps create a vision board!) and show gratitude for what your life is now and all the abundance coming.  Notice and connect.  Embrace and show gratitude.  When we send out gratitude, the Universe responds with an echo; giving us more moments and experiences to be grateful for.  Light a fire in your heart and watch as your intentions and gratitude bring these seeds dreams to life!

We are in a metamorphosis.  With the freshness of spring comes a shift within our spirit; something feels different and our spirit is reawakened.  Our hearts are opening...we are transforming.  Take this time to become familiar with this new rhythm.  Reconnect with your heart and recreate yourself in alignment with your intentions and visions of who you are becoming.  Allow spring to inspire your emergence from the cocoon.  Your heart and home are your most sacred spaces.  Take this time to do little things to create big shifts and transformation and rebirth.  Create space in your heart and home for joy and abundance.  Nourish them and invite in LOVE.  And watch your true nature EMERGE!

Tell us how YOU release, realign & reconnect in the Spring! And tag us on Instagram @theartofahappyheart and use the hashtag #myheartandhOMe so we can see your Spring Altar photos! Happy Spring Equinox, love hive tribe! 

Happiness & Love,
(Written on: March 12th, 2016)

♥ "Realign & Reconnect" originally appeared last year in the Secrets of the Fae Magazine— Spring 2016 issue! You can purchase your copy here!

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Every last drop...a life well loved...

""I told you I was gonna squeeze every last drop outta this ya, love ya, love ya."~ Pop~Pop

It has been a heartbreaking and emotional few months. It is nearly impossible, in the midst of grief, not to think of the moments we have lost; the people we loved most, gone in the exhale of one single breath. It seems for quite some time, that we too, are unable to remember how to breathe.

I am just now beginning to breathe process what it is to have lost. And to have loved.

In November, I lost my grandpa. My Pop-Pop. Even as I type those words, the tears come easily...and hard. How can it even be possible that this person, this person I LOVED, be gone? I ache to hear his voice, to hear him tell a story with enthusiasm only he had. I push play on the last voicemail he left me just so I can hear him say, "Love ya, love ya, love ya." The way he did at the end of every conversation. Those words filled my empty spaces. I hope they filled his too when I said them back to him. And I hope they gave him peace in knowing he was so loved, surrounded by family, when those were the last words he would ever hear.

We wanted to move him back home up to Maryland. He wanted to come. We had plans coming together to get him home to us. But his heart had other plans. I got a call. Can you please get to him? We can't make it until Tuesday. And so my whole family pulled together; reconnecting with each other to make new plans, gift flight miles, and lend support. I spent 8 days with him in the hospital and then in hospice care. I could fill a book with all the events, emotions and thoughts from those 8 days. Maybe another time. For now, I will tuck those memories into my heart. Maybe those are for only he and I.

He had moved down to Florida with my grandma before she passed away 5 years ago. I think for many years he probably couldn't leave because it was the last place they were together. She was his everything. Even in his last days, his thoughts were, "I just wanna be with my baby; I want to kiss my baby." I wanted that for him. So, even though my heart was and is deep in grief, I celebrate that their energy is reunited. Even if it really all is just dust to dust.

In the end, it seems there is a trembling. A shattering and breaking free from all the bullshit that never mattered. And a surrender to forgiveness, and to love and to wholeness once again. To a place of healing while being broken beyond repair. It is incredibly beautiful and if I am really, really honest, and not looking for the good, it really, truly fucking sucked. The happiness and sadness. The wholeness you feel from sharing love with another person, yet the heartbreak of losing them. It all feels so stuck. The knot in your throat of all the things left unsaid, all the calls you forgot to make, all the times you wished you had done this, said that. It is all there..

I promised him I wouldn't leave him. I saw him take his last breath. I wrote his obituary.

I think the finality of it all...that is the most excruciating pain a person can experience. For the one leaving and the ones losing.  How can we go on when this feels like the end? I don't have those answers yet.

And so I grieve. And celebrate. That he was a place where I felt like I belonged. That we brought comfort to each other in the midst of transitions.

I carry his heartbeat within my own. His unbreakable love and the lessons learned. His flowery, fish tale stories. And now I find his voice whispering in my heart, calling me home to my innermost wisdom.

