Thoughts on Shadow work

Shadow work doesn’t mean you live in the dark. It means you take your Shadow’s hand and pull it into the light until it moves through life with you, not against you.

Finding the positive lessons of Shadow work and integrating them gives you more of a depth of creativity and Being. They teach you where you’ve overlooked your gifts or given away your power, where you’re not living true to your values, and what parts of your strengths you’re afraid to ‘own’.

The gifts of Shadow work help you identify your inner workings, your innermost desires, what wounds you need to heal, and where you’re not living according to your values. When you listen to them instead of ignoring or pushing them away they can become your greatest allies.

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The Attitude of Gratitude – week 5

These are the things I’m grateful for from the last week:

Monday: self-help videos on YouTube – particularly those by Michele Elizabeth and some by Elizabeth DiAlto.

Tuesday: Inner child work that helped me release a lot of negativity and fears that have built up around a particular situation.
Wednesday: Sitting in the back garden and enjoying the sound of evening birdsong.
Thursday: A reminder of the life lessons of Penguin.
Friday: Glorious sunshine.
Saturday: Beads, glorious beads.
Sunday: My first good night’s sleep in two weeks.

I have decided to keep The Attitude of Gratitude posts going through June.

Believe in yourself, you are enough

Believe that your contributions have value, even if no one else notices or sees them. Believe in your own self-worth without letting society, others or circumstances make you feel otherwise. Live by your values, by what’s important to you, and by being the best You you can be.

Be your own gardener, tending the precious seed within. The water and mulch may also be added to by others, but the sunlight comes from your own inner sense of worth. You deserve a place in the world. You deserve to be happy, regardless of what is going on around you.

You are enough.

Notification – why the change of username?

Those of you who follow me may notice I am not templekitty any more, but soulofapenguin. I feel it ‘fits’ better with this blog. I’ve been going through a lot of processing and shifts lately, and I feel penguin’s lessons are reminding me of who I am again. Penguin has always been a part of my life and I’m reclaiming that resilient, quirky, loveable part of myself.

Penguin came into my life for my first Christmas in the form of a cuddly toy from my late Uncle T. The imaginatively named Pengy still lives with me, and the life lessons of penguin resonate very strongly with me. If my soul was an animal it would be a penguin.
Penguin is resilient, patient yet excitable, communal yet solitary, awkward yet elegant, fierce yet loving, protective but friendly, loveable and quirky. They are a mass of contradictions and I love them for it. Hence soulofapenguin.

(If you wish to read more you can see the article I wrote on my other blog for World Penguin Day)

I will also be changing my ID pic but will leave it a couple of days so as not to confuse people too much.

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Penguin Totem, by me

Thoughts on Vulnerability 

Vulnerability is facing our own emotional nakedness. Divested of our masks and armour we are confronted with our most delicate, raw and vulnerable Self. Here is where all our wounds lie; every slight, every rejection, every disappointment. Here we find the parts of us we tucked away because we weren’t “enough,” or were perhaps “too much.”
Here we face ourselves in the mirror, like the Emperor with no clothes. Finally we stop ignoring our ‘naked’ state and see just what is there.

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The Attitude of Gratitude – week 4

These are the things I’m grateful for from the last week:

Monday: Reclaiming my aspect of ‘Healer’
Tuesday: Kiwi fruit.
Wednesday: An enlightening dream that helped with reintegration.
Thursday: The arrival of my Palo Santo goodies.
Friday: Identifying the root of fear that has been coming up in the mornings this week.
Saturday: Brene Brown, for writing Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
Sunday: Synchronicity – two posts from other bloggers that carry messages of importance to me.

Identifying Self-Care Needs – what does it mean to you?

Self-care is a phrase that’s thrown around a lot, but have you ever really thought about what it means to you?
I had vague notions of it before, but when I actually needed to enact it for the sake of my own health and wellbeing I had to look really closely at what it means for me.

These are some of my interpretations of self-care; something that:

  • you can rely on when all else falls away.
  • nourishes your mind, body and soul.
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Reclaiming Sensitive

I wanted to be seen as strong – to feel strong – but I realise that I need to accept I am sensitive. I have a sensitive heart, a sensitive soul, but it doesn’t mean I’m weak. I can be sensitive, I can be kind, loving, soft, and open to the energies of the world around me and still be strong.

I weep with music because it touches my heart, and I can stare in awe at a sunset, moonlit sky or stunning vista because it touches my soul. I can feel the energy of sound, words, of the people I meet, of the places I visit, because I’m sensitive. That is not a weakness, it is a gift.

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The Attitude of Gratitude – week 3

These are the things I’m grateful for from the last week:

Monday: Wheat-free donuts!
Tuesday: The energy to be able to dance for a few minutes.
Wednesday: Glorious sunshine and blue sky.
Thursday: Seeing a Woodpecker two days in a row
Friday: Watching a neighbour’s beautiful ginger kitty rolling around on our patio.
Saturday: Looking through Nan and Grandad H’s old wedding cards.
Sunday: The abundance of wildlife visiting our garden.

The gift of music for inner healing

Music has always been something that has charted phases of my life, whether it’s my years at school, trips or helping me through the different years and phases of illness. Recently it has really been coming back in for me again. When I needed nurturing Dizzi Dulcimer’s original hammered dulcimer compositions pulled on my heart strings and allowed me to release grief and hurt. Within Temptation helped me ride out stronger feelings of ‘injustice’, bolstering me, helping me to work through and rise above a situation.

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