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Issue #176   February 2020 Theme:  Compassion
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Soul Singing with Anne Marie
Anne Marie, the creator of KaleidoSoul.com 
Hi! I'm Anne Marie, the creator of KaleidoSoul.com, and a SoulCollage® Facilitator in Massachusetts and worldwide online. This column is all about presenting ways to get your soul singing with the deep, wide, wonder-full process that is SoulCollage®.



I See You

There is a scene from the old TV show "Judging Amy" that went straight from the screen and into my heart, where it will stay always, because it illustrated the kind of compassion we are to have with all our inner voices. For months, my therapist had been trying to get me to be kind and nonjudgmental whenever a particularly shadowy voice would rise up inside me. I found this a difficult concept to grasp, until I saw this particular episode. Then, everything shifted into focus.

In the scene, Amy is in the courtroom listening to the case of a young teenager who is in trouble with the law. As she tries to question him, he alternates between hiding his head in his shirt and hollering expletives at her. He shouts that she might as well send him away because no one ever hears him or sees him, and he knows that this is what happens to “kids like him.”

It soon becomes apparent that the boy's mother has left his family; he is wildly angry and grieving this unexpected loss. Finally, Amy faces the boy, who has hidden his head underneath his jacket. She stops asking questions and simply sits with him in compassionate silence.

After a while, in the presence of this patient judge (Amy), the boy tentatively stops hiding, and makes eye contact with her for the first time. “I see you . . .” she says, and in her voice is the exact kindness and compassion that my therapist was telling me about. “I see you . . .”

Whenever I'm faced with one of my own more difficult inner voices (my Inner Critic, the Inner Perfectionist, The One Who Wants to Overeat…etc), I remember this scene from Judging Amy. I remember Amy's attentive posture, the kind look in her eyes, and the loving sound of her voice. And then, I am also able to say, “I hear you . . . I see you” to the shadowy parts of myself. It’s amazing how things shift inside of me when I can do this!

Time for Reflection

The next time you are confronted by one of your shadowed inner parts, make it a point to sit still with this part of you and patiently listen to its whole story. You don’t need a SoulCollage® card for this Committee part in order to do this!

See if you can get to the place where you can sit with this inner voice and hold the intention of not sending it away. See if you can say, “I see you . . .” with compassion and non-judgment to this often misunderstood part of your being.

Editor’s Note: This essay is from Anne Marie’s book Into the Heart of SoulCollage®: Diving Into the Many Gifts and Possibilities of SoulCollage® available from Amazon here.


Anne Marie Bennett is a SoulCollage® Facilitator / Trainer, published author, website goddess, and two-time cancer survivor who was mentored directly by Seena Frost. In 2005, she fell in love with SoulCollage® and was inspired to use her professional experience along with web technology as a means to serve the world by putting SoulCollage® "out there" in a really big way with KaleidoSoul. Anne Marie lives in eastern Massachusetts with her middle-aged husband and two adolescent felines who keep them hopping. Anne Marie’s books about SoulCollage® are available here.

 
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Guest Columnist: Marti Beddoe

Dear Soul Songs Friends, I’m Marti Beddoe from Naperville, Illinois, a SoulCollage® Facilitator since 2007. My commitment in the SoulSongs’ columns is to share what I’ve learned about ways to sustain lives of Meaning, Joy, and Beauty.

This month, it’s a joy to share my reflections on the vast and deep topic of Compassion. Here I'll define some terms and then explore the two sides of the coin of Compassion - for others and for oneself. I tell a story most of you will find familiar about Bereavement and Compassion. Also, I include a practice with your SoulCollage® deck plus other resources. I hope you find these reflections to be useful. I welcome your comments at marti@martibeddoe.com.


TRANSMITTING COMPASSION

Judging by current “civil” discourse and social media, we are living in times that seem to be short on Compassion. Some days I need a psychic shower to wash off the toxic vibration of those who stand firm in the righteousness of their positions.

