Divine Feminine, I missed you.

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; 

we are spiritual beings having a human experience.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

photo Celyn Nicholson - Un Lieu sur Terre

On getting re-acquainted with my own Spirituality

I am not a religious person.

I was born and raised catholic. Followed the path that my parents carved for me (baptized, First communion and all) until I reached an age where I realized that if I did believe in “something” bigger than myself, I had a really difficult time putting a “name“, a “label“, a “how to“, an “already created ritual and ceremony” that was not what my own “gut feeling”.  Add in the mix some life tragedies and the fact that I was told at my young age to pray to make things better… I found myself rather at lost when things went really sideways and the “better” never happened.

The worse happened. My mother had a terrible ski accident which left her in a wheel chair, her brother succumbed to a brain tumor few years later and my parents went through a painful divorce. It was a lot to take on over such a short period of time. And my prayers never got “answered”.

Well, in those moments when I experience these feelings (betrayed / lost and alone in the world) I have a tendency to slam that door pretty hard. You know, the moment of “I am done now” kind of feeling.  I didn’t want to reject everything about my Catholic experience, I just felt like dissociating myself from this “organization/congregation”. Of course, there are still stories, baseline, fundamental beliefs that I think are part of me.

Fast forward to few years later,  in the end I did not totally slammed the door  on my upbringing as a Catholic, I simply decided to hand pick my own system of beliefs instead of being spoon fed.

In my 20’s, I was working for a PR firm specialized in translating technical and technological works for compagnies like G.E.  Let me tell you that when you translate, texts can be so subjectively interpreted.  This made me realized  after on that if this was true when translating technical documents “at my very small scale”, imagine what to could be and how it could be misinterpreted on a much larger scale, or at a “higher altitude”, if you will when it comes ancien texts or story telling on religious matter. Translations can sometimes be “biased” by so many things : one word in one language has sometimes several different nuances to it in another one or simply doesn’t exist and can’t be translated (for instance the color blue didn’t have a name in ancient times).  For me, it’s all about giving permission.

Permission to interpret a word. Permission to interpret a way to keep the faith. Your faith.

HOW IT CHANGED EVERYTHING

This gave me freedom to think “differently” in many aspects of my life. This was a very important shift of thinking for me. I was given permission to start  looking at both what I believed  but most importantly at the way that I wanted to look at it.

I am all about hybrid. In my beliefs as well.

So, while I still admire the amazing architecture of many churches and cathedrals  – and  I do respect their sacredness – I no longer feel the need to attend church to connect.

I started crafting my “spirituality”. A true patchwork of what was inspiring me + speaking to my heart. I began creating my own altar at my house in Bagnols en Foret, where I used to live at that time. I created my own sacred rituals. Worded my own beliefs into my own songs / mantras. Lots of candles, some rocks and feathers,  some crystals, pictures of loved ones, an angel minimalist statue, an handcrafted wooden Buddha, semi precious stones, some handmade pottery for my insences.

In his book “A religion of One’s own”, Thomas Moore suggests that we could all create our own religion by simply  letting << a new kind of spiritual creativity, in which we no longer decide whether to believe in a given creed and follow a certain tradition blindy. […] Most important , we no longer feel the pressure to choose one tradition over another but rather are able to appreciate many routes to spiritual richness. This new religion is a blend of individual inspiration and inspiring tradition>>.

By trusting my own Spirituality and being aware of signs many things shifted and many good things happened.

I realized that my thoughts and spiritual practices were linked and were opening doors to me. I worked independly for many big events leaving me enough free time to restore my old shepherd house, met the love of my life (we have been together for 13 years now), travelled and lived abroad to the place that speaks to my heart: California.

When I moved to United States from my little stone house in Le Var, many things shifted again. I I was in my 30’s. I left my family and my friends in the South of France. I add to re-root myself but also re-grow some new wings as the lost of beloved mother seriously torn them in bits and pieces.  Some serious spiritual sewing would be necessary to patch my life back together.

The universe had my back and our first little precious baby girl ( now almost 14 years old ) was born few months after my mother passed away. Lack of sleep, lack of time to myself. Very little time to “practice” my spirituality.But I felt totally supported by the magic of the place we were living at that time.  Santa Barbara,California is one place that I call my “spiritual” place.

