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12 Months in 142 Pictures: My Thanksgiving is Perpetual

Art, Be who you want, Inspiring, Life Lessons, Learning to Love Yourself, PhotographyChloë RainComment

January

One would say she is a woman who wears a gown of winter frost that blinds the eyes.


 

Dolly Sods, Wilderness

 

Last year, I took to nordic skiing again, at White Grass Cross Country Ski Touring Center. This has proven to be the most wonderful thing for my health, physical and mental well-being, as well as my emotional and spiritual communion with Mother Earth in winter.

It is growing cold. Winter is putting footsteps in the meadow. What whiteness boasts that sun that comes into this wood!

One would say milk-colored maidens are dancing on the petals of orchids.

How coldly burns our sun! One would say its rays of light are shards of snow, one imagines the sun lives upon a snow crested peak on this day.

One would say she is a woman who wears a gown of winter frost that blinds the eyes.
— Roman Payne

Learning to Cross Country Ski again, after a decade of being off trail. White Grass Ski Touring Center


February 

For the love of art.


Pleiades Art Gallery , Durham, North Carolina

Pleiades Art Gallery, Durham, North Carolina

Spending lots of time in the snowy wilderness in winter rejuvenates my spirit and inspires my soul.

Spending lots of time in the snowy wilderness in winter rejuvenates my spirit and inspires my soul.

Spending lots of time in the snowy wilderness in winter rejuvenates my spirit and inspires my soul.

7 of my good friends had babies, only months apart from each other, this was the 1st one's 1st Birthday party, where Auntie Chloë meets them all.

Continued winter wilderness exploration soothes my soul.

 
The only thing we should scream into the world is love.

March

Under the giving snow blossoms a daring spring.


Feeding the chickadees at White Grass Ski Touring Center.

Awake, thou wintry earth -
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!

-Thomas Blackburn

12 Months in 142 Pictures: My thanksgiving is perpetual : 2015
Final Spring Ski, on the last bits of snow March 22nd, 2015.

Final Spring Ski, on the last bits of snow March 22nd, 2015.

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
— Anne Bradstreet


April

The naked earth is warm with Spring.


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The coming of spring each year serves as a reminder, that I am grateful for my life and my limbs. (April 17th is the anniversary of my near fatal motorcycle crash.)

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This year, in April, I began my Yoga instructor certification program and lead a local workshop on "Living a Life You Truly Love Living".

I want to do to you what spring does with the cherry trees.
— Pablo Neruda

May

All things seem possible in May.


Cottrill Opera House, Thomas, West Virginia

Cottrill Opera House, Thomas, West Virginia

Art Spring 2015, Thomas West Virginia...

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The Charm Farm, Beverly West Virginia

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June

If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.


 
 

The Magical Life Retreat, New York

The waterfall by my home.

The waterfall by my home.

EGO says: Once everything falls into place, I will feel Peace.
SPIRIT says: Find your Peace, and then everything will fall into place.

Full Moon Fire Ceremonies

Full Moon Fire Ceremonies

Finding a Luna Moth on my daily walk serves as a good omen for the following months, signifying the advent of change.

Finding a Luna Moth on my daily walk serves as a good omen for the following months, signifying the advent of change.


July

It’s July
and I have hope in who I am becoming.


Midsummer baby pool party with my good friends and their families.

Abundant blueberry harvest from the garden, early July.

I walk without flinching through the burning cathedral of the summer. My bank of wild grass is majestic and full of music.
It is a fire that solitude presses against my lips.
— Violette Leduc, Mad in Pursuit
Another Full Moon Fire Ceremony, my mother tending the fire under the great Black Walnut Tree.

Another Full Moon Fire Ceremony, my mother tending the fire under the great Black Walnut Tree.


August

I am Summer, come to lure you away from your computer... come dance on my fresh grass, dig your toes into my earth.


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Climbing to the mountain top.

Climbing to the mountain top.

Henna tattoos for my Birthday party.

Henna tattoos for my Birthday party.

