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Slowing Down. When I say those words, a deep breath seems to always follow.
From a nervous system perspective, I am someone who always tends to lean more toward the stress response. At one point in my life the need to be alert and ready to take action was what I needed to survive, but I know now that the survival techniques of my 5, 10, even 15 year old self no longer serve me. ⠀⠀ Being still is listening in my experience. I am ready to be still enough to notice that my insides never are. Still enough to fall in awe with the way my body takes care of me on the daily. Body, I am sorry for making your process so difficult sometimes as I am still learning that I am light and not circumstance. I am ready to be still enough to allow my spirit to be a witness to my ever spiraling mind and emotions. I am ready to go slow enough to give my organs the space and time to whisper what they need. I am ready to allow the sensations in my body to have a voice and I now welcome them to be my greatest teacher. ⠀⠀ Slowing down has always terrified me because I am not one who is familiar with a slow mind. When the silence comes...the false narratives tend to begin. I am realizing lately that I don’t have to slow my mind, but simply allow it to flutter and give it permission to be where it is. The teaching is in being with the feeling, seeing it without attachment, and dropping my storyline about it. To simply feel it all and allow what I feel to move through me. Slowing is revealing how many memories and fears I hold in my bones and muscles. The beauty is that my body is a compass and if I go slow enough, only then I can interpret it’s wisdom and be led into the light that I know I am.
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Risk: is to expose(someone or something valued) to danger, harm, or loss.

When I think of taking a risk I normally relate it to personal ability & achievement… my pursuit of growth & sharing that new perspective or skill with my students or audience.
After reading this definition, I realize that most experiences where I would have considered myself “taking a risk” I am actually misinterpreting with an insecure need for approval, acceptance, & affirmation. If I am honest, most of what I “risk” will not put me in danger or harm. It may feel like I am “losing” if I don’t receive affirmation for my efforts, but what I am actually losing is the illusion that people pleasing is greater than stepping forward with full integrity even when those pure & wholehearted efforts may be completely unseen, unvalued, or disregarded. For me, the honest question underneath what makes many situations feel risky is “Am I Enough?”. This is one question I have been asking myself for as long as I can remember & also one that new circumstances bring me back to each year.
When I put myself out there or expose where my heart truly is & what it is passionate about, I feel vulnerable & many times afraid that it won’t be received while at the same time I feel as though I have no other choice than to step into these moments or I would be completely unsatisfied. My decision to step forward anyway feels like a risk & it is only my fear of not being safe or fear of not being enough for other’s liking that makes me feel like I am in danger, like I could be harmed energetically, and like my ego may “lose” leading me into a self-shaming spiral.
So as I write this today, I feel as though Risk for me feels like an illusion. Risk feels like a chance to try something I never have before & the danger, harm, & loss don’t seem as real when I release my need to control the outcome. It is simply an opportunity. A pure hearted “try” that I hope I can be proud of without any outside affirmation other than the childlike butterflies that live in my soul, dreaming of each new way to bring a bit more authenticity, rawness, & full hearted feeling to every moment I choose to experience.
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LOVE. Love is a word that for me, has been interpreted conditionally for many years of my life. I think of self love, in my opinion the level of which I can love others and love this world is measured by how deeply I can learn to choose and love myself. My fear of inadequacy and comparison to others I admire has many times led me further away from the love my heart desires. Although my intention has always been to place others first and to love to my fullest capacity, it is so easy to be tempted to allow the self critic to overpower the deep wisdom from within that truly sees with the all knowing eyes of the soul. I made a promise to myself last summer to stop looking in the mirror unless I needed to for a reason beyond my own vanity. This simple act has reminded me how many times I allow the mirror to dictate how I feel or how I think I am doing. I am slowly on a journey that is leading me back to sensation and curiosity. I am beginning to get to know myself from the inside out and instead of asking my reflection how I am doing, I am shutting my eyes and allowing the sweet whisper of my soul to share it’s secrets and to ask the questions it has suppressed for so long. Unconditional love is something I have always craved, to have and to share. I am now realizing that this unconditional love lives in my bones and the only way to consciously access it is to create silent moments in order to have daily conversations from within. No matter how far from unconditional I may feel, if I slow down enough to listen I am always reminded that I AM LOVE and I can run if I want, but even then I cannot rid myself of the quality ingredients God so carefully poured into my being.
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@sjtookey I am incredibly honored to be a part of your mission. You are a hero of mine and I will forever cherish these moments with you. Thank you to everyone involved for being vessels of light and love for each other and the next generation of movers. Thank you for seeing me and fully accepting me as I am and for supporting me as I am in process. My heart is full and incredibly proud to stand by each and every one of you. I am in awe. @theprotegemovement 🌞
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Japan really stole our hearts when we visited earlier this year. Here is a super fun video that shares a slice of that trip. Go to @mrjacobpatrick IGTV to see the full video!!! .