By letting go and trusting in something bigger than myself,  I met the “right” people, took ‘the right’ art classes. My creativity was going on full speed. After being a Raku potter, a clay sculptor, I followed my instincts and started intuitive mixed media painting.I mean, first small ones and all of the sudden :: huge canvases. Wild strokes + nature bits + discarded objects from the beach. Inspiration was pouring. I was creating many paintings  “intuitively”. It was so meditative. So divinely inspired. I did many shows / sold many of my mixed media artworks /  created an inspirational group of women who I  was “coaching”  on how to be (more) creative. I loved iiiiid. It felt like I was finally  living my life with purpose.

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WHAT HAPPEN WHEN YOU FELL OFF YOUR SPIRITUAL WAGON ?

Baby number 2 came along and then, we moved again. Back to France.  Gloops… France ?

I know this sounds “Magnifique” to you but for me it felt like I was moved from First class to coach. Seriously :: not a good feeling. Why ? Well, the main reason why I  left my country (France)  in the first place was because the energy was not aligned with my spirit.

So let me tell you that moving  back  felt like I was going back to square one. Result ? I stopped creating. I was miserable. As much as I tried to make the best  out of it, creatively I was literally flat lining.

Couple of years later ( we ended up staying nearby Paris for 5 years), I realized that I was wasting my talents (oui, exactement, my talents and with an S )and that life was too short. Once again, my spirituality and a bit of law of attraction help me. Creating is my medicine. My way to nurture myself back to life. This is my true belief.

Next ting I know, I decided to launch my handmade brand “Un lieu sur terre ( it means a place on earth, en francais). All screen printed handmade mindful goodies for your home and your soul. Sold some. Got some media attention (magazines and TV shows). All good.

Moved again (no, we are no in the military :  hubby’s corporate promotion).

So all on board:: 2 kids / 240 boxes ( 1/3 of it from my art studio 😉 seriously ) and a feeling of channeling Heidi: Switzerland  here we come!  We are now entering year 5.

Now, well in my 40’s (yep!), mum of now 3 kiddos [an old soul baby boy  who’s now 2 and half years old / a wise soul teen daughter with a high sense of spirituality and fashion / an 10 years old going onto 12, with the energy of wild horses on steroids 🙂 ] simply finding time to nurture both my spirituality and my creativity is a bit of a challenge. So I started practicing what I now call “Soultripping sessions” : a bit of art making with some deep spirituality “roots” to it.

I drew strengths  from my own experience and over the last couple of years I’ve been crafting an e-course called “The Sacred Soultripping Collective“, a 6 week online class with  a mindful & creative approach for traveling life’s transition times : from birth to death, from weddings to divorces, from break-ups to job change or job loss, transitions are fed by life-crises. But a transition is also a place for us to connect with our uniqueness and cultivate the courage to express ourselves fully in this world in spite of our outside circumstances. THE SACRED SOULTRIPPING e-course is the result of my quest for transitioning more gracefully.

My hope for my kids is to understand that it is crucial to believe that the universe has their back. That they need to figure what they love to do, so that in the end they’ll do what they love. It’s so utterly important that they grow up with is a strong sense of believing to ” Cosmos /Spirit / God / Buddha / Universe / Energy fields”.  They can have a way to connect with their own spirituality and create their “own inner religion”.  It does not take much to create meaningful altars  and  create some rituals to stitch their dreams in the fabric of their future. My girls still believe in angels / fairies / spirits from loved ones to show them to look out for some ” good happy signs” . 

We’re cosmic. We all have great cosmic capacities.

It is part of the Divine Feminine.

As a mama:: I need to pass it on.

As an artist :: I need to inspire.

Home is where my heART & spirituality are interwoven.

It’s loud and clear for me now : my art is inspired by my spirituality and vice versa. I must create to nurture myself and refill my love cup.

Back on track.

PS : In my “White Spaces” blog post : I share a lot of tips and why white spaces are  essential to letting go and shine your own light.

SOUL WORK FOR THE WEEK⩔ 

  • Spiritually : connect with your soul friends / your feel good communities / cook / danse / paint / attend classes, workshops, lectures that will lift your spirit.
  • Rejuvenate yourself with like minded people. Bathe yourself in beauty. Inside. Out.
  • Create a sacred altar within your home :: time to reconnect with yourself, your deep desires and keep them in focus. Write your sacred words / add some meaningful nature inspired forms / a candle or more. Make sure it is in a predominant sacred place of your home  (a Bagua Map is a big help) go see it and honor it everyday .

 

Thanksgiving : the Wabi-Sabi way

“We feel Wabi-Sabi at Thanksgiving, perhaps more than any other time of the year.

The farms and fields are combed of grain and produce, the dormant ground appears

as rich as potting soil andthe trees revealtheir branchy bones and wounds

and marks of years of sylviculture.”

