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Why Soul Restoration?

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I love to teach Soul Restoration.  There are so many reasons why I love to teach this material.  The number one reason that I feel called to continue teaching this course is that of the light and love that I see shining in the eyes of the women who have gone through the curriculum that is shining brighter and deeper than it was when we began.  Through the connections I’ve made in Soul Restoration workshops my belief in Sisterhood across the world has multiplied and intensified.  There is so much love, power, and beauty all over the world.

Does that mean that your life has to be in a really sad place in order to reap the benefits of this course?  NO!  I believe that you already have inside of you every single thing that is good and that you need to be successful and to move forward in your beautiful adventure.  I also know that as we are on our journey through life that experiences and expectations press upon us, sometimes so intensely that we can get mixed up in thinking that we need something outside of us to bring us joy or to make us valuable.

This work has brought me joy and hope when I’ve spent time in dark places with pain and hurt washing over me like strong waves.  This work has also brought me love and light when I’m experiencing great seasons where I feel like I am learning and growing.  Through Soul Restoration I love to witness other re-discovering the strength inside of them that has been buried and worn down.  The original you is still in there and it is time to restore back to who you have always been.

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I’ve had friends who joined my classes thinking that it’s an artsty-craftsy weekly get together.  While there is a small amount of creative work that we do (with the option to do much more at home, and I hope you will because it is fun), the aim is to spend time in deep reflection, have active conversations in a safe place, and connect to other wonderful women.  You will experience a guided meditation, challenging questions, uplifting experiences, soul deep commitments to yourself, and a lot of encouragement to journal about your emotions and experiences.  I will facilitate the class in real time each week, whether we are meeting online or in person.     I hope you join me!

xo

Emily

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How do you hold a moonbeam in your hands?

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A lot of people are quite familiar with the story of Maria VonTrapp.  Perhaps you have seen the musical, or the movie, or heard the music.  Chances are you know and love the Maria who thought she would be a nun but instead who fell in love with Captain VonTrapp {but mostly}  his seven children.

As I recently became reaquainted with this story I found myself fascinated with the whole of Maria’s life.  I believe her true courage came when she and her husband took their family on tour and chose to leave their home land and then settle in the United States of America.  I learned about WHO she really was and what she did and the example she was to her children.  Her story is the story of an overcomer.  The VonTrapp family is beloved becuase they triumphed above so many circumstances that they could have stayed stuck in.  Maria was not a perfect person and isn’t that refreshing to know as well?  She was imperfect and she did her best and she took care of her 10 children with willpower and never gave up.

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It also made me think about how this is so much what a life really is — we are not just one small part of our story or one great thing that we chose or accomplished.  Who we are is a combination of all of our life experiences, choices, accomplishments, failures, loves, and lessons learned.  We are also not only our weaknesses but are the whole of our strengths and weaknesses.  This gave me a great perspective — and has made me feel so empowered to believe in all that is still going to come into my life and all the possibilities of the future.  I’m so thankful for what I have learned up to this point in my life and I feel grateful that I get to contine forward with what I know now.  Life is an amazing, instructive journey.  We have so many choices about how we want to move forward, just like Maria did.  I’m inspired by her to choose good things and to never give up.  I hope you are as well!

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I hope that someday my story will be worthy of being told in spite of my shortcomings and faults.  I hope that my story will be told because I never gave up and I kept showing love every chance I could!

E

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Don’t look for the Easy Button

You know what I’m talking about, right?  That EASY button we’ve all seen on ads that sounds deceptively dreamy.  The one that promises that if you just had a magic button so that someone else could do all of the work for you that life would be all grand parties, ice cream cones, no exercise, no dirty laundry, and endless bliss.

The more I work through the daily tasks of life that take time, energy, money the more I realize that indeed there is much we learn in the doing.  I’ll give you an example.  This week I have spent time pulling the grass out of my flower beds and restoring them back to flower beds.  While I was pulling up the plants that I do want to keep there and sifting through the root balls to get the grass roots out and then re-planting the flowers that I do love I began thinking about all of it a little bit more.