As he completed his journey here on this earth, his last moments were spent in the company and thoughts of his loving family.  He passed peacefully in his sleep.

He was a man devoted to his family, and had such a special kind of love for my grandma, Cecilia. He loved old jazz music, bear hugging, watching his favorite old movies and daily stories and he knew that the way to end any great day was with a plate of homemade spaghetti and a spirited game of scrabble. 

We take comfort knowing his life was not just a life well-lived, but a life well-LOVED.

As he began the end of his journey with us here on this earth, one of the last things he said was, "I told you I was gonna squeeze every last drop out of this life."  And what beautiful life advice to leave behind.  To experience and to cherish; to not take for granted any moment of this one precious life.

With his passing, the end of his days...I am reminded...

"Sunsets are proof that endings can often be beautiful too..."~ Beau Taplin

♥ ya, love ya, love ya. ♥

Love notes...grateful for you...

"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love."~ Marcus Aurelius

I would like to take this moment tonight to thank you all for your support this past year in every way! I am truly grateful and humbled to this growing community. 2017 is going to be even better and I will have many more offerings in store for you!

To those of you that are new to this space, I welcome you with a grateful heart and would like to take a moment to introduce myself.

I'm Natasha, and The Art of a Happy Heart is my heARTwork and my purpose. It is also a gift I want to share with you. Here I share my journey, my works of heART and healing guidance with a sincere hope that whatever it is that you seek and find in this space resonates deeply with your heart. May it be a salve to the wounds...and may you find touchstones to comfort you and guide you always back home to your heart. 

As a Certified Metaphysical Practitioner, I work to transform energies and to bring balance to the body, mind and spirit...but especially to the heart.

I am the artist behind The Art of a Happy Heart sacred adornments, which you will find here in this space. Handmade by me in my home studio, I use natural gemstones, infused with positive energy and intentions, to mindfully and lovingly create each piece as a wearable work of heART...a touchstone for your journey.

✦ When you need more than a touchstone ✦ 

Do you long for community? For a sacred space where your heart can be seen, heard and held? Well, welcome to our community of healing hearts! I would love to support and guide you on your journey. Whether through energy healing guidance or by creating sacred adornments to support your journey, our connection has now been made; our hearts connected from across the Universe.

A Love Letter for you...
When you are ready, I invite you to step into the depths of your heart and feel into this space. Here, we will strive to empower ourselves to live from the heart as a daily practice, through awakening and healing the heart. I truly believe that we can find happiness by transforming our heart energy through connection, healing, and lovingly embracing ourselves and the world around us. 

I am so grateful for our connection; how our so many ways big and small, will expand and heal because of each other. Thank you for being a part of my journey and allowing me to be a part of yours. And if our paths cross even for a moment, I bow to you in gratitude. 

All the love,

5 Mini meditations for a busy life...

"Quiet the mind and the soul will speak."~ Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

I thought I would share some ways I find to "meditate" even in the midst of a busy life. Sometimes meditating is not sitting on a cushion, chanting. It really IS just about finding YOUR point of stillness in a chaotic world. In these moments of contemplation and silence, we can better hear the wisdom of our hearts.

1) Mandala Coloring or Etching books...

Okay, you guys! You seriously have to try these! Have you ever tried those mandala coloring books? They are awesome for relaxation! Especially if you are not great at sitting still to meditate! Even better than those? A friend gifted me an amazing mandala ETCHING book! You scratch off the pattern to reveal amazing colors and mandala patterns! It is soooo satisfying! ha! I am so freaking addicted and it reduces soooo much of my anxiety!! I made the photo above black & white just because I love it that way but it's actually rainbow underneath the layers you scratch off!! It slowly morphs through the colors of the rainbow as you follow the pattern! It's so great for people who can't slow themselves down enough to sit down to meditate in the traditional way!! Highly recommended!!! I may never do anything else again, it's so fun!! (Sometimes I work on my mandalas while our kiddos are coloring! That way, we can be together, but doing our own thing.) They are called "Mandalas for Meditation: Scratch-off Nightscapes"! You can find them on Amazon.

2) Incense/ Candle...

There is something so incredibly soothing about gazing into the smoke of incense or the flame of a candle. I usually will do this on most mornings just in case I don't get my meditation in. I burn the incense or a candle and simply set my intention for the day. This is super quick. Max time about 2 minutes and I'm off to start my day. This practice is a great one to start with if you are new to meditation and just can't seem to settle into longer sessions.

