One of the most important discriminations we can make in this matter is the difference between things that beckon to us and things that call from our souls. -Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Each of us lives with some type of chronic demand.
So let’s each collectively exhale; let’s share a moment of silence and self-compassion.
And let’s give ourselves permission to make our own rules of disengagement and engagement, naps and snack time, musts and shoulds — and let’s decide [over and over again] to remember each day is a miracle inviting us to live free.
Before you can do something that you’ve never done, you have to be able to imagine it is possible. -Jean Shinoda Bolen
I am in the midst of doing and being several realities I had to imagine as possible. Mostly through trial and error, angst and tearful surrenders.
[The artist] must retain the vision which includes angels and dragons and unicorns … -Madeleine L’Engle, Walking in Water
What are you seeking? What visions are you consciously retaining? Are you willing to change your vantage point in order to have a better view — to transition into something more, to facilitate your Becoming — to believe anew?
★ [how I am making an aspect of my creative practice about me] … Continue reading
It is a tremendous act of violence to begin anything. I am not able to begin. I simply skip what should be the beginning. -Rilke
My starting points have become like a game of hopscotch: deeming square-to-square movement as progress + accepting the inevitable wobbly-reality of hopping. Continue reading
You are the expert: curator of meaning and beauty; creator of circumstances; writer of plot twists.
And while you may be in the midst of circumstances that feel foreign or not of your own making — today is Day One, Braveheart.
Emotions are signposts for a path we are trying to avoid and burnout is proof that it is time for change.
Meaning is not in what we have but what we are seeking; art is a way of seeking.
Creative expression [visual journaling, poetry, mixed media canvases, music] serves me in my seeking and amidst weeks of hellos and good-byes. Continue reading
My life is my art. It is a matter of daily choices and decisions to engage meaningful distractions in order to activate perseverance; and to remind myself that easily defined skills are not all that matter. Continue reading