Wabi Sabi Simple: Create Beauty. Value Imperfection. Live Deeply – By Richard R. Powell

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It is fascinating to notice the contrast of what our holiday seasons have become compare to the ones, for instance,  our great grand parents used to have. In the old days, the focus was the quality of the food, the time spent together and was certainly  “lacking” of perfectionism that our modern world impose upon us.

As much as I am deeply drawn to scandinavian simplicity – which some of you might object and  define as “perfectionism”-, to me it is the beauty in the simplicity, the absence of too “muchness”, the clean, un-clutter, natural, raw materials used throughout the home.

I am drawn the same way to this beautiful Japanese way of living called Wabi-Sabi.

Wabi Sabi celebrates the beauty of the imperfection. It is actually an art form.

Wabi-sabi is the art of finding beauty in imperfection: it values simplicity, uncluttered, underplayed, and modest surroundings. Authenticity is key to wabi-sabi philosophy: <<the presence of cracks and scratches in things are considered to be symbolic of the passing of time, weather, and loving use>>.

Wabi-sabi decor inspires minimalism that focuses more on the people who live in the space than anything else. Possessions and other items are pared down to the essentials based on utility and simple beauty.

It is such a contrast with our modern and western view of the Holiday seasons !

Just by taking a brief look into the shopping malls, catalogs, magazines and you will be overwhelmed by intricate home decor “made in cheap” that will last you about a season until it breaks or is out-of-trend.So much to “choice” from and add to our natural stress level of the holiday season.

In the end it does not add, it depletes you.

With this post, I hope to inspired you to look at what you already have and use it is a different way, bring nature in, make some easy crafts, share some simple and homemade  food (yes, all made from scratch). Dig into your old family recipe that takes no more than 5 easy ingredients to make. Don’t over do it. It does have have to be gourmet, nor does it have to look like a picture perfect  as the great Martha Steward (love her dearly but she a whole team working for her!).

I used to love creating the same sort of home decor and the perfect  Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, parties, etc. As much as it was rewarding in the end to have something looking like what you had envisioned it was also very stressful and not always enjoyable.

I am slowly learning and reminding myself that perfection is not ideal when stress is fueling it. It is a huge mind shift for me as I have to un-teach myself that in the end it is all going to be fine and friends and family won’t know what was planned “in my mind” compare to what is “on the table”.

Keep it simple and enjoy a lovely Wabi-Sabi Thanksgiving filled up with joy, mindful moments, gratitude shared with friends and family.

 

The Wabi Sabi art of living focuses on living a life based on “being enough”, living modestly.

In terms of “style” It reminds me a little the Shaker style : white and earthy tones palette, natural, raw materials (wood, natural fabrics,

ceramic).

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EIGHT easy steps to simplify your Thanksgiving  table setting :

 

ONE :

First gather everything that has a worn wooden look to it (bread cutting boards, wooden bowls, wooden plates, etc.)

 

TWO :

Then gather everything that is made of simple white  porcelain ( coffee cups / plates / bowls )

THREE:

If you have  and can borrow some of your grandma silverware, sprinkle some in the mix.

FOUR :

Take a nice relaxing walk and gather meaningful rocks, branches, acorns, pinecones, dried leaves that you could use in small amount to naturally invite the beauty of the season to your table.

FIVE:

Create some simple and yet thoughful place mats / mini decor to have your guests leave comments, thoughts on what being Thankful mean to them. I gathered many beautiful examples on my Special  “MINIMALIST THANKSGIVING” Pinterest Board right here.

SIX:

Bring some twinkling lights in with recycled mason jars, and simple tea lights to bring lights to your table.

SEVEN:


Have your children, grand children write the menu on a chalkboard.

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EIGHT:

Breathe :: your Thanksgiving is going to be perfectly “imperfect” and beautiful. Enjoy and make yourself a nice cup of tea with your handmade tea bags.

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TO REIMAGINE YOUR THANKSGIVING AND

SHINE A NEW SIMPLE LIGHT UPON IT.

 

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[ More gorgeous pictures on my special Pinterest Minimalist Thanksgiving  board ]

SOUL WORK FOR THE WEEK

What part of Thanksgiving Day can you improve?

  • Is it cooking from scratch some family recipe with very few ingredients only bought at the farmer’s market?
  • Is it re-using, “tinkering”, “hacking’ complicated, expensive, stressful  family traditions for your table setting and your meal planning?
  • Is it lovingly teaching your family and children that this year you are going to try have a greener and more soulful Thanksgiving Day?
  • And remember from last week post the value of the Wabi Sabi philosophy :

<< When the Japanese mend broken objects, they believe that when something suffered damage and has  a history,  it becomes more beautiful>>

SHARING IS CARING

And I will always try to make it easy to do it for you! Just click on the quote below to share it on Twitter.

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How to create your own spiritual vignette

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WHY I TRANSFORMED “NATURE TABLE” INSPIRED FROM WALDORF PHILOSOPHY INTO MINI SPIRITUAL ALTARS THROUGHOUT OUR HOME.

Our daughters went through Waldorf schools during their Kindergarten years and I was fascinated by what they called “The Nature Table ” or “The nature corner”.  Those little vignettes are a very artful way of arranging a seasonal tableau with bits of Nature and handmade dolls made with cotton, felted wool and wood. They celebrate the spirit of the season. It’s the place in your home or classroom where you can follow the natural cycle of the year. It’s also a powerful way to connect with your inner world and “meditate” through peaceful vibes and connect with your higher self.

When our girls where little we had our nature table on a low up-cycled coffee table. Then, it gravitated on some shelves with some gnomes and fairies in the mix among rocks and driftwoods from our beach walks in California, gemstones from my mom, a big crystal rock my husband collected on a hike when he was 8 years old.

To be honest when we moved to Switzerland, we have not be as “committed” to our nature corner as we did in the past. But now at age 10 and almost 14, the girls are old enough to have their own little altars in their room to meditate, pray, think, be inspired, re-connect.

So our Nature corner  is becoming a spiritual corner. What I enjoy the most is the symbolism involved in the ritual. Their own altar is a canvas for their soul to expand and let their light shine to help them write their future.

It’s very easy to do. No perfection need. Just bring your imagination to the table. Literally.

  • Gather meaningful  (with positive stories infused) rocks, pine cones, fallen leaves, feathers, stones, crystals, images of loved ones or the divinity or god you worship trinkets that are meaningful for you, a vase for some fresh flowers or a purifying air plant, real or fake candles (no need to burn the house down if this is not safe enough where you have your altar…)

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SOUL WORK FOR THE WEEK 

  • Find your sacred corner : it could be as big and decadent as a whole room if you fancy or as small and minimalist, possibly “Wabi Sabi”  as a cubby hole, a mini shelf, a little wooden box 
  • Schedule time for you. Just for you. Sage your sacred space. Be clear on a simple intention (having a joyful day / meeting the right person / not being stress during your job interview, etc.) Light a candle and some of your favorite incenses (be mindful of their components as some are made with toxic ingredients and create toxic fumes. / Repeat your Core Desired Feelings if you know them. Or repeat the sacred Mantra SA TA NA MA which is the foundational Kundalini chant. It’s Sanskrit for birth, life, death, rebirth.  And you end it with <<May the long time sun shine upon you // All love surround you // And the pure light within you // Guide your way home>>. I love using the Headspace app on my phone because it’s easy, very simple, in plain langage. Now if you like angelic music in the background and ethereal voice effect, this may not what you are looking for. It’s a kind and calm male voice. No music. No woo woo fluffy imaginary. There’s a free trial to see if you like it anyway ! 🙂 And I don’t make any money on this !  

RAW+BOLD :: new quarterly eBook is now out !

Drum roll:

Let’s start this winter season of giving with::: Esprit d’Hiver [first winter edition]

from my new eBook serie “RAW + BOLD”

56 pages of stylish and quirky minimalist home decor and lifestyle ideas.

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Yes ! It is here !

Now ready to be downloaded  {here and here} and enjoyed and tried and experienced and cheered!

I am so thrilled to let you know about my  new eBook serie being launched since Tuesday!

Few nights ago, was the “last “very late night/early morning kind of a day :: Skyping back and forth between Finland and Switzerland to add the finishing touches to the eBook, making sure that the process was smooth and easy.

This eBook serie has been on my mind for many months now. As much I love creating, making, I equally enjoy teaching, passing on my love for minimalist, quirky,  nature-focused, mindful projects to share around the Winter Holiday seasons.

All the 8 projects designed in this Winter edition are easy to make with very little technical skills or materials. It is all about reusing, recycling, incorporating found natural materials. Some involves your children and your friends.

 

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Mind you :: this is not an eBook with 35 projects to make. I have personally nothing against it. I  believe in simplicity and I don’t want  you to feel so much overwhelmed that in the end you may be able to make one only projects out of this thirty-five.

