One that stands out in my mind is seeing The Nutcracker as a child and being captivated with the magical winter glimmer of the trees and curtains behind the ballerinas that transported me into this enchanted world.
This winter I have been thinking a lot about the backdrop of our lives. I have committed to having a clear vision of what my backdrop will be and everyday I weave a little more magic into it. The Merrium-Webster Dictionary defines backdrop as the setting or conditions from which something (like your life) happens. I think of my backdrop as the magical fuel that infuses my day.
I always relied on special events to create my backdrop. I realized that I needed circumstances such as planning my wedding or anxiously awaiting the birth of my daughters to bring me joy and missed many of the smaller moments along the way. But this year has been different. I have consciously delved into my authentic self by beginning to listen to the little whispers of my soul that I had shelved for so many years. These messages offer a reminder of my interests and callings. Many of these elements stem from childhood that I dismissed as eccentric, silly, or having no business in my practical life.
A process unfolded by which even more than remembering my true nature I began to honour it. The hidden blessing from a healing journey infused with yoga set the stage for me returning home to myself. This has not been easy. There has been a lot of self-evaluation, doubt, and fear but I listened to the callings as they became too strong to ignore. My backdrop had been packed away for so long but as I unfolded it small epiphanies led to bigger ones and beautiful synchronicity began to confirm my tentative steps forward. I was becoming the "creative" I always was.
Here’s what I know…I am a magical woman…a "creative" and a mystic. The more I have honoured these aspects of myself the more I see these elements manifest in my life. This has become my backdrop and there is no turning back.
So this winter there hasn’t been a wedding or the birth of a child. Yet metaphorically I have married my life and and have celebrated my rebirth. In the deep, deep freeze of winter I am aware of the light and beauty surrounding us. Somehow, in the mix of darkness and fear, along the way I looked to my backdrop in every moment.
You will begin to notice how your backdrop influences your life. It can be the ice on the trees, a child’s smile when you are feeling stressed, or a candle when the power goes out. And you, the set designer in charge, welcome the elements of magic and beauty.
Ideas for reconnecting to your backdrop and creating some magic:
~ Ask yourself what you loved to do as a child
~ Participate in activities that you enjoy
~ Read books that inspire you
~ Reconnect with nature
~ Create a collage with images you gravitate to
~ Live in the moment