Monthly Archives: March 2015

New Beginnings On The Horizon….

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What story do you need to leave behind in order to create a new story?

 
Today (March 20th) the SPRING EQUINOX is here along with a TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE and the NEW MOON!

Read more at: New Moon Action: Open Yourself to New Possibilities During Rare Cosmic Triad

 

Robin Rosenstiel

Explorer of Uncharted Territory

Seeker of Truth

Bodacious Dragon Slayer

 

 

 

Wanderlust

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your own wild and previous life?” Mary Oliver

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I plan to live an extraordinary life filled with adventure, community and laughter!

I hope the poem below inspires you to start thinking about your life…where you are today vs. the new story you want to create.

The Summer Day

Mary Oliver

Who made the world?

Who made the swan, and the black bear?

Who made the grasshopper?

This grasshopper, I mean-

the one who has flung herself out of the grass,

the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,

who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-

who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.

Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.

Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?

 

Robin Rosenstiel

Explorer of Uncharted Territory

Seeker of Truth

Bodacious Dragon Slayer

 

 

Life is Art…

Paint Your Dream

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This year I am re-creating my life. I did not start the year with this plan, however here I am in the process of closing down an apartment located in Racine WI and moving everything to one location – Kent IL. As I embarked on this journey, I have found that creating altars is a simple way for me to stay grounded in the present moment, to remind myself of who I am, as pieces of my life are being disassembled in order to make space for a future yet to be defined. It is funny how I stumbled across this picture (above) taken two years ago. It was a rather adventurous moment – creating an altar within the stale open cube environment of Corporate America. I set up the altar on a Friday afternoon and I wasn’t sure how my new neighbors would accept this concept. To my pleasant surprise, when I returned to my cube one week later (after a weeklong business trip) I discovered that everyone around me had become attached to my work altar. To have paint, paint brushes, and color in a normally stale environment put smiles on everyone’s faces.

When I took this picture, a cube neighbor was concerned that her dying plant in the background should be removed prior to taking the picture. As I snapped the shutter on the camera, I realized just how symbolic the dying plant is. In life, some dreams need to die away so that others can be born. So in essence my neighbor (without realizing it) was contributing to the altar.

Below are some interesting conversations that merged as a result of the altar:

“A stunning altar indeed! Just remember that EARTH without ART is just EH.”

“When I was in high school I had Ms. Baum for Art class and she wanted one of my paintings to keep as an example of how not to paint a picture. I negotiated a passing grade for my picture. I’ve been negotiating ever since.”

Don’t you just love the feedback! I particularly enjoyed how a business associate found one of his skills/talents via art class…”The Art of Negotiating”!

So as I start to disassemble pieces of my life, I realize I am getting ready to “PAINT MY DREAM!”

 

Robin Rosenstiel

Explorer of Uncharted Territory

Seeker of Truth

Bodacious Dragon Slayer