Or did “I”?
Mac brainstormed another way to hold and apply the brush.
Lydia advised which type of canvas was best and why. Brittany gave me protected space. T-Bird showed me the Aisle of Iridescence. David reminded me to unplug. Totally. Dr. Sam aka Simmone coached me to get to the other side. Catherine rephotographed at the last minute to meet the 7″ x 7″, 300 dpi requirements. Zana was my listening ear when the gremlins needed to be put onto the back parking lot.
“I” didn’t do it. It was the Strong Mountain Mandala that did it.
“I” was just fortunate to be at the center of the mandala this time around.
Ann-Marie McKelvey, The Simplicity of Zen, acrylic on canvas, 2019.
You don’t have to take the hit. You don’t have to say, “Yes”. You don’t have to revisit the old patterns.
Become the breath of courage.
Side step. Turn away. No need to worry about the bullet. It will look for another place to lodge while you skip away to live another reality.
Thank you, Mary Oliver…for unpacking the layers…
Everything is new today
Freshly born Ready to be Seen Heard Felt Tasted And Smelled
Underneath it all is the Awareness of Life
Are you ready to experience it? Are you ready to be freshly born?
Living flower sculpture by artist Makoto Azuma (
The hard part is doing it.
What will it take for you to sit on your cushion? Or take a moment in your parked car? Or rest deeply on a log or walk mindfully?
What will it take for you to steep yourself in awareness?
~Less stress? ~Healthier immune system? ~Lower blood pressure? ~Peace of mind? ~Increased attention span? ~Improved sleep and memory?
What will it take for you to be your oldest and dearest friend?
Helen Frankenthaler, Robinson’s Wrap, 1974, acrylic on canvas. Image in the public domain.
Closing your eyes, breathe out all that is not needed. Inhale all that is needed. Breathe out all that is no longer required Inhale all that is needed. Breathe out all that is outdated Inhale all that is needed. Breathe out all that no longer serves Inhale all that is needed. Repeat.
Reveal yourself to yourself. The self that is you…not the programming of your culture, your parents, your brother or sister. Reveal yourself to yourself. Look in the mirror of your mind.
What does your true face reveal?
New ideas are priceless and fragile at the same time. They must be handled with care or they will implode, never to be seen again. Who we share new ideas with is important during the initial stages.
Hold your idea close to your chest. Let it take form and then reconfigure itself. Give it permission to arise out of the ashes, the swamps, the fresh waters, the blue skies of your imagination.
Frank J. Mace (American), Wool Flowers Under Glass, c. 1935, watercolor, graphite, and pen and ink on paper. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Image in the public domain.
Ideas are alive. The lifespan of an idea has to do with your willingness to explore, create and manifest it.
As ideas accumulate, some are crossed off the list while others build momentum. Every idea is important as they are stepping stones to the ones that will live on to flourish.
Just like inner thoughts, ideas are impermanent. They come and go!
It’s not about the planning. It’s about the unfolding.
Show up. Look around. Breathe into the aliveness. Follow the bread crumbs of your passion. Practice without hesitation. Practice unceasingly.