3) Coffee or Tea Ritual...

Seriously, ya'll. Coffee IS meditation. When the first sip of warmth hits your lips, isn't it just magic? Or is it just me? haha! Create a quick 5-10 minute ritual of making coffee or tea (I really love making French press coffee for this if I have time because it still takes a little really take time to be present in the making. Or make a quick cup of coffee or tea and just take a few moments to walk outside, breathe and take in the moment.

4) Shower Meditation...

You guys! You are going to laugh at me! Ahh! I am so busy as a mom and small business person, that sometimes the only time I get to myself is in the shower. So I have created a little ritual that I do for meditation and creativity; I draw mandalas or words of affirmation on my shower door steam! haha Hey! Sometimes you just gotta' fit your meditation in anywhere you can!

5) Mindfulness...

Take a few moments first thing when you wake up (or at some point in your day) and list 5 things you are grateful for. It really is such a great habit to get into. Sometimes I like to do it at the end of a long day (ESPECIALLY if it's a hard day, it's a good ritual to commit to). Taking time to remember 5 things you are grateful for, is a really wonderful reminder and re- calibration of our energy; reminding us of all the good in each day. When it has been a particularly hard day, I sometimes take a moment to watch the sunset...and I can't help but think to myself..."We made it." And isn't that such an amazing thing? To experience another day...

Tell me! How do you create sacredness in your days? What are your "mini meditations"? I'd love to hear how you take time for meditation, to refill your own well or to find simple, sacred moments to recharge! I can always use good ideas and it's great to share with each other how we find balance in our busy lives. Because it is so important, in the busyness of it all, to not forget to LIVE!

Happiness & Love,

Love notes...

Life is a journey...
of struggle and of ease,
of sadness and of joy,
of fear and of hope,
of comfort and of growth,
of indifference and of Love.

You will break and bend,
you will fall and rise,
you will shatter and come together.
There will be moments when it will seem you are living all of these things at once; that you are thrashing through this journey. Within it all, do not lose yourself, your truth, your heart.

And in the moments in between,
if and when you are able,
allow your heart to be a point of stillness in a chaotic world. 


Happiness & Love,

Love notes...

Just as the seasons ebb and flow, so does the spirit and the seasons of life.  When the earth falls and the skies grow darker with each passing hour, at first sight, it may seem as though the decaying flora with their brittle, breaking petals have nothing left to give.  That their beauty might never return.  That their very roots must be ripped from their stable ground, never again to grow anything beautiful or lovely.  But underneath...deep in the dark, something beautiful is waiting to be birthed into being.  Each season the roots grow deeper and stronger, and when the sun returns and the earth declares another spring, they grow and rise, and rise higher than they were before.  Always reaching toward the light. 

Happiness & Love,

You are not broken...

Feel your fucking feelings

You are not broken or weak because you feel things intensely.  In fact, you are strong as fuck.

For isn't that the job of a heart?  To be strong?  To feel?  To give life to the body?

Be upset, be angry, be hopeful, be activated, be whatever you need to be right now.  We need more like you.  Who care.  Who see.  Who FEEL.  Who love things, and beauty, and goodness, and causes, and life and people so intensely, that they are willing to shatter a million times for all of those things.


Happiness & Love,

Sacred moon shop update!

"The Warrior of the Light is a believer. Because he believes in miracles, miracles begin to happen.  Because he is sure that his thoughts can change his life, his life begins to change.  Because he is certain that he will find love, love appears."~ Paulo Coelho

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Sacred Adornments for your heart & hOMe


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"Warrior of Light"- 

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Happiness & Love,

For the love of this

"There are two ways of spreading be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."~ Edith Wharton

Good morning!  I say good morning because we woke up today and we can still do something good.  I honestly am not sure how people read this blog, but even if there is just one or two of you, please know I am here and you can reach out.  (Simply go to the CONNECT page and message me to chat and I would love to hold space for you.) 

