Monday, November 30, 2009
A little over a month ago I signed up to participate in the creative every day challenge for November and while I truly thought about being creative every day, the action itself never quite manifested for me. My time was spent at work, traveling to Arizona to support my sister who was participating in the breast cancer walk, and unfortunately visiting and worrying about family members who were in the hospital. Just six months ago I would have considered this to be a failure, but today I’m simply happy to be aware of the creativity living inside of me. I feel more alive and vital than I have in a very long time and I think that is what the creative process is all about. I enjoyed visiting the blogs of other participants and learned a lot in the process! Lots of fun!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
I'm taking a drawing class and this week our homework was a self-portrait in charcoal studying light and shadow. I look a bit wonky and my choice of paper was wrong, but I think there is some resemblance--hey, my family knows it's me! At any rate, I'm learning and growing and I can't ask for more than that!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
My attempts at art continue...LOL, but I love it and so I move forward no matter how slowly. In my drawing class this week we worked on angles and planes, which I found easier than negative spaces, but that isn't saying much! In all honesty the class is so much fun that my classmates and I are already upset that there are only 4 classes left in this session! We are learning a lot and our teacher is very, very encouraging. She will find something positive to say about each and every drawing even if she has to search through gobs of charcoal! She's a saint!
Friday, October 9, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I’m home, enjoying a bit of vacation time, and finally able to post! For the last few weeks I have been part of a group that is working through “The Joy Diet” and while I have been carving out the time necessary for the book, my posts have been non-existent! Time to remedy that…
When you begin to actually let yourself do it, there’s something magical about carving out a bit of time that is yours and yours alone. In fact, I think there’s something that borders on miraculous about doing nothing if only for a few moments every day even if it is the hardest thing ever! This week has really shown me the importance of doing nothing which is funny because I have been practicing yoga for just about eleven years now and teaching for about 18 months. I know all about the benefits of meditation so there should be no excuses. So why, I wonder, has there been so much resistance? Frankly, confronting that “final frontier” of the mind is just plain old scary. There’s a lot of rumbling going on—a storm of a magnitude that is difficult to confront and sit comfortably with. Doing nothing puts you fully in touch with the shadow side of yourself and that can be a bit unsettling!
In order to find our truth (chapter 2) we are to ask ourselves the questions: What am I feeling? What hurts? What is the painful story I’m telling? Can I be sure my painful story is true? Is my painful story working? Can I think of another story that might work better? Just like doing nothing, digging deeper and exploring our “inner self” is uncomfortable work, but if we are going to unearth who we really are at our core we have to sort through the stories we tell ourselves about who we are. It’s hard, but so worth it! Just think of all the unnecessary garbage we can rid ourselves of!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Half or maybe three-quarters of the battle when starting something new is just summoning up the courage and a little bit of faith to actually take the first step-to dip that brush into a bit of paint, or to draw your legs upward into a headstand. The other portion of the battle lies in not worrying what the final painting looks like or if you take a tumble rather than hold that perfect headstand. My point is that it’s easy to freeze, easy to let your fear or pride soil or stifle the mystery that might unfold from within you if you would just take the leap and explore the many facets of your inner self.
My “move” this week was trying an art journal technique (pictured here) that I watched on You Tube by the lovely Tam at Willowing.org. I had my hand at a bit of shading and while I’m pleased as punch to be playing in paint, I’m looking forward to practicing what I’ve learned—the great Yogi, Pattabhi Jois always said, “practice and all is coming.” His words are a life lesson on and off the yoga mat. Practice. Just focus on the practice without worrying about the outcome. Practice, it’s the heart of movement.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
That closet always intrigued me, and lately I have been asking myself, when we meditate or simply sit quietly with our thoughts, what is it that we create when we go inside, when we really listen? Our minds are similar to the magic closet in that we often times store away ideas, feelings and memories and pull out things we didn’t know existed within us, which can be both exciting and disconcerting. Whether we recognize it right away or not, the excavation is almost always an opportunity for growth. Take time to sit down with yourself every day. You may be surprised at what you find way back in your internal corners! Explore, experiment, create!
Saturday, August 1, 2009
The theme for August, I believe, is "move." I feel some yoga inspired art coming on!
Friday, July 31, 2009
So yes, this blog is a beginning, an exploration really—of my path toward 50. There are 483 days (including today) before I mark that particular anniversary of my birth, and I have decided that since, as they say, life is short, that each day really does needs to matter, needs to stand on its own as important and meaningful. I feel the urge to dive more fully into yoga as a practice and a philosophy, to read—OK, devour—books from self-help to “True Blood” and everything in-between, and to stick my toe into the world of art just to test the waters. Oh, and if anyone knows how I can pet an elephant sometime in the next 483 days, please let me know!
I’m going to try to post my first foray into the world of art. We’ll see how that goes for this technologically challenged woman! At any rate, my newly found love of all things creative can be credited first to Dawn from Enchanted Journey (thank you Dawn for your wonderful vision board class!), and then to listening to many a podcast via Kimberly Wilson on her Hip Tranquil Chick website. I found a whole new world out there in the way of mixed media artists and creativity in general. Lots of fun and tons of inspiration!
Until next time…