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Namaste ... Welcome to Life Force.

Spring is here, and with it comes extended hours of sunshine. Sowelo represents this energy; the life force and sense of wholeness we feel when the sun warms our body. While this sense may feel temporary, it is not: We are always whole; it is our path to actualize all that we already are. Sowelo is a Rune of great power, making continual life force available that supports us in reaching our greatest potential.

 
Sowelo, Rune of Life Force and The Sun's Energy
  Sowelo, The Rune of Life Force and the Sun's Energy  
 
  When meditating on Sowelo, the counsel is this: It is time to open and share the hidden light of your being that you may be keeping secret. Be wary of people or things that drain your inner sun’s energy, and know that retreating from those situations is a retreat in strength. Bask in the infinite Life Force available to you now, allowing every part of your being to come forward in wholeness.
 

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How Creativity Scientifically Stalls Memory Loss
Transitions by Elizabeth Bryan-Jacobs

I am especially excited to begin sharing the latest research on how creative practices have been proven to help us live longer, healthier lives. Not that living to 100 is something we all aspire to (it’s a personal thing); but if we are going to be around, we may as well feel good – more importantly we may as well remember that we feel good.  

We have all noticed it – might have been at 32, 42, or 52, but somewhere along the way we opened a cabinet and forgot what we were looking for.  Or, the elusive car keys became so hard to find that we adopted the “always put it in the exact same spot” rule for nearly everything that needs to be handy. The good news is that it doesn’t have to all go downhill rapidly – in fact, protecting your memory can be a whole lot of fun. Here’s a something worth remembering:
 
Creativity protects our brains from aging: Translation? Less Memory Loss.
 
According to a Mayo Clinic study, people who engage in art activities (painting, drawing and sculpting; crafts, like woodworking, pottery, ceramics, quilting, quilling and sewing) in middle and old age may delay cognitive decline in very old age.  To quote: “Our study supports the idea that engaging the mind may protect neurons, or the building blocks of the brain, from dying, stimulate growth of new neurons, or may help recruit new neurons to maintain cognitive activities in old age” (American Academy of Neurology, 2015).
 
In other words, whether you decide to sing (regularly) in the shower, paint with your kids, garden, cook, knit or sculpt, know that these joyful experiences not only have benefits in the moment, but they are moments you will definitely remember.
 
Creatively Yours,
 
 
 
  Next Month  
 
 
 
Next Month: The Rune Mannaz
 
 
Next month, we will embrace Mannaz, the Rune of the Self. Meanwhile, may Sowelo remind you to let your own sunshine in.

Blessings,

Elizabeth Bryan-Jacobs
 
 
 
About Elizabeth Bryan-Jacobs
 
Elizabeth Bryan-Jacobs
  Elizabeth Bryan-Jacobs has been a nationally recognized Earthworks Artist and Creative Behaviorist for over three decades. She specializes in awakening the creative process in individuals through proprietary practices that integrate spirit, science and nature. The result is an enduring, personalized toolbox for transforming life experience into life success, providing an abiding sense of joy along with a newfound freedom of expression that arises from living authentically.
 
 
 
 
 
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