Slow down, breathe easy, make a poem of your life. Don't let life rush by; reflect. Look for beauty and rejuvenate your soul.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Hard Times

We all hit times when it's difficult to keep going.
When we do we have a Choice:

We can let it get to us, we can falter, lose our step, lose our Self.
We can stand against the threat. We can believe we have what it takes to get through.
We can believe in our Self.

It can be that we need encouragement to choose the second option.
I wrote the poem below last night for a little self-motivation, a reminder to Self of who I am and what I can do.
May it remind you too, whenever you need it to.
With my love attached.

I Will Stand

I will stand against the rain,
Beneath the clouds,
In the face of thunder.
I will not bow
To the lightning strike
Though it set fire to my soul.
I will not shelter from the storm
Though it rage through the branches of the elm
And through my heart.

I will lift my head
And drink the rain,
Let the cool flow of it
Coat my throat,
Let the sound of thunder
Echo through the stone,
Let the wind shout its secrets
To my bones.
I will lift my head.
I will stand against the rain.


Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Different Versions of Me

As you may have noticed I have recently updated my profile photo - I am now no longer a doll but a real person! My 11 year old daughter took the photo of me while I was painting. (I'm keeping my doll photo up too, though, because she is still my presence on several other sites and I like her).
On a similar theme, Violette Clark has been leading us through some shadow work in the 21 Secrets art journaling workshop, allowing us to explore and express both our public face and our shadow side.
My public face is naturally pleasant and light. The words I associated with my public persona included calm, good, caring and teacher. She is on a pedestal (Violette's suggestion, but I felt very fitting - I have spent a lot of time up there).

Next comes the darker version, the side not seen. I found it liberating to reveal her over a background of writing about who she really is. And you know, she's not so bad really!

As well as benefitting from the emotional exercise and producing two different faces (the shadow was done straight onto the page with no initial sketch which was scary to do, but successful!), I also enjoyed pushing myself a little with the mixed media backgrounds of colours, textures and texts.