Art & The Soul's Blossoming

I’ve come to believe that we need art order to be alive. Without it — whether experienced or expressed — our physical heart may continue beating, but our soul withers. Art is a fundamental nourishment. Just as food nourishes the physical body, art nourishes the soul. It is as simple as that.

As I’ve been making visual art these past few years, I’ve done a lot of thinking about what it is about it that has been so healing for me. I am still working on that. What I can say, is that in the process of painting and collaging, I have learned to surrender myself to my Soul’s yearning to move through my body and be expressed. With that has come a kind of joy and elation I have not known since I was a child.

Whenever I am creating — making, writing, painting — I have to outlaw the word ‘good.’ The process is about YES. And that process, the process of expression without hesitation, is more important to me than anything I could possibly produce. It is through that that I am connecting to my soul and can feel it becoming stronger, healthier, and more embodied. Through that embodiment comes medicine, medicine for myself, medicine for others. The more I engage the joy of my own soul, the more I am able to see it in others, and to encourage theirs to come forward as well.

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Our Sacred Yes

I believe we must find the Sacred within our everyday lives. This begins and unfolds through finding our true Yes and No.

When we find our Sacred Yes, we are able to move - mind, heart, body and soul - towards what we are called into, whether that is loving, creating, or simply being alive. As we do this, our Soul blossoms.

We begin to find our Sacred Yes by being very gentle and observant with ourselves, noticing what our body and heart respond to when we allow space.

This way of being creates serendipity, enhances synchronicity, and puts us in the flow of a life where Love is the fundamental force creating what we experience.

Our Sacred Yes can be the swipe of a paint brush, listening to a song that has been playing in your head for days. It can be letting the body sway as it stands outside on a cold winter day. It can be calling the friend you have been thinking of, or moving towards a loved one who is in pain with tenderness. It can be adding that extra spice you are drawn towards to your evening meal, pausing at the window as you hold a cup of tea. It can also be letting yourself feel and honor what you have long discarded in yourself as silly, unimportant or wrong.

Whatever it may be, it starts wherever you are. As Mary Oliver said, "the world offers itself to your imagination." It's just a matter of accepting the invitation.

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