My painter’s eye is mesmerized by the colors in nature that change with the season and circadian rhythms of the Earth. It’s autumn in the Northeast, when the days shorten and the longer nights are chilly. This signals the trees to stop their food-making process. As the chlorophyll breaks down, the leaves burst forth in bright colors. This last celebration of their foliage, before it falls and winter arrives, is one of the greatest art shows in the natural world. It is a time to enjoy harvest fruits, wear a cozy sweater, and rake leaves into the compost. Continue Reading
Creative expression is a spontaneous response to what we think and feel in a moment. A creative thinker, feeler and maker uses a favorite medium that gets creativity done. Because inspiration and doing creativity can be chaotic, exhilarating, and sometimes unorganized, it is a good practice to keep the tools and materials we use most in a well-ordered spot, just waiting for our expressive touch.
The things we use for self-expression and self-care are personal and reflect our interests and the unique ways we do creativity. A cookbook, yoga mat, museum membership card, gardening gloves, video camera, or a road map. Simple items like these are what we need to get the process going. Our tools help make our creativity happen. Continue Reading
A sense of place is a feeling that grounds and gives perspective. It is a way of being and belonging and knowing where and who you are. Alone or with a familiar group, it’s that special space, physical or emotional, that engenders personal strength and confidence. This secure sensation of contentment affirms purpose and nurtures passion. We all need to have a sense of place that anchors our well being with an unconditional undercurrent that provides the gravity or lift necessary for our greatest flourishing. Continue Reading