There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness … and wisdom. If one could but recall [her] vision by some sort of sign. It was in this hope that the arts were invents. Sign-posts on the way to what may be. -Robert Henri
Robert Henri’s wisdom guided me through motherhood and continues to guide me through many a creative realization — especially with regard to embracing the quirkiness of my process as an artist/writer.
Creating templates and writing content as a starting point for something as diverse as a journal-planning practice can feel a bit like trying to capture the wind …
Living free is what happens when you compassionately dare to be more of who you already are.
Living free is to discover that meaning — purpose, fulfillment and comfort — is not only in what we have in this moment but what we decide to step into, to seek and discover in the midst of “I don’t know’s” …
And being willing to linger in the messy middle after we decide to follow our hearts.
Naming your life purposes involves connecting the dots among your desires, your appetites, your dreams, your goals, your values, your principle, your intentions, and everything else pressing down on you and welling up within you. If you were to try to connect all those dots — if, for example, you were to creative a document as long as a manual by which to live — you would likely never dip into that manual or find a way to make good use of it. The better choice, and it’s a really good one, is to keep it simple. -Eric Maisel
my Full Moon collage art for July
Once your panic subsides and you begin working on each of your interests, one after another, you’ll let go of the dread that life will pass you by. You’ll understand that today, tomorrow, and next year you’re going to use every bit of talent, curiosity, and intelligence that’s inside you. –Barbara Sher
One of the prompts/templates in the “Quarter Planning” Module is to create a full moon vision board (or card, page, etc.)
The full moon phase is a cyclical invitation to notice your own personal “fullness” — your wholeheartedness; a time for self-compassion and declarations, self-honesty and clarity.
And here you are. Whatever happened or didn’t happen before now is what was. You can’t live it over. -Jean Shinoda Bolen
The past two days have been about kindred conversations, drive time ponderings and remembering “past lives” (my alter egos). About “knowing my audience” and celebrating the fact that I am okay with needing an affirming nod of acceptance now and then.
The secret life of Me breathes in the wind and holds all things together soulfully. -Hildegard of Bingen
Quarter moons offer us a celestial visual of progression — the first quartet moon waxing — illumination increasing. Continue reading
Each individual, regardless of circumstances, holds a unique gift to share with the world … -Carolyn Rubenstein
Your unique gift awaits your attention, Braveheart. Attention via your creative experiments, self-directed study as well as your willingness to join a community of like-minded people.
What is important … must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood. -Audre Lorde, The Cancer Journals
For the past two weeks I have been reading pages of Writing as a Way of Healing each morning upon waking; I am in the midst of a “depression self-study” via my writing practice as a scheduled container of time and intention along with making my ICAD art.
Reading was followed by writing and posting excerpts from this book here each morning since the full moon. This is the final entry and includes links to all posts in this series.
Current ICAD work station. ♥ Grateful that my hand-me-down desk from my Mimi has a separate pull out work-space. Having everything I need together in one place facilitates honoring my promise to myself to create one card a day through July. [The color wheel was in an envelope of photographs … but I have no idea why it was in there. Perhaps from a stash and dash in the past??]
Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans. -Peter F. Drucker
Commitment is doing the work after we promise ourselves to try; doing our best to honor our intention, and facilitate our actions, even as we stumble through our doing.
Living in-fullness requires time and space for creative processing. -stargardener
My practice of journal-planning is not about performance. It is about a promise to myself to honor a daily commitment for creative processing: