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Marlee Liss  ๐Ÿ“– Author ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ Yogi ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป Dancer โšก๏ธFeminist ๐Ÿ”ฎ Poetess ๐Ÿ‰ Vegetarian โœŒ๐ŸผSocial Work ๐ŸŒŽ Globe Trotter ๐Ÿ“ฌ marleenamaslays@gmail.com

This magic might be the point of life ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐ŸŒŽโœจ

Calling ourselves out on the ways we reinforce crappy cultural norms is important. My friend & I noticed ourselves doing this yesterday: we had a whole conversation about embracing emotions, about not getting caught up in the whole 'be positive & suppress your grief' thing ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿป & then moments later, when it came to discussing my trauma we caught ourselves saying: it's not the right time & place ๐ŸšฉThis was a pretty big wake up slap: why do we ask for so much detail when it comes to the great stuff? If a friend was getting married we'd say: tell me everything, show me pics, etc. We wouldn't say: I believe that you're in love, I don't need to hear anything else ๐Ÿ™„ So how come we choose the vague & blurry latter when it comes to the hard stuff? The details of trauma & sadness also matter, they are also things to be discussed, which shape our experiences of pain, sorrow, & healing ๐Ÿƒ Also we should probs drop this whole 'right time and place thing'. Our emotions & life experiences are not something to pencil in to a planner ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’œ Keep checking in with yourself, living from a place of embrace rather than denial is not always comfy but such realness definitely feels right.

๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š Grateful for friends who remind me to take up space & use voice. I've been lucky to meet so many wise humans with powerful messages to share & various platforms to do so. @kensykathleen is a beautiful singer, but I'm most excited about her work because of the message that comes with it, the medicine that lies within her lyrics ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ So many of us doubt whether or not we're good enough to take up space on a platform & share what we feel called to, but this doubt is one worth dropping. Whatever level your platform stands upon is irrelevant - what's most significant is that it acts as a vehicle for your life-inspired message โœจ Don't deprive this world of your medicine for fear of judgment. When creation come from a place of depth it carries healing with it, no matter what that surfacing may sound/look like ๐ŸŒฟClaps for @kensykathleen for teaching & inspiring, simply by being you in all your fierce, wise & talented candy rock glory ๐Ÿ’ฅ

Forest nymph friends ๐Ÿƒ ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸƒSomething I'm often reminded of: We do not have control, but we do have power of choice *Real barriers exist that may prevent us from living out dreams and that lack of power is something to acknowledge* BUT people (self included) often neglect their power of choice, assuming a role as powerless victim of life ๐Ÿ˜” The people I've met this summer travelling, living off-grid, surrounded by mountains in joyful community are not just 'lucky', rather they are courageous enough to live heart-led lives: To go where they are being pulled & live lives full of beautiful depth. Many of these people have experienced difficult or oppressive circumstances- things they could not control - but their eyes are open to the power of choice that they Do have ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ It can be quite scary to hold these two concepts at once- no control & lots of choice. It requires us to take responsibility for some things & to accept lack of power at the same time. Uncomfortable, but full of reward & something I'm definitely working on ~ for when we embrace power of choice, doors open, perceived barriers disappear, ways of living we fantasize about often merge with our reality ~ basically things become much more Yay ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿฆ‹โœจ

Beautiful hike to a ship wreck in Haida Gwaii ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿƒ things are generally v magic here

โœจMermaid goddess wild woman feels with a side of lots of gratitude ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒŠโœจ"Beauty blooms everywhere when we take off our cultures lenses and see the way our souls see" - Sera Beak ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

๐Ÿ’š For the past month I've been immersed in a community that perfectly balances togetherness & individualism, unity & diversity. So often, I find that counter-culture groups come together & unintentionally create new norms and pressures to conform to. But here there is no template, no box for people to fit into. Rather, what ties the community together IS the unique contribution that each individual brings to the whole ๐ŸŒŽ Boundaries are asserted, opposing opinions are seen as opportunities for challenge and growth ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ This place serves as a reminder that we don't need sameness to create connection. We don't need to write difference off as a source of conflict to be avoided & We don't need to change ourselves in order to fit into the whole *other's acceptance shouldn't depend on detrimental people pleasing or self-sacrifice* Every being has unique Medicine to contribute to this world, if we ask people to shape shift, then we miss out on that healing โœจ

I'm realizing how often we're pushed to choose 1 thing and suppress the other. Something I'm reflecting on lately is the combo of discipline & play. Things that seem to contradict each other- but this Choose One idea is limiting (and tiring) ๐Ÿ™„ Opposites are often two sides of the same coin. So I'm trying to suppress less & integrate more: how many things can I be at once? How can I bring more discipline into play? How can I bring more play into discipline? ๐Ÿฆ…A teacher described this as 2 wings of the same bird: 1 wing cannot work harder than the other, the opposing forces need to work together in harmony, complementing one another ๐ŸŒธโœจ Running through a field of flowers can be profound, but not if it's only approached with goal-oriented seriousness. The field of flowers becomes profound (and fun) because of the childlike enchantment & sense of playful discovery it's approached with ๐Ÿƒโ˜€๏ธ Re-childing, Re-wilding, etc. etc.

This water is singing me home ๐ŸŒŠ I don't think humans have words for places/moments like this but Being with this river made me think of the beautiful book 'Siddhartha' ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ "Tenderly, he looked into the rushing water, into the transparent green, into the crystal lines of its drawing, so rich in secrets. Bright pearls he saw rising from the deep, quiet bubbles of air floating on the reflecting surface, the blue of the sky being depicted in it. With a thousand eyes, the river looked at him, with green ones, with white ones, with crystal ones, with sky-blue ones. How did he love this water, how grateful was he to it! In his heart he heard the voice talking, which was newly awaking, & it told him: Love this water! Stay near it! Learn from it! He who would understand this water and its secrets, so it seemed to him, would also understand many other things, all secrets. โœจBut out of all secrets of the river, he today only saw one, this one touched his soul. He saw: this water ran and ran, incessantly it ran, and was nevertheless always there, was always at all times the same and yet new in every moment! Great be he who would grasp this, understand this. He understood and grasped it not, only felt some idea of it stirring, a distant memory, divine voices" ๐ŸŒŽ

Anton's rune picking ceremony from Saturdays full moon ๐ŸŒ• Grateful for everything I'm learning through community and connection and for all the magic I'm soaking in from this place ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿƒ

Making friends ๐Ÿถ On this playground for learning here's what I'm learning: all I really need is play for the sake of play & trust that the learning will follow โ˜€๏ธ This sense of lovely possibility I feel for this world has some major self-pressure wrapped up in it all. So I'm committing to letting that go: to presence, to more focus on experiences rather than lessons. Less trying, more being. Less discipline, more desire-led living. Less seeking, more finding. Less clinging to a 'right path', more celebration of where I already am. Cycling back to Maiden after a year as Crone & my mind can be skeptical, but this place is beautiful & the fact that it's North enough to almost never get dark is pretty symbolic of this light-filled time. Balance balance, play, etc. Beautiful summer wishes @friends ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ’š

There is so much healing in softening ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ Last night I spent hours in a space of sisterhood & holding, surrender & receptivity, collective nurturing & brave vulnerability. In this space I feel so incredibly in tune with the divine feminine. And spending hours tending the garden, skin meeting soil, I feel such connection to women's ancestral roots ๐ŸŒฑFor years, I saw my breasts as an aesthetic thing for others to judge or sexualize, but now I feel them as an extension of my heart space, a place to radiate love from ๐Ÿ’šThis path of merging the sacred with the physical is not scandalous or revolutionary, it's simply a remembrance of who we are & where we come from. To think of yourself as anything less than divine is to see all life as dull: we all come from the same life source & if you're going to admire this earth's creation then you must include admiration of yourself ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿฆ‹

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