Welcome to this very special place, on this very special day for me. Happy summer solstice, happy International Giraffe Day, and happy International Yoga Day!
If you are reading this, it means that you have landed on my very first website dedicated to something other than my environmental activism work. And it is a big thing… Putting myself out there in a completely different capacity than what I’m known for has been quite a journey. If any of you here has ever birthed a very personal project, you may be familiar with imposter syndrome, but also with the excitement of discovering and revealing who you are deeply and what your added value can be in this world as an individual.
This journey doesn’t end here; it will be lifelong, but today is a stepping stone in showing my heart to the world, and sharing my medicine with whoever feels drawn to working with me. This project is coming to life on this day of the summer solstice, marking the pinnacle of the Sun’s power to fuel the season of growth, and my personal time to harvest the fruits of everything I have been cultivating throughout the cold of winter and the rising energy of spring.
Why the giraffe? One day it will be the first sentence of my book, but for now let’s say that giraffes keep coming back to me in my life. Some people would see a resemblance between this mysterious animal and myself, and in my journey towards Earth-centered healing arts, my teacher and medicine woman Naomi Love allowed me to get in touch with my very special medicine: the giraffe medicine. The giraffe is the tallest of all animals, and has the biggest heart of all (to be able to pump the blood all the way up). The giraffe’s medicine is characterised by higher perception and inner awareness. People with giraffe medicine have learned to make their words count and share their knowledge of their surroundings with others. They see far into the future, are intuitive and skilled communicators, and are able to reach things that are unreachable to others and to remain above the fray.
If you are reading this and thinking that it’s odd or a little pretentious, let me share with you some words of the poem ‘Our deepest fear’ by Marianne Williamson:
‘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.’
Our capacity to celebrate other people’s gifts is a direct reflection of how we allow ourselves to celebrate ours. One of my deepest joys in life has been to celebrate people’s gifts and support them into reaching a place where they can celebrate along. This is the medicine I want to offer you. It is so freeing to be able to celebrate all aspects of ourselves without fearing people’s judgment. And as yoga is about liberation, and today is also international yoga day, this all just feels like a giant wink from the Universe.
I am so honored to have you here, and I hope that you will take as much pleasure in exploring my offerings as I had in designing them and working with clients.