How do you start your day?
My day starts off with my little one crawling into bed with me. She burrows underneath the blankets and tunnels her way through the sheets until she is snuggled up close to my heart. After toasting together for a bit I arise slowly and begin the morning routine to ensure everyone in my family is well fed, and nourished for the day. Once this is done then I have the space to do my morning meditation.
Each day I practice mindful meditation by taking a walk through our property’s forest of coastal redwood trees. Walking mindfully on the earth is a process of directly engaging and communing with your surroundings. I walk in peace, where each footfall is an extension of my gratitude, and where I give back love to the Earth mother. I have placed offering bowls in each of the four directions of our property and every morning I make offerings at each one—this also serves a dual purpose of being nourishment for the woodland creatures.
I close my meditation walk by saying prayers and giving thanks and blessing for the Earth mother, my family, friends, the animals, and all those who are struggling or suffering. By taking this time to ground and gather myself and my energy, I am in a more balanced and calm state of mind to begin the day’s work.
What do you do when you are overwhelmed or stressed?
When I am out of balance I immediately go out into nature. By standing on the Earth mother and feeling the deep thrum of energy rising from her, I breathe and try to calm my heart and mind- this always helps to center myself again. If I am out in a crowd of people and cannot get to a natural space, I try to quiet myself as much as possible, and then examine the source of my stress. I have learned to be gentle with myself, and even in moments of agitation or frustration to stop and listen to whatever voice internally needs to be heard. What thoughts are causing me tension? How can I resolve them? If I can’t, how can I gently release them? I acknowledge my needs and let the destructive thoughts, and feelings pass like clouds in the sky. It has taken time to train myself in this process of not clinging to each of the many thoughts and feelings passing through my mind each day, but it is of great help to restore calm.
What gives you the feeling of true bliss within?
I experience true bliss at the ocean—it is my daily cleansing routine, and I feel restored by the simple act of wading in sea foam with no one around me, the wind whipping my hair, and the occasional animal or bird observing. I also feel blissful while meditating, when I can open up the space inside of me to allow for light and breath, to experience universal trust, and be present in the moment, free of the constraints of time and life. I feel blissful too when I am working on my art, when the channelling comes easily I am creatively inspired, and flowing with energy. Also when my daughter runs up to me and gives me a huge spontaneous hug, or when she slips her hand into mine when we are walking together.
What are you currently reading?
- ‘The Goddesses’ Mirror—Visions of the Divine from East and West’ by David Kinsley
- ‘Junonia’ by Kevin Henkes (for my daughter’s bedtime story)
- ‘Leaving my Father’s House—A Journey to Conscious Femininity’ by Marion Woodman
- ‘Fireflies’ by Rabindranath Tagore
- “The Poetry of Pablo Neruda’ edited by Ilan Stavans
What are you listening to right now?
I love storytellers and weavers so Dream Cafe by Greg Brown gets a lot of play as well as Advaitic Songs by Om. While creating I often work in total silence, but when hammering or sawing in my studio Bach The Goldberg Variations by Glenn Gould is my go to album.
What is your go-to simple recipe?
Vietnamese Pho has always been my comfort food, it was a special treat my mother cooked and prepared each Sunday that I always looked forward to. I make my own Vegetarian version with a simple vegetable stock, adding thick slices of ginger, yellow onion, star anise, black peppercorns, fresh cilantro and basil. Then I add rice noodles and whatever local vegetables are on hand from the Farmer’s market—carrots, kale or peppercress. It changes seasonally and I enjoy that experience of eating rhythmically, nourishing my family in tune with the cycles of nature.
What are some simple things you do for self-care?
I love tiny rituals of self-care that can be employed throughout every day. I smudge my space each morning before I begin working to clear stale energy, and prepare for the new. I make big mugs of warm tea to give me pause and comfort. I love taking care and nourishing my skin with organic body butters, lip balms, and fragrant essential oils which also add the beneficial aspects of aromatherapy. Another form of self-care is to adorn myself in my own work—my gemstone necklaces are made intentionally with specific purposes and in mindful combinations. Depending on what energy is needed for the day I select each one or layer them accordingly, whether it is for protection, healing, or emotional soothing. Each time I slip one of my necklaces over my head I visualize it being a circle of light, and hoop of crystalline energy balancing me and guiding me through the day.
What does nourishment look like to you?
Nourishment to me is about feeding all aspects of our soul. It is having connective friendships with my small but strong network of female friends, eating wholesome food, seeing live music shows, taking long walks in the forest or by the sea, journaling at night, and reading in bed for long hours with mugs of tea nearby. It is also deeply nourishing to me to be able to work creatively, making purposeful and meaningful pieces which resonate with others as well.
How do you make space for play?
My family has a great sense of active play; we love to chase each other around our property, and also at the beach. We play keep away with the waves, or discover and rescue sand crabs that are stranded too high up on the shore. At home we have a lot of pillow fights and tickle sessions! These moments of connection are a source of fun for us but also keep the bond between us strong and well rounded.
What are some favorite mantras you cling to?
Be kind to everyone you meet, and impeccable with your word.
The quieter you become the more you are able to hear.
Sometimes not getting what you want is a true blessing and a gift.
Please share some words of wisdom you’ve learned as a direct result of soulful and embodied living.
I have developed the ability to heed the energy of what occurs around me and listen intently as life tries to teach me. I have learned to ‘back off’ when something doesn’t feel right in my gut—I don’t force a situation if I don’t feel it’s right.
The best wisdom is to live with integrity; be kind to all things so at the end of the day you can look at yourself in the mirror with an open heart. You will see yourself clearly for who you are, and recognize that you are a good person. There is a great wisdom in being grateful for each day and moment—life truly is a precious gift and it goes by so quickly. We all make mistakes and falter at times, but each day is a new start and a chance and opportunity to make things right.
About Kim Wildthorne
Kim is an artist, mother, wife and intuitive spirit who lives a quiet and peaceful life in between the forest and sea of Northern California. A free spirit who once lived and studied art in France, she is a mindful observer of the connections of spirit in daily life, and works to weave these energies into her small range of handmade gemstone jewelry. When taking a break from her jewelry she volunteers her time at her daughter's school and moves through the quiet dust of any bookstore she can reach.