Thursday, May 29, 2008

Having it out with Hope

Paper collage, 6" x 10"

Emily Dickinson says...

"Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,

And sings the tune without the words,

And never stops at all..."

Thich Nhat Hanh says...

"Western civilization places so much emphasis on the idea of hope that we sacrifice the present moment. Hope is for the future. It cannot help us discover joy, peace, or enlightenment in the present moment"

Wikipedia says...

"Hope is a belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one's life. Hope implies a certain amount of despair, wanting, wishing, suffering or perseverence— i.e., believing that a better or positive outcome is possible even when there is some evidence to the contrary. Hope is distinct from positive thinking, which refers to a therapeutic or systematic process used in psychology for reversing pessimism."

The University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center says...

"Higher levels of hope are correlated with better coping skills and higher levels of pain tolerance. For spinal cord injury patients and adolescent burn survivors, those with higher levels of hope showed better coping with the problem, less depression, fewer harmful-to-recovery behaviors, and interacted better with caregivers. Using a cold-pressor test, Snyder and Brown (in Snyder, 2000) found that higher hope correlated positively with less perceived pain and greater endurance for pain. For cancer patients, higher hope was related to greater knowledge and better coping with the disease."

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Two New Workshop Series!

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Monday, May 19, 2008

Blooming Buddha

paper collage, 4" x 6"

A good friend of mine remarked to me the other day something like this: "When we met each other almost ten years ago, you were hidden. You were not happy; you were scared to grow. You were not who you are today. You have blossomed. You are a flower now, a continuously blossoming flower."

Friday, May 16, 2008

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Three Soul Collages

Yesterday I attended a Soul Collage workshop facilitated by Alia Calendar called "Nature as a Force of Healing." I created three three collages with nature in mind, and I am still trying to understand them. These collages don't feel "done" to me yet; I feel the need to splatter paint or drip wax or add string or feathers. Perhaps more adornment will create more meaning.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Self Portrait

mixed media collage, 5" x 5"

I'm so delighted that my friend O. has moved into my neighborhood! Today she hosted a garden work party, where beautiful garden beds, once a sketch in her mind, became real. And O. is being so generous with allowing friends (including me!) to use garden space in her yard as well. I plan on growing some sunflowers and perhaps some vegetables. This day of watching so many willing hands digging and planting in the earth made ache for summer. As I stared at O.'s yard, I tried to imagine what her garden would look like in August. Oh, August. I felt a warmth in my stomach, like a sunflower itself were trying to grow right inside me.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Friday, May 02, 2008