4 Steps to Freedom

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We’re all searching for a natural sense of freedom, right? Maybe you call it inner peace or happiness.

It’s a sense of being deeply connected to yourself, others and life. It’s a sense of being free being yourself. Being accepted, loved and feeling that you belong, just as you are.

It’s having confidence to enjoy the process of experiencing, exploring and expressing who you are, what you love and what you are here for as you journey through life.

In this video Mironel de Wilde and I chat about what holds us back and keeps us disconnected, and 4 steps to reconnecting to this natural state of freedom. These have emerged from personal experiences and what has worked so powerfully in our own lives as we choose again and again our unique paths to personal freedom.

Freedom comes when you are willing and daring enough to meet yourself fully, to embody and to authentically express all that you are. 

When you do there is a sense of aliveness, charisma and depth to your presence, and life and relationships become incredibly enjoyable.

SO WHAT HOLDS YOU BACK FROM BEING FREE?

Is it staying busy and distracted by everything outside of you? Is it trying to be like others or some ideal?

Is it fear of what you might encounter within yourself and that you would not like or know how to deal with it?

Or are you afraid to be unloveable, to be judged, rejected or abandoned if you share vulnerably all that you are?

Is it easier and more confortable to stay disconnected from yourself at some level?

WARNING! THERE IS A BIG COST TO STAYING DISCONNECTED!

Staying disconnected from your deepest, most authentic self, means that it’s impossible to experience the fullness of your being, the fullness of life and relationships. It keeps you locked out of living your unique purpose.

If that doesn’t sound like what you want, then we feel there are 4 key steps to reconnecting and experiencing your true natural state of freedom.

4 STEPS TO FREEDOM

Bear in mind that every one of these can be a profound journey of self-exploration and self-revealing, and they can take time to really go deep. We often need support and guidance in this process. All healing and awakening has its right time and cannot be forced.

  1. RELAX

    Relax, slow down, and rest. Connect to your body. Create space to let go, release tension and stress, and to be still.

  2. FEEL

    Feel all that is there to be felt. This is often the stage we want to avoid, as it can be uncomfortable. It’s about listening deeply within to feel your physical body, emotions and energy, and to become aware of the ‘crazy’ thinking mind.

  3. ADOPT RADICAL SELF-COMPASSION 

    Adopt radical self-compassion to help you move through the discomfort and confusion, to release conditioning, limiting beliefs and outside influences, and to embrace your full range of emotions and the intensity of being human.

  4. ACCESS YOUR OWN AUTHENTIC TRUTH

    Access your own authentic truth. Once life-force energy is flowing freely in you again you start to feel empowered to express yourself, experience more life in your body, make inspired choices (from within), and engage with others in a more real, compassionate and authentic way.

 

AUTHENTICITY BECOMES CONTAGIOUS!

When you meet others authentically from who you are, you are supporting them to be themselves, and authenticity becomes contagious!!

We then start to live in a world where we enjoy and recognise the value and beauty of our uniqueness. We start loving each other and supporting each other to be great.

Now that is the world I want to live in!

 

EXPERIENCE THIS IN PRACTICE

Mironel de Wilde and I are using these 4 steps as the foundation for ReConnect: Ibiza Bliss, a 7-day Transformational Retreat. Join us this July for an amazing transformational journey on the magical island of Ibiza!

ReConnect – Ibiza Bliss! A 7-day Transformational Retreat

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I am super excited to announce “ReConnect: Ibiza Bliss“, a 7-day transformational retreat from 1 – 7 July 2017.

I have invited my dear friend, inspirational teacher, walking his talk (or rather embodying his talk) awakened man, Mironel de Wilde, to join me to create something that is going to be, quite simply, a-maz-ing! Read more about Mironel here.

Mironel and I come together around our absolute passion for authentic, empowered, compassionate and inspired living. We are committed to personal journeys of self-discovery, with a common thread that has led us both through Yoga, Sacred Bodywork, Tantra, Shamanism and Circle. Our other passion is sharing this journey.

It feels so natural to bring our complimentary palette of practices, experiences and approaches together.

