*Artwork: Olga de Amaral

Good morning beautiful people,

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

Today’s newsletter lands in your mailbox on a Sunday, and of all Sundays, the Jewish New Year, fall Equinox and full moon.

On this special day, the symbol of our inner fire keeps coming up, ie. how do we genuinely nurture the flames within that give us authenticity, power, energy and purpose?

Just like a regular physical fire, our inner flames need looking after, otherwise they will burn themselves out, and when that happens, we feel unaligned, anxious  and out of source.

Burning ourselves out actually tends to be the new norm in our extremely goal driven society,  as if we needed it as a badge of honour to start questioning how we live.

On this note, I am going to invite you to pause, and take a deep breath. As you slowly breath out, how about checking in with yourself what it is that you can let go of for this new year and this new season of reclamation? What can you also put in place?”

Therapist, trauma expert and author Gabor Mate has written a new book (not yet out) called the Myth of Normal, where he explains how from a young age, all we do is turn away from who we are at our core, to abide to the conditional love of our primary caretakers. As a result, a whole lot of us are unable to listen to our inner guidance and feel nurtured from within. Addiction and depression seem to be the result of a somehow “lost” society that believes there is one way or the highway.

Life is a mystery, and it is becoming clearer that when we emotionally feel out of touch, our mental health pays the price for what we choose to ignore.

So how do we get back in touch with ourselves and do tend to our precious inner fire?

My guess is that we all have the answers within and getting in touch with those answers might first be about slowing down, tuning into a place within that feels kind, genuine and like a true refuge. In the human world, there is no perfection so that ideal place I am describing might be where you connect to your spirit.

Connecting with the divine space within or spirit might first be a trial and error thing until the noise in your head disappears and the stories, constant running and huge pains loose some of their weight. Just like when you play with a child, a pet or are in nature, you may be able to access a new dimension. From there, we have access to a well of wisdom and we can do no wrong.

This is my wish for us all on this new year, that we connect to the divine place within that knows. That we honour our truth, our need for authenticity and tend to our inner fire like our life depends on it. Nobody knows what tomorrow is made out of, but at least, we can do our best to honour ourselves today.

May you be healthy
May you be happy
May you be safe

In case you would like to know more about this work, you can schedule a discovery call here https://calendly.com/vkandiyoti/discovee-call

In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to send me your comments or share with others.

With Love and deep respect

Vanessa

*Currently showing at Lisson Gallery in London
If you would like to know more, email sophie@lissongallery.com

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