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Saturn Returns Indian Ink, Acrylic, Paper, and Enamel on canvas. 8.5″x11″

Underneath the layers of ink and acrylic lie repetitive OM signs raised in enamel, symbolizing the universal vibration of birth, sustenance, and destruction. Below  the seemingly chaotic exterior of this piece lies unified repetition. In my work, I create systemic repetition, only to later ‘destroy’ the original work with chaos. The purpose of my work is to exhibit the implicate symmetry of nature, and its simplistic beauty of shape and repetition. Later, I add elements of chaos and color to cloud the simplicity and to create a wild outward emotional quality.  The integrity of Saturn Returns lies beneath the surface. It is rich with symmetrical layers that has been developed over time through various life phases. It contains varying emotional content of my late twenties.

In astrology, the Saturn Return is when the planet Saturn revisits the orbital rotation of its location at your birth. It takes Saturn approximately 29.4 years to orbit the sun. Typically, the Saturn Return reappears in your natal chart during your late twenties. It is a time of transition into early adulthood when life-altering decisions are often made.

Saturn Returns is layering of the emotional structure of my late twenties.  I began this piece living while on Nantucket in 2010 and completed it in 2013 in New York City at age 30.


To Mikaela Ann Conley, dedicated to the betterment of humanity. This Daily Saint goes out to you:

You embody what it means to be beautiful.

Your outward beauty, style and grace captivates a room but that is not the most moving aspect of your presence. True beauty is cultivated from the inside and shines out. You, Mikaela Ann Conley, are a radiant, passionate, curious, creative person in pursuit of greatness. You actively pursue the good in people to share it with others, THAT is beauty.

Your beauty is your essence. Your beauty is your devout loyalty to do good and stand up for others. Your beauty is in your ability to walk alone and defend someone you don’t know when others  knock them down. Your beauty is your passion to ask questions and provide answers. Your beauty is your ability to blaze your own path against the grain. Your beauty is your fiery love and committed curiously. Your beauty shines from the inside out.

Mikaela Ann Conley you are a STUNNING person, in every way. Thanks for helping us ‘see the good.’

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pure + free designs custom yoga experiences around the world. Retreats are intended to bring your life back into balance. All levels are encouraged to participate.

Our most recent trip to Nicaragua attracted a stellar group of participants. Check out the slideshow and see for yourself.

Come play. Let’s make shapes.

Let’s play a little game called ‘I AM ENOUGH’. You will need your beautiful face and a mirror to proceed. Please follow the instructions carefully.
  1. Look in the mirror.
  2. Look into your eyes.
  3. Notice how radiant and perfect you are;)
  4. Say aloud “I am enough.”
  5. Smile
  6. Say it again “I am enough.”
  7. Smile
  8. Say it again “I am enough.”

Now notice how it feels like to tell yourself that you are worthy. Feel it in your body. Where do you notice the sensations? Feel it in your heart. Feel it in your head. Perhaps you feel overwhelmed with happiness, maybe not. Maybe you will realize that your entire life, you have never once told yourself that you are enough.

The way we internally speak to ourselves has incredible power. The inner chatter radiates through our being. It becomes transparent in the way we carry our bodies, the way we speak, and the energy we exude. Today, bring awareness to the way you speak to yourself. Do not judge, rather observe. Allow yourself to shift the way you are speaking to yourself, even if you don’t believe it. Create an affirmative mantra that resonates with you and repeat it. Repeat it until you believe it.

For every negative thought, replace it with a positive one, an age-old simple, but effective technique.  See what happens. Purify your thoughts and set yourself free.

Shine on beauties!