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29 years around sun ☀️ what a wild ride. looking forward to this year of manifestation. it feels like it’s all unfolding so naturally. and yes there will be challenges because growth is the natural flow. my words for 2019 are relaxation and openness. so mhmmm 🌊 relaxing is where ill be. . . and opening. today I cried in my partner’s arms because I felt so much love, all the amazing humans that love me, sending me messages and pouring in love and gifts all day (even the miracles of the earth, sunshine, fire, water, breath). surrounded by an abundance of love... my heart began to open, more and more to receiving the next level of love. yes. it’s infinite. in that moment it was my hope and intention for all beings to feel this next level of love, to continue to open to let it in so we can all feel the love that we are and treat each other in loving ways. . . so here is permission for us all to relax and express who we are in our full soul beauty- you just as you are 🌻 raw and rockstar, the whole spectrum. im learning to play in that. have fun! with love, c dove . . . photo by @wendykyalom #29thbirthday #saturnreturns #intuitivedesign #soulguide #curation #artistry #astrology #californiayoga #soulmedicine #deepblue #artstudio #lifestylephotography #laart #brandingphotography #permissiontorelax
letting go. release. permission. flow. trust. 🌊 today I was wondering what the opposite word of “pressure” was... I woke up feeling this internal pressure. it’s been whirling a bit underneath the surface, in the subtle levels. although I could feel it inside my consciousness somewhere, I needed to slow down enough to really witness what was actually going on. as I’ve talked with friends and walked in nature, unweaving the patterns of the past, these were the words that have come so far as remedies to the pressure I was sensing. 💧 let go. release. permission. flow. trust. letting go of what I don’t have control of. releasing the pressure of doing things I don’t actually want or need to do. permission to be authentic and act in alignment with what’s true for me now! and that life doesn’t have to feel heavy or like a struggle just because I think or feel this previous place of pressure. it can be fun and pleasurable and feel totally liberating to see through the old ways of existing... and to allow the cry to fully dance it’s way through. my eyes always look bluer on the other side of a cry anyways 😉 flowing with the breath, inside nature’s hillsides. trusting my body’s cycles and the unfolding mystery of life. that’s my offering today. where are you feeling pressure in your world or psyche? what’s the medicine for you in that place? also I find at the end of the day, sunsets are a reminder of the natural rhythm to let go. release the day and presence oneself to the transition of change. it’s freeing to think and feel the newness of the sun rising. a new day on the horizon ☀️
hi there! it’s been quite some time since I’ve said hello and created here. the flow has been inward, refilling my cup, so once again I pour out to share what im learning. give what I am receiving. to start out... 7 things about this universal expression that is currently me ✨ C Dove ✨ 1. I LOVE sauces!!! For me that = spreads, dressings, curries, you get it. It’s what makes a meal pop- the fresh herbs, seasonings, and spices of alchemical mixtures with high vibe organic 🌶 produce, is just the best. I’m so grateful for local farmers markets! 2. I’m obsessed with the sun ☀️ I think it runs in my blood. I literally have lived my whole adult life in two of the sunniest states, Colorado + now Southern California. 3. I’ve been working through migraines (the diagnosis) for the last 15 years- newest layers which are PTSD, anxiety/perfectionism, muscle spasms, and sleep... my intention in life is to be authentic, so I share what is real for me here too, as well as what is inspiring! Darkness has its teaching. I’m emerging with my moment to moment mantra of “how can I relax even more?” 💛 rest, routine, and relaxation. And fun, where did fun go? We are kids at heart. We gotta lighten up a bit and P L A Y! 4. I want to development myself constantly. Right now it’s all types of dance 💃🏼 learning to sing/express/play instruments from my soul ✨ reading books about masculine archetypes, @jivamuktiyoga, and synergetics 🌙 oh and one day I hope to speak French, Spanish, and Japanese (maybe it’ll happen in a different lifetime?). .5. Simple, simplify, simplicity. The word I chose this year by. My North Star ⭐️ to come back to. 6. Yes, cliche but true, I make my own green juice about five times a week. It really is a healing tonic for my body! 7. Listening to jazz and hip-hop and folk recently 🎛 getting excited to go to a philharmonic concert in January @waltdisneyconcerthall . . 🌅 currently yoga-ing while the sunsets, typing this in my favorite pose, so going to be present here now! I’ll post more about all these things in weeks to come. Feel free to share anything fun or random about you 💡 I love knowing people, even on this little screen We can do this xoxo
