Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Finding Water Section 2 and 3..

The Eyes Have it 2

As artists, we run a risk of staleness if we close ourselves off to fresh experiences. Each day must remain an exploratory expedition. We must reaming tourist on our home terrain. We must hold on to a sense of adventure. To do this we must keep our curiosity alive and gently feed it. Walking the world moves towards us at a manageable rate. 

Personal thoughts…. Where I’m at personal or with some experience walking is an act of moving forward and it’s Me that is doing it, though I walk with that eddie thing…love that word…Eddie reminds me of being a wanderer…exploring at whim anything that strikes my fancy.  When I walk in the woods I come across people out there doing the same things walking for their health and or adventure to see what nature has for us to view and experience.  All these people I see in the woods might be call surface relationship but I would say it’s a bit deeper than that…we are experiencing the same area of land and time. Though we could get more acquainted it’s good where it’s at.   There is something to be said though about the daily encounters we meet. Can’t I dare to say those little encounters make our day? I know Aldo the retired barber I see walking in the woods…he’s had some health issue as one time he told me about as we stopped for a moment to share but every time I see him, there is a recharge of good positive energy.

How are some of your daily friendly encounters with human beings going for you?

 Connecting 3

Oh what is it with Pink in this Chapter? Must be all the trees and flowers blooming not one of my favorite colors to wear, but I surely can visualize what she is experiencing… I think we all can.  How do we connect?  First off it’s not by comparing, or pulling judgment that would disconnect us.

Personal thoughts… I remember working with our elementary school  on a yearlong project called Common Landscapes, what a year it was working with likeminded creative moms feeding off of each other, still to this day the teach talk about the group we had together and how the parents, students, teacher and rest of the educational staff all worked together so smoothly.  So to get to the point here about connection, we had to look at what was in common with people that lived in Africa especially around the Sierra Leone area and Tanzania.  What we did is looked at what was the common and not that it was the same but an area that we could relate to.  Example Chairs…well it seems that living on the land there were chairs that people sat on, not just the ground and these chairs where made especially for two purposes, one to rest their head and one to sit on. They were custom made by the person themselves and decorated with carvings and embellishments. We all looked at pictures of them and then the older 6th grade students did assemblages and paint in groups to found chairs, us mothers gathered on trash day.  We had them displayed at the end of the year when we did this big celebration for all that we experience that year. Food, writing of stories, what people wore and how the create art etc. 

So back to connection in this section…Julia shares about blooming where you are planted. What does that have to do with finding your true north I ask?  Dare I say is it part of a process and not an end result? She share’s she must do some self-talk and lecturing to open her eyes to the beauty all around. It takes discipline to find the glory hidden in these concrete canyons.   Or is this a way of coming out of yourself and seeing the bigger picture when in turn helps one possibly balance into the life they have now?  

Remember seeing is believing find an image that speaks to you of your life and one that you believe will speak to others. In reaching out to others, we remind ourselves that we too are beloved and missed… Can we connect this week and share an image if possible and if not can you share a written image. 

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