Category Archives: Art of Health

Living a Healthful Life is an Art Form. Here’s some food, exercise, and other thoughts.

Out of the Chaos and Into the Womb

French Bouquet Sky, I think I’ll save this video for The Sensual Artist classes. Colors from a French Bouquet of Anniversary flowers…for Heather.

When the Shame, Sadness, Fear, and Pain Reach the Edge of Overwhelm: Deload

Today was a retreat to the womb day. I came across the term ‘deload’ connected to athletic training. It signals a time to step away from the weights, machines, & exercise regime, to regroup before falling into the flames of overwhelm. As I feel myself catapulted into the sadness, anger, intensity, and chaos of the world, I have to ‘deload’ for self survival. This means stepping away from news, social media, & updates and switching my focus to creativity. Making, doing, playing takes me back to simpler times when I didn’t instantaneously know everyone’s thoughts in the world. I’m no good to anyone, least of all myself, until I regain inner balance. Only then can I re-enter the world as a whole, sane, loving person again. Less thinking/hurting/anger, more doing.

I gave myself a challenge: a painting with all colors mixed to match the colors of a French Bouquet of Anniversary flowers. This became a meditation of a pink and blue sky with a Santa Fe landscape. I immersed myself into mixing experiments to make the right lavenders, blues, soft pinks, and golden tones, of the original  sprigs, roses and sunflowers. Very Monet looking colors. Plus to me, skies are a dream of flying/angel/bird/dragon worlds of escapism, endless miles, and eternity. Skies heal and comfort me.

‘…most of us are both brave and afraid at the same moment, all day long.’ Brene’ Brown

Painting gets me back into the flow of energy, and away from the paralyzing darker emotions. I felt myself move away from the intensity, and into the lightness of being. When I’m in this happier place, I have something to offer, something to grow on, something to share. It lessens the anxiety about things I have no control over, and allows me to ease into the unplugged no time of pure creativity. This also allows Inspiration to enter into the world of infinite possibilities, the land of Big Dreams.

I also reinstated the Jar of Awesome. Many have spoken of this over the years, and it’s time for me to bring it back. Write any good, awesome, ‘fill you with happiness’ moments throughout the day on a slip of paper & place it into the jar. The next time turmoil whacks your emotions, dip into the jar to remind yourself of the goodness there. It’s always there, waiting for us to remember, to snap out of the hypnotic state of mass distraction, and to come back to ourselves.

So retreat to the womb of all creation when necessary. Get away from the land of the Inbox, the Tweet, the message, and ‘deload’ to let your mind wander, roam, and discover yourself again. Visit here when necessary. Go for a day or even for a few hours a day, every day. Give yourself permission to fly with the eagles and explore.

A great book about one mans way of cultivating empty space as a way of life for the creative process is The Art of Learning, by Josh Waitzkin.

Great Ct Sky

Petals from the French Bouquet

Stability in a Shifting World

Stability in a Shifting World

Do You ever Wonder how to be Grounded in the Whirlwind of Life? The Whisperings & Lessons of Fox Medicine still come to me. Thick and Lush, the Forest holds many secret places, and hidden dangers. The 1700’s stone wall is theĀ  highway for small creatures, as the stream flows deeply beyond, cutting through it…Continue Reading

The Mystical & Cyberspace

The Mystical & Cyberspace

Days of Demands, Distractions, & Decisions My first real warning of a problem brewing was when Donald the Russian (I’m not making this up!!) somehow appeared as a member of my online class without paying! Then suddenly, both of my WordPress sites became un-secured. Next came the results from an orthodontist: braces for 2 years…Continue Reading

Committed to Happiness

Committed to Happiness

Mind is just crazy to defend itself, validate, be right It’s such an obsessive thing. I understand it’s kept me alive this long and served me well. But there has to come a time to reign it in, get control, and just settle down. Mind can’t stand to be disrespected, dishonored, or especially dismissed! But…Continue Reading

Where has Consciousness Gone…?

Where has Consciousness Gone…?

The Mental World is a Sticky Business It sucks you in. It’s like a Carnival side show that holds your undivided attention. A scary movie that keeps you glued to the screen. Monkey Mind obsesses, as outlandish thoughts keep the masses hypnotized, astounded, and limited. Chemicals course through our bodies with every emotion, playing havoc…Continue Reading

Song of the Mother

Song of the Mother

Earth Mother is the Goddess Herself, and She Has Knowledge to Share Ancients have known Her as Gaia, Danu, Tara, Mut, Shikena, Ninsun, Asherah, Pachamama, Hathor, Durga, Shakti, and Rhea. Thousands of Earth Mother fertility figures have been found worldwide, dating back 35,000 years. Her songs are of love, abundance, and beauty, as well as…Continue Reading

Invoking the Goddess

Invoking the Goddess

Keeping Balance in my Personal Patriarchal Overload The Microcosm reflects the Macrocosm! Surrounded by workers installing new cathedral windows before winter ‘really’ hits, and nursing a husband who has returned from a trip with bronchitis that hopefully is not pneumonia, I had to take stock of my situation and find ways to express my creativity.…Continue Reading

Out of the Chaos and Into the Womb

When the Shame, Sadness, Fear, and Pain Reach the Edge of Overwhelm: Deload Today was a retreat to the womb day. I came across the term ‘deload’ connected to athletic training. It signals a time to step away from the weights, machines, & exercise regime, to regroup before falling into the flames of overwhelm. As…

Stay Calm Through the Storm
Stability in a Shifting World
Art: An Antidote to Stress
The Mystical & Cyberspace
Capturing Creativity
Committed to Happiness
Where has Consciousness Gone…?
Song of the Mother
Invoking the Goddess