Thursday, January 21, 2010

check in - what lights you up?

In our covenant circles at my U.U. church, we would do a check-in. It is an extended status update (to borrow from Facebook) about how our lives are going. It sort of is an oral journal page, if you will!
I have been sending my check-in's to my two BFF's back in New Jersey, and it feels sad to do this in an e-mail and not in person, like we have done for years. I don't have anyone here yet in the new State of Colorado to do a check-in with. Also, until my brother and his wife leave for their U.K. Gig next week, we have been living in the basement, to be out of their way. And this basement is a bit cold. So for a few weeks now, I have been in a cold basement, trying to get my studio set up, getting my 14 year old daughter to go to a high school she is not happy with every day, and to top it all off, I got a dooooozy of a cold.
So right now, it is 3 in the morning, and I am sneezing and coughing, and bundled up a bit, sitting at my messy desk in the new studio which is still chaotic and not put together well.
And I open my journal to write.
Nothing comes.
I feel there is something radically new for me here in this new State.
I feel like my work needs to take a whole new turn.
I know that our reason for being here on this earth has to come from our heart - that the thing that lights us up is the very thing we should pursue, not just for our own health, but for the health of all. Journaling has been this light for me - what feels like my soul work.
Up until now, I have been photographing, collaging, pasting images and words and colors in these books, but I have so many other interests that I want to explore.
I love making art in community, and if I can, I will get together a creative journaling group meetup here.
But I still feel like something is missing.
It might just be a question of getting settled in here, finding my routine. This work does feel like a calling, and I know how healing art is.
That's it somehow, making these pages and sharing them feels so healing to me, I want to share the healing-ness of it more than just here.
I am thinking of asking the local women's prison if they would like me to come teach a class. or something like that.
There has to be a way to give back with this work.
any ideas?

"Healing Art is being born as we speak. The concept is catching fire, is awakening in people's spirits. . . Artists, musicians and dancers are realizing their imagery has meaning . . . that their imagery heals them, others, their neighborhood, or the earth."
--Michael Samuels

["हीलिंग कला का जन्म होता है के रूप में हम बात कर रहे हैं."]

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