Hi, my name’s Michelle. I trained in a number of holistic and complementary therapies, and I enjoy reading books promoting self-help, overall wellbeing and inner healing. I enjoy writing, painting, beading, music, exploring ancient history and mythology. I enjoy making my own essential oil mixes and room sprays, candles and body scrubs. I’m a bit of a fantasy series geek, and I love cats, penguins, birds and dragons.
I’m a fairly open-faith Polytheist. I am mainly inspired by the Gods and Goddesses of old, but I also enjoy reading works by Mystics from a number of belief systems.
I’ve had M.E. and other things for about 15 years now. Exploring various spiritual approaches, and finding my own, has helped me to better understand and accept some of the gifts and lessons chronic illness can bring. I’m still learning, but they’ve taught me a lot about looking differently at the world around me.

I started She Holds The Bowl in April 2017, for my own self-healing after getting burned out on all levels. I wrote to help myself come to terms with certain events that led up to it. Self-care became crucial, and so did recognising patterns and decisions that had contributed to it all.

In November 2017 I decided to take a break from writing here to reassess. I felt like I needed to change things, but I wasn’t really sure how. In late January 2018 I decided I wanted to write for fellow Compassionate Hearts and Creative Souls. This includes, but is not limited to, those who identify as Carers, Healers and Compassionate Hearts, as well as those sensitive Creative Souls who find it difficult to express themselves in today’s society. Self-care is incredibly important for us, to keep our own cups full, and if you’re someone who also has a chronic illness it is especially important.

She Holds The Bowl is named after Sigyn, the Norse Goddess of love, compassion and deep healing. She holds a bowl over her bound husband Loki, preventing poison from dripping onto him. There are times when the bowl fills up and she has to step away to empty out the poison. This shows that she is also aware of the need for those in a caring role to step away sometimes, so they can recharge themselves.
She shelters, loves with her whole compassionate heart, and she isn’t afraid to face the darker or harsher side of life. She has tremendous strength, and is a symbol of protection, devoted love and compassion.

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*Please note: It has come to my attention that there is a tumblr account with the same name, but it has no connection to me or this blog.