Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Breath in suffering. . . .

Breath out Compassion.
I love those two lines. When my heart races, when I feel panic or anxiety, when the stress of life feels like it will knock me down, I try to stop and say those two lines slowly several times. I breath in my own suffering, and then breath out compassion for myself.
Working in the journal, of course, is an extended way to do just this.
Playing with paper, images, color, words, arranging and gluing these things down in my journal is a way for me to process my own need for transmuting my anxiety into beauty.
This page today is really about that - making beauty.
Collage is such a powerful way to access the subconscious.
Actually, it feels like it is a way to heal the subconscious.
I know in paint, the same thing can happen, but I find the careful planning needed to make a painting interferes with my creative sub-conscious process.
For me, collage works the same way dreams do -- something gets spoken that I didn't know.
I try to not use my head too much, to just listen and let the images flow.
I have my studio mostly set up, and I am eager to mine the gems of my new life here at the foothills of the Rockies.
Life is not without stress, but what we do with our stress can turn our lumps of coal into amazing diamonds.
I can thank my journal for helping me with this process.

"I've dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas: they've gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the colour of my mind." --Emily Bronte

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