Ubud is a magical place. Filled with all things I love – great yoga, creative and delicious vegan fare… and jewelry. Streets filled with beautiful, wonderful jewelry. I’ve always loved jewelry and on and off have played with making it myself. But I haven’t done it in years, instead my time was spent more on yangy things like being productive and working… a lot of doing instead of being.
I’ve blogged about yin energy before. The feminine divine that is present within all of us. She is the mysterious and soft energy, and equally powerful to the more masculine yang. Yin is a flowing and quiet force that requires letting go. Over the past few months, I’ve been giving space for my femininity to surface, acquainting myself more with it, stepping into it. Hanging out in the “she” is not always the most familiar place for me. For me, it means surrendering control, allowing for more softness, more grace, more gratitude. Wearing more dresses. Writing. Taking my time. Practicing less handstands and more hip openers.
The feminine is also the creative. It's no wonder that when I found out that there were silversmith classes in Ubud, I was immediately interested. I had never worked with metal and fire (exciting!) and the opportunity to create my own designs sounded like a dream come true. Armed with our own designs, we each had a silversmith station, complete with a torch and free reign to create whatever we wanted under guidance from master silversmith, Ketut. And working with the silver, making it from nothing into something, I felt totally alive and at peace and myself. I believe that our life experiences – the good and bad - are to help us know ourselves better and remind us who we are at the core. Two classes later, I have some beautiful, handmade jewelry to continue cultivating my femme within and remind me of this journey I am on.