*Artwork: Ethan Cook

Good morning beautiful people,

I do hope that you are safe and healthy, wherever you are in the world.

I land in your inbox on a Monday now, simply because I didn’t take the time to write during this week. Writing weekly is of course optional, but using this medium to voice what pours through me makes me feel so deeply at home, that denying myself this gift of expression is never a good idea.

Showing up with truth and authenticity always takes work though, yet, without fail it promises each and everyone of us who dare to do the work, to nourish and strengthen us in return.

So why do we so often choose to ignore what lights us up from deep within and instead sleepwalk and listen to the voice inside that keeps us in the dark?

In her book A Return to Love, author, spiritual teacher and political activist Marianne Williamson wrote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous, in the spotlight? Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

On this note, I am going to invite you to pause and take it all in and if you feel called to, read this quote again.

Last week, we have witnessed all over the news the bravery, anger, fierceness and togetherness of Iranian women, saying no more to the regime they live in. They are fighting for their sovereignty at the cost of their lives, and it took the sacrifice of a twenty two year old willing to challenge the rule of law, to wake them all up.

Change starts with ourselves and ripples beyond borders. Let’s remember self compassion and do our best.

So this is my wish for us all today, that we consciously question the thoughts, actions, choices and experiences we choose to live, and that we create a life that puts us into the light.

Wishing you a beautiful week.

May you be healthy
May you be happy
May you be brave

In case you are willing to dive deeper in this practice, you can schedule a discovery call here:

https://calendly.com/vkandiyoti/discovee-call

With love and deep respect

Vanessa

*Artist represented by Nino Meir.
Please contact Alexia van Eyll for more info alexia@miergallery.com

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