Thursday, May 27, 2010

Acceptance of Feathers

Accepting Life's Feathers, mixed media collage, 8" x 10"

On May 10 and 17, my friend and colleague Natalie Serianni and I co-facilitated a continuing education workshop at Cascadia Community College called "The Healing Process: How Art and Writing Can Help Us Heal." We had five creatively engaged participants for our inaugural workshop, and the whole experience proved to be healing for all involved, including me.

On the second day of the workshop, we played with art materials as we engaged with the theme "living in the present moment."
The art piece I created is above and deals with all of the feathers I am holding in my life right now. I've been trying to transform the feeling of overwhelm in my body into a feeling of abundance. This art piece has helped me acknowledge all that I am doing and allowed me to "drop a few feathers" in the process of holding too much. It's okay to drop a few feathers, for we can't carry them all. A wind blows and poof, those feathers take off in the wind.

How might you depict all of the responsibilities, tasks, and doings in your life right now? In your art piece, would there be a lot of space and room to move? Or is it cluttered and filled to the brim? How might depicting these responsibilities in visual form transform how you relate to the stress or overwhelm you may feel?

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