When I feel my outrage rising, before speaking or acting, I find refuge in this mantra: “Try a little tenderness, Marti.” I ground myself by visualizing a magnificent peacock, One Who Represents the Earthly Presence of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Compassion.

What is Compassion, Empathy, and Altruism?

I found these useful definitions from Greater Good Magazine:

Compassion literally means “to suffer together.” Among emotion researchers, it is defined as the feeling that arises when you are confronted with another’s suffering and feel motivated to relieve that suffering.”

“Compassion is not the same as empathy or altruism, though the concepts are related. While empathy refers more generally to our ability to take the perspective of and feel the emotions of another person, compassion is when those feelings and thoughts include the desire to help. Altruism, in turn, is the kind, selfless behavior often prompted by feelings of compassion, though one can feel compassion without acting on it, and altruism isn’t always motivated by compassion.”

“While cynics may dismiss compassion as touchy-feely or irrational, scientists have started to map the biological basis of compassion, suggesting its deep evolutionary purpose. This research has shown that when we feel compassion, our heart rate slows down, we secrete the “bonding hormone” oxytocin, and regions of the brain linked to empathy, caregiving, and feelings of pleasure light up, which often results in our wanting to approach and care for other people.”

A Distress Call Goes Out

It’s August of 2011 and I’ve called my beloved friend Barb Horn to share some terrible news. Due to her recent diagnosis with another round of breast cancer, Anne Marie Bennett has had to resign as my co-chair for the 2011 International SoulCollage® Facilitators Conference. I’m grief-stricken for my precious friend and overwhelmed with all that I must do in her absence. Barb listens intently and then says, “Wow, this sounds like a call for self-compassion. What do you need right now? Who can you ask to support you? How are you going to take care of yourself?

Thus began a significant turning point when ‘Compassion’ changed from a nice, abstract spiritual concept that I aspired to and instead became a necessary life-preserver I clung to on the stormy sea. During the six grueling, tear-filled weeks that led up to the Conference, many times Barb’s perceptive remark had me drop down into deep reflection on my habitual patterns. Frequently, I heard the Wise Ones say, “You can’t give others what you do not have yourself, Marti.”

Witnessing Compassion & Self-Compassion in Action

January 2020. For nine months now, I’ve been blessed to walk with One Who Embodies Compassion in her daily life. Last April, my friend “MA” lost her Beloved, after forty happy years together. During many dark days, I’ve witnessed MA nearly paralyzed by grief, hanging on by a thread, overwhelmed with the long list of decisions, tasks, and chores that now she must carry alone.

MA would be the first to acknowledge her human frailty and to deny she is a "Saint in a stained-glass window," as my Grandmother used to say. Yet, MA has amazed me with how, in the midst of her sorrow and anger and anguish and vulnerability, she has developed the skillful means to offer Compassion to herself in equal measures to the Compassion she offers her Beloved’s grieving family and friends.

Sure, there are days MA is disappointed when close ones “just do not get it.” Days when they seem to expect her to lift them up at a time when she is depleted. Days when old reliable friends disappear. Some go silent. Others confess they don’t know what to say and fear upsetting her, so don’t reach out at all. Days when people seem to deny her reality and do not ask how she is faring with the loss of her departed one. Days when loved ones seem to want her to “just get on with it.” Yet MA expresses Compassion for their struggle!

Slowly, one day at a time, MA’s true SoulEssence of wisdom and lovingkindness shines ever brighter. She has mastered the Circle Way Agreement to “Ask for what I need and offer what I can.” She seems to be learning the many subtle ways she can demonstrate Compassion and Lovingkindness to herself and to others.

The milestones of the recent Holidays were a painful time for MA. She remembered forty years of celebrative traditions which she no longer had the heart or energy to recreate. In this awful New Normal, MA had to figure out what she needed to care for herself, regardless of her family’s expectations. Step by step, MA pondered what she needed and the kindest way to stand firm on breaking old traditions and risking disappointing others.

Namaste, MA! I could not have had a more sensitive, authentic example of what it looks like to be present to one’s grief while balancing Compassion for others with Self-Compassion. I bow deeply to you, One Who Embodies Compassion in Action.

