“Loving myself heals my life. Treating myself firmly but gently nourishes my mind, body and soul!”
If you want to change your life, start first with loving yourself. Your own loving attitude is like the warm rays of the sun that allow your soul to grow.
Sometimes it’s hard to feel loving towards ourselves, especially when we let ourselves down. It can help to think of yourself as a very small child, just learning how the world works.
If a very young child falls on her face, do you beat up on her for her mistake?
Of course not! You comfort her and set her back on the ground to try again. And you trust that she will learn to walk and then to run. Sometimes the act of falling is just what she needs to help her learn!
Stop beating up on yourself. If you fall down, brush yourself off, give yourself a hug, and set yourself down again in the right direction to take the next step towards the Light.
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After yesterday’s vulture post, this seems appropriate, as it’s also about death, resurrection and the cycle of life.
I did this painting about this time of year five years ago or so. I guess you could call it a plein-aire still life. Although I’m afraid landscape escapes me, I do love to paint outside, and back then I was doing a lot of it. One day I was tramping around in the woods, despairing of ever finding a composition I could handle, when I came across this little jewel lying on the forest floor.
I’m really not sure what animal donated its skull for the occasion. It didn’t seem quite like a deer skull – perhaps a sheep? Anyway, I loved the way Life was just reaffirming its hold on the old bones in the form of delicate Spring Beauty blossoms lovingly embracing them.
I like to think of my find as Nature’s brilliant reply to the old concept of Vanitas. Instead of a meditation on the transience of life and futility of pleasure, it’s a vibrant affirmation of resiliency and the triumph of life even in the aftermath of inevitable death and decay.
I believe every painting is a self-portrait to a certain extent. The painter leaves not only pigment but the mark of his soul on paper or canvas.
If art is anything, it is footprints left on a journey. By studying what painters and other artists leave behind, one can follow the moods and sensitivities not only of individuals, but of history itself.
Personally, spring could not have come at a more meaningful time for me. Something is breaking loose in my soul and breaking a long winter’s hold on my spirit. The creative force is beginning to flow again.
Have you ever come out of a long creative winter? What do you think caused it? What helped you along the way?