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Isn’t this how life is?  It would have been a lot easier for me to dig the entire section out with a skid steere, remove everything and start from the beginning.  It would also cost me a small fourtune which I do not have to spend on flower beds ( or any other project I dream of when on pinterest for that matter).  And the plants that I already have are mature plants that produce A LOT of beautiful blooms.  I have spent years collecting the diverse plants and some are quite hard to find.  So I’ve been sitting out there digging through, sorting out what needs to go so that what stays is unencumbered by something competing for light and water and care.

I’m wanting to be consistently mindful about sorting myself.  What if we all spent time each day, week, month, year sorting out what has somehow taken root in us that doesn’t have a place there?  Are there things in your life that are competing with your soul for light, nourishment, and love?  I’m not suggesting that you call it all a loss and start over – there is too much invested and so much value.  I am suggesting some weeding out.  Maybe all you can do is pull one things at a time that doesn’t fit there.  Each time you remove something that dosen’t belong you make more room for your soul to bloom and grow.

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There is not an ‘easy’ button for this type of sorting in life.  No one else can do it in your life because they have their life to sort.  And even if you could use the easy button and have someone else do it they would remove things that you still need or want becuase they don’t know your heart and soul inside deep down like you do.  Or maybe they would leave too much.

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When you get to the end you spent some time in the sun, remembered again the beauty around you, and had a chance to reminisce on all the time, seasons, and experiences that led you to this point.  It feels good to have the dirt on your hands, knowing that you nurtured and restored things back to where they can again grow with their full potential.

No easy button needed, after all.

E

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What is Soul Restoration, Anyway?

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Soul Restoration is a course develped by Melody Ross and made popular at Brave Girl Camp.  Here is what Brave Girls Club has to say about it:

“Soul Restoration is a method of helping each woman become reacquainted with her deepest self by remembering and reuniting with her inner “Truth-teller”. She will be helped to discern truth from lies that hold her back and make her feel like less than she is… to remember her dreams, her potential, her gifts and talents, all the possibilities and unique answers for her life (because it is different for everyone). This curriculum is intended to enable each woman to find and the keep the bravery she needs to stay joyfully true to her own path.

This class has been proven to be an effective and enjoyable process that helps every woman to really think about and hear her own soul again… to help her remember what brings her the most joy, to know of and remember all of the things she is good at and that make her heart sing…to get back on track and to unleash the courage and motivation to stay on track… to reunite with her soul.

Soulful living requires bravery…and bravery helps put aside voices that are confusing, judgmental and opinionated. The Soul Restoration Curriculum is intended to continue long after the course is completed… giving each woman a set of skills and beautiful tools that will carry her throughout her life.”

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I can only speak for my own experience with Soul Restoration.  When I went through the curriculum for the first time I was at a time in my life where I was very broken.  I needed to keep going and wasn’t sure how I was going to do that.

What I found was a wonderful path for me to walk, reminders to get myself back in line with my truth teller (for me this is Father in Heaven) and peace.  I’ve also found life long soul sisters, the freedom to unleash my inner artist, and love unbounded.  I believe you will find the same.

E

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Heavy

Sometimes life feels heavy.  Sometimes it gets weary.  Do you feel like you are carrying around some heavy buckets filled with a lot of things that hurt and hold you back and make life overwhelming?

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What if we can remember that we do not need to carry around everything?  Carrying so much around makes us hurt and ache.  It makes us weary.  It makes life so very tiring.  It’s ok to set things down and keep walking.  It’s ok to look towards light and love, grace and hope and joy.

I have wasted so much time in my life carrying around things that I was just sure were going to eventually have a great resolution that would leave me feeling better about it.  I have found more peace in realizing that the one moment of ultimate resolution I was waiting for may never happen and that I should not build my life and reltationships around that one moment.  There has been so much more love, joy, and hope in my life since I have been able to set down some of my heavy buckets.  My shoulders were tired and aching and my heart was so heavy it had to break into a million pieces to allow light in again.  Life can always get better.  So much better.  Let’s stop carrying so much around.  Let’s look for light and love and other things that are a joy to carry with us.

E