In this video you can ‘meet’ Mironel and hear us sharing about the retreat. Yes, we are excited!

ReConnect: Ibiza Bliss is not your typical yoga holiday. We are combining everything we’ve got (that’s a tonne of experience and tools) to create a life-transforming and liberating experience, inviting you to consciously, deeply relax and let go, tune in and expand from within into your authentic power.

We want you to go home embodying this experience as your new reality.

Are you ready to unplug from technology, and reconnect to You?! 
Are you ready to let go of the busyness, stress, and fears holding you back?
Are you ready to release energy-sapping doubt and habits, and open up to more love and life?

This retreat combines self-nurturing, personal empowerment, compassionate connecting, and healthy living.

We have the perfect place for this!! We’ll be staying in a Luxury Villa, close to the beautiful natural beaches of Ibiza’s North coast. Check out the photos.

We will be served natural vegan and vegetarian (pure love) food by the incredibly talented and inspired Mar Talavera. Learn more about her SoulKithcen vision here.

Our aim is that you go home feeling:

  • rested, relaxed and free being You.
  • connected to your body, your heart and your inner wisdom.
  • empowered with a toolkit of practices to stay centred and joyful.
  • confident to make inspired decisions and surf the waves of life.
  • more open to conscious, compassionate connection with others.

Find all the retreat details and logistics here.

If you are ready to commit straight away, there is a EURO 150 discount until 28 April !!!

To reserve your place email me: georgina.peard@gmail.com

 

Ah! So there it is. ReConnect: Ibiza Bliss is open for you if you’re feeling called and ready to….

Listen Deeply, Live Courageously, & Love Fiercely. I’m looking forward to sharing this with you.

Please do say hi and share in the comments below.
Love, Georgina xxx

Sacred Feminine: 20 Great Books

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I have promised many of you to put together a reading list for books I recommend related to the Sacred Feminine and what it means to be an educated, conscious, loving and empowered woman in her female body today.

Now this list is quite wide reaching. It includes some easy reads for those touching the subject, and some more intense reads for those of you really committing to the Sacred Feminine path.

There are some Yogic, some Tantric and some Shamanic reads, reflecting mythology, energy and consciousness. There are some that reflect history and science, and some focusing on the physical body, hormones, menstrual cycle and menopause, sexuality and wellbeing.

They are in no specific order really and I’ll admit that I have not managed to read all of these books yet. There are many other books than influence and inspire me as a woman but I don’t categorise as Sacred Feminine. I also don’t have any books focused on sacred pregnancy or mothering in here (reflection of my own interests!)

This is a start. Based on your inputs I’ll be happy to add and improve the list.

So here goes:

  1. The Book of SHE
    Your Heroine’s Journey into the Heart of Feminine Power, by Sara Avant Stover
  2. The Path of the Priestess
    Discover your Divine Purpose, co-authored Rose Cole and others
  3. Woman Code
    Perfect Your Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge your Sex Drive and Become a Power Source, by Alisa Vitti
  4. Goddesses Never Age
    The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality and Wellbeing, by Dr. Christiane Northrup
  5. Pussy – A Reclamation
    by Regina Thomashauer
  6. Vagina – A New Biography
    A new biography, by Naomi Wolf
  7. Awakening Shakti
    The Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga, by Sally Kempton
  8. Womb Wisdom
    Awakening the Creative and Forgotten Powers of the Feminine, by Padma and Anaiya Aon Prakasha
  9. The Power of Shakti
    18 Pathways to Ignite the Energy of the Divine Woman, by Padma Aon Prakasha
  10. Wild Power
    Discover the Magic of Your Menstrual Cycle and Awaken the Feminine Path to Power, by Alexandra Pope
  11. Women Who Run With the Wolves
    Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype, by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  12. Kissing the Hag
    The Dark Goddess and the Unacceptable Nature of Women, by Emma Restall Orr
  13. Wild Feminine
    Finding Power, Spirit and Joy in the Female Body, by Tami Lynn Kent
  14. Embodying the Feminine
    Life Lessons and Practices for Awakening Women, by Chameli Armagh
  15. Warrior Goddess Training
    Become the Woman You are Meant to Be, by Heatherash Amara
  16. The Multi-Orgasmic Woman
    How any woman can Experience Multiple Orgasms and Dramatically Enhance Her Sexual Relationship, by Mantak Chia and Rachel Carlton Abrams
  17. Tantric Orgasm for Women
    by Diana Richardson
  18. Dear Lover
    A Woman’s Guide to Men, Sex, and Love’s Deepest Bliss, by David Deida
  19. Dakini Power
    Twelve Extraordinary Women Shaping the Transmission of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, by Michaela Haas
  20. Crossing to Avalon
    A Woman’s Midlife Pilgrimage, by Jean Shined Bolen

