What if the peace is held in the paradox? I feel that If we can go there, inside the spaces between spaces, we will be able to find our way home. It is in resisting the paradox that we can cause even more self induced suffering.
What if we can find not only something sweet in the paradox, but something even, infinite? And what if that space that is created in our hearts, can inspire us to the kinds actions that light up the world? While at the same time speaking to our own creative fire?
Imagine – painting for a year and a day in process
Really, it is all happening at once? I remember the first time that I realized that birth and death were happening at the same moment. That weddings and broken hearts were simultaneously occurring. I was shocked, in my system, through mind, heart and body. I wondered, how can we hold ‘all that there is’ and stay awake? I don’t know if I ever really recovered from that moment to be honest :)
I just paint it out and in The painting above is a monthly Intentional Creativity Practice that myself and over a hundred other women are journeying on. In the painting is held what I love, what I resist, and even a body count. Held in it are prayers for Standing Rock and the people building the pipeline. For the Presidential family and my transgender friends. I put both and in, and in that, find a spaciousness of self, that allows me to get over my own emotional hang up, and then that allows me to act in clarity and strength. And even, a few moments of bliss.
Is this what love really feels like?
This peace that passes understanding is like a brief glimpse into the infinite.
The key to surviving and thriving
As we move forward I think to key to surviving and thriving will be unique to each soul. My solution won’t be yours. Yours will be a custom design – a collaboration with mind, heart and body that allows for you discover what it is that really works for you. What has you waking up in the morning still glad to be in a body. This is a curation, a design – a choice.
And then there is what there is to do: serve with that love.
I am packing up this morning to go to San Francisco – to teach with my friend Elizabeth Gibbons at Unity Spiritual Center – we are collaborating with them on a the 12 Powers, with different Intentional Creativity Teachers throughout 2017. We also spent most of last week in San Francisco at the Wisdom 2.0 Conference, and you can see a bit of the video – in my next letter I will share the collaborative 3 day art project we did together with over 500+ people.
My updates about what’s coming up next including the FRIDA workshop and United Nations events in New York can be found here.
This Red Thread Cafe morning I starting by laying in bed, by the fire, writing to you, watching the sunlight coming into the redwood trees standing outside my bedroom window. The tiny teacup of a kitty is laying on my heart. Purr Purr Purr.
This is a screenshot, of a video my friend JP Kim took, you can visit it on my Artist Shiloh Sophia FB page, it’s just a few minutes Artist Shiloh Sophia
UP and COMING Events – Today in San Francisco, then onto New York and the FRIDA Workshop and the United Nations, Global Muse Days, a New Prism and a new offering, Lady Cloud…
for the love she felt
the love she gave away
and the love she kept
she danced to free her spirit
and to free other spirits too
she danced in response to joy
and to process pain
she moved her body like her life depended on it
praying for love to come, for sadness to go
she danced for all the people
who can’t dance for themselves
she also taught others to dance
for justice, for truth, for possibility
for healing the broken-hearted
she danced to break the ties that bind
our women our mothers
to bring awareness and healing
she danced to break open the hearts of
our men our fathers
to bring truth and compassion
to invite friendship and art
into the open spaces that the dance created
she danced to keep the flame of true love burning
Excerpted from Tea with the Midnight Muse
and dedicated to my sister Shannon, the Cinnamon Cowgirl
May LOVE be at the CENTER of all CHOICES