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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