Updates on the Harmony tour to Israel and Palestine

I have been asked many times in the last few weeks about my feelings of what is going on in Israel and Palestine right now in relation to my going there this fall.

I’ll keep this  short but I want to share my feelings with all of you who have so kindly supported me and made this trip possible.

There are around 10 weeks until I’m scheduled to go, I am keeping informed of what is going on but I am refusing to get wrapped up in it or fall into fearful thinking.  I’m asking anyone who reads this to do the same and to resist adding to the fear and anger.  Instead send thoughts and prayers of peace and support to all involved.   This fighting going on serves as a reminder of how vital it is that these two sides find common ground.  We all can make an energetic difference through our prayers, meditations and thoughts of love and peace.  Pray for wisdom and clarity for those leading the fight on both sides, that they will find peaceful resolutions to the ongoing dis-harmony and back down the fighting.

There are tremendous civilian efforts going on behind the scenes showing support for one another on both sides. Stories of both sides serving, helping and praying for the other side.  You can follow any of these groups on Facebook here:

Unify

Palestine loves Israel

Israel loves Palestine

These groups are posting incredible stories of civilians coming together, stories of hope and more.

 

The women organizing our trip have our safety as an utmost concern.  One will be heading back the region in the coming weeks and from within the area will be in tune with the pulse of what is happening.  She is also in constant communication with both the Israeli and Palestinian women we will be meeting with while there.

I feel very called to be a part of positive change in this world and am confident all will work out how it should; concerning both my involvement in this situation and others in the future.

 

I’ll continue to update in the months to come as I know more, but as I said above I am just going to continue on planning that the trip will go on as planned, if things change we’ll deal with it then.   Thanks for your continued support!  **Noelle

The most important vow

Rewind to the Ausust of 2004.  I had just moved back from Texas 2 months prior w/ my daughter.  I had spent the summer reflecting on what had gone wrong in my first marriage.  Where I had “lost” myself.   I was still in a place in my mind of thinking I could do enough to somehow save this broken relationship.  (It would be 2 more years of me being the only one trying before I finally realized that I had to let go.)

My best friend was getting married.  I was excited for her even as my own heart was broken and needing extra care.  4 years prior when I delivered my daughter my in-laws presented me with a gorgeous ring. It had a large heart stone in the middle of my (and Sky’s) birthstone, surrounded by diamonds.  It was so thoughtful.

As I stood in my friends wedding that summer day I chose to feel no sadness. As she said her vows to her husband, while I celebrated with her I put that heart ring on my finger and said those same vows. This time to myself.  I promised to honor myself, love myself through good times and bad, etc.  I knew that I had to re-find a way to appreciate myself, love my life and know that I am enough before I would ever attract the right person into my life and be able to offer those things to another.

8.5 years later and I still think back to those few moments, changing my perspective, putting myself and my needs back on my to do list.  It was life changing and I know that it was such a simple yet profound set of promises I made to me. Secretly (until years later when I shared it), my own gift.

 

Be love and it will emanate from every pore.

Noelle and Skylar nose kisses

The Heart Chakra – artwork reminders of love, compassion and spirituality.

The heart chakra is in the heart area, behind the breast bone. It is associated with love, compassion, spirituality and healing.  Here is some great information I got from about.com The Heart Chakra is associated with the color green or the color pink. This love center of our human energy system is often the focus in bringing about a healing. Thus, the words “Love Heals All” have great truth. Hurtful situations that can affect our emotional being are divorce or separation, grief through death, emotional abuse, abandonment, adultery. All of these are wounding to the heart chakra. Physical illnesses brought about by heartbreak require that an emotional healing occur along with the physical healing. Learning to love yourself is a powerful first step in securing a healthy fourth chakra. The “wounded child” resides in the heart chakra.

Chakra Four – Associations

  • Color – green, pink
  • Sanskrit Name – anahata
  • Physical Location – center of chest
  • Purposes – emotional empowerment
  • Spiritual Lesson – forgiveness, unconditional love, letting go, trust, compassion
  • Physical Disfunctions– heart conditions, asthma, lung & breast cancers, thoracic spine, pneumonia, upper back, shoulder problems
  • Mental and Emotional Issues – love, compassion, confidence, inspiration, hope, despair, hate, envy, fear, jealousy, anger, generosity
  • Information Stored Inside Heart Chakra – connections or “heart strings” to those whom we love
  • Area of Body Governed – heart, circulatory system, blood, lungs, rib cage, diaphragm, thymus, breasts, esophagus, shoulders, arms, hands

This pose is called the Upward Facing Dog Pose. One of the chakras it helps open is the heart chakra.  You can find the artwork prints here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/101348901/soulful-yoga-upward-facing-dog-pose-love

Prints from this chakra are especially great for someone going through one of the following times: heart conditions, asthma, lung & breast cancers, thoracic spine, pneumonia, upper back, shoulder problems and those needing extra support in areas of love, compassion and spirituality.

This piece is part of my Soulful Yoga Series. This series has been created out of my own journey to live more self-aware. I’ve longed for a way to quiet my always running mind, feel good in my body from the inside out and connect with my inner soulful awareness. I believe this series will connect with people who do yoga as well as those who do not but are looking for positive, encouraging, calming artwork.

The original that this print is from was created on an upcycled door. I love the symbolism of the doorway; closing the door on the past, opening the door to a new future. My husband helps me to cut down no longer needed hollow doors, we then add wood inserts to make all four sides solid. I then add layers of texture and finally do the artwork.

You can keep up to date on my work and happenings here: www.facebook.com/noellerollinsart

If you like this artwork and would like to see one similar that includes a different uplifting message you will find it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/101000734/speak-your-truth-soulful-yoga-plow-pose

I will continue announcing each week one new piece for this series.