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Monday, April 27, 2015

THE CREATIVE PROCESS

"Anyone who says you can't see a thought simply doesn't know art."
~ Wynetka Ann Reynolds ~
 
The creative process is somewhat like a jigsaw puzzle. Thoughts, facts, elements, colors, and textures are the pieces that have to come together somehow in an orderly fashion. Our vision becomes more and more focused as we gather and assemble the parts. They spread out before us as separate entities, and then we shift and arrange them together in just such a way that they form and establish our finished piece.

Art is a process of reduction and refinement. Only the essential remains.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

RECIPE FOR HAPPINESS

"The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials."
~Lin Yutang ~
 
Capture well-being by being honest. Experience love by loving. Prosper through gratitude, clear the mind with each breath, and carry the spirit of hope close.
 
I live large by having the courage to live.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

TREATING OURSELVES WITH KINDNESS

"No matter where you go, there you are."
~Confucius ~
 
We betray ourselves every time that we try too hard, push too far, are insincere, inauthentic, slippery, or cruel. We dishonor our bodies every time that we over-eat, under-eat, work extreme hours, stay up late, fail to exercise reasonably, and think unloving thoughts about the way we look.
     Let's turn this around. Let's befriend ourselves instead. Let's be respectful of our bodies and honor our truths. Let's be healthy by being real, and happy by maintaining our health.

I take good care of my beautiful self.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

MOTHER GOOSE FOR INNER BEAUTY

"Poetry is a packsack of invisible keepsakes."
~ Carl Sandburg ~
 
One, two, who are you?
Three, four, something more.
Five, six, a perfect mix.
Seven,eight, full of grace.
Nine, ten, beautiful within.
 
There is more to me than meets the eye.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

PROCESS

"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish."
~John Quincy Adams ~
 
Indecision and loose ends are difficult to deal with. I prefer certainty and knowing what's what: everything in its proper and predictable place. And yet, life is forever in flux and process and so much of the time we have to wait for more information, other people, better weather, favorable circumstances, or whatever it might be.    
     I used to make decisions impulsively just to make them, but I often paid a price for my impulsivity. It may not be particularly comfortable, but I am learning the value of letting things be what they are and not forcing something that is not yet ready to unfold.
 
I willingly accept the discomfort of needing more time. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

KNOWLEDGE

"We are here and now. Further than that, all knowledge is moonshine."
~HL Mencken ~

Knowledge is uncovered like tiny jewels buried in the sand. A flash of color attracts us, and then is covered over again. We dig and cannot find it, and yet, we know it's there. We have to wait for the wind and changing currents to show it to us yet again- when we are ready, and when the timing is just right.

I trust that I will know what I need to know when I need to know it.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

SPRING!

"And Spring arose from the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere,
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
Rose from the dreams of its wintery rest."
~Percy Bysshe Shelley ~
 
Spring is truly an incredible phenomenon- that the seemingly dead and drab winter landscape bursts to life in yellow, purple, pink, white, red, and such endless shades of green! I've always been more of a fall person than a spring person, but this spring just seems excessively exquisite. Maybe it's that I've never seen it quite so clearly before. It is hope delivered, and the fresh light of warmth and renewal.
     And something about the spring feels happy as well- with everything waking up and saying hello with such enthusiasm. Let's not miss it. It will be gone in a flash.

I am sincerely grateful for the seasonal cycle of spring.