 

Agree? Disagree? What are your favourites?
What books have inspired you on the Sacred Feminine? and Why?

Let’s share and improve this List.

I’d love to hear about any french titles/translations too and I’ll put them together in a future post.

 

Happy reading and remember to:

Listen deeply
Live courageously
Love fiercely

With love,
Georgina xxx

Interview with Mira Dakini: Connecting to your feminine essence Shakti.

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In this fun conversation I chat with my beautiful Swedish Shakti sister, Mira Dakini, about what Shakti means to her and how she connects to her womb wisdom and her wild and free feminine essence. I started our conversation in a fit of giggles, so funny!!

Mira will be in Switzerland this weekend, 25-26 March 2017, joining me for the following offerings for women:

There are a few spaces left on Sunday. Sign up via this link.

In this 20-minute interview we chat about:

  • Mira’s personal path through more masculine approaches to the body and spirituality to becoming more embodied in her feminine essence by creating Shakti Temple Yoga.
  • Some of my journey coming from a Catholic convent schooling with a lot of shame around my female body and feminine sensuality, and the freedom that has come through opening up to a Tantric Shakti approach to trusting my body and how she wants to move.
  • What Shakti and Womb Wisdom mean and how they feel to us.
  • How they make a difference in our lives.
  • The power of coming together in sisterhood, in sacred space with other women.
  • Why you would want to join us this weekend.
  • And we even get our Shakti activated just talking about it all online!!!!

Enjoy and please do share your questions and comments and what moves in you while listening.

 

How You show Me how to be a better Me – reflections from the Rest to Rise Retreat

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I am just back from my 3-day Rest to Rise Retreat up in the French Jura. I can’t believe I’ve been running these retreats now since 2011, sometimes 4 times a year, and every single time it’s different and every single time I grow.

I am feeling so blessed and grateful right now. I am reminded of who I want to be.

Again and again, I am blown away by what happens on these retreats.

The people who show up, and I mean really show up, are like mirrors, reflecting back to me my fears and my pains, my self-doubt and confusion, my shadow and my light, my beauty, my strength, and my longing to live a Great life.

They are a direct reflection of my humanity and my divinity, standing before me, looking directly in my eyes.

Wow! That can feel really vulnerable at times, and really inspiring and empowering too.

I am reminded that when I show up, when I relax into being myself, fully, and when I open up to listen and share with others, I realise I have so much in common with pretty much everyone.

We each have our personal struggles and painful life experiences. We each have our crazy, monkey, self-doubting mind. We each have our shame, limiting beliefs and patterns that we’ve made our identity and that hold us back. We have our resistance to the very thing we long for the most. We each have incredible inner resources, wisdom, longing and love.

And how relieving it is to know that I am only human after all!!

Do you ever (unconsciously) run the story that your issues and problems are so unique or shameful that nobody would understand or want to hear them? Funny, isn’t it how we can alienate and separate ourselves ?

In Buddhism, Hinduism and original yogic texts, this illusion of separation is called Avidya – ignorance – and is said to be a root cause of our suffering (Dukha).

So, this past weekend in the French Jura, we took time to create space, to be still and silent, to release tension and to open up. Naturally this lead us to being more able to feel our bodies and our emotions, and to notice the stream of thoughts running through our minds. Some of them positive, some are really not.

Approaching all of this with the ‘right attitude’ is key.

When we support each other to do this with respect, patience, humility, compassion, and curiosity, then true wisdom flows forth. I just love hearing this wisdom emerge from each person as if it were being delivered on a silver platter for me!

