I just had a coaching session with the amazing Sarah Peyton (she does trauma work) in which we discussed how sometimes we find vices that provide a sense of comfort that usually mothering provides. It was a fascinating session and reminded me how important it is to develop a practice of gentle self care that includes respectful self-connection and the skills to provide ourselves with the comfort, care and kindness that a mothering figure might.
For me, creating art provides that. When I go into that art zone space, I feel safe, self connected and able to compassionately respond to myself. I enter into a zone that feels calm, expressive and cathartic; it’s a space that allows me to connect to my feelings as they find their way out of me onto the page through the pencil or the brush.
Sometimes, I add poetry to my art making adventures like I did last night. It doesn’t happen a lot. Poetry tends to come when I dive really deep. It’s when I truly listen to a deeper (usually a wounded) part of myself. I find it really therapeutic to combine art and with poetry.
It’s over in a blink, she said.
“Swallows stop flying,
if you’re not careful,
if you’re not brave,
if you’re not wispy and grand and dramatic and full of shadow and let it all leak out, like liquid gold.”
Every single minute.
Every single fraction of the astounding glory of the moment. Here. Now.
And don’t pretend you can’t hear those angels sing. Like bells, trills, high c’s, harmonies hummed like the sweetest honey.
Every breath is a song. Every tick tock an ocean of meaning, an orchestra of alive vibrancy wanting its way with you, soulfully. Yes.
You cannot refuse this offer. No is not an option. Jump in with open arms. Swim, fly, cry, run, weep, scream and sing. Let it all happen. Take it all in, before the mighty blink, blinks.
Thank you for being here receiving my art and musings. It always means so much to me, to know you are there on the other side of the computer screen; thank you! ❤️
A quick reminder that Registration is now Open for Life Book 2022 and that you can join it with a whopping 30% off! (Our biggest discount code yet!). I look forward to another year of art making, self connection and being in creative community with you all. See you there!
Tam & Team 💕