Random glimpses into the thoughts of a woman- searching for life's answers - or maybe just asking the questions and living them. Trying to live creatively and authentically. Learning to BE - HERE - NOW.
I have been away too long! Busy exploring, creating, playing and such. I have missed my bloggy world. Trying to learn how to post from my iPad. This is my third attempt! I often feel quite challenged with the wonderful technical world we live in. I can do this! I can!
I have been away much longer than I intended. Busy exploring, seeking, searching, playing, working, living. You know how life can take you away. I have missed the blog world! I am attempting to blog from my iPad. New for me. Let's see if it works. Hope to post more this week with photos and such.
"First came a daughter followed soon by a son And the horse I was riding broke into a run Another baby, a girl child was born And our lives changed forever as we all became one ... But a part of my soul was put on a shelf As I slowly became someone else Susan Clark
We each during the course of our lives take parts of our selves and put them away, on a shelf inside. I don't think we are even aware of this.
It occurs without thought. Sometimes those parts get put away because our family disapproves or society tells us that isn't appropriate for the role of our lives. We put away our childish ways, sometimes our dreams and aspirations. Often, as women and mothers we feel the need to put away those very aspects of ourselves that feed our souls. We believe that our children need us to be whatever our definition of "mother" is.
And yes we do need to be there for our children. Our families.
But be careful of the cost of putting too much of yourself away. Our children need us to be ourselves, to be true to our inner longings. We need to model for them that being yourself is important.
Those very parts we put away are still there. And they will be expressed, they will rise. In a positve or negative way.
Sit with them, invite them to be a real part of who you are. They often are the very thing you need to be for your own sanity, for your own self and soul.
This thread in my mind came to me because of a Facebook group I am part of, The Art Journaler. Each month a wonderful theme is given with quotes and ideas to use in an art journal. You can post your journal pages if you like. You can see the lovely work of others. I am enjoying this group of supportive women. You can find out more at The Art Journaler.
The lyrics are from a vocal artist from New Mexico, Susan Clark. Her voice, music and lyrics have been a big part of my life. I love her music. She can be found at Susan Clark Music.
Hope your weekend is beautiful and filled with love and laughter!
I am part of her mentoring project, Let Your Light Shine which is wonderful.
I have loved every project, every prompt. Roxanne is a warm, gentle soul whose kindness and guidance has helped me to find my own voice in my art. I am so enjoying the process of each piece I've created and the pieces I've created I have loved. Each one is a bit more of my own voice, my own vision.
The quote above is a favorite John O'Donohue quote. I have been listening to him.
"Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect oblique side of yourself. If you do, it will take you where you need to go, but more impotant it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey."
Finding space before the busyness of the new year takes hold.
Feeling a sense of openness - a sense of grounding within.
My friend, Lisa at Life Unity wrote this wonderful post about finding your center.
I know that I have always loved tadasana in Yoga (mountain pose). It has always helped me to center, to feel the earth beneath my feet and the core of my being. This has gradually carried into my day to day life. When I find myself feeling scattered, unsure, upset, if I remember to breathe in and feel that deep feeling of myself in my center I always feel better. I can then become aware of the current moment and not simply react to the stress or whatever is occuring.
It boils down to awareness. To be aware - to breathe - to listen.
Yesterday I was playing in my sketch book - this being appeared - She is not usually what shows up in my sketch book! A bit whimsical actually. But she came and had those words to say.
"You are KIND, compassionate, CREATIVE and CRAZILY beautifully YOU!"
She made me smile, made me feel wonderful.
Then I went off to blogland - and wonderful Natasha from Creative Nachos posted her wonderful painting and I was even more happy. (Go take a looks and see what I mean!)
Her wise words stuck with me all day!
"THAT – that moment right there – should be harnessed and sprinkled upon every beautiful soul. That moment when you love yourself so unconditionally that you can look in the mirror and say, “Yes!” to everything about you!"
I hope you have an absolutely wonderful day and listen to that self that tells you that you are CRAZILY BEAUTIFULLY YOU!