The amazing thing is that every time someone shares how they are feeling and what is going on for them – no matter how big their pain, or uncomfortable their story, or wacky their vision is – it is so easy to love them.

As I hear, see and love them exactly as they are, in their pain and in their joy, without needing to give fix or advise or compete, I am loving myself even more in all my chaotic, neurotic, perfect messiness.

The more real and raw they are, the more present I am with my heart and the more alive I feel.

In truth, I yearn for this authenticity. I yearn for this radically real human connection and community. I yearn to show up in this way in life and be met there.

And the incredible thing is that just by creating this relaxed, loving space together, and allowing the space to reveal whatever wants to be revealed, with no push or pull, what gradually emerges is access to our innate sources of energy, joy, inner peace and love.

Inspiration bubbles up. We start to feel free again.

We are ready to rise up again, but now connected to a core and unlimited sense of Self.

 

Here are some other lessons and reflections I got from spending 3 days with an awesome group of people on the Rest to Rise Retreat: 

  • I am responsible for my life, my health and my happiness.
  • It is my choice to live an inspired and sacred life, aligned with my own truth.
  • I have full control of the energy in body. There is infinite supply of energy in the universe. When I release blockages and tension in my body I can access, channel and be a unique expression of this abundant life force.
  • You are a reflection of me, and I am a reflection of you. By loving you, I am loving me. By loving me, I am loving you.
  • Space, stillness and silence are hugely healing and nourishing, and help me go beyond the crazy chatter of the mind to a deeper, wiser connection with my true nature. Wisdom, clarity, peace of mind, connection and creativity naturally arise.
  • Nature reveals her loving wisdom in powerful and surprising ways when I take quality time and create my own unique relationship with her, really listening to her and trusting her.
  • I choose to create and seek out safe space whereby I can feel my emotions and be seen and felt and heard there by others, without fixing or advising. This unlocks stuck energy and liberates the flow of innate joy.
  • I choose to follow my own path and let others follow their path. I trust that my higher Self is going to guide me and I am going to be open to receive her guidance and abundance.
  • I choose to be in my body, and to feel all there is to feel in this human body.
  • I choose to live in the present moment.
  • Showing up fully is a choice and requires inspired action to share my vulnerable truth.
  • Movement, sound and breath help move energy and emotion (energy in motion) and can transform any moment. Authentic movement, sound and breath arise naturally from within, and connect me to my inner power and resources.
  • I acknowledge that feeling stuck, or disappointed, or uncomfortable, or disconnected is very much part of the awakening and transformational path. I just need to be awake enough in these moments to bring love, understanding and patience.
  • Knowing how good it feels to be deeply connected to myself and to others, I choose to be disciplined and courageous in taking inspired action to reconnect and to feel all there is to be felt, when I find myself closing down, resisting or disconnecting.

I shared some videos on Facebook during the retreat, so you can check them out there.

Join me on a Rest to Rise Retreat in Ibiza!

The next Rest to Rise Retreat will be the longer luxury version in Ibiza in July 2017!!!! Woohoo! I can’t wait. Check out all the details for Rest to Rise Luxury Ibiza here. 

 

 

25 ways to raise your vibrations this winter and why it’s important

Do you notice that during the winter months it can be easy to let your vibrations lower? Do you feel heavier and less motivated? It’s not the case for everyone but I certainly feel that I need to be more consciously and actively finding ways to raise my vibrations every day.

It’s because it’s darker and colder, you may be inside more, less active, eating more and heavier food, watching tv and spending more time looking at computer screens, and that will all affect your moods and thoughts. 

It can be hard to just change your thoughts and mood because you want to. As soon as you take measures to raise your vibrations though, your thoughts and experience of life immediately change!

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What does it mean to have high or low vibrations?

We all vibrate energetically at a particular frequency. The lower the frequency, the denser your energy. What you sometimes forget is that this directly affects your experience of life. Problems seem heavier too. You may experience heavier emotions, darker thoughts or lack of clarity, and more pain and discomfort in your physical body. It takes more energy and effort to get things done. There is less flow in your body and in life. This can lead to dis-ease.