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Scarcity: the state of being scarce or in short supply; shortage.
TIME. When I think of scarcity, I think of time. I think of how precious time is and how as I get older I seem to have less and less of it. Although I feel this way, I am very aware that I have the same amount of hours in the day now that I did when I was growing up spending my days catching caterpillars in Georgia. The funny thing about time is that it is incredibly consistent, it doesn’t cheat me out of minutes or show up late…I am the one who abuses my gift of time. Maybe if I slow down enough to be with it I will be able to allow it to carry me rather than trigger my rushed nature.
I also think of the word “success” and how my industry has affected me in ways that I have begun to believe that busyness is success and that down time has to be earned. I am slowly learning to take charge of my life and how I spend the minutes in my day rather than allowing my need to achieve to own me, but I know this will be a life long process of surrender.
I am realizing that scarcity tends to draw closer to me in the moments that I choose to operate out of fear. When fear enters in and I allow myself to be it’s student, it makes it very clear to me that I am not enough and so why should I believe that I have enough. Slowing down and learning to listen to my body, to listen to its movement and where my energy gets stuck, and to also listen to the sweetness of empty space and time is revealing abundance in my soul. I have enough, I am enough, and that is something that achieving will never remind me of. I want to make an impact in this lifetime, but I do not want my need to rush to confuse my idea of what is truly valuable. “On the days I want to run, I promise to walk slowly. I promise to keep my arms wide open leaving space for your eyes to enter into my heart and show me the perspective of my soul.”
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Unity. United. Those words gave me a since of awe this week. I hear in my soul a voice that says, “We are always United.” Whether I feel in sync or as though my energy is strongly conflicting with what is around me. I heard that “I fit in my specific piece of the unit so well that sometimes I can’t see that I fit at all”. Maybe I don’t even need to know my place...I can just trust that our souls are together and collaborating always. Sometimes smooth and sweet, other times rough, random, and unsettling. .
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📸 @Remiandtori
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“Rise up nimbly and go on your strange journey to the ocean of meanings.... Leave and don’t look away from the sun as you go, in whose light you are sometimes crescent, sometimes full.”
-Rumi
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We don’t get to work together very often, but we share such similar vision and heart for the type of honesty and connection we desire to communicate through our work. @mrjacobpatrick I’m so proud to be your life partner. 🙏🏼

FREEDOM. I think freedom is something that grows, kind of like love for another...I thought I loved my husband on our wedding day, but three years later I feel the love I currently embody for him is more than I have ever known. I hope that my capacity to experience a greater depth of love and freedom never stops surprising me as I become more open to them. A couple weeks ago, I know I felt freedom. To preface, I have performed on many stages and walked away feeling quite different each time. Sometimes proud, vulnerable, bleeding, laughing, crying, embarrassed, full of purpose, strong, connected, shameful, insecure, and sometimes I could even say free. Freedom is something that I don't believe can partner up with a soul if that person's level of awareness, judgement, and control are gripping their mind away from the present. I have always struggled with overthinking and personal doubt which in many shows has stolen my chance to be held by Freedom. A couple weeks ago, I decided to put on a show. I was the only performer and my audience was a sunflower. I danced, I laughed, I cried, I stood still, I felt the wind, I truly saw and was present with my surroundings, and then as I looked through the trees I saw a young girl named Maggie and her father at a picnic table watching me. I thought freedom lived in a space where I could control the thoughts and judgements of what is around me by choosing to only surround myself in my safest place/ nature, but what I realized is that freedom is in my own mind. Freedom is a trust in myself, and a trust that I am being held by the divine, in which together I am a reminder of awe and a wave of relatability if I allow myself to truly be seen. I gave sweet little Maggie my sunflower and thanked her for watching me with such an open heart. That is a moment I will cherish forever. Freedom met me right where I was and showed me that it will never leave, I just have to be willing to trust long enough to get to hold it back.
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@therefinedwoman
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Peace & Harmony. Respect. Purity. Tranquility. Japan truly moved me.
There is a love and sense of honor in the air that continues to inspire my view of the world and how I live in it.
Travel moments with @mrjacobpatrick 🌸
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If I’m honest, I don’t usually look forward to getting on an airplane. I fly a lot and that exhaustion can really weigh me down, but once I am in the sky I find so much space and time. Space and time that I don’t always make when I am home. One of my favorite things is to peak out of the window and be reminded just how small I am. I am so moved by nature. It will always be one of my greatest teachers.
This is a Cessna, a little different than the airplane I am usually on. ✈️ @mrjacobpatrick and I explored Doubtful Sound in NZ a year and a half ago and it was breathtaking. NZ is one of my favorite places I have visited to date. 🙃 GO!!!! 📸@mrjacobpatrick .
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