I came across a gorgeous locally owned shop that sold handmade items from local artists/crafters. I am sad to say that the other sign I didn't take a picture of was "store closing." Many of the items were reasonably priced and unique. What does this say about our mass produced one size fits all mentality? Our schools teach to standards of learning leaving teachers very little time to weave in creativity & as parents we contine to rush through our worlds lured by McD's and one stop shopping. I am guilty too...this is more a criticism of society than individuals. But then again, it's the indivduals that make up society. It is easier and cheaper for us to fund an economy that no longer makes sense & I believe we are paying the cost in small business, right brain thinking and even our emotional & physical health. Many of us do not live with intention. What ways are you contributing to an entity's wealth, What ways are you encouraging local growth, youth growth and/or your own?
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Monday, January 21, 2013
Winter finally arrived and I realized this is the 2nd year of the last five I haven't taught "Winter Solace: A Journey Within"...I have been on my own inner journey for over a year now. My main goal has been to simplify and unfortunately teaching, writing and blogging has had to be a part of that for now. Of course, my journal stays by my side in this journey:)
If you could or needed to create your own sabbatical, what would it look like? What steps can you take to nourish your soul? Create a character sketch of self balanced, at peace & life giving...try an art journal page as well. Happy New Year!
Monday, December 31, 2012
This will not be a long blog post ...how could I possibly add to John Lennon? I found my one word/intention for self and others in Central Park this past week. Would love to hear yours. For a fun new celebration, see Jill Badonsky's Awemanac facebook page. For those of you hanging in there for my sporadic posts...a sincere thank you...I have not done well in keeping up with my blog or friends. I wish you all peace, joy and love in the new year!
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify. Henry David Thoreau
Much of this past year I have worked hard to do just that...simplify. So much easier said than done. I have taken a less demanding job that is more fulfilling @ this time of my life and I am slowly learning the art of delegation in my home life. I am learning that what I bring to the table in this moment is its own perfection. And I am clearing out spaces...a little @ a time...to weed out the consumer driven life that controls some of us. And finally I am beginning to notice sky as canvas, the arch of a tree limb and bell clocks ringing in a glorious day. What are you doing to slow down your own time? Need help...write a list of what you value most and look for those areas in life that don't match. Start small...leave some extra time to notice your surroundings...journal about the flavor of the day...what sights sounds smells etc called to you? Love the moment you are in as life is measured in moments:)
(In my attempt to simplify I am trying to learn to blog from my phone...if this post looks a mess.
Well this is a skill I've yet to master:)
Sunday, July 22, 2012
1. Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy.
2. There is an underlying, in-dwelling creative force infusing all of life -- including ourselves.
3. When we open ourselves to our creativity, we open ourselves to the creator's creativity within us and our lives.
4. We are, ourselves, creations. And we, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves.
5. Creativity is God's gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God.
6. The refusal to be creative is self-will and is counter to our true nature.
7. When we open ourselves to exploring our creativity, we open ourselves to God: good orderly direction.
8. As we open our creative channel to the creator, many gentle but powerful changes are to be expected.
9. It is safe to open ourselves up to greater and greater creativity.
10. Our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source. As we move toward our dreams, we move toward our divinity.” ― Julia Cameron
So the above are clearly not my thoughts; however, these are the words that resonate for me. I have been playing with creativity forever but in the last several years I have ventured into many areas that I once said “I can’t” and I’ve used creativity as my path to deeper spirituality. In doing so, I also just began “Scrappy’s”, an avenue to share my creations with others. And then a dear friend asked for a workshop on creativity. That I have not developed as I don’t think it’s my time yet…and how does it get better than Julia Cameron’s work ~ she has laid this path in The Artist’s Way and The Right to Write. But I am happy to share what I have learned through my own process:
~ Simplify….shed items, tasks, activities, and commitments that do not add value to your life; this goes for your mind as well…whatever you can get rid of that has negative energy, fear, overwhelm and stress needs to be released to make room for daydreaming
~ Define creativity for yourself ~ creative expression isn’t just found at the MOMA; creating comes from parenting, food preparation and presentation, household organization, crafting, sewing, writing and coloring pages! I have a writing prompt in my e-guidebook May Queen Musings that might be useful here:
May Queen Musing #3
Write about what in your life you have given birth to, what have you created (children, art, crafts, hobbies, projects, businesses, homes etc.)?
~ Forget perfection and embrace your mistakes…they often take you on a path intended for you
~ Julia Cameron suggests “Artist Dates”…spend time alone in the world, taking it all in…nature, coffee shops, art stores, craft stores, libraries and the list goes on
~ Learn the art of mindfulness, the ability to be in this moment without looking back or forward and find the joy in those moments
~ Play ~ fly kites, stare at the sky, blow bubbles, by your own crayola set, doodle, walk barefoot in the grass, swing at the park
~ Laugh often and enjoy whimsy
~ Just jump in…I find that the more I create, I become more creative…as far as the “how to”, there are tons of blogs and websites full of tutorials and I use writing prompts as “creativity prompts” so the end result instead of a written piece may be an art journal page, an Artist Trading Card or a canvas
~ Finally, for me, I have to give thanks for every blessing and any gifts that God may have allowed to flow through me for the day
Celebrate the Creative Journey:)
Monday, June 25, 2012
Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thank you Myra and your beautiful little girl for allowing me these glimpses of precious moments.
Sorry I’ve been out of the blogging loop for awhile ~ summer, coupled with some major life decisions has allowed me to slow down a bit and look beyond myself.
Julia Cameron calls them “artist dates”…take yourself somewhere peaceful/inspiring for no other purpose than to soak up the ambience, observing and feeling all that’s around you through all senses…then write about it.
Describe the last moment that you felt one in beauty with all that was around you…or awed by being allowed to witness it. Did this moment have a special message?
Using the above pictures, or other pictures that call to you, write a poem or story infused with the emotional temperature of the picture.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Thinking of my Story Circle Network sisters as their conference begins this weekend. If you’ve never been and can go, I encourage you to do so. It’s a wonderful experience, full of learning, sharing, stretching self and bonding. I wrote the following after the last conference:
Open Mic Night
@ a Story Circle Conference
The air shimmered
with soul-sister stories
Permeating our spirits
Like rain showers on a thirsty day
She-Warrior by She-Warrior
Called to the stage
Sharing and baring her pain and despair
Her humor, Her strength
Her joy, Her wisdom
We become one in
Universal themes of
Blurring the boundaries
Where one ends and