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Incubating the New

Incubating the New

January is a great time to bring in new ideas and inspirations. If we hold a womb space or winter den for them, we can incubate and gestate something new.

New ideas and inspirations come and go. It is only the ones we hold lightly, those that receive our attention and intention that can develop and grow.

We nurture these in our musings, meditations, dreams, journaling, and sketching. But too much talk can disperse the manifesting energy. Holding a protective space is vital.

Bears are great teachers about incubation. They can delay the implantation of fertilized eggs so that the bear cubs can gestate, be birthed, and tended while still in the protective Winter den. By the time  Spring calls the family out, all are ready to emerge.

We can borrow that Bear wisdom and take the time and space to tend the new and fragile until they are solid enough to be out in the world.





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Healing Quotes

“It’s time again. Tear up the violets and plant something more difficult to grow.”

– James Schuyler

“Now is the moment, Here is the place of Liberation.”

– Alex Grey

“Your absence has gone through me like thread through a needle. Everything I do is stitched with its color.”

– W. S. Merwin

“Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change. So suffering must become love. That is the mystery.”

– Katherine Mansfield

“There is deep wisdom within our very flesh, if we can only come to our senses and feel it.”

– Elizabeth A. Behnke

“Joy moves always to new locations,
the ease of its flow never freezing.
A long winter’s tale is over. Now
with each spring day, a new story.”

– Rumi

“Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them…life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”

– Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“The absolute tranquility is the present moment. Though it is at this moment, there is no limit to this moment, and therein is eternal delight.”

– Hui-Neng

“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty YES to your adventure.”

– Joseph Campbell

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– E. M. Forster

“Grief is not a task to finish,
And move on,
But an element of yourself –
An alteration of your being.
A new way of seeing,
A new definition of self.”

– Barb Mather

“In order to be a good warrior, one has to feel this sad and tender heart.”

– Chogyam Trungpa

“The next message you need is always right where you are.”

– Ram Dass

“Don’t run away from grief, o soul
Look for the remedy inside the pain.
Because the rose came from the thorn
And the ruby came from a stone.”

– Rumi

“Our only security is our ability to change.”

– John Lilly

“We are the facilitators of our own creative evolution.”

– Bill Hicks