Monday, December 20, 2010

myth, meaning, mystery

I always have this urge for travel.
Not tourism, not just ticking off a list of sights, but being deeply in another place. The places that feed my soul the most deeply are natural, mountains, rivers, oceans, groves of trees, paths down natural and wild places.
But also, I have loved being in historic capitals of Europe and learning of the history of where my ancestors came from, and learning about amazing artists, writers, architects of these places and how they created brilliance that inspires me today.
I have given up wondering why I have this urge, and let these longings direct me, following my bliss, which Joseph Campbell talks about.
And although I do love wild places, my body also loves comfort, and sometimes the best way to experience the wonders of the world are by watching a film, or reading a book about it.
I think the connection to anyone in history who has lived the myth of their lives, found meaning in their work, used the Spirit of place to make meaning is what attracts me.
Getting out of our comfort zone makes us really see. The rut is what I am escaping. I love making art out of experience, hence, creative journaling!
I am finding my mission statement, my meaning for being, it's just taken me a few decades to get there.

"Tell me what it is that you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? A ship is safe in port, but that is not what ships are for." --Mary Oliver


  1. Beautiful! Love all your creative journaling. Hope you are having a wonderful day. Tammy

  2. I, too, love Mary Oliver quotes--just beginning my journal journey...julierose

  3. Em,I so understand about the body liking the comfort. I think it might come with age because when I was a child I never felt uncomfortable.

  4. oH Em also can I please ask you a question about your journal pages. I have just started doing pages and having a problem with them sticking together. I have been doing gel transfers and sticking it down with mod podge. Could you share with me the best way to seal please? Thanks

  5. Kim - I think to put sheets of dry wax paper between the pages helps.
    I also use a heat gun to help dry the pages before I close up the book if they are damp.
    Here in Colorado it is so dry that it has been easier.
    also, modge podge might not dry as well as some of the other mediums. . . .
    maybe try other brands and see if you have better luck.
    happy journaling!