A REFLECTION ON MOTHER'S DAY & MY WHY
May Newsletter - 5-24-2023
Hey there! I hope this email finds you in high spirits and ready for some soulful fun! As the sun shines brightly and summer begins to embrace us, I've got some exciting inspiration to share that will add a touch of magic to your spiritual journey. Reflecting on Mothers Day really gave me time to focus on my girls and my why in life. As I was looking through quotes to share with my girls, I found this one and it truly spoke to me.
I recall sitting in the hospital room after welcoming my first daughter into the world, and realizing that the love I felt for this tiny, beautiful being was different than any other love I had ever felt. In that moment, I knew that I would literally, happily die to protect her. As she grew, and I saw the world through her eyes, I realized I couldn't let the world remain the same and teach her how to operate inside of it. That so much that didn't work for me, shouldn’t work for her. And in that moment, and with each daughter born after her (I’m blessed with three incredible humans who call me Mom) that I promised I would heal myself, so that I could be the best mother ever to her. And that sent me on a 15 year journey back to myself. And lord, was it rocky. I have made more mistakes than I care to admit. But amid the thorns, there were roses. The blessings were abundant, every one a beacon of hope that shimmered against the darkness of my struggles. The sum of these fifteen years, this tumultuous journey of transformation, is an offering I've come to call "The Alchemy of Love". A heroic quest of the soul, a journey back to the source of my being, guided by the beacon of love. Throughout this voyage, I have been graced with a tribe of unwavering allies - treasured friends and a supportive partner who have raised their hands high, offering their support to bring this vision to life. Together, we have ignited a flame of transformation and evolution that continues to illuminate our collective path. After all, as Ram Dass says, we'll all walking each other home.
The Alchemy of Love, A Workshop. We had the debut workshop in person on March 18, with 17 people in attendance/collaboration. I walked away from that event even more certain that these powerful conversations have a space in our world. The conversations were whole-hearted and loving. The couples who participated were fearless and powerful in their communication to the group, as well as their communication to each other. The second workshop was online on April 14. I partnered with the fabulous Joanna Colgan, a feminine empowerment and sexuality coach. We went deep in our discussions with some powerful women - discussing all of the tips and tools we each have for rediscovering our passions and creating more and more space for them in our lives. And the results were immediate - after a joyous dance session to wrap it up and all walked away feeling fully embodied and empowered. UPCOMING WORKSHOP: We have another workshop coming up next weekend! This one will focus on reconnecting to your inner queen self, the fearless, the powerful, the version of you who you just is buried just below the surface. The version of you that you can call on to make yourself feel more bold.
It costs only $22 If you’re a "hells yes", then sign up here: www.christiegundlingvella.com. If you want more information, reach out to me @ 415-279-9785. Feel free to connect with us: https://www.christiegundlingvella.com/love Find The Alchemy of Love here: https://www.instagram.com/the.alchemyoflove/ Find Joanna here: https://www.instagram.com/pleasureandmayhem/ Find Christie here: https://www.instagram.com/christie_mindbodysoul/
Let’s get GROUNDED. I wanted to offer you a playfully irreverent approach to grounding. Picture this: You, your bare feet, and Mother Earth having a wild dance party! Yep, I'm talking about earthing, the grooviest practice of connecting with the earth's energy by ditching your shoes and getting your toes in the grass, sand, or whatever natural surface tickles your fancy. Not only will it give you a sense of freedom, but it can also reduce stress, boost your mood, and help you channel your inner hippie vibes. So, kick off those shoes and let the earth be your dancefloor! Now, let's dive into the wild world of shamanism. Picture yourself as a modern-day shaman, rocking feathers in your hair, with an undeniable zest for life. Shamanic wisdom teaches us that everything is interconnected, man! That means you, the trees, the chirping birds, and even that quirky squirrel that keeps stealing your snacks. Take a moment to appreciate the cosmic dance happening all around you, and let that connection fuel your spirit. Feel free to unleash your inner wild child and give a joyful howl to the moon—it's your cosmic right! And speaking of cosmic vibes, let's explore a mind-blowing meditation practice. Get ready to channel your inner Jedi with the "I Am" meditation. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and repeat after me: "I am a force of nature!" Feel the power of those words as they reverberate through your being. Picture yourself conquering mountains, radiating confidence, and dancing to the beat of your own heart. Embrace your superhero alter ego, because, my dear, you are the heroine of your own story, and the universe is your playground. So, get ready to sprinkle a little extra magic into your life. Embrace the whimsical, the unconventional, and the downright hilarious moments that make your soul soar. Remember, you are a fabulous blend of cosmic stardust and sassy energy. Embrace your wild side and let your spirit shine! Sending you love, laughter, and a sprinkle of fairy dust, Christie