- The air we breathe, the wind that blows around us, the Earth that we walk upon, the lives of others around us, the most intimate things of our lives, are the place of our sleep or of our awakening. ~ Jack Kornfield
Nola and I met in September of 2009 at the SoulCollage® Facilitators’ Training in the mountains of Los Gatos, California. We were part of an amazing group of 20 women from all over the world who gathered for a three-day intensive to learn how to facilitate the rich and creative process of SoulCollage®. Trained by founder, Seena Frost, and co-trainers Kylea Taylor and Kat Kirby, we spent our time together rolling in the deep, as Adele sings it, making cards and learning how to facilitate this unique process with diverse populations for healing and life guidance. It was one of those rare bonding and nourishing experiences that I’ll never forget. Nola and I have stayed in touch and I consider her a kindred spirit when it comes to beauty, simplicity and reverence. She is honest and real, and I am honored to share her thoughts on reverence with you.
Briefly, what are your thoughts on reverence as it pertains to the world today?
The concept of reverence brings on an instantaneous serenity in me, and a big message from the ether that says, slow down and appreciate this, respect this. “Serenity”, “slow”, “appreciate”, and “respect” are not at the top of the agenda in most of the world today, and in MY day-to-day, I let them slide too. I am masterful at multi-tasking, and in the wreckage of this “talent”, I lose so many precious moments and get really sloppy about fitting in my most revered practices. I am mortified to admit this publicly, but in order to get in a few Hatha yoga poses in the evening, I often do them while listening to political news as if I’m at the gym.
What are one or two ways that you practice reverence regularly?
I have given myself permission to set aside a couple of hours of really special time on either Saturday or Sunday each week. I start with some chi gung (moving meditation) to get balanced and centered. I then come up with a question—if something big is going on I formulate a question around that, if not, I simply ask what I should pay attention to during the upcoming week. My sources for guidance on my question are the I Ching and my SoulCollage® cards (I consult both each time). I then journal about the guidance I have received.
Next, it is time for the best part-—having tea with God. I make myself a cup of tea, sit in my grandmother Nummie’s old rocking chair (who I adored), share a bit about how I feel, express gratitude, and then just sit in peace to listen to the silence and the profound wisdom of that.
At the beginning of each season, I honor the intrinsic nature of that season by creating a flower mandala on my dining room table. With that as my “hearth”, I do a space clearing of my home (based on the 5 Chinese elements) with the intention of blessing the space with the particular spirit of that season. For example, spring can be new growth, summer—expansion, autumn—transformation, and winter—introspection. My space clearing process can be found on my website under “Articles”.
Another regular practice is centered on simply paying attention to the details of the natural world. I have taken up macro-photography and writing Haiku poetry. I can spend hours just sitting in my little garden noticing all of the activity and all of the beauty, and honoring it with my words and images. It is not about coming up with excellent art (though I try), but about noticing and being amazed. This practice has really enlivened my perceptive abilities, and allowed me to savor the subtle details of nature in my day-to-day life.
What advice can you give my humble readers for becoming more reverent?
To me, reverence is very tied to my senses. As I see, listen to, touch, taste, and smell the miraculous around me, as I notice, I connect to the appreciation and respect I feel for it all. (My deeply engrained cynicism starts to dissipate!)
Reverence comes from paying attention to what I love.
Nola has been studying and practicing environmental psychology since 1974. She received her certification in Essential Feng Shui™ through the Western School of Feng Shui™ in 1999. She subsequently studied with Nancilee Wydra, William Spear, and Denise Linn, incorporating the wisdom from their diverse philosophies in her unique approach to space design.
Nola has been a trained SoulCollage® Facilitator since 2009, learning from the creator, Seena B. Frost.
Nola’s business is Wood Wind and Water. She does personal consultations and holds workshops on Restorative Feng Shui, SoulCollage® and a combination of the two. Curiosity keeps the study continuous and the ideas fresh. She can be contacted at: