This weekend! Holiday Craft Bazaar

 

Come meet the people making the products you are purchasing. Get away from the big chain store crowds and noise to shop while listening to live music, nibbling healthy treats, and connecting with artists who create with love and intention.

We look forward to welcoming you and connecting with you!

Anita, Louise, Susan, John, Michelle, Susanne, Teri, Margie, Bud

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Incrementality

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When INCREMENTALITY takes a trip he packs a big bag, knowing that it may be awhile before he gets where he is going. He likes to take the road less traveled so that he can breathe deeply, notice, and enjoy the journey.  He doesn’t usually wear a watch, choosing instead to go at the speed of the body.   Once, in the black of night, he got lost.  Instead of panicking, he just used tiny steps to retrace his path and led himself out of trouble.  “One step at a time” is the advice he can be heard giving anyone about anything.

Incrementality is one of twenty-one cards in the Interplay Inspiration deck created by Anita Bondi.  Each card has a symbol and a story to help you unlock the wisdom of your body and remind you that life doesn’t have to be so hard!

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This deck’s round cards and trendy tin packaging are easy to use and fun to carry around everywhere you go!

As you pick a card, feel free to be silly or serious. Have a practical question in your mind, a sacred intention in your heart, or a whimsical feeling in your body! After choosing your card, read the story on the back (unless it is a WHEEE! card), and then look up the card in the booklet. The story on the card will offer imagery and analogy. The text in the booklet will provide teachings on the particular principle from The InterPlay System (developed by Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter). The booklet will also invite you to “try this”, suggesting practical applications for your daily life. What are you waiting for, jump in!

Decks are sold at Wellspring Holistic Center or online.

Stillness

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When Stillness is around everyone has a different response.  Some people are able to relax instantly by her side, while others seem to squirm and wiggle, uncomfortable with her lack of movement.  She doesn’t have trouble with any of it.  In fact, she completely understands.  At one time she was a Type A personality who ran a Fortune 500 company.  She worked 16 hours a day, and rarely took a vacation.  When her sister was diagnosed with a serious illness, she stopped everything and went with her to a retreat center for a month of silence and meditation.  That changed her life.  Now stillness owns a small bookstore.  She reads, writes, naps, and has never been happier.

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Stillness is one of twenty-one cards in the Interplay Inspiration deck created by Anita Bondi.  Each card has a symbol and a story to help you unlock the wisdom of your body and remind you that life doesn’t have to be so hard!

inspiration-deck

This deck’s round cards and trendy tin packaging are easy to use and fun to carry around everywhere you go!

As you pick a card, feel free to be silly or serious. Have a practical question in your mind, a sacred intention in your heart, or a whimsical feeling in your body! After choosing your card, read the story on the back (unless it is a WHEEE! card), and then look up the card in the booklet. The story on the card will offer imagery and analogy. The text in the booklet will provide teachings on the particular principle from The InterPlay System (developed by Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter). The booklet will also invite you to “try this”, suggesting practical applications for your daily life. What are you waiting for, jump in!

Decks are sold at Wellspring Holistic Center or online.

Morning Inspiration

stillnessI like to get up early so that I can have time to be still, quiet, contemplative, and yes, so that I can make my lists!

I am a chronic list maker.

I admit to actually doing something “NOT” on my list and then going to my list to add it just so that I can cross it off.

There is some feeling of accomplishment and some sense of peace that comes over me when I go down my list and see all the things that I have done that day.

Here is the rub: lately I am also noticing the feeling of tightness and the sense of dis-ease that comes over me when I go down my list and see all the things that did not get done that day.

This has become a theme recently – the “not” getting done and the stress that I notice in my body.

With the computer age sitting heavy upon us, there is so much more to do. We have access to so many people or maybe better put, they have access to us.

I can’t keep up with everyone. I can’t read everyone’s blogs or Facebook posts or even respond to everyone’s emails or messages.

Well, I could but then I would not really be in my life – I would just be talking and writing about my life – and that is not living my life.

This is a problem that I am sure many of us are feeling and facing. What do you do?

I sure could use some help with this one.

Please share your wisdom as it helps all of us.

I always say to my students, ” make sure to ask your questions because if one of you is wondering, guaranteed others are as well.”

For me, I know it is a choice. I must choose me. This is the most difficult thing for me. I am a caregiver. I am a lover. I am a healer.

To care for myself. To love myself. To heal myself. This requires that I make space and time for the things that will keep me healthy and well on all levels.

I do different things on different days. Today, I am turning off the computer, reading a poem (this one from my brother, Gregory’s new book), and meditating for the next 20 minutes.

See you on the other side.

A snippet from the poem, Oneness

This morning I was a light socket again

Yesterday I was the clock on the wall

and the ticking of the time

Tomorrow who knows what I may become,

maybe a night bird

or a blade of grass

Artist Feature – Anita Bondi and Louise Bowman – co-directors Wellspring Holistic Center

Many of you already know this but occasionally we get someone new in the office that says, “there is something similar about the two of you.” “Your mannerisms or I just can’t put my finger on it.”

