How do you start your day?
Mornings are a sacred time of day. This when I have my alone time and this is when I write best. I usually wake up just before sunrise when the world is still sleeping and all is quiet. I put the kettle on and then go outside to greet the garden. I love the feeling of the moist, dew covered grass under my feet—it reminds me to ground myself and give thanks for the new day. I spend a few moments connecting with the herbs and pick a few leaves or flowers to make a fresh pot of tea with. Once the tea is made, I gather my meditation cushion, journal and settle on my small veranda to meditate, write and watching the sunrise. There is a certain magic about the young hours of the day. My intuitive senses are more active and I feel so connected to Spirit. Sometimes, in the colder months, I change my morning routine up a bit, or fall out of sync. But for the most part, this is how my days begin.
What do you do when you are overwhelmed or stressed?
Breath-work is a healing balm. Nature is a place of peace and healing for me is. I’m very conscious of how Mother Earth’s nurturing energy immediately has a positive effect on my vibration and uplifts me energetically. She is a mirror of the wildness, peaceful presence and beauty that we all carry within us. So getting outdoors is one of the quickest ways for me to get out of my head and back into my heart-space. I go walking in nearby wild spaces or parks, meditate, attune to trees, watch the moorhen sailing peacefully on the water or simply lay my back on the earth and practice deep breathing. Rebounding on my mini-trampoline and yoga also help me to refocus my energy when I’m stressed or overwhelmed.
What gives you the feeling of true bliss within?
Falling asleep to the sound of rain falling. Waking up next to the man I love. He always wakes up smiling and reminds me of everything that is right with the world. Getting feedback from beautiful goddesses who have read and taken something positive from my book. I’m in a special place of bliss when I am outdoors exploring the natural world and connecting with the healing wisdom and vibrant energies of Mother Nature. The pure and precious laughter of my little niece fills my heart with joy too; I really look forward to the day that I have a child of my own.
What are you currently reading?
Right now I’m busy with Evidence by Mary Oliver, Reclaiming Your Wild Soul by Mary Reynolds Thompson, The Way of the Happy Woman by Sara Avant Stover, Finding the Deep River Within by Abby Seixas and I’m rereading The Griqua Apprentice by Antoinette Pienaar, as South African book on the ancient healing arts of the Karoo.
What are you listening to right now?
A nature sounds CD with the sound of the ocean (I grew up at the coast and have been missing it lately), poet Vigdis Garbarek’s The Daring Deed and music by Melody Gardot.
What is your go-to simple recipe?
Avo, with salt and pepper, plain and simple. I’ve loved it since childhood. If not that, then freshly baked mealie (corn) and rosemary bread, South African style. The aroma of bread baking, especially with rosemary, is always amazing, and it tastes just as good.
What are some simple things you do for self-care?
Self-care is taking an aromatherapy bubble bath in the middle of the day when I’ve had a busy and productive morning. Reflexology and Reiki treatments. Resting when my body needs it. Since I’m working on creating a healthier lifestyle and better eating habits, it’s also come to mean choosing to make a green juice or smoothie despite my cravings for all kinds of other unhealthy things. I’m learning that good health is a choice and I’m trying to give myself that.
What does nourishment look like to you?
Nourishment is such a beautiful word. It reminds me that both my body and my inner essence need to be fed. It reminds me that even something so simple as listening to the flow of my breath can feed me in the most profound way. I am nourished by writing soulful words, steamy cups of herbal tea and sitting by the window to watch the rain on stormy afternoons. Nourishment is filling my home with fresh flowers, candles and comforting cinnamon scents in autumn, trading dreams with my husband under the starry winter sky and the scent of pine corns burning in a wood fire. The sound of ocean waves. Swimming on a summer morning. I am nourished by family, intimate gatherings with good friends, prayer, meditation, poetry and the magic of wild earth.
How do you make space for play?
I get caught up in the seriousness of life a lot. Fortunately, having a husband who is playful, funny and loves to laugh and who helps me to find that balance. We spend time laughing, watching movies and just being silly together. Our rabbit, Yarrow, has also been a great mentor in this regard. She is always so cheerful and ready to play, hop and bolt around. So I cuddle and hop around with her too. Creativity, whether it’s creating sacred spaces/altars, gardening or taking and editing photos allow me space to play for me too.
What are some favorite mantras you cling to?
- Something wonderful is about to happen
- Breathe. Be still. Lean into the healing of the present moment.
- I release this situation/thought. I surrender to what is. I choose to focus on love instead.
- What could I rather focus on to release negativity and raise my vibration right now?
- Sa-Ta-Na-Ma (thanks to Annapurna Living’s 10 Day Meditation eCourse)
Please share some words of wisdom you’ve learned as a direct result of soulful and embodied living.
We are all wild and soulful creatures at heart. My experiences have taught me the significance of figuring out ways to serve that wild essence within so that we allow ourselves to embody it more fully. I’ve discovered that it’s important to make space for everything that is expansive, helps you grow, resonates with your truth and brings your joy. To invite simplicity and experiences that bring you peace and give you a greater sense of personal freedom. Often this means releasing shackles and letting go of whatever diminishes you so that you step into your personal power and live authentically, from your heart-space.
Each breath is an opportunity to become present. Each breath is an opportunity to let go, forgive ourselves and start over. Each moment is an opportunity to return to your inner sanctuary so that your inner being informs how you live. In our minds we complicate things and we forget the truth, but sometimes the most healing thing in any given moment is as basic as breathing in the here and the now.
I once read somewhere (I don’t recall the source) that Mother Earth is an ancient spiritual healer and mentor with 4 billion years’ worth of experience in breathing, living, evolving and being. She is constantly giving to us, imparting her sacred wisdom, sharing her wise and healing gifts. Sometimes just watching her in stillness can remind us of what is inside of us. Like Nature, you too have many precious gifts to offer the world—your dreams, your art, your message—these are your services, all offerings of tremendous value that when given life and afforded their rightful place in the greater scheme of things, restore a healing balance within yourself, your life and in the lives of those who you touch. I keep learning that what we dream has a place, what we do has an effect and it is our birthright to own our space, live authentically and create our little pieces of magic.
Jodi Sky Rogers is an Eco-Intuitive & Writer based in Johannesburg, South Africa, who uses the wisdom of Nature to helps women find deeper spirituality, inspiration, peace, healing and reconnect with their wild feminine soul.She is the author of Wild Essence: Return to the Peace and Freedom of Your Inner Wilderness.