i love moving, it makes me feel so beautiful, and free. 🕊 how about you? how does your spirit want to move inside this temple of bodily form? in this moment... be it slow, fierce, creative, heart opening, sad... flowing through 🌊⚡️🌊 feeling so grateful for my body today. (even though it’s not always been this way- re 15 years of chronic pain- ive learned from you how to love my body in 1000x ways in the process! the positives +++ of chronic illness life, anyone else?!). . thank you great universe, the dancing synergy of masculine and feminine forces, my parents, and this cosmic, earth energy. it continues to be one wild ride ⚡️
reconnecting to my roots 🌳 It has been 10 years since I have spent more than a week here to visit my parents. I left this home a few months after high school graduation. I changed my name on the airplane ✈️ to California. I met a group of incredible humans for my gap year program- we learned communication skills, how to meditate, spent time cooking, building agreements for our community, and prepping finances for travel. Then we were quickly off to months of venturing, studying, trekking, and volunteering together through South America. Then back to California. Integration. Landing. Presentations and papers. Next all of our parents flew out. We’d been in a full week of prep for the initiation ceremony- fasting, days of silence, building a sweat lodge, facing our old fears, sleep deprivation, holding the beat of the drum for first light, walking up to the sweat lodge together. The heat of fire 🔥 rocks, crying and sweating, the intensity was strong with a cold plunge into the freezing river. We felt like totally new humans. After we gather in a circle, as our parents offer us a gift in releasing us as children and blessing us into our adulthood. The next day we fly off on our own for a solo internship. I chose where I feared//longed to go to most. India. I chopped off all my hair, bc I was on this “doing what I feared most” streak (funny to find out hair is a main symbol of women’s beauty there). I enter south and north India learning Ayurvedic medicine and assisting leprosy patients. I was 19 by that point, had just witnessed two people die in front of my eyes... a week after I had my own second near death experience and was in the hospital. The meaning of life had changed for me. So much more than a name change, a foreign country, or cutting my hair. A change of perspective 💛 Returning to Virginia, now 28, was a surprise, saturating in the landscape of my childhood for these two months has felt so good- to be back, to remember the real core of my values, to reflect on how much I have grown.To feel the countryside where I first fell in love with natural beauty.To love all the older versions of myself- even the challenging middle and high school year ones 👇
you’re so beautiful, i want you to know. in this transition of life, you will grow, through the seasons, through the heartbreaks and waves of grief, through the blooming of excitement and the proud moments of work bearing fruit. this is the medicine of transition. to trust. to trust the in-between, the cycle of endings and beginnings, where the unknown is the only thing out in front of us. because we are in-between stories. a falling into the mystery. well, we are all in a transition in some way. maybe a move, a career change, gender or identity shift, or even an inner sprouting of self awareness. for me it’s felt like a full on year of transition that is still unfolding... . sometimes they are rough + messy, sometimes so subtle that no one on the outside can know or tell. others you may feel like we are floating, fully taken by grace. it’s teaching us. it’s calling forth courage from that deep part of us. it’s bringing vulnerability and connection with those we trust. so if we attune ourselves to the phases of the natural world, we can learn to flow gracefully and effortlessly from one phase to the next. change is a fundamental part of life and can sometimes be painful, chaotic, and disorienting. however, when we feel resourced and grounded in self care, these liminal and in-between states come reaped with insights and powerful opportunities for transformation. we can practice with each breath- taking life in and letting it go. listen in, what is transition teaching you in this season of life? how is it calling you to evolve? then soften into witnessing your breath. where do you notice you may be holding on and resist surrendering to emptiness? you are so courageous, i want you to know. showing up, one step at a time, one ocean wave and then the next. we are all in it together. 🌸 this is the transition card Sonja Lokensgard has been hand painting for the oracle card deck we- Audrey + Sonja + I- are currently creating. if you want in for when it’s first released (likely in 2019) DM me 💕 and ill put you on the list! until then trust your inner oracle in this incredible time of transition