I no longer SEEK solitude
as a way to scape anyone
the 🌎 world nor ... as a way of protection
I SEEK solitude
as a way to reconnect with myself
as a way to sort out the ENERGY
I put OUT into the world
as a way of taking responsibility
for my feelings and reactions •
A friend of mine said:
Why ❓ do you keep bumping your head against
a WALL that will never turned into a 🚪 DOOR
Don’t you see yourself Bleeding ?
Stop HOPING TOO MUCH for people who are not ready to open their hearts
Because ☀️ of ☀️ YOU
because of people like YOU who never gave up on ME ... in my worse moments
because this Greek employers who gave me my first job without ever checking my background or referrals and even paid me 2 weeks salary ahead ... since they were going on vacation and wanted to make sure I stop looking for a Job while they were gone
They trusted me when I didn’t even speak English
BECAUSE of those employers I had alone the line who trusted me and approved classes I was not even supposed to take base on my position at the time
BECAUSE of friends like you who saw me making screw UP bad decisions and never left my side regardless of distance
BECAUSE of friends like YOU who is checking on my dad’s well being
and years ago send people to save my sister’s life without EVER bragging about it ... nor telling me of your deeds
My friends ... my 😇 Angels
I want to be more like all of you
while always embracing my essence •
Everyday my studio practice includes space for silence, introspection + study. I’m thirsty to learn all I can about my craft, humanity, life + myself.
This time allows me to go inward + gain clarity of voice— set the intention before a single drop of paint finds its way to the canvas.
Poets like Naomi Shihab Nye, Ciona Rouse, Rilke, Lucille Clifton + Mary Oliver teach me how to pay attention + that our lives are poems.
This new work unfolding in the studio are visual poems; they tell the story of my weathered beating heart. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What artist is triggering your imagination these days?
Do share below. I’d love to hear.
#artisttakeovercotfa @larartstudio 📷 @laciebrawner
This weekend's New Moon was a special one, as it has called in the beginning of the New Vedic Year (Saka). On Bali, this day is called Nyepi, the 'Day of Silence'. On Nyepi Day, complete calm envelops the island. No motor vehicles are allowed on the streets, everybody resides in their homes, meditating, fasting, and relaxing. No wifi, no phones; no lights are turned on at night. A wonderful opportunity to take a few full days to go inward.
So what happens when you go into this experience of silence?
Initially your internal dialogue likely becomes even more turbulent. After a while, the mind realizes that there is no point in going around and around if YOU - the Self, the choice maker - are not going to speak. Then, as the internal dialogue quietens, you begin to experience the field of pure stillness.
In silence, even the faintest intention will ripple across the underlying ground of universal conciousness.
But if you don't experience stillness in consciousness, if your mind is like a turbulent ocean, you could throw a huge rock into it, and you wouldn't notice a thing.
The key to arrive in this stillness, in this place of deep peace within yourself? Meditation.
Through meditation you will learn to experience the field of pure silence and pure awareness.
Meditation is not leisure activity – though it takes time and requires relaxation. From a spiritual perspective you relax in order to meditate rather than meditating just in order to relax. You can survive without meditation. But it is the wind in the sail of the soul. If life is more than survival, if life is about growth, flourishing, integration, then meditation is necessary. It is a work that harmonises the usually discordant dimensions of our consciousness. (The Goal of Life, Meditatio Series 2005 B ) - PHOTO: LAURENCE FREEMAN, MEXICO #dailywisdom#christianmeditation#peace#contemplation#laurencefreeman#wccm#silence#quiet#innerbalance