Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Dragonflies and Transformations



Dragonflies are a powerful symbol for transformation. They motivate the changes necessary for spiritual growth and the path to creative expression. Of course this is only one of the many ideas I found for what dragonflies symbolize. In East Asian and Native American cultures they generally have positive symbols while in some European myths they are seen in a more negative light.

I have been seeing more dragonflies of late and they have been popping up in my art a lot since I started beading. I currently have 2 purses, a compact and few crystal dragonflies that I have made.

As I mark the first day of August and the official beginning to the changes I am going to make in my life I have decided that the dragonfly is the perfect spirit guide to help see me through my own transformation. The photo above is one of the dragonflies that I saw in our yard. Maybe I will be lucky and more of them will pose for me.

Day one went well and mentally I am in a pretty good place about these changes being a want and not a need. If I feel I "need" to do something it is work and I don't find joy in it. Since I want this change for myself I feel more motivated to make the commitment to myself and thus the changes.

Collen and I had our first day at the gym, it is small but clean and we were the only one's there so that was actually kind of nice for us at least. Yesterday we ended up going for a walk at a local park. We saw quite a few dragonflies as we were walking around a pond.

I made a few changes to my current website but mostly it was getting rid of some old blogs and adding links to my new blogs to the main home page.

I finished my journal and card for the July BJP page. There are pictures on My BJP Blog. I have also added my first entry for my August page before I add the beads.

6 comments:

freebird said...

Glad you had a positive experience at the gym. I'd think that would be a really important thing for a first day. Keep talking positive.
That'll help. And have fun; reward yourself somehow. Remember the stars in elementary school for good work!

Angela said...

Actually I was thinking about that, need to come up with rewards for meeting milestones or for each week I stick to my plan or something. (Maybe a bead reward?!?) I think that since I feel very positive that this is what I want to do at this point in my life and am veiwing it as a transformative process that is half the battle. Thanks-A

Robin said...

May your totem dragon fly guide you through the difficult stages of transformation! Blessings, Robin

beadbabe49 said...

It seems to work well if you make the rewards for small steps, not just the larger ones...remember when we first learn to walk we take tiny steps with lots of support (loving hands and short furniture, LOL)...so be sure to give yourself lots of support for these first small steps...

Angela said...

So far I am feeling amazingly positive about this, I have some stickers and thinking that I may put stickers on my calender for each day that I exercize, sort of like being a kid again but it works as a baby reward to congratulate myself for a job well done. I will have to think about other rewards although Colleen did mention that the gym is offering gift certificates through the end of August for a bodywrap and hand and foot masage for $29 which might be a nice reward once in a while.

freebird said...

The bead reward sounds great. How many times have you passed up a beautiful artist bead because it cost so much. How about 50 stickers equals one really nice bead?