April 2020: Spring Blooms

April 2020: Spring Blooms
By Christina Wilke-Burbach PhD, RMT, CA
Mind, Soul, and Self LLC

My PhotoBlog: I have come to understand, true ways to heal spiritually, psychologically and emotionally are non-verbal: through art, music, movement, meditative states, and bodywork/energy work. The language of the soul/psyche is symbols, images, colors, vibrations, sensations, and patterns; we communicate this non-verbally. I have been on an incredible personal growth journey of my own the past few years into the world of art. I have become very involved with John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) in Sheboygan, WI. I am the chair of the JMKAC Indoor Gardens, a member of the Friends of the Arts Council, and a museum docent (teacher/tour guide). I try to take a new art class every month. I started joining my artist husband in his art studio to paint and experiment with making art. Coincidentally, my old office space was located in an art gallery and my current office space is in an entire building of art studios. My preferred social media has become Instagram. I try to post a new photograph every day. I have enjoyed experimenting with art and photography as ways to express myself. So I have decided to have a photoblog to complement this personal and professional journey that I am on.


April 2020 Photo Blog: Right now, the World is in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The whole month of March slipped right by me. It was a month of uncertainty, fear, panic, and anxiety as I temporarily shut the doors of my physical business location until Safer at Home orders expire and the public health situation improves.  Its like time stood still as it simultaneously sped up. As we moved into April, I started adjusting to this new normal, almost enjoying it in a way. Nature is very active this month as it continues waking up from winter slumber. I feel the birds and animals are also more lively right now with less human interference since many of us are sheltered in our homes.  In fact, right now as I write this, I hear coyotes outside in our yard! We live in the city limits! Many cities are reporting bears, wolves, coyotes, etc venturing into residential areas since there are fewer humans around. Pollution is less and the air is clearing up.  Nature will always win. This is an auspicious time to be alive. I do believe there is a great spiritual shift happening right now and on a deeper level, something for the higher good of all will come out of our current situation. Spending time out in my garden this month, my observation is, that while humans survive, nature thrives. We are all stuck at home hoarding our toilet paper while nature is blooming. My photo blog this month is titled Spring Blooms. My questions for you to ponder this month, What is the silver lining in our current situation for you?  How can this help you thrive? Remember the metaphor of the lotus, the flower representative of the spiritual journey….it grows through the muck and murky, dirty water to transcend and float above it, a gorgeous flower.  Sometimes we need difficult experiences in order to shine. ~Light, Love, and Blessings. Stay safe and healthy this month. Christina~

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