Everything feels so dark, divided and chaotic in our country at this time and I know a lot of the world is hurting right now.  I am trying as hard as I can to take some time to realign to my own heart, my own truth, and to make sure that I don't speak with haste; because I am human, and I have.  Please know that I am not going to leave you hanging; I will search to find my words that unite us together.  Yes, unite.  This space is for healing.  Everyone's.  BUT, this is a safe space and hate will never be accepted or glossed over.  We can have open and loving and respectful dialogue.  I will do my best to choose my own words carefully and to bring you some guidance if you need it.  I need it too.  At this moment, I know there are a lot of us feeling like we are caught in a tornado; spiraling gusts of air just picking things up and tossing them around and spitting them out and everything feels so broken.  But WE are not broken.  We stand together in the name of Love.  In search of love.  And we must keep looking for it.

In the meantime, go out there and spread the love and do what you CAN do.  Let us see each other as HUMANS and stop being so hateful.  If you SEE or HEAR something fucking shitty, stand up and say something and don't be passive.  As well, start SEEING and HEARING (LISTENING) to your fellow humans.  Everyone has pain and everyone is suffering and we ALL just want to find a way to stop the pain and stop the suffering.

I will share more soon; I have things to say.  I know you must have things to say too.  We need a place to be safely seen and heard and held.  You have found that space.  The Art of a Happy Heart was birthed for times like these.  Together our medicine will heal the world.  And if it doesn't, we tear it down and start again.  And again.  And again.  Until a new earth is born of our heart fire. 

Listen, growth of any kind is not comfortable.  We must be willing to dig deep and unearth dark truths.  And bring light into the world.  It is TIME to get uncomfortable and do the dirty work.  Are you ready?  I am.  Let's do this shit together.

We "do NOT go gentle into that good night. Old age should burn and rave at close of day; rage, RAGE against the dying of the light."~ Dylan Thomas

Rainbow Tribe RISE!

Happiness & Love,

"The Light in the Darkness"...

"Who has seen a shadow separated from the Light?"~ RUMI

The time of the Sun...for awakening, the bursting forth of life, has passed once again. And Autumn, with it's crisp air and bare branches, is signaling the coming of Winter, the time of the shadows...the soul's season for turning inward; a time for reflection and to explore our own shadow.  This is a wonderfully sacred time of peering into our darkness in search of the light; facing those pieces of ourselves we like to forget, that we tuck away into the darkened corners of our hearts like dusty, unloved books. Keeping them hidden from the world, and from ourselves. Autumn is the season for shedding what is not needed...a symbolic death that allows for rebirth.

With the movement from sunlight to shadows, this time can feel heavy and cold, not unlike the snowfall of winter blanketing delicate, withering flower petals. Soul work is not cozy and comfortable. Lifetimes are spent dodging these shadows; and they can shatter us, leave us feeling broken, battered and bruised. Our wounds, our weaknesses...facing those fears can be a lonely and vulnerable space. But within that space is healing, expansion and peace for our hearts. Your heart is your home. Your shadow and light are pieces of you. You are safe to embrace your WHOLENESS; for there is wisdom in the wound and beauty in the unraveling.

There is perhaps nothing more loving, no greater act of self~love, than to embrace that wholeness. When we gather the courage to plunge into the depths of our heart and soul, and hold the mirror to ourselves, we shatter illusions. Freeing ourselves to step into the shadowy and sunlit wilderness of the soul; showing our kindreds that it is safe for them to explore and embrace their own. Let us shine a light that allows us to guide each other, to witness each all the
the mess...
the rise and the fall...
and the healing, as we come home to ourselves.
When we share our souls bare naked to the world, we get to live authentically in all our beautiful mess. Our wholeness...we break away from the cage of shame and lonliness and become truly FREE.

In the fall, the earth surrenders. Releasing the leaves that no longer give it depth and life. The old drifts away with the wind, to make space for all that is to come soon. We are nature; a continual evolution of our soul. This is a sacred journey that restores and renews our spirits, awakening us to grow into what we will become. Allow nature to be your mirror; flow with ease through your seasons, balancing your sunlight and darkness. Plant the seeds that you will nourish over the cold, winter months and ready them to burst forth into the light of a new season.

Allow your heart to be a beacon that illuminates what needs to be brought into the light this season. Let it be your guide in the darkness.


Happiness & Love,
(Written on: August 20th, 2015)

♥ "The Light in the Darkness" originally appeared last year in the Bohemian Collective Magazine— Fall 2015 issue! You can purchase your copy here!