Monthly Archives: November 2017

CSP #22: Sacred Storytelling with Leah Lamb

Leah Lamb, studied with many masters of story in theater, film, as well as Neighborhood playhouse school of theater and received a masters in social work. She has produced documentaries, PSA’s and interactive theater events. Her work focuses on strengthening  communities, and creates unique gatherings where participants can explore the mythic forms while exploring their consciousness. Leah created the storytelling ceremony, a place where complex social issues are addressed such as The Story of The Witch, and She Rises, A New Creation Story for a New Paradigm.  Lamb is committing to using story to meet the moment of the times we are living in, and views stories as the vehicle to explore the world we are living in.

For seven years she worked as a wilderness guide with youth with youth at risk. Her storytelling has taken on several mediums, including launching the Green Channel at the Emmy award winning television network, Current TV, and has written about the environment for National Geographic News Watch, Planet Green, Huffington Post Spirituality & Health Magazine and Fast Company.  Lamb is a graduate of the 13 Moon Mystery School, and is a scholar at the Orphan Wisdom School, and is the creator of Soul Stories, a form of mystical storytelling that allows for people to explore their archetypal structure and examine their lives through the metaphors presented in the mythic landscape from a one of a kind story created just for them.

CSP #21: The Art of Appreciation with Mike Robbins

Mike Robbins is the author of four books, Focus on the Good StuffBe Yourself Everyone Else is Already TakenNothing Changes Until You Do, and, Bring Your Whole Self to Work. He’s a former pro baseball player whose playing career ended due to an injury.  For the past 17 years, he’s been a sought-after motivational speaker who delivers keynotes and seminars to groups of all kinds.  Some of his clients include Google, Wells Fargo, eBay, Schwab, Gap, and the San Francisco Giants.  He and his work have been featured in Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, as well as on ABC News and the Oprah radio network.  Since 2008 he has been a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and his books have been translated into fourteen different languages.  For more information about Mike and his work, visit www.Mike-Robbins.com.

It’s my birthday week + I have a gift for you.

I’ve been craving the real lately… the in-person, the things I can touch with my hands, the things that are not mediated by a screen or a device. I can see you nodding your heads out there, right?

Once or twice a year I go back to my roots and get busy making superhero jewelry. Colorful beads that look like hard candy sit in bowls on my desk, thick sterling silver wire gets bent with pliers… and all the while, podcasts and music flow in the background. It’s my bliss -one of the places I find deep joy and nourishment.

My joy is also in sharing them! And seeing them on friends like on my friend Monica above… who was kind enough to model the earth necklace for me last night on our hike.

BIG BIRTHDAY SALE! $40 off this week only.

Get $40 off this week only. Below is a brand new design modeled by the gorgeous Mati McDonough. She even inspired the design… gorgeous pastel sorbet colors that resemble her paintings. 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/superhero?coupon=BIRTHDAYMAGIC

 

 

There’s a lot of love out there.

On my last day in Bali this May (after teaching a workshop) I let myself go for it and feel utterly sorry for myself. Tears poured down my face and into my tea. I was remembering that the year before (also when I was returning home from Bali) the man I had been dating hadn’t arranged to pick me up at the airport. In fact, he had made plans with a “new friend” and when I called him from arrivals he mentioned that maybe he might be free to see me the following week. The following week! after I had been gone for so long. Ouch. I put the phone down, cried on the curb, and waited for a Lyft driver to come get me.

“And now this time,” I wept to my new friend Michelle, “the guy I’m seeing doesn’t even know I’m coming home! He never even asked what day I arrive… what’s wrong with me?”

Then we discovered that we were actually arriving at SFO within 30 minutes of each other. “My boyfriend will pick us both up!” she exclaimed.

I felt grateful… and also awash in shame. I felt pathetic. Needy. Third wheel to her romantic airport reunion.

I found her man in arrivals before Michelle got through customs. He was dressed up, wearing a green button down shirt and a bright smile. “Are you E?” I asked. He beamed. “Yes!” and thrust a bouquet of sunflowers into my hands.

I burst into tears, totally caught off guard. “Thank you..” I choked as I hugged him. “No one should arrive home from such a long journey and not be met with flowers at the gate,” he told me. And then I couldn’t speak because I had to keep crying and so he put his arms around me while we waited for Michelle.

“There’s a lot of love out there!” a friend told me recently, after describing her very unsatisfying marriage, “and I intend to get it!” And I’ve thought of this a lot lately. There’s a lot of love out there…

Sometimes we think it needs to come from one particular person, or it doesn’t count if it comes from someone else’s boyfriend. But that love, the love in those sunflowers, from a man I’ve never met, went straight to my heart. His love for Michelle that made him want to do something kind for me… and in this way I got to have it too.

It’s my birthday today.

And there is some part of my mind that wants to tell me that things should be different. That my life should look a certain way. That love should be coming to me in a different form. That my life is broken. Or that I am.

But here’s the truth: I woke up today to a flurry of love notes on Facebook and even a tribute from my friend and mentor SARK. Friends and family called. My Wild Writing class (led by Laurie Wagner) will arrive at my house soon and we will tell our sacred stories. My house is warm and quiet and candlelit and surrounded by redwood trees. My girlfriends will make me dinner tonight and we’ll laugh and watch the finale of Project Runway.

There’s a lot of love out there indeed… but there’s also a lot of love in here now. Self-love has been showing up in so many ways lately. Today it’s in receiving all the kindness, all the love that is available to me, in all its forms. It’s love arising in me. It’s love moving through me. It’s not someone giving it to me so much as me being willing/open to being a receptor of love. SARK honored me this morning by saying, “Andrea is one of those rare souls who sees with love eyes and goes into the dark and illuminates it.”

I am learning to do the most important work of my life – to see myself through the lens of love. To go into my own darkness with love eyes and illuminate it.

Thank you all for being in my world!
Andrea

P.S. The BIG superhero necklace sale continues for a few more days! Get $40 off anything in my Etsy store.