The higher the frequency at which you vibrate energetically, the lighter you feel in your physical, emotional, and mental bodies. You have a sense of ease and flow in your body and your life. Challenges and emotions are dealt with easily. You manifest what you want almost as soon as you dream it. You feel more love and compassion, power, clarity, peace, and joy. Your energy is literally full of light!

Why is it important to raise your vibrations?

As Albert Einstein once said:

“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”

So when you raise your vibrations you are literally emanating and attracting health, love, compassion, positivity, clarity, abundance, joy and so on. You will attract situations and people that are vibrating at that same high level as you. And similarly, you’ll attract lower vibrational people and situations when you lower your vibrations.

That gives me plenty of motivation! How about you? In fact, I would say that it is my number one priority and my conscious life path now to be making choices that consistently raise my vibrations.

Can you feel it? Take responsibility for your vibrational frequency.

We all have access to feeling our energy and the changes in our vibrations. I invite you from now on though to become really conscious of it, and especially of how your state of vibrational frequency is affecting you and others.

Tune in to your body, thoughts and emotions regularly during the day to see how you are feeling. Notice what is happening in your life, how people are acting, what situations are coming up and how you are responding to them. This is reflecting back to you something important about your own vibrations.

Once you are aware of it, you can take action to raise your vibrations for positive impact.

25 easy ways to consciously raise your vibrations

Ok, so here are a bunch of ways to consciously raise your vibrations this winter.

  1. Breathe deeply – From simple abdominal breathing to complex pranayama techniques, breathing is one of the most effective ways to let go of tension, get into your body and get your energy flowing again. It can be a powerful way to activate your energy body and access higher states of consciousness.
  2. Dance – Try starting your day by dancing for 15 minutes to your favourite uplifting tunes, or find yourself a Five Rhythms tribe locally, and make intuitive, free expression through your body a regular practice.
  3. Spend time in nature – It’s a no-brainer. Get your body saturated in the abundant negative ions in nature so that you feel alive and vibrant. Guaranteed effect!
  4. Get plenty of healing sleep and rest – Make it a priority for your body to regenerate through deep healing sleep and periods of conscious rest.
  5. Eat unprocessed, fresh, organic food, slowly and with gratitude – All food vibrates too. So your choice of food, where and how it is produced, as well as how you prepare and eat it, is going to have a direct impact on your vibrations.
  6. Drink lots of pure water – There is loads of evidence now showing how water crystals change depending how it is treated and the container you put it in. A flower of life bottle or even your own positive thoughts can make a difference.
  7. Practice gratitude – Instant gratification from a very different source than shopping or eating!! Make it a daily practice before bed to count your blessings and realise how lucky you are to have so much abundance and love in your life.
  8. Practice acts of kindness – It brings such a warm feeling to your heart to offer spontaneous compliments or little acts of kind service to total strangers and to loved ones alike.
  9. Laugh out loud – A good old belly laugh triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals, decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies.
  10. Love – Ok, this is the fast food for high vibrations. Nothing is more impactful on our system than the vibration of love. Even just imagining someone or something you love will raise your vibrations. This is not so much about being in love, but more about being love, thus in a state of love.
  11. Sing and sound – Whether it’s hollering in the car, howling under the full moon, blazing out the Bohemian Rhapsody under the shower, or singing a lullaby to your baby (or yourself), activating your voice consciously is like super food! Chanting OM puts you in direct vibration with the Universe.
  12. Let go – Release locked up tension and energy by actively letting go of attachment, fear, resistance, resentment and need to control. Allow feelings to be expressed consciously as they come up so that emotions don’t get locked up inside. Feel your fear and do it anyway. Trust your intuition and step forward into the unknown.
  13. Dream – Another superfood for your body. Spend time day dreaming. Imagine it in full colour, feel it in your body, taste it, smell it, hear it. Literally dream your life and the world you most desire into being.
  14. Be you – Be honest and authentically you. Do what you love to do. Be a full and unique expression of you in every moment. This is true high vibration existence!!
  15. Receive an energy healing – Energy healing and energetic body work, including conscious massage, is very powerful to help raise your vibrations. You just need to relax and open yourself to the flow of energy.
  16. Meditation  – The key thing is to bring yourself into the present moment, relaxing into what is, in order to access deeper being and knowing. This instantly brings you into higher vibrations.
  17. Practice Yoga, Tai Chi or Qi Gong – All of these practices use breath and movement to consciously clear the energy channels – essential to allow energy to flow freely again, bringing and maintaining ease, clarity and vitality.
  18. Hugs – The real, body-embracing, long, loving type of hugs, are scientifically proven to stimulate oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine, balance the nervous system, enhance the immune system, reduce heart rate and reduce worry of mortality. Let’s get hugging!
  19. Extended sensual and sexual pleasure – This is what Tantra is all about. It’s not about having great sex really, it’s about accessing and extending high vibrational pleasure states in life in order to heal and access higher states of consciousness. It is about living in an orgasmic state, vibrantly alive and joyful.
  20. Spend time with animals – Pure, grounded, and often, enlightened beings. There’s no analysis of whether their parents treated them right or blaming the government for all the woes of the world. Animals are present moment high vibrators.
  21. Play with children – Babies and children are naturally high vibrational. Spending time playing with them will help you activate your childlike joy, freedom and awe and wonder of the world too.
  22. Spend time with inspiring, uplifting people  – As Jim Rohn said, “You are the average of the 5 people you spend most time with.” Find your tribe and spend time with people who are actively being positive, living on purpose and making the world a better place. Read inspiring books and watch great TED talks.
  23. Be creative with your hands  – Your hands are energetically connected to your heart. Write, paint or make something with your hands and your heart.
  24. Clear your space of negative and artificial energy – Turn off all devices and get away from computer screens as much as possible. Use crystals or essential oils to clear the energy in your home. Use natural cleaning products. Turn off wifi and phones when you sleep.
  25. Open yourself to Universal energy – Simply open up and tune in to the energy of the Universe for healing and guidance. Ask for guidance from your Spirit guides. Believe that everything is happening FOR you and know that you are being supported and guided all the time.

