The Souls Aloft Blog is an element of tending to that beautiful relationship between Self + Spirit. When I share here, it is about living from my soul, being on a treasured journey with my inner and higher resources. Enjoying the dance, all through the filter of this glorious — albeit sometimes messy — human experience.
I had somehow procured a pink satin jacket with rainbow cuffs. It was the late 70s, so yes it was as cheesy as it sounds and likely made from the worst materials available. I can’t remember how we acquired said jacket, as we didn’t have much in the way of “stuff”, and I almost never owned anything of the current trends. This satin atrocity was a treasured possession.
I only had it for a brief time because when it got wrinkled, I decided to iron it. With the hiss of hot metal soaking up the plasticized material, my little tween heart broke. I can remember the insult being exacerbated by my Mom’s anger over the now “mucked up” iron. My inquiry about replacing the jacket was met with (understandable) frustration and some form of shaming about our money situation and my foolishness.
The pink satin jacket was the only “cool” thing I owned. I loved it. I was devastated.
I had a lot of real-life ugly crazy shit to deal with as kid, so looking back, it’s sometimes easy to forget I was just a little girl, with little girl concerns. In fact, I had completely forgotten about the jacket until two days ago when I made another big mistake with a prized possession.
Souls Aloft Radio is a radio show I host, not because I have the answers, but because I value deep conversation around the questions. We have a topic and some direction to go with it, but that direction will be held loosely to allow for the insights and inspiration that result from the magic of great conversation. As a listener, you can tune in and claim a little of that magic as your own, or at the very least be engaged with your own ideas, thoughts and feelings on our topics.
Out topic for this episode is: WISDOM KEEPERS: EXPLORING THE UNTAPPED ASSET OF OUR ELDERS. We’re talking about aging, eldership + claiming the magic of the crone years. It’s a 30 minute episode (see the player below to listen right here).
THE QUESTIONS WE HELD DURING THIS TALK:
Why the cultural divergence from the former reverence of our community elders, to a place of near panic about aging?
What resources and assets does eldership hold for our families, our culture and society as a whole?
How can we reawaken the Joys of Eldership and re-elevate our aging population to a state of reverence, empowerment and respect?
My guest for this episode is Teri Connolly, a beautifully seasoned wisdom keeper herself. Teri has been a soul care practitioner for over 20 years, embracing and embodying ancient wisdom from her ancestors and teachers both earthbound and from the stars. She’s about to launch her own program, an internet based show called Fireside Chat with Crones: conversations focused on drawing the wisdom of crones & elders back into our daily lives.
Learn more about Teri at www.TeriConnolly.com. Be sure to sign up for her mailing list to stay apprised on the launching of her wonderful new video series.
I’m wrapping up the 8-week series of the What’s Up For Me video blog experiment. This week’s scheduled vlog post fell just as I set off for soulful travels to California, so the publishing was a bit delayed by my travels and video editing, but better late than never
Thanks to everyone who has provided positive feedback along the way.
And for anyone new stumbling upon this series… ENJOY! And feel free to let me know how it lands for you.
This week I’m outside in the cabana (post-Haboob) enjoying the cooler Arizona temperatures in the wake of a terrible dust storm and sharing about refinement and the possibility of unconsciously impeding my own personal growth progress.
Listen in here to the archived broadcast of this month’s Souls Aloft Radio episode, where I spoke with Joan Treppa, a Minnesota based citizen advocate for the wrongfully convicted. She shares the origination of her own personal advocacy passions, and we discuss the real world aspects of following passions to find purpose.
This week, in my 8-week video blog series, what’s up for me is stillness that comes from connection, managing resources through transitions and getting messy (aka making mud pies). Does all of that come together in a cohesive way? You be the judge.
We found a nestling inca dove in a six foot pygmy palm tree in our backyard. Sadly, he shared his small space with an undeveloped sibling already gone from this world.
I dutifully and carefully removed the deceased hatchling from the tiny nest and laid it to rest. Then, despite research indicating all would be fine, I waited nervously for the parents to return. I fretted over my intervention and began to question whether letting my big heart and good intentions guide me had been the absolutely wrong thing to do. After an agonizing wait, the parents arrived, back on the scene. And all was well.
I spent the next week in the throes of new love, adoring every wiggle and wobble, as each provided new angles of cuteness to delight in, photograph and share. I bounded out of bed each morning to check on my little friend, who I named Meep.
I talked to Meep. I sang to Meep. I photographed Meep. I researched Meep’s Inca Dove-ness. I checked in on Meep at first light, right before bed and at many points in between.