Please take a look at our original Vision/ReVision series (#1-95) under our categories. This is the first in a new series of Vision/ReVision posts focused on “home”. Look for our ReVision responses at the end of next week. These will be hand crafted, mailed to one another, and shared here on the blog.
Laura’s Vision 1
I love the shift of focus and the sacred space we have created with our Vision/Revision project. My mind has been wandering on what HOME means to me. One of the places I feel most at home is in my garden. I realized I haven’t slowed down enough lately to truly “see” my garden so the time I created to “be” in my garden and reflect felt like a gift. It seems like when I actually do have time to be in the garden I find myself weeding, pruning or thinking about where I am going to move something. Taking a step back and appreciating all of the vibrant color and growth was truly special. I hadn’t even been out to sketch!
The garden was a flutter of butterflies and I found myself being particularly drawn to this one. It is a female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail which can be recognized by the blue on the wings. I knew none of this originally but followed my curiosity and learned that this butterfly particularly enjoys, pink, purple and red flowers. It turns out I have plenty of flowers which would appeal to them!
It’s always interesting how following your curiosity leads you to some new understanding of yourself. What I learned about butterfly symbolism is that butterflies bring color and JOY with them. The colors of the butterfly are meant to be examined and reflect how much or little JOY there is in your life. Their metamorphosis is meant to teach you to make changes in your life when opportunities present them self. Interestingly, they are also often associated with the soul. This connection is rather fitting for me as I feel as though I have been disconnected with my spiritual self and have been working on changing this. I have recently been turned onto Gabrielle Bernstien and just ordered her book, “Spirit Junkie”. I hope to enjoy reading about her journey with spirituality as I work towards always bettering myself.
Sending you some quite time to yourself to reflect and do whatever it is that grounds you….love, Laura
p.s. My friend Kitty of “Trust All JOY” writes about the effect of color beautifully HERE. I hadn’t realized how the colors you are drawn to (like the with the butterfly) can be associated with your chakras. I find it interesting how the butterfly was mostly yellow with a hint of indigo! What do you make of this knowing me? Are you laughing? HA!
Here is a little sample from her page:
VIOLET – CROWN (top of head) universal consciousness
INDIGO – THIRD EYE (between the brows) intuition
LIGHT BLUE – THROAT (neck) communication & expression
GREEN – HEART (sternum) unconditional love & compassion
YELLOW – SOLAR PLEXUS (above navel) personal power & opinion
ORANGE – SACRAL (below navel) appetites & joy
RED – ROOT (base of spine) security & grounding
Tina’s Vision 1
I have been thinking of home. What it means to me in the present and in the past. Perhaps the idea of home in the future is another path I will dream about, but for now in the present I feel home when I am cooking with my children. I don’t often do this because they do drive me a little crazy in the kitchen when they get super silly and make a mess. But when I do, I am usually craving some quality time with them. I want to create together, eat the batter when we are not supposed to, wait with anticipation as the smells fill our house, and then share the goodness hot out of the oven. It is a simple pleasure. This feels like home. It is something I would do with my Mom too. This Vision is of us making banana bread this past week. It is my mother-in-law’s recipe. Here it is if you want to try it out.
1 3/4 cup flour
2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/3 cup shortening (we use butter)
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2, but we usually put in some extra)
Sift together first four ingredients. Beat shortening and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and beat well. Add flour mixture alternately with bananas. Beat until smooth (but don’t overdo it because your bread will be tough). Turn into a well greased 9″x5″ loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour. Cool in pan on wire rack for about 10 minutes before removing from pan. Makes one loaf.