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An Uprising of Connection: The Longing Project

An Uprising of Connection: The Longing Project

March 26, 2021

Today Wendy explores her thoughts about shared suffering after difficult and challenging events over the last week.

Moving from a place of love, together.

“I want to know what you ache for but do not say,” from the poem, Rose Petals.

Now is the time to move ever deeper into what longing is. I share more on that and announce a new passion project my beautiful partner and I felt inspired to create #longingproject.

What does longing mean to you? Is it needy? Is needing okay? Is it naval gazing? Selfish?

What if what you long for will save you? And not just you—all of us?

Longing as a primary need—a navigational tool for alignment with soul—a deep, directive, inner ache. 

How knowing and understanding our own longings can be an embodiment of healer—an uprising that makes love and compassion and evolution possible. 

What is it that you long to help heal within yourself and in the world?

Longing is the soul’s aspiration. 

Are you willing to let your aching come out of the darkness and be seen? Write down your longing (anonymously if you choose)—share it with me—with someone you love—use #longingproject on social media or share with me @shegathersbeauty,, or via email at


What you care about matters deeply—what your soul is trying to point you to, it matters more than you know. 

Everyone’s longing should have a safe and sacred space to be seen, acknowledged, and held so that we can connect to each other in new, revolutionary ways.

What will you rise up for? That is a longing. Let us share this aspiration together. Let us create an uprising of love, as a community devoted to healing and soulful evolution.

I share a short presence meditation to bring some ease and comfort into your day. 

I have some exciting announcements coming soon about ways to work with me. Sign up for my newsletter to be the first to know at

May you know deep peace. Please reach out for support or drop a comment below and let me know what you long for. 

Sending vast love and gratitude. Thank you for listening. 


Belonging Happens:  The Bone Knowing of Longing

Belonging Happens: The Bone Knowing of Longing

March 19, 2021

Today we explore the topic of belonging to what feels true in the most liberating way. 

What has it felt like in your life when you have set the weight down and let yourself be with the truth of you, at this moment?

The gift of body and how it can show you what you believe in at this moment. Are you tense? How is your jaw? What might be able to soften simply by bringing awareness to it.

“I am the unfolding of desire, soft opening.” Words from the Mistress of Longing. What is the truth about your relationship to desire?

To long is the pure essence of who we are and what brought us here in the first place. Why do we incessantly fight against it? Against whatever we are feeling?

We can “set down the weight” as the poem “Wings” invites. 

Life longs for life and always will. This is a very natural truth. What if we let ourselves soften into remembering this in some way.

What have you learned about longing? Does shame come to visit when you dare to long?

What part of your story wants to be rewritten? What do you believe is true about your worth and your ability to receive and to long? 

The example of diet culture—how has it numbed us to what we are truly hungry for and how to understand the life-giving essence of appetite?

Letting ourselves unlearn the things that prevent us from remembering/knowing/feeling when we are hungry and what we are really hungry for. 

How do you know when you trust yourself? The importance of the journey away from what we believe home is—being “off course,” getting lost, and the return.

We are meant to long for connection. For True Self. For the home that never goes away.

The earthquake of your life—what is it trying to shake loose within you?

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche wrote:

”In the garden of gentle sanity,

May you be bombarded by coconuts of wakefulness.” From his poem “Timely Rain.”

What is waking up within?

You have wings. Let them help you move closer to that which you long for. 

How will you remember to check in with your bones and set yourself free?

You are being breathed. Just let it happen. Place your gaze on the divine orchestration of your inhale and exhale.

You actually already know how to belong to your bone knowing. You do. 

Ritual prompt for the art of bone knowing: build an altar to what might be hidden and longs to be seen.



Feather and Bone: Building A Whole-Hearted Toolkit

Feather and Bone: Building A Whole-Hearted Toolkit

March 12, 2021

Today I share ways you can create your own whole-hearted toolkit. 

We begin with letting the container be your truth and this poem:

Feather & Bone

“Do not let your winged spirit be caged~




Exploring and practicing what we love and feel drawn to.

The power of words and a disembodied voice.

What beauty means to me, connection and making meaning, locating what is sacred.

What have you been gathering over the years? What would you like to gather to yourself—for the heartbeat of your life?

I share why She Gathers Beauty is a container for who I am and who and what I devote myself to.

Altar building.

The ways our dreams can reveal homecoming and embracing ourselves.

Suggestions for how you can build a whole-hearted toolkit in alignment with who you are and what you long for and love now.

What you feel drawn to is a prayer for coming closer to your true self. 

You matter. What you love matters. Let your whole heart be gathered and adored.



Being With the Raw and Tender Truth of Us: Wild Rose Descansos

Being With the Raw and Tender Truth of Us: Wild Rose Descansos

March 5, 2021

Today Wendy addresses the raw truth of grief and navigating the unknown during a year anniversary marking when Covid-19 hit.

All the “rallying” and requests to keep showing up—the exhaustion, the desire for hope and goodness, and the gift of bird’s song and the repetitive sacred cycles of nature that comes when we least expect it. 

What is nourishing you at this time? What can you keep choosing in order to devote yourself to this kind of heart, mind, and body salve?

You are being received, seen, honored, loved, even when you can’t see it or feel it. 

Immense and intense challenge now—let’s normalize this. We are all moving through this—you are not alone. Please let this be a comfort. Please be gentle with yourself.

Let your breath be your anchor. Just breathe love. 

Letting the light in—it can be uncomfortable. And that’s okay, too. It really isn’t a problem. It’s information. For our tenderness. We must hold our sweet tenderness like the most beautiful call from soul.

The pericardium—letting the heart have what she wants.

Locating home. Finding ground. Practicing stabilization. 

Resistance to connection. This too, is (w)holy. All of it. Whole & holy.

Descansos—marking a significant and sacred transition. Honoring life. And death. 

The intersection of the inner and outer journey—where we locate ourselves in this crossroads—that, too, can be homecoming.

What is home for you right now? In what ways are your longings bringing some sense of direction to your life’s course?

To be wildly close to love—what does that mean for you? 

The frontier of heart I am learning about. I wonder how your heart is a frontier asking for your devotion and sense of adventure?

The rules we place upon ourselves and the myriad ways our hearts can teach us a deeper, more boundless truth.

What if fear is an invitation to trust yourself?

Consider all the times in your life that you have trusted yourself. Can you build an altar of Descansos for those times, let that visual, that map, be a sacred and strengthening reminder for yourself? 

Trust is a practice.

And it comes from the heart.

What do you long to say yes to? 




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