My hope is to  have you enjoy those little moments of togetherness crafting, or solitude busily and merrily making secret gifts or home decor for the Winter season of giving.

I truly hope that you will feel inspired, refreshed, empowered by your own creativity.

Please don’t hesitate to share your own creative projects inspired by this eBook on my Facebook page: here.

I can’t wait to see your creativity bursting!

With love and gratitude,

Lila

Thanksgiving Mantra DIY tea bags tutorial.

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“GRATITUDE IS THE HEART’S MEMORY”

 ⩔What you will need

Bits of organza fabric

The provided PDF template or your own design for the tea bag and its tag.

Sewing machine or a simple needle and some thread

Printer to print your tea bags tags.

Some of your favorite organic loose  tea 

A small funnel to fill the tea bags.

A container (Mason Jar, craft paper bag, hand sewn fabric bag to bundle your lovely handmade tea bags 

Masking tape / paint  / stamps to decorate your container 

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 ⩔PRINT TEMPLATE

 

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 CLICK  TO DOWNLOAD: 

Thanksgiving Tea Bags TEMPLATE PDF

::HOME SHAPED TEA BAG::

✚ Use this template to cut your tea bag in your organza fabric .

✚ Cut it twice for each tea bag.

✚ Hand sew it along the edges, leaving one of the “roof” side open.

✚ Fill your tea bag with your beloved loose tea with the help of your funnel.

✚ Finish the tea bag by hand stitching with your embroidery floss the remaining open side.

Don’t forget to leave a long tail to attach your double-sided tag to it !

::TAGS ::

TRIM : cut to your desired size. I trimmed mine to one inch and 3/4 square (4.5cm)

 PAIR : Choose which tags you would like to pair together and glue them back to back “sandwiching” the black tea tag thread in between.

 GIVE : Find a pretty up-cyled mason jar or your preferred recycled box.

With positive thoughts, fill your container with your handmade Thanksgiving Mantra tea bags.

With simple  and natural materials (twigs / acorns / dried leaves / kraft paper / muslin fabric, etc…) decorate your  container.

HAVE A MINIMALIST THANKSGIVING FILLED WITH MEANINGFUL MOMENTS.

LOVE,

Lila,

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::Here are some ideas from Pinterest ::

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On being “on pause” soon

 

 

 

[english first  :: traduction en francais juste en dessous 🙂 ]

Hello!
I am taking a little break very soon !
My last e-shop update will be on saturday the 18th of December in the evening
(Paris, France time) which for the US is your saturday morning.
I was not able to finish all my ongoing projects. I got pulled in too many directions at once. But there will be at least 2 new cushions or possibly 3 and some prints.
Un lieu sur terre will be closing from the 20th of December to the 4th of January.
My e-shops will stay open and you are more than welcome to shop at any time during my break ~ however please note that any orders placed after 2pm on the 19th December will not be posted until I return on the 4th of January.

A huge thank you to all my customers, subscribers and supporters for a fantastic 2010!

I have loved every bit of it and I simply couldn’t do it without your support

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so THANK YOU!

It has been an amazing journey and I am now looking forward to taking a little break and wish all of you a very

Merry Christmas and
all my best wishes for
a happy and healthy 2011!

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Bonjour !
Je prends une petite pause très bientôt!
Ma dernière mise à jour par e-boutique aura lieu
 le samedi le 18 Décembre dans la soirée.
Je n’ai pas été capable de finir tous mes projets en cours… Trop de choses a accomplir en trop peu de temps . Mais il y aura au moins 2 nouveaux coussins ou éventuellement 3 et quelques cerations papier si tout va bien .

Un lieu sur terre sera fermé du 20 Décembre au 4 Janvier. Mes e-boutiques resteront ouvertes et vous êtes plus que bienvenue 
 à tout moment pendant ma pause.
Mais, s’il vous plaît, merci de noter que toutes les commandes passées après 14 heures le 19 Décembre ne seront  expediees qu’à mon retour le 4 Janvier.
Un grand merci à tous mes client(e)s, abonnés et ami(e)s pour une année 2010 fantastique!

J’ai aimé chaque moment passe a l’atelier et je ne pouvais pas le faire sans votre soutien Ainsi, un enorme MERCI !
Ce fut une incroyable experience que j’ai hate de continuer 
avec vous en 2011 pour de nouvelles aventures.
Cependant,  maintenant je suis assez impatiente de prendre une petite pause
mais sans oublier de 
vous souhaiter à tous un
Joyeux Noël et tous mes meilleurs vœux pour une bonne et heureuse annee 2011!