tending to both feet
+ a workshop and a little prompt for YOU!
my writing often leads me to acknowledging that we all exist in the murky and fabulous grey zones of being. embracing multiplicity, the “both-and”, can be so FREEING - in theory! but we live in systems/cultures/structures obsessed with categories, and our brains were raised to name/describe/define/assign from the very start. so, while I feel free when I talk about the limitless notion of being it ALL! the reality is there is so so so much tension in the in-betweens, in having both feet in different ponds. it is stressful! it is confusing! it makes me feel down sometimes!
it reminds me of my first-ever reiki healing session. the practitioner told me one of my feet felt solid, wooden, difficult to access energetically. the other foot, on the other hand (ha), was buzzing with energy and light. this makes my first foot sound like a bit of a buzzkill, something holding me back, and at first that’s how I interpreted it. the image has stuck with me and upon deeper reflection over the years, it seems to represent two sides of me that I have a hard time reconciling: that which is very grounded in “reality”, and that which keeps pulling me towards the intangible, spiritual, energetic! it is a tug of war that keeps me wrapped up in the tension, rather than fully landing in one pond or the other for any real length of time.
recently though, my perspective has shifted towards the need to nurture both feet - to help them thrive in their respective ponds. does my grounded foot just need me to tend to the physical; good food, movement, clean environments, comfy clothes, physical pleasure? does my energetic foot need me to journal more, curate mindful moments for myself, make art, connect with likeminded community, let myself “go” there a little more? I want to start listening to both, and maybe that’s the way to remove myself from the tension for a little longer and feel the real POTENTIAL of having both feet, the beauty of the entanglement rather than the challenge of the tension? I’ve learned that being OK with the both-and is harder, deeper work than I thought.
something new! a prompt! write a poem, make a collage, a doodle, tell a friend, journal it! share it with me if you are comfy!
image reads: “what do your two feet feel like? look like? what are they asking for?”
come one come ALL to my special workshop to wrap up the online worskhops this year! the LAST of 2022!
this time, rather than an “everything is…” theme, I thought we’d explore the process of creating a STRANGER! Your very own! I LOVE making these characters, exploring the relationship between the visual and the symbolic and the written word. Yes - that’s right! I hope to invite us all to write a little too in this workshop. I’m very excited for this one and hope to see some familiar faces!
Sunday December 11th from 2-4pm EST.
DIY Collage packs available on my Etsy!
Two price points to help it feel accessible for you!
You can reserve your spot HERE!
psst! I will also be doing one last market this year here in Toronto! the last was so so invigorating, so we’ll be back at the yet-to-be-formally-announced Brickworks holiday market on Dec 18th…. stay tuned for details!!!
ahhhhhhh, oh! my heart flutters at the thought of you reading & reacting to these ideas (in a good way!) and I am so grateful you’re here. thank you thank you!
OK that drawing of the two feet will live in my brain for a while .. going to be spending some time with my own two on a walk right now, out in the cold. I am excited to be more curious about myself, as a result of your thoughtful insights. Love you, friend. Also, can't wait til Dec 11 !!