Saturday, February 25, 2012

Body and Spirit

Sorry I’ve been away from my blogging for a little while.  Like most of us, I have had a lot going on in my life and it became overwhelming.  I have wrestled with health issues as some of you are already aware, catching several types of flu in a row and then worrying about my internal organs. Health is so important and when it becomes fragile or iffy it is scary.  It seems as though a lot of my worry and fear were for naught because I am actually pretty healthy according to the recent tests.  I have become more attentive to all the messages from the universe and ether about health issues. I started on some supplements that are supposed to fight off carcinogens (always a fear for the painter) and recently bought an intiguing book on health that I heard about from an art therapist.  It is called “Your Body Speaks Your Mind,” Decoding the Emotional, Pyschological, and Spiritual Messges that Underlie Illness,” by Deb Shapiro.  It is very compelling and really reinforces the body-mind continuum so central to holistic health. In my studio I continue to create mandalas.  I was beginning to feel however as though the format was somewhat limiting, that is until I received my book, “Mandala: Luminous Symbols for Healing,” by the recently departed Judith Cornell, PH.D.  This book is filled with gorgeous, spiritually illuminating mandalas that Cornell created. After my initial look-through of the book,  I feel inspired to continue down the mandala path.  I even have my students making little 10” square mandalas.  There mandalas are on paper and colored with tissue paper.  They are turning out beautifully.  Children have such a great eye and natural inclination to be creative, if they could just keep their mouths closed long enough to let the creativity in their minds manifest on the paper.  Speaking of creativity, I have been nominated for the Circle of Moms top 25 blog award.  You can vote for my blog here:  (just scroll down until you find Stephanie’s Studio). This Circle of Moms Top 25 Creative Moms Award is for mothers who blog but not necessarily entirely about motherhood.  It is a way of honoring creative moms. I don’t actually know why I am posting “Woman with Pig” today, except that she is so playful and filled with joy.  She is holding the space I want to exist within, happily with her animal companion.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Full Snow Moon

Last night Full Snow Moon was outstanding.  I couldn’t quite believe my eyes.  She was luminous, and there is no other way to say it—huge! The yellowish cast was glowing.  I didn’t want my drive to end because I wanted to stay outside with her and just stare, and yes, I was slightly afraid I’d run into something.  That name prominent in some Native American groups and in the Farmer’s Almanac seems slightly out of place though this month—Full Snow Moon.  We have been in a phase I call Perpetual Almost Spring. In the Chicago we have set many records for warmest winter months and lack of snow in comparison to what we usually get.  We have had so little snow and it has been very warm by Chicago standards.  I listened several times to climatologists speak on NPR and PBS about why this phenomena has come to be but it still scares me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not crying over warm weather but there is a since of dread for the future that does arise when something so unnatural persists. I am from the East Coast and lived in a wetland that flooded a lot.  There were times when we took a row boat to get to waterless portions of the road, to get to the school bus and we lost our yard numerous times to floods.  I have heard a lot about how the warmer temperatures we are experiencing could lead to the rising of sea levels worldwide and this could have such a huge negative impact on all coastal areas.  Then too, there is the polar situation and our beloved polar bear’s entire way of life is threatened as well as that of many other creatures and life forms. Our world is changing rapidly and in so many ways that it is dizzying.  This image I am posting today is a colored pencil drawing done with Prismacolors and it is a reflection on nature and on change.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Imbolc Meditation

For a brief few moments my mind emptied of endless chatter and thoughts.  I saw an empty space at first and then out of the hollow came first a soft whistle and then just the voice of the Goddess. It had to have been Brighid.  It is almost time to come out of hibernation.  Soon you will be feeling the vibrational energy of the sun’s heat, as I warm the earth.  Stay quiet and still for now but realize the dormancy is about to end; new life, warmth and beautiful colors are waiting to come to the fore, for today is Imbolc!