A Pepper Waiting to Turn

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So I had a thought as I looked at my peppers for the ump-teenth time today. Seems I have been waiting all summer for them to grow and turn from the slightly bitter dark green kind to the sweet red kind that I use in my salads.

It occurred to me that I am like this pepper.  Sure, there is nothing wrong with the green pepper, it is edible and grows beautifully in the sun.  Yet, I want the vegetable when it is fully red and as sweet as it gets. It is a lesson in patience and letting things be as they are meant to be. I, like the pepper, are a work in progress.

We all grow on our own vine, soak up nutrients as we grow.  Learning patience and fighting off things that could stump or inhibit our own growth.  Gardening then, is like a metaphor for following our path, getting what we need in life, pruning as needed and finally…Enjoying the fruits of our labor. We are always growing.  Always learning and being tested…Often by ourselves and our own inner critics, thoughts, and doubts.

We transform and we grow. When we are fully open to receiving what is in store for us, our garden flourishes.  We choose when we are ready to move on. We are all different and all the same. We are like a pepper, with so many seeds inside waiting to be planted and begin again.

One of my favorite quotes by Lao Tzu: “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”

Wishing you all peace and taking time to do what sets your soul in bloom!

~Michelle



Art with Intention: Connecting with Ourselves & the World Around Us

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Intention: BE LOVE.

There are so many wonderful articles out there about self awareness, mindfulness, and gratitude.

I have been working on my own mindfulness practices each day. I enjoy looking (and photographing) things I notice in my daily travels.  I get reminders all the time from nature about slowing down and being truly grateful.  No, it’s not always easy. Especially with so much negativity in the world and even in our own minds.  However, to acknowledge these feelings, and start again, that is the gift that is our intention.

I what I am referring to is  Art with Intention….Using the art process to create a living mantra.

According to Merriam-Webster, intention is:

A determination to act a certain way: resolve; what one intends to do or bring about; the object for which a prayer, mass, or pious act is offered; a process or manner of healing incised wounds.

**Knowing what we intend for ourselves and for our world is the first step in making our intentions a reality and making changes for the better both for ourselves and for the world around us. Everything is sublimely connected.**

Creating art with intention is not just for artists! In fact, everyone has creativity and the ability to mindfully express our own unique intentions. The lesson here is to be aware of any negative, self-critical thoughts or worries. Acknowledge them, and then move past to the next steps…

❧ Get outside. Being near nature is so helpful in getting in touch with ourselves and our relation to the world.  Feel the breeze on your skin. Smell the scents in the air. What sounds do you hear? Notice the details all around you (big and small!)

❧ Now…Take several deep breaths. With each inhale and exhale, you will think of things you are grateful for and things that you wish for in your heart.

❧ Use ANY materials you are comfortable with.  *I love to use old wood, old book pages or even cardboard or stones…pens, paint, pastels….It’s ALL GOOD!

❧ Here’s the part that can be tricky for some…LET GO of your thoughts that tell you to draw a certain way or to draw “well”.  Just begin by moving your hand and letting your hand guide you! The truth is…There are NO rules and NO judgements of yourself! What it looks like is not the be all end all…It’s you getting in touch with your creativity, your own intentions and letting it BE what it will BE!

❧ You can find words on the page that you connect with and circle them, you can use shapes in the wood to inspire you, you can write your own words, create your own shapes, designs or use what you are seeing or feeling at this very moment to lead you.  Do what feels right.

What are your intentions? They are yours and they matter, and they can change your world!  Breathe and focus on putting them back out to all that is around you and all of the universe!  When your mind starts to wander and think of things other than your intentions, acknowledge your wandering mind, smile, and reel it back in. ❤

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My intentional art today…Thinking of a new challenge ahead of me and what my outcome will be!



Art Exhibits

Art exhibits are a wonderful way for seniors to share their creative ideas, memories, and expressions. It is meaningful for them, their loved ones, the facility, and of course for me. Art brings life and light to any space!

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