Praying Mantis, a good omen for Spirit.

Praying Mantis, a good omen for Spirit.

August Birthday celebrations with friends and family.


September

Life gives you exactly what you need to awaken.


Travel to Cusco, Peru.

Travel to Cusco, Peru.

My initiation ceremony as a Pampamesayok Shaman at the Temple of the Moon.

My initiation ceremony as a Pampamesayok Shaman at the Temple of the Moon.

The City of Cusco, Peru

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Individually, every grain of sand brushing against my hands represents a story, an experience, and a block for me to build upon.
Your inner purpose is to awaken. You share this purpose with every other person on the planet- because it is the purpose of humanity.
— Eckhart Tolle
Shamanic Initiation & Offering Ceremony for my continued work as a healer and guide.

Shamanic Initiation & Offering Ceremony for my continued work as a healer and guide.


October

I travel because my legs have to follow my heart.


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great travel quotes about machu picchu

Explore Deeply "Be Master Of Moment" OM Tanks and Hoodies were released this year, they can be purchased in the Ë SHOP.

After leading an online virtual program broadcasted from sacred sites in and around Cusco, my friend and colleague, Jessica and I lead a spiritual journey to Machu Picchu for some very special women.

great travel quotes about machu picchu
When it is over, I don’t want to wonder if I have made of my life something particular, and real. I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full of argument. I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.
— Mary Oliver
Returning home to Virginia, to a beautiful fall.

Returning home to Virginia, to a beautiful fall.


November

I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.


My piece, "I want to be Poetry" was selected for the 7th Annual Juried Art Show at Riverviews Artspace.

Explore Deeply Organic Tea hand blended with specially chosen ingredients for Mindfulness,  Third Eye sight & Intuition were released in November. 

In 2015 became initiated and trained in Native American Stone Medicine, I am walking the path of a Stone Walker and became a certified Stone Medicine Practitioner.

As I continue to deepen my spiritual practice and service to others, many new offerings and methods of healing and support are being provided at Explore Deeply. 21 Days to Love and 21 Days of Debt Release, Be Master of Moment OM Tanks and hoodies, Explore Deeply Organic Teas, and Native American Stone Medicine and Sacred Fire Ceremonies were added as of 2015. 

I pray for you, that all your misgivings will be melted to thanksgivings.

I baby sat two kittens for Thanksgiving, baked three pies, and had one fantastic time with my family.

My Aunt Beth, wearing her "Be Master Of Moment" Explore Deeply Hoodie at Thanksgiving. My Aunt and Uncle moved from New York this year and became our neighbors, right down the road. The Bourbon Pecan pie was everybody's favorite dessert.

I visited the "Wonder" opening exhibit, after a two year renovation, at the Renwick Gallery, Washinton DC


December

Drink deep or be careful how you taste this December vintage.


Watch our Winter Solstice Fire Celebration: IN-JOY!

How did it get so late so soon?
It’s night before it’s afternoon.
December is here before it’s June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?
— Dr. Seuss

Mom and I cut down and brought home two Christmas trees this year, a big and beautiful one for inside their home and a great big giant one for outside mine. 

Hans Op de Beeck’s lyrical animation, Night Time : "Seeing Now" Exhibition at 21c Museum Hotel Durham

My friend, Renee and I, reveling in creative energy and dancing with art.

Hans Op de Beeck’s lyrical animation, Night Time : "Seeing Now" Exhibition at 21c Museum Hotel Durham
Life has meaning only if you do what is meaningful to you.

I will not see this year again...

Thank you my Fate, how beautiful my life.

In reflection of 2015, I created this collage of the last 12 months in 142 pictures..... what was reflected back to me was joyfully authentic living in alignment with what I believe is important.

Experience Art
Communion with Nature
Communication with Spirit
Cherish Friends & Family

These four pillars of my life were reflected back to me again and again as I went through the thousands of pictures from 2015, each month I attempted to choose my most meaningful imagery... please IN-joy and share with anyone who might be inspired!

