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Trust the Process

Trust the Process.

Trust the Process

Hmmmm…..not too pretty is it? Let’s see how it turns out. I am done with this image for now, but when I return to it I will video tape the next step of the process. This will be a big challenge because it will mean becoming completely vulnerable and let’s face it, most artists…no…most people spend their lives hiding from their shadows; attempting to come across as ‘perfect’. Well, we really are perfect. Really….we are! Perfect here, perfect now, perfect in this moment because that is how we have shaped our selves to be right here and right now.



DO: Try Something New!

DO: Try Something New!.

DO: Try Something New!

One of my goals this week was to try something new. Believe me, there are a lot of things on my list, but the best thing to do is just go with what your heart feels, and this is what came. I’m not sure if I even like the outcome, but what a THRILL came from trying something new!! It’s how we learn. It’s how we grow. How are we going to know if we don’t try? And if it doesn’t turn out, well, learn from that!

This afternoon a friend loaned me a book to read, “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz. (Something else new!) It is an amazing book..definite recommend. As I was reading, one part in particular made me think of the creation I made today: Ruiz speaks of self-rejection, self-abuse and self-judgment and how although we may at times blame others we are indeed our own worst critics. He speaks of how we have our own perception of what is ‘perfect’ and we are constantly striving for it.

Thinking back to an hour or so before when I had started to play with the pastels, I realized how terrified I had been to try this new creative exploration-despite the fact that I really had no intention of showing it to anybody! No, I was completely judging myself before I even began. In other words, I was letting Fear (False Evidence Appearing Real) be my leader.

The good news is I have conquered fear before, so I was able to summon up the courage to conquer it again. But guess what my first thought was when it was done? NOT GOOD ENOUGH. Definitely not PERFECT!! Yikes! Talk about self-rejection!

Regardless of how I feel about this image (or how anyone else feels about it!) I am proud of myself for taking a risk, which I know will ultimately lead to growth.

Art Gallery

Art Gallery.

LEF Spring Into Wellness Fair

What a wonderful experience I had at the Learning Enrichment Foundation in Toronto! There was entertainment, live workshops, people interacting, mingling and helping each other out and lots of fabulous exhibitors.  My favourite part was having people come and interact at my exhibit to make a collaborative mandala.  Watching people ‘let go’ and get into their creations was heart-warming.  In fact, I almost cried watching the smaller children create.  What happens to our sense of play as we get older????!!!!  I did not take pictures of the people, however, out of respect for their privacy.  I got a couple of shots of the mandala being made, but not of the final!!!!! The kind people at LEF kept it though, to display at their facility.  Blessed, Blessed.  In so many ways I am blessed.  Truly grateful for this opportUNITY!

The Magic of Mandalas

The Magic of Mandalas.

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