Plant a Kiss {a bit of magic}

In the spirit of Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s work, 16 inspiring and creative bloggers (including me!) set out to “Plant a Kiss” in the world on Sunday, April 29. We each did something we thought would spread a little extra joy, color, connection, poetry, or magic in the world. Then we watched to see what would happen!

Today each of us is posting about that experience. Visit the main Plant a Kiss page, where you can easily link to all participating bloggers. For every blog that you visit and comment on, your name will be tossed into a hat for a chance to win one of many amazing prizes such as online writing, photography, or dream-building classes; coaching sessions; artwork, or jewelry.

Starting Off with a Kiss

Sharing a bit of beauty or doing something to make the world a better place doesn’t take a lot of sacrifice. The smallest thing can have a large impact if it comes from the heart. As I considered how I might celebrate Plant a Kiss, I decided it was important for me to balance giving to others with my own self-care.

I’m a night owl which makes getting up to see the sunrise a bit of a challenge, but I know from past experience that it makes that spectacular dance of the dawn an extra special event.  It didn’t take long for me to chose the kiss I would plant.  Over a decade ago, I was introduced to labyrinths and have made several, usually for special occasions.  A labyrinth is a intricate, walkable pathway which leads to a point in the center and offers the path out.  Unlike a maze, you don’t get lost in a labyrinth. I have made the labyrinths by myself in the past and felt so exhausted by the time they were completed that I couldn’t enjoy them.  But holding onto the idea of using art as self-care, I enlisted the help of a few friends.

We met at sunrise on a small beach in our downtown area.  The air was crisp and cool; the sun, warm.  We began by raking the sand, discarding the trash and creating an even playing field, in the shape of a large circle.

Then we began drawing the labyrinth in the sand, orienting it so that the opening sat in the East, inviting in the morning sun.  We took turns so that everyone one had a part and no one was overwhelmed by the task.

When the last circuit was complete, we came together to set our intentions…

… to contemplate what it means to take the journey inward towards the center…

…to listen…

 …and gather up what wants to be shared with the world.

We walked as we felt called to….

Some sang, some drummed, and some danced…. and yes,

…some even kissed.

In the end, we all walked away drenched in the beauty of creative collaboration.

And the labyrinth?  That was our kiss.  We left it for others to play with…so that perhaps they might discover something lovely in their day.

Would you like a reminder to Plant a Kiss everyday?  I snapped a picture just for you!

Print it out. Put it in a place where it will remind you to bring some magic to the world.

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Special thanks to Irene Jaan of Travel Creatives for helping to document the day!

Part of Plant a Kiss includes a prize giveaway for comments left (ended 5/4/12).  My contribution, this “Wisdom Keeper” from my newly opened Creativity Tribe Etsy Shop.

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Hi, I am Rachél.... the quirky, big-hearted soul behind Creativity Tribe, a sanctuary for your creative spirit. As a life coach and artist, I know the importance of community, celebration, and transformation. Creativity Tribe is abuzz with connections to other creative bloggers and offers tips and stories to inspire your creative lifestyle! http://www.creativitytribe.com/
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54 Responses to Plant a Kiss {a bit of magic}

  1. yugenro says:

    Wow… beautiful post, Rae, with lovely pictures and words that document and share your inspired project. Thank you! <3

  2. ursula hernandez says:

    Thank you, Rae…thx for sharing this beautiful experience. I felt as if I was there with you. I even felt the love energy flow through the pictures, kissing my spirit. I’m grateful for this gift you’ve shared. Xoxo
    ~urs

  3. lisa says:

    What a fantastic way to give an unexpected gift. Just beautiful! I have been toying with the idea of making a labrinth in my yard, and I believe you just gave me the inspiration to get going on it.
    Lisa

  4. rosemary says:

    oh how awsome from start to finish, I got tired just looking at the pics of the work you all put into the KISS labth. LOL. thankyou for sharing

  5. Beth says:

    This is wonderful! I love the Labyrinth you and your friends created – it’s beautiful :) Labyrinths have always been so close to me – and I have a canvas one that travels all over – and I’m building one in my front yard – for all to use. This is a wonderful way to Plant a Kiss for everyone. xxx

  6. suzicate says:

    Absolutely lovely. I had hoped to do something myself but had hubby’s family visiting from out of town….so instead I created a lovely brunch for them and some guest who came to meet with them and took care of everything while they enjoyed their time together.,,,sometimes it’s lovely to watch from outside the circle…

    • Rachél says:

      I just can’t help but think that tending to others whether you know them or not is all the same thing. Making the world feel more like home.

  7. jmbh says:

    lovely mediation!

  8. jenngator222 says:

    Oh my goodness, what a neat and unique idea! Such a neat way to bring your friends together and a neat way to leave something for others too.

  9. galyn says:

    once upon a time an entire community from oldest to youngest at direction of a shaman would have gathered as a tribe to build such a labyrinth and then walk it. The world was less chaotic in some ways–more chaotic in others-like the stone circles the labyrinths served a purpose of community,gathering and then in individual contemplation.If reincarnation is a fact of life–you’ve very likely done this before and it is a part of your soul, a memory you carry with you and repeat- and a memory worth repeating.

  10. sperlygirl says:

    what a lovely kiss to plant – happy to have found you via this venture. off to read through your beautiful blog. :)

  11. Maya says:

    Gorgeous – love the contemplative, collaborative joy of building this labyrinth together. The personal colliding with the communal. My kinda art.

  12. Jennifer says:

    oh my goodness how i love this labriynth. what a beautiful thing to create and leave for others to partake in.

  13. kristina clark says:

    what a gorgeous way to share your joy!

  14. Lorena says:

    What an awesome idea! A great community project for lots of people to come together and meet at the end. This would be a great project for teenagers lost in our world somedays! Thanks 😃

    • Rachél says:

      Lorena, I have done this with teens and they love it. I created one with tape one year and had it available during a week long camp. They students would get quiet sometimes and I would look up to find them walking or sitting in the labyrinth. Beautiful.

  15. Melissa says:

    So lovely. What a beautiful way to bring community together to shore up and support each of our unique “kisses.”

  16. lunardaughter says:

    What an inspired and delightful “kiss!” And how great to see your photo documentation. Beautiful!

  17. LisaD says:

    What a beautiful collaboration. I wish I could be there to walk barefoot in the sand through your labyrinth…although I’m sure it is off to the sea gods now! Thanks for sharing – and for the future kisses!

  18. alison says:

    what a beautiful way of planting kisses, and you were all kissed by the beautiful morning sun! thank you.

  19. DogsMom says:

    As much energy as it takes to create a project like this, doing it with friends and kindred spirits has to BE energizing as well. I am sure you made someone smile when they happened upon your artwork later in the day. If I came upon a labyrinth in the sand you know I would have to appreciate it.

  20. What a beautiful experience you all created together!!! Love it! A truly spiritual moment!

    • Rachél says:

      I needed the spiritual thing that day and I think those who were called to join me did to. Makes it so nice when you can share a space like that.

  21. How absolutely wonderful! ♥

  22. This is such a great idea! I love labyrinths. :)
    Maybe I’m gonna give it a try with my friends too, thanks for inspiring me!

  23. Cheryl says:

    Terrific contribution to the Plant a Kiss project! I love that you included a shot of an actual kiss…
    Thanks!

  24. Lené Gary says:

    I got goose bumps reading about your gift and seeing the photos of you and your friends doing this together. Thank you for sharing the story of your morning with us. Wow. :)

  25. leahJlynn says:

    I had a serene moment while reading your piece. Blessing dear soul

  26. ENH says:

    Peace.

  27. When my daughter was born, someone gave me a picture of the sunrise on that day. It was beautiful. The memory of that moment, and the thought of my daughter, is the kiss you just gave to me. Thanks!

  28. oohshinyart says:

    I love your labyrinth! What a nice kiss to leave. I am inspired to get out and create the one I’ve been wanting. New here from the blog hop. Ill be back…

  29. Hello Rae –
    This is my first visit to your wonderful Art, as introduced by Sherry Richert Belul. While reading your post and absorbing your photos, I realized I was quietly whispering one of my favorite Native American prayers, learned from my Cherokee Grandmother Faye, which travels to you on the wings of Planted Kisses in the Sand:

    O Great Spirit, Whose voice we hear in the winds, And whose breath gives life to all the world, hear us! We need your strength and wisdom. LET US WALK IN BEAUTY, and make our eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. MAKE OUR HANDS respect the things you have made and our ears sharp to hear your voice. MAKE US WISE so that we may understand the things you have taught our people. LET US LEARN the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock. WE SEEK STRENGTH, not to be greater than our brothers and sisters, but to fight our greatest enemy – ourselves. MAKE US ALWAYS READY to come to you with a clear heart and straight eyes. SO WHEN LIFE FADES, as the fading sunset, our Spirits may come to you in joy and celebration.

  30. Kari says:

    I came across a labrynth on the beach once and I will never forget it. It immediately brought me to a place of calm, then rejuvanation and ultimately joy. Love it!

  31. Tina says:

    So beautiful! What a gift to yourselves and those who found it.

  32. kamapacheno says:

    I especially love the photo of the flower and the feathers! a collaborative kiss- how unique!!!

  33. Amy says:

    i LOVE this idea! and i LOVE this project! <3 way to go!

  34. Julia says:

    This is amazing!!! I lOve your choice for plant a kiss… And I’m so glad I’ve now discovered all these inspiring bloggers. Your wisdom keeper… Want him! :) Off to check out your etsy site.

  35. Debra says:

    How simply delightful! What a very special kiss to experience as well as leave for others! Thank you for sharing!!!

  36. Rachel, your words,pictures and act here on your page touched me deeply in an unexpected way. I wanted to get up, and just drive or fly to Corpus to be there with you, your husband and collective friends and experience this again. However…since there is FB, I feel like I am with you all. How do I get involved! I actually Need you to call me. I desperately need to talk with you. Email me please if you would….kedsop1@yahoo.com

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  38. Everyone loves it when people come together and share
    views. Great blog, continue the good work!

  39. Lila says:

    I enjoy what you guys tend to be up too. Such clever work and reporting!
    Keep up the terrific works guys I’ve included you guys to my personal blogroll.

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