What does your world reflect back to you? Feel free to email me a picture that is meaningful to you!

Chloë Rain is the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement. She is a Spiritual Teacher & Intuitive Guide.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and joy in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!

What does it mean to open ourselves to WONDER?

Creative Feature, Inspiring, Photography, Travel, ArtChloë RainComment

WONDER. What emotion does that word elicit in you?

Artist Gabriel Dawe Made a Rainbow Out of 60 Miles of Thread.

The Renwick Gallery Grand Staircase and Leo Villareal's 23,000 Points of Light : it uses LEDs embedded in 320 mirrored stainless steel rods.

Above the doors of the Renwick Gallery, it says ‘Dedicated to Art'

The Renwick building, a National Historic Landmark, has just reopened after a 2 year $30 million dollar renovation featuring a larger than life exhibit titled: WONDER. The Renwick Gallery is the first building in the United States built expressly as an art museum, and is considered one of the first and finest examples of Second Empire architecture in America- its designer and architect, James Renwick, traveled to France to be inspired by the Louvre.

Visiting the Renwick Gallery's Grand RE-Opening and pondering WONDER?


Wonder.

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead —his eyes are closed. The insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion. To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms—this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.
— Albert Einstein

Tara Donovan stacks a million index cards in a crazed accumulation experiment that looks much like the Canyonlands National Park in Utah.


Man is surprised to find that things near are not less beautiful and wondernous than things remote
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jennifer Angus uses thousands of insects, beetles, bugs, parasites and flying larvae to resemble patterned wall paper in the beautiful Second Empire styled Renwick.

Wonder what you’ll see? Here’s a sneak peek: Jennifer Angus covers gallery walls in spiraling, geometric designs reminiscent of wallpaper or textiles—but made using specimens of different species of shimmering, brightly-colored insects. Chakaia Booker splices and weaves discarded rubber tires into an enormous, complex labyrinth as Gabriel Dawe hangs thousands of strands of polyester sewing thread to create what appear to be waves of color and light sweeping from floor to ceiling.

Patrick Dougherty weaves monumental structures from countless tree saplings while Tara Donovan constructs looming spires from hundreds of thousands of individually-stacked index cards. JanetEchelman explores volumetric form without solid mass, overtaking the museum’s famed Grand Salon with a suspended, hand-woven net surging across its hundred foot length. Using 500,000 pieces of reclaimed, old-growth cedar, John Grade builds an intricate structure based on plaster casts taken of a massive, old-growth hemlock tree in the Cascade Mountains. Maya Lin’s deluge of green marbles flows across the floor and up walls, recalling the tides of the Chesapeake Bay, while 23,000 LEDs—programmed by Leo Villareal to display a code manipulated into endless variations—flash above the Grand Staircase.

Source: Wonder: http://renwick.americanart.si.edu/wonder


Using 500,000 pieces of reclaimed, old-growth cedar, John Grade builds an intricate structure based on plaster casts taken of a massive, old-growth hemlock tree in the Cascade Mountains.


In WONDER, nine leading contemporary artists are each taking over different galleries in the Renwick Gallery building, creating site-specific installations inspired by the spaces and transforming the entire museum into an immersive artwork.

The Gallery is taking a different approach, and actually encouraging people to take photographs and share their visits using   #RENWICKGALLERY  .

The Gallery is taking a different approach, and actually encouraging people to take photographs and share their visits using #RENWICKGALLERY.

Check out the instagram feed #renwickgallery for more inspiration.


Folding the Chesapeake by Maya Lin in the newly re-opened Renwick Gallery.

The new chandelier at the freshly renovated Renwick Gallery. The shimmer is a randomized program of streaming ones and zeros, each wave never really the same as the next. Dazzling.

Photography Encouraged: What does it mean to open ourselves to WONDER?

The Renwick Gallery Grand Staircase, featuring Leo Villareal's fascinating ever changing chandelier.


Chloë Rain is the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement. She is a Spiritual Teacher & Intuitive Guide.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and joy in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!