This guided meditation is best enjoyed and most useful when listened to with eyes closed while resting. You can find the audio track on Soundcloud, here.

artwork: Agnes Toth

I Am Whole & I Am Complete: A Journey of Shadow Integration

by Cassandra Pereira

I begin this moment
with a deep breath.

I am here, now, to do
important work.

I am here, now, to heal,
I am here to repair,
I am here to reveal and

to embrace
my true self.

I know this important work
requires total presence.

I’m not in a rush.
This is the work of a lifetime.

I relax, breathing, knowing
I have my life to do it.

And my…


See the author’s IGTV for a reading of these statements and a brief discussion on the theme of forgiveness.

Ph: Priscilla Du Preez

Below are the positive affirmation statements that my husband and I read to each other, out loud, every night before we go to bed.

I’m still working on understanding exactly why these words “I forgive you” are so incredibly powerful when spoken, and meant, and even more powerful when received and believed by someone who means them.

For now, all I know is that they work.

Greater positivity, optimism, trust, patience and hope — all these benefits have flowed to us…


This is the 5th installment of The Poet Guides: Affirmations Series.
You can listen to a reading of these affirmations
on the author’s IGTV @
artingdarling.

Ph: Gabriel Benois via Unsplash

I Forgive & I Am Free

by Cassandra Pereira

I forgive you.
I forgive you for who you are and
I forgive you for who you’ve been.

I forgive you because
you are an effect
of many causes
of your past and
of the past
of your ancestors.

I forgive you for your past and
I forgive your ancestors, too.

For all that is not your fault,
but happens through you,
I forgive you.

And for all that is your…


This is the 4th installment of The Poet Guides: Affirmations Series.
You can also listen to a reading of these affirmations
on the author’s IGTV @
artingdarling.

paper collage artwork by Cassandra Pereira

I Am The Stillness

by Cassandra Pereira

The miraculous stillness behind all this chaos —
If I can just get there —
I know, if I just get there —
I can heal.

I seek this stillness now.

I breathe into this stillness, now.

The miraculous stillness behind everything —
It is the blank canvas on which all my drama
dances and splashes and splays.

Right now, I am here
to make bare this blank canvas.

My…


I write Positive Affirmations on a different theme every Thursday. You can also listen to a reading of these affirmations on my IGTV @ artingdarling.

Ph: Darius Bashar

I Breathe Deeply & Slowly

Breathing deeply and slowly,
I ask myself:
Who do I choose to be?
What can I do to become that person?

I choose to be healthy.
I breathe deeply and slowly.
I feel healthy when I breathe
deeply,
and slowly.

I choose to be kind.
I breathe deeply and slowly.
I feel how easy it is to be kind
when I breathe
deeply,
and slowly.

I choose to be in control of myself. I breathe…


I write Positive Affirmations each week on a different theme. You can also listen to a reading of these affirmations on my IGTV @ artingdarling.

Ph: Jessica Felicio via Unsplash

I Rise Into My Roles As Woman

I accept that life asks me to change roles,
Even to live several roles at once, often.
Some of these roles I choose freely,
And some roles are chosen for me.
I accept responsibility for what feels right.
and I resign from posts that don’t.

To honor my roles,
I’m proactive; I prepare.
I think through the needs of each role I wear,
and I intentionally decide how to fulfill them. …


These affirmations were originally written for, and inspired by, the Instinctive Motherhood Women’s Circle.

You can also listen to the meditative audio recording of these Positive Affirmations at the Instinctive Motherhood IGTV channel, here.

image: @danny_lincoln via Unsplash

I Give Myself Permission…

I give myself permission
to do whatever I need to do
in this moment, to feel good.

I give myself permission to feel
whatever it is I need to feel.

I give myself permission
to breathe presence into this
time I take with myself,
to empower myself in
my ownership of my life.

I give myself permission to feel powerful. I give myself permission to feel…


Are you stuck at home during a COVID-19 QUARANTINE?

Seize the opportunity to exercise your creativity in new ways!

MAKE ART to combat boredom and restlessness!

Specifically, do THIS art project.

Exquisitely suited to this unusual worldwide moment of pause, this project takes just the right amount of time — as long as you want it to — and your finished work will appear in a growing collection created by artists from all over the world.

What Is It?

A #MakeItYourBusiness card is a business card that represents the business of living a full and meaningful life.


This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

framing and frames in marketing, in art, collage art, design
framing and frames in marketing, in art, collage art, design
You decide.

Art Imitates Life

I am an artist. My work requires that I literally and physically put things in frames.

I’m also a psychology enthusiastic. (For a while I even pursued a PhD in the subject!)

In psychology, the concept of framing is just as important as it is in art.

What’s Your Business Here?

At this time, most of my attention goes to a collage art project titled #MakeItYourBusiness.

It’s a simple idea:

I make cards in standard business card format that challenge the standard definition of “business.”


How this damn-good Netflix series marks one woman’s creative rock bottom.

I’m an Ideas Person.

This typically translates to:
I’m an underachiever.

It’s true: I have indeed been both of these. But I recently got a slap in the face: A walloping, shocking, wake-up slap.

You see, in 2013 I had a brilliant idea for a screenplay. Titled: “Self-Help: The Movie,” it was the story of a woman who comically but touchingly evolves out of self-denial and self-abuse, and into self-acceptance and self-love. This process is externalized — made visible and concrete — through the relationship she develops with a literal second-self: A clone.

Cassandra Pereira

Writer. Artist. Creator. Darling. I work as an editor and a creativity coach. Visit www.cassandra-darling.com to learn more about me and to see my work.

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