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Dazzled In Reflection


Every day I walk into the world to be dazzled then to be reflective.”  ~Mary Oliver

What if this was a mantra for the day as we opened our eyes to a fresh and pure day unencumbered by yesterday or the day to come?

Ready to be dazzled and in awe of even the simplest ordinary moments we experience. Open to creating from the wellspring of possibilities born out of the spiral of reflection.

Even this morning I find immense pleasure in the cup of hot jasmine tea flowing from my lavender teapot –  it’s elegant golden sweet and simply jasmine aroma and taste, seductively and peacefully lulling me into this one single moment.

The green tea jasmine pearls coming from far away in the Fujian Province of China. The hand rolled pearls are dried then blended with unopened night-blooming jasmine flowers.  Over the course of a night, the flowers open and release their aroma into the tea flavoring it and giving it the heady scent.  The next morning the flowers are removed and the operation is done all over again – up to six times for high quality jasmine teas!fujian-province-chinaThis is art pure and simple. From cultivating, harvesting and preparing these delicate small pearls that clink as I drop a few into my teapot.  I watch them unfurl – literally blooming before my eyes – to their full embodied leaf form as they merge with the hot water I pour over them.

Sweet local raw wildflower honey – natures liquid gold –  joins with the already brewing elements and creates a masterpiece worthy of “being dazzled”. Slowly sipping from the deep, dark red ceramic cup nature embraces the moment.

How has mindful reflection changed this moment in time?

Open to being dazzled, shifting ordinary moments to rich extraordinary ones you will never quite forget as reflection expands awareness in an ever deepening spiral.


Copyright Gaye Abbott, 9/22/19








A Courtesan to Life



Every day I see or hear something that more or less kills me with delight,

that leaves me like a needle in the haystack of Light.

It was what I was born for – to look, listen, to lose myself inside this soft world – to instruct myself over and over in joy, and acclamation.

Nor am I talking about the exceptional, the fearful, the dreadful, the very extravagant – but of the ordinary, the common, the very drab, the daily presentations.

Oh, good scholar, I tell myself, how can you help but grow wise with such teachings as these – the untrimmable light of the world, the ocean’s shine, the prayers that are made out of grass?

– Mary Oliver –

In this very moment, unwinding breath through the undulation of an arm, soft round curve of hip and breast, the texture of ground beneath bare feet. Slippery, pulsating, flowing, throbbing – each note of music guides, leads, and then drops back behind, in front, within and to the side of the dancer and the danced – as if the story being told, the breath being breathed, is the universal connection to each other…… to God.

How is it that we as women leave our soft, sensual animal bodies behind on the shelf when we step into our days?

Will we, at the moment of our death, feel the panic that we haven’t given ourselves permission to explore and intimately embody what it feels like to walk as a courtesan to life?

This morning, after six months of being away, I joined the ecstatic dance community to celebrate the freedom and joy of movement unrestrained by any rules, regulations, or techniques.

10388629_10152709841292621_3451855566439017315_nThe simple request is to remove shoes, stepping with untamed presence onto the dance floor – the agreement with ourselves and each other to explore this soft, sensual, alive animal body that we have been given. To find the joy in simply unfolding what presents next, partnered with deep listening and possibility.

How linear our lives, our thoughts, our conversations can be if we forget to breathe and explore into the space of sensual and earthy curves and valleys in belly, pelvis, back and thigh. Opening our eyes, faces, and hearts to each other to be recognized as our soul’s calling.

Claiming a willingness to “get lost” and voice pleasure within day to day tasks – moving in circles and spirals, leaving behind the linear patterns that are almost never what is asking to unfold – and embracing the sacred geometry of life as it really is…….


Gaye Abbott, RYTHappy Birthday Gaye 2



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Looking Past Limits

I turn 63 years old in just a matter of a couple of weeks.  Two days before this day of my birth celebration I am taking flight by heading off down the road to visit family, friends, and new places all on the way to my new home in Austin, Texas.

Unhooking from a “conventional job” with all the trimmings, leaving my little cottage in the Oregon countryside, saying farewell to friends, and generally being aware of letting go of perceived limitations there is an excitement that is building inside.

There is no “job” to greet me on the other side, home to put my belongings in,  man to greet me with open arms, family to be closer to, or known territory to feel “safe” in….yet there is possibility, mystery, and new territory to open to and explore.  Is this what looking past limits is made of?

Mary Oliver said it in her poem, A Summer Day, with the line – “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”  I love this line!  Do you know?  Well, it is never too late to breathe wildness into that precious life and find out!  We may not know how, but believing in the innate gifts we hold inside is essential.

Whether a woman knows it or not, she is a vessel of great magnitude born capable of reshaping humanities destiny if she only knew the true depths of her innate gifts. Be prepared now to see the fierce face of the feminine rock as her inner geographies of volcanic strength erupt from a love she has held in her belly for life all of her days. This is not a gasp of her last breath. It is her birthing cry into her wise leadership on our planet.” ~ Alisa Starkweather

Each of us as women need to hear of others that are doing this same thing as we leap off into the passionate expression of our deepest longings.  Below is a very powerful TED video with Caroline Casey which is well worth the time spent to listen to it in its entirety.

How will you spend the next days/months/years of this one wild and precious life?



Married to Amazement

……“And therefore I look upon everything as a brotherhood and a sisterhood, and I look upon time as no more than an idea, and I consider eternity as another possibility,and I think of each life as a flower, as common as a field daisy, and as singular, and each name a comfortable music in the mouth, tending, as all music does, toward silence, and each body a lion of courage, and something precious to the earth.  When it’s over, I want to say:  all my life I was a bride married to amazement.  I was the bridegroom taking the world into my arms.  When it’s 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 from “When Death Comes

Having entered into the season of Fall we start to see “death” coming to the leaves on the trees and the “leave taking” of the geese flying overhead.  It is a reminder of the preciousness of each day and the creative opportunities that we hold inside, like a chrysalis that is creating an astounding one of a kind life form.  

Remind yourself daily that there is mystery that surrounds you.  That their are questions that you cannot find answers to – and it is those very questions that you should live within.  Feeling as if you know all the answers is a prescription for just “having visited” this world.  Be curious, and be vulnerable within your curiosity.  Decide on the way in which you wish to live your life –

“There are two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is.” – Albert Einstein

Gaye Abbott, A WildlyFreeWoman 

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