PRACTICE

Look in your deck for cards that express Compassion/Self-Compassion. Place them in front of you while you journal now.
  • Recall a time when you were in great need of Compassion.
    • How did you treat yourself?
    • How did others treat you?
    • Were you supported?
    • What guidance do your Self-Compassion Neters offer now?
  • Recall a time when a loved one was grieving deeply.
    • How did you offer Compassion to them?
    • Did they feel supported?
    • What guidance do your Compassion Neters offer now?
Other Resources to Develop the Skillful Means of Compassion
May all Beings be peaceful.
May all Beings be happy.
May all Beings be safe.
May all Beings awaken to the Light of their True Nature.
May all Beings be free.


May you be peaceful, happy, safe and free, dear friends. May you offer yourself and others Compassion and lovingkindness as you walk through this year.

Love,

Marti


Since 2007, Marti Beddoe has been a SoulCollage® Facilitator and meditation teacher in the Kriya Yoga lineage. She is Founder of Designs for Peace, a service offering practices to support lives of Meaning, Joy, and Beauty. Her monthly essays, “Contemplating the Beauty of…”, consider the mysterious Beauty of various Neters. You may Subscribe here at the bottom of this page. You'll receive a fr*ee Harmony Self-Assessment. Marti facilitates Walking the Beauty Way Retreats and would be delighted to bring one to your area. Find out more here! She invites you to contact her at marti@martibeddoe.com.

 
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As promised, we are featuring  SoulCollage® cards from our readers in each issue.

Each card below is a card from one SoulCollager's Deck that represents Compassion.


Kwan Yin
Council Suit
Natalie
Colorado

I am one who embodies compassion. I am one who eases suffering, offers forgiveness, and heals and protects. I bring peace to a troubled mind.




Compassion
Council Suit
Denise
California

I am compassion. I am the one who understands what compassion is. I am the one who takes the sorrow, pain, hate, love, peace, and joy of the world and transmutes it into pure love and light of the Divine. I am here to help you feel compassion for all that is around you, no matter good or bad, and to understand that it is all Divine Love.



Compassion
Council Suit
Michele
Arizona

I am one who grieves deeply for the suffering of the Mother and all her creatures.



Compassion
Community Suit
Marianne
Vermont

I am one who can find compassion in myself, and in others, within the busyness and business life.

 

Heart Chakra Elephant
Companions Suit
Dot
Pennsylvania

I am one who companions you in the swirling energy of your heart chakra. I am one who reminds you to have compassion for your Self as I have compassion on my own tender baby. I am one who encourages you to care for your Inner Child as compassionately as I care for my little one. I am one who provides you with an image of play and of being washed clean to start anew when the cares of the world distract your compassionate heart and there’s a need for forgiveness and starting over. I am one who travels with you and within you, always at the ready to share my energy of heart-based and heart-spaced compassion...with you, with others and with the world. Blessed be. May it be so.



Self-Compassion
Committee Suit
Anne Marie
Massachusetts

I am the one who looks at myself in the mirror and gives myself a loving hug, no matter what. I am the one who slows down enough to hear what is going on inside of me and pays attention. I am the one who practices Ahimsa, non-violence to myself.
 


Compassion
Committee Suit
Francene
Connecticut

I am one who experiences connection with all living beings. I am one who has compassion for all those coming and leaving the world. I am one who connects through my intuition and heart to all beings. I am one who is drenched in the love which flows all around me.



Heart Flame
Committee Suit
Kas
Pennsylvania

I am the one whose heart flame burns eternal. It is always a flame of love, radiating with compassion, hope and understanding. It burns low at times and very intense at others. It is connected to others and a divine source. It never goes out. My heart’s flame is an internal living energy that grows in breath and depth as my soul continues to evolve.



Compassion
Committee Suit
Kat
Arizona

I Am One Who is here to help you through your time of pain and sorrow. I am sensitive and caring, and wish I could wave a magic wand to make the suffering disappear. My compassion comes to you without expectation. I want to help, and will if I am able to. I Am Compassionate.



Compassion
Committee Suit
Char-Leah
Florida

I am one who consciously elicits tenderness, patience, kindness and responsibility. I can appear as feelings or actions. I have a tendency to show up as a response to others. I am like water that allows a wilted flower to stand tall and emanate its natural beauty again. I am here to remind you to water your own garden. Allow yourself to flourish by practicing self compassion.




Please feel free to submit one of your cards for a future issue by sending a reply email to this newsletter.

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CALIFORNIA

Invite Your Daemons to Tea: A SoulCollage® Retreat on the "Shadow"
Big Sur, California (Esalen)
February 23-28, 2020
Facilitator: Mariabruna Sirabella

Your creativity, imagination and intuition will guide you in a stirring exploration of what C.G. Jung termed “Shadow”. You will “Invite your Daemons for Tea” to access the great reservoirs of golden energy hidden in “shadow” areas of the soul we tend to judge, fear, or ignore. Those secreted, yet necessary inner parts are a most potent source of change and freedom. Engaging them in a new relationship ignites a quiet revolution that brings gifts of choice and joy to the soul. Creating and using SoulCollage® cards together with poetry and movement will entice transformation in a respectful, inspiring environment.

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FLORIDA

Inner Guidance by the Gulf: Accessing Your Inner Wisdom Through SoulCollage®
Englewood, Florida
February 28 – March 1, 2020
Facilitator: Beverly Gordon
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This is a retreat for those who want to access and deepen their relationship with their own inner wisdom and guidance. Explore tools and experiences that draw on expressive arts, including SoulCollage®, Soul Scribbles, Soul-Guided Writing, easy New Viewfinding (exercises with a phone camera). Also you’ll experience a ritual circle, a peaceful Gulf of Mexico beach, and other interactions with nature. All this will be done in a safe, supportive community, and a sacred energetic container, in a beautiful environment and (usually) perfect weather. $290 fee includes all materials and some meals.

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ENGLAND

Return to Avalon - Goddess Retreat
Glastonbury, England
April 25 – May 8, 2020
Facilitator: Cat Caracelo

Join Cat in 2020 as she travels to a place of myth and memories, where the landscape is a mirror of the Soul. Return to Avalon at Beltane, honoring the goddess at May Day festivities! Experience a dynamic, heart-centered time of renewal, discovery, depth and connection. Join with kindred women to embrace this sacred place, staying in a restored farmhouse, with two homes, orchard, view of the Tor and spa on site! Journey to sacred sites, explore the earth-based energies, honor the Goddess and make inspired art with SoulCollage® and more, in this all-inclusive retreat to Glastonbury, England and surrounding areas.

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MASSACHUSETTS

Riding the Waves of Change with SoulCollage®
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May 2-3, 2020
Facilitator: Anne Marie Bennett and her brother, John Pacheco

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NEW YORK

Wisdom + Wild
Binghamton, New York
May 23-26, 2020
Facilitator: Cat Caracelo

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SoulCollage® Retreat in Motion
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June 18-25, 2020
Facilitator: Mariabruna Sirabella

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ARIZONA

Where Soul Meets Spirit: Art Retreat in Sedona
Sedona, Arizona
September 23-27, 2020
Facilitator: Kat Kirby

If you’d love 5 days of enjoying creative time in the studio, join us in the magical landscape of the high desert in Sedona, Arizona. Creative expression is settling down with your Inner Child, allowing yourself to create without expectation or judgement. We’ll be making a hand-made journal, some SoulCollage® cards, and a cigar box shrine. What is your unique creative voice? What is the story you are telling? Let’s find out, and spend time encouraging you to blossom. This retreat is designed to invigorate your artistic senses and help you find new ways to relax and renew. You will feel welcomed and encouraged to explore your creative side. Your imagination and sleeping “inner artist” will awake and delight you. And you will be given tools to continue your exploration of the arts when you return home.

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