i don't know if you read the fluent self. if you do, you might be familiar with havi's metaphor technique. we use metaphors all the time (like "time flies"); her technique helps us use them deliberately in a way that's helpful for you.
so .. back when i was still at the day job, and at one of havi's events, i came up with a metaphor for my business using her technique. i don't love the word business - the qualities that spring to mind are dull and colorless and boring and i think of people trying to be all business-like - so i thought it would be useful to have a metaphor.
i wrote down all the qualities and aspects that i wanted my business to embody. the list included things like flexibility, steadiness, unexpected bonuses, writing, creativity, love, kindness, photography, spirituality, in control, variety, freedom, color, silliness, fun, time to play, movement, dog-friendly, time to rest, nature, beauty, solitude, happy people, stillness, delight, hugs, taking care of ourselves & each other & the planet, health, joy, compassion, giving, sharing ..
then, i looked at everything on the list, and asked myself what they reminded me of.
the first image that came to mind was a circus. except i am not a fan of circuses - the thought of animals confined in small cages and forced to do silly tricks makes me sad - and many people don't like clowns. clearly that wasn't it.
the next image that came to mind was the wanderlust yoga & music festival. it's a four-day festival in lake tahoe that includes yoga + music + dance + art. i was so excited at the idea that i squealed with delight. it was absolutely the right metaphor.
and it still is. i think it is the best metaphor ever. part of my mission is to create space for people to pause and see the beauty in and around them. to that end, i do believe in the power of a festival (or retreat, since wanderlust is really a yoga retreat + music festival) to take people outside of the ordinary for a moment and fill them with beauty and love and joy and connection so that they go back into the ordinary taking more of those things with them.
now, i want to actually attend the festival someday.
p.s. i am reusing a yogi photo of atlas, in color this time, just because it makes me laugh.
p.p.s. speaking of business: first, in case you're wondering about the whole reiki thing, i wrote a post titled (everything) i think about reiki. second, in case you were interested in the postcards from heaven, i am doing a smaller session from october - march and it's now open for registration.