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Turn Round RIght

screenprint

I am taking a beginning screenprinting class at a local community college. Our first project was to make a paper stencil screen print using 2 colors. When I had to come up with several concepts I had a difficult time. So finally, I just randomly cut some paper in  wiggly shapes. When I saw the shapes, I thought of the previous Sunday’s gospel reading with St. John the Baptist crying out in the wilderness to repent, as the kingdom of God is close at hand. The shapes looked to me like a plant who had been growing downwards for awhile, but turned around and headed upwards.

Repent > turn around > turn round right > give your life back to God > reunite.

Out of the suffering (the cross, the mud) comes insight to follow a different course of action to avoid repeating the same suffering, new growth, new life.




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Listen to the Birds

 

“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich, to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never, in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common, this is to be my symphony.”

—William Henry Channing

 

This is a digital collage of a statue of St. Francis I saw at San Damiano Retreat in Danville, California, and an abstract white bird I found at the steps to the Poor Clares at Immaculate Heart Monastery.

This is available as a greeting card at my Etsy shop.

 




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True Colors

digital painting

One year, when I was learning to use a photo editing program, Adobe Photoshop, my teacher wanted us to jump right in and use the digital paintbrush. Very intimidated by the thought of painting, my teacher suggested something to ease the process, to turn on some music, and paint what the music suggested. I listened to “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper.

As I listened, the image evolved (above) and  these words popped into my head:

 

Om

Breathing in, I know that Spirit fills me…
I remember a Divine Spark is dwelling within
Always there, always available
A deep well which refreshes
Focusing on the breath of Life
I start to relax in peace
Light spreads
Dissolving fears anxiety
Joy dances upwards
Stars sparkle…

 




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Inspire Peace

 

Peace Collage

 

Let there be peace on earth. May we all move towards the One in whatever paths we are on, leading up the same mountain!
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Weaver of Love and Harmony

 

collage, love and harmony

 

“I weave your name on the loom of my mind.
To make my garment when you come to me.
My loom has ten thousand threads
To make my garment when you come to me.
The sun and moon watch while I weave your name.
These are the wages I get by day and night
To deposit in the lotus bank of my heart.

I weave your name on the loom of my mind
To clean and soften ten thousand threads
And to comb the twists and knots of my thoughts.
No more shall I weave a garment of pain.
For you have come to me, drawn by my weaving,
Ceaselessly weaving your name on the loom of my mind.”

-Kabir in “God Makes the Rivers to Flow” edited by Eknath Easwaran

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Giving Thanks for This Moment

 

collage, thanksgiving

 

This is a ollaborative group collage that some friends and I did for Amma’s Circle of Love Letters….

 

“One moment is eternity;
eternity is the now.
When you see through this one instant,
you see through the one who sees.”

-Wu Men [1183-1260], quoted in “The Enlightened Heart”, edited by Stephen Mitchell

 

May the bird call
be my voice
the wind
be my breath
the rivers
be my blood
the soil
be my skin
the rocks
be my bones
the grasses
be my hair
the branches
be my fingers

May earth spinning
be my dance

Let no part of me
ever be separate again
Let no part of you
be unknown to me
Earth of my body
Body of the Earth

-Karen Zeiders

 

 




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