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Guest post: Jamie Ridler

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For me, 2011 is going to be kind of a “go big, or go home” sorta year. I started with Dance n Doodle journey, and now I’m dreaming up e-books, courses, and tons of creative endeavours. Hope you can join me!

If you are a blogger or write in any way, you know how important it is to inject different perspectives into your work. For me, that’s having guest posts here at Meditative Arts.

I’ve invited some of my fave creative and wellness peeps to inspire you to add balance, fun, and juiciness to your life.

My first guest is Jamie Ridler of Jamie Ridler Studios, who I had the pleasure of meeting in Nov 2010.

She will definitely inspire you today!

My interview with Jamie

How do you define wellness?

For me, wellness is about being and feeling vibrantly alive, feeling full of energy and ready to say a resounding, “YES!” to all the gorgeousness that beckons.

What’s included in your wellness routine (how do you balance work, play, life)?

To say I have a wellness routine would be, well, *ahem*, a bit of an overstatement. Having said that, there are definitely some things that I have discovered are absolutely essential to my well-being.

  • Moving my body. Dance is the best gift I can give my body and spirit. It keeps me connected to who I am and reminds me that I am alive, alive, alive! I’m also a huge fan of Nia, which is a barefoot movement practice that is rooted in joy and celebrates our uniqueness. And last year I surprised the heck out of myself by taking up running. I am not an athlete but the freedom of being able to walk out the door and run rocks. Plus, I love houses and this gives me a chance to check in with my neighbourhood and feel like a part of it. I love that.
  • Creating. A while back I did a year-long program in the foundations of expressive arts. When it was finished, I found myself getting grumpier and grumpier. My sister made the connection: “Do you think that has anything to do with no longer having a regular creative outlet?” Bingo! If I’m not expressing my creative spirit, I’m like a machine deprived of oil. I just get crankier and crankier until I’m no good to anybody!
  • Writing/Talking. I’m one of those people who understands her thoughts by expressing them. My brain can get so full that it’s just messy in there, so it’s really important that I have a regular practice of journaling and also of connecting with friends, loved ones and colleagues so that I can talk through what’s in my heart and on my mind.
  • Walking. I know this is technically moving my body but it’s really more of a meditation practice for me. I work at home so getting out into the world, moving through the world, listening to the birds, saying hi to the cats, seeing everyone’s gardens grow, that helps me breathe and gives me perspective.

Imagine your most frazzled day. Which of these would you rather do/have to relax: hot bath, hang out with friends, dance, meditation, chocolate?

I definitely need some of what I call “chair and stare” time. Just cozying up on the couch or in a comfy chair and decompressing. Then chocolate. Then out to dinner with my honey.

Many of us struggle with adding and/or keeping wellness & balance in our lives. What mindset has been helpful for you?

To understand that my wellness choices are an act of love. Being loving is not a chore. It is a gift. I’m not always consistent with my self-care, nor do I always make ‘smart’ choices but I do choose love as a practice when it comes to life and to my well-being. I really appreciate my body and I want to show that through my actions. One of my deepest values is “life” and I know whenever I do anything that supports my wellness, I am honouring that value.

What’s your word for 2011?

Instead of a word, I’ve chosen the infinity symbol. One half of the symbol belongs to me; the other half belongs to the Universe. On my side, the rise of the symbol is the inhale, receiving fully all that comes my way. Then it’s time to ground those gifts, bring that energy down to the earth. Next it’s time to create and then to send that creation out into the world where it finds its way into the Universe’s circle and that’s where the magic can happen. That’s my inspiration for the year.

Check out Jamie Ridler Studios if you wanna find out more about Jamie and her work.

Thanks for being here! See you next week if you wanna find out whatelse’s been bubbling at Meditative Arts.

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  • Jennifer hicks January 24, 2011, 4:24 pm

    Thanks for being so inspiring in a Monday morning Jamie and Michelle!

  • Michelle January 24, 2011, 4:38 pm

    Glad you like it, Jennifer. Let’s spread that inspiration around today!

  • Sally January 24, 2011, 6:49 pm

    Great interview! I’m not sure how I’d answer these questions – and know that I’ll be thinking about that for awhile.

    For me, Quiet is so important for my well-being ~ and even, solitude. More and more of my Inner Hermit emerges as time goes on – though I am remaining mindful of the need for connection to the world outside of my Self.

    I’m also thinking that I’d better move ‘keep the garden tidy/beautiful’ a little higher up on the priority list ~ who knew that people actually took in such things while replenishing themselves? I certainly don’t want to bring down their moment.

    And finally, I’ve never said ‘Hi’ to a cat either. It seems that I actually do need to leave the house more often. Thank you Jamie and Michelle …

  • Michelle January 24, 2011, 7:38 pm

    You’re very welcome, Sally!

  • Paula - Buenos Aires January 26, 2011, 3:49 am

    Inspiring. Makes you want to go and move. :)

  • Michelle January 26, 2011, 3:18 pm

    It really does! Hope you get to move the way you wanna today.

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