Here’s wishing you a high vibrations this winter! Enjoy being orgasmically alive!

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Fall in Love with your Longing

Longing is what drives you forward. It gives you courage. It fuels your passion. It ensures your innovation and evolution.

Often, however, we confuse it with a story of not having and get lost in the pain and suffering of ‘lack’. We seek quick fixes and ways to numb it out. We project and blame others for not meeting the need of this longing. We rant and rage. We grasp and fall victim.

Yet deep down this exquisite throbbing is a divine blessing, where pain and pleasure and power combine to ignite your life-force energy.

Longing pulls you out of mundane, mediocre existence. It inspires possibility and fuels greatness.

Longing makes you curious. It drives you to seek.

This longing yearns to be felt; felt by you.

What is this longing? Go deeper. And deeper again. Keep asking and go as deep as you can go to feel the true longing in your heart, in your body, in your soul.

Feel the energy, feel the emptiness, without doing anything about it, to fulfil it or numb it out.

Completely surrender, and keep surrendering to the ache of this longing.

Ride the wave of its force and fall in love with its pulse.

Get to know your longing intimately.

Your longing, when it is fully embraced, will set you free!

 

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“For Longing” a poem by John O’Donohue

blessed be the longing that brought you here
and quickens your soul with wonder.

may you have the courage to listen to the voice of desire
that disturbs you when you have settled for something safe.

may you have the wisdom to enter generously into your own unease
to discover the new direction your longing wants you to take.

may the forms of your belonging – in love, creativity, and friendship –
be equal to the grandeur and the call of your soul.

may the one you long for long for you.
may your dreams gradually reveal the destination of your desire.

may a secret providence guide your thought and nurture your feeling.

may your mind inhabit your life with the sureness
with which your body inhabits the world.

may your heart never be haunted by ghost-structures of old damage.

may you come to accept your longing as divine urgency.
may you know the urgency with which God longs for you.

Listen deeply, Live courageously, Love fiercely
Georgina x