My Life of Utter Excess

Excess

I live a life of complete and utter excess.

If I were smarter, that would be all I would say…but no… because I’m excessive.

This doesn’t mean I live a lavish life-style, travel the world, over-eat and drink or spend until I’m over my head. I might have a few too many bites of pizza, now and then, but generally, I’m not gluttonous. My excess is found in the realm of energy.

I spend my energy like it’s a perishable item. I know it IS! But, it doesn’t rot at the rate I’m moving. I realized this when I was gardening this week. Gardening is great for the soul. I’d been working so hard in the studio, I forgot what a salve it can be to push one’s hands into the earth, clear the space, create a beautiful, living canvas. It’s healthy for the body and the mind. I gardened in the 90+ degree heat until I was done… Continue reading “My Life of Utter Excess”

Life is Two-Faced

Two FacedThere are two ways to view the world, I think. The first world-view comes from what others tell us. This includes what we read in newspapers, magazines, on the web, see on TV and hear on the radio. It’s a life scripted by the media. The second view comes from observation in day-to-day living. This view is comprised of data from our 5 senses, observations we get on our walks, at the market, from our work and in the company of family and friends. This view is scripted by your reality.

My experience of the world is vastly different depending upon the view I choose.

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Stillness

stillnessStillness.

Some are made uncomfortable by it.

Stillness is avoided, filled, ruffled and, on the integer scale, falls squarely into the “negative” category.

Stillness is often an undervalued commodity in our lives. We have no need for it until we don’t have it. Then, when we get a taste of it, we’re instantly grateful, take a few, deep sips and, with a swift wave of the hand, quickly dismiss it.

Stillness is not productive. We don’t have time. We don’t make time. Truly, we don’t TAKE time. 

I remember someone once saying the Universe can be heard between the spaces – between the spaces of activities, between the spaces of words, between the spaces of thoughts and breath. The pause is the podium from which wisdom speaks. (click to Tweet). Continue reading “Stillness”

Do You Haiku?

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Recently, I’ve been writing haiku and using the word in my artwork. Today, I’ll share a few of the poems. They focus on our interrelatedness in the world, our actions and intentions and how our small daily acts can impact humanity as a whole.

These haikus are on long, skinny paintings I call “Totems.” Because the substrate is so long, I’ve written multiple haiku “stanzas” on one piece of art. Because of this, one haiku can be multi-versed.

As I wrote these, I was emerging from a darker place, into a space of light. You can see the progression. Maybe you’re in a similar place, or you can relate more easily to one of them. I hope you enjoy.

 

The Dichotomy

The dichotomy.
Your power and strength will win.
Be fair and gentle.

Being strong or soft,
you are capable of both.
the world watches you.

Unfortunately,
whichever path you may choose
some will condemn you.

When we see the worth
Of both our strength and softness
Wisdom will prevail.

 

Garden

For full, joy-filled lives
Ten your best relationships.
They’re your heart’s garden.

 

Friends and Neighbors

They are right next door.
We share the details of life.
Our friends and neighbors.

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