So for those of you who don’t know – we are sisters and are thrilled to be at Wellspring together!

We are also lovers of craft, art, and making things. Blame our parents who never seem to sit still and always have a project going!

One week from today we will be welcoming you at the center for our 7th Annual Open House and Art Sale!

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1. what is your name and please give us three words to describe your creations?

Anita Bondi – inspirational, healing, fun to wear!

Louise Bowman, Living Well – Naturally – smelly, organic, fun.

2. what can we expect to find at your “booth?”

Anita-necklaces, earrings, bracelets, InterPlay Inspiration Decks, and NEW candles with charms (made with Louise).

Louise-lots of fun products for beauty care such as organic soaps, lotion bars, lip balms, sugar and salt scrubs, fun bath items for kids, hand knit wash cloths, fingerless gloves, and knit hats all made with natural fibers

3. what about this art/craft makes you feel passionate and excited?

Anita-I love the way that metal and stones come together and play off of one another. I am thrilled when I sketch out an idea and then am able to bring it to life at the jewelry bench. There is such a thrill and a rush when I show up somewhere and people are wearing my art! (at a conference last year there were 75 -100 people in a circle and as I looked around at least half had on one of my necklaces! way cool!)

Louise-I decided to make soaps last year on a whim and have expanded my beauty care line this year to include the lip balms and lotion bars.  I am so excited that you can make these products with very few ingredients, no preservatives and essential oils for scent.  I feel like I can be creative in the kitchen when I start to think about what scent I want to use next.

4. when you are not making art, where can we expect you to be?

Anita-At Wellspring Holistic Center seeing private clients or on Main St. teaching Pilates and Improvisation. You might also find me curled up on my couch with my best buddy, Scout, out on the river paddle boarding, riding my bike, hiking, and most likely somewhere dancing!

Louise-Well, it depends on the weather.  You may find me out on the river with my sister on my stand-up paddleboard, on the tennis court, or in my kitchen creating something delicious to eat. Of course, there is also my acupuncture practice to keep me out of trouble!

5. do you have 3-5 things on your bucket list that you could share with us?

Anita- a house on the water – discovering a cure for chronic inflammation – having a dog that actually listens – expanded family

Louise-Up until a few years ago I never even heard of a bucket list.  If I am able to travel and see more places in this beautiful world I will be happy.  If I can spend more time on the water, I will be happy.

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Remember this…

…you are the sky. Everything else is just weather.

-Pema Chodron

sky:trees I performed in Sarah Carlson/Dancelink’s UBBH( The Unbelievable Beauty of Being Human), in Bethlehem, PA this past Saturday. The week before the performance I was panicking as I was pretty darn sure I was going to be asked to do a Big Body Story as part of the improvised performance. The key word here is improvised. That means I would be given a word/theme and I would have to Wing it! right there on stage, in the moment., in front of more than 100 people. I was losing sleep, eating too many chips, and wondering if I could somehow cheat or possibly break or sprain a body part to get out of it. I know that sounds a bit extreme, but I really was that nervous.

The morning of the performance, I had a phone call from a young friend reminding me that I did not have to be perfect, I just had to “be me”. At the exit ramp of the highway I had an encounter with a homeless man over coffee and a bottle of water.  A woman at the gas station got into my car by mistake and we had an amazing exchange that culminated in her crying in my arms. And my dear friend, Rita sent me the quote above.

As I got ready for the performance, I pondered the quote and realized that everything  I had created inside of me leading up to the performance was just “weather”.

I had allowed my worry about not getting it right, not being good enough, and not making people laugh, cry and like me, get in the way of trusting the creative process that is alive and well inside of me. I was not trusting that the Universe/God would provide me with exactly what I needed at the perfect moment that I needed it.

My morning was a divine gift. It had all the elements of a great story and when I was called to do the story in the performance, I was calm and centered – I was the sky. The story had been given to me and all I had to do was tell it with beauty and grace – while adding a bit of movement and humor.

I did it!

Now all I have to do is remember – trust the process – one day at a time.

Holiday Helper – week six

Practice

Last night we had sleet and freezing rain and the temperature went from “no coat” to “scarf, hat, and coat” in about 2 hours.

I want to just curl up in a blank and sit by the fire but practice has me lacing up my sneakers and getting ready for a 4 mile

run.

Here is a simple but profound truth:

to change your life, you just need to change your practice (or practices).

Suppose you had some new practices to help you to overcome the old practices that are not working for you anymore?

The Holiday Helpers are a great start! New simple, accessible ways to begin to change your life. practiceblog

I am not kidding. It is truly that simple!

From the InterPlay Inspiration Deck we have the wisdom of the Goddess Practice:

When Practice gets a hold of you, watch out! She is a goddess and knows what is best for you. Practice believes in self-improvement through the power of daily affirmation and repetition. Every morning for six months she brought a beautiful amber colored mat to her best friend’s house to do Pilates because the friend wanted more strength and flexibility. Practice is committed and dedicated. She knows that to change your life, you just need to change your practice. And she is willing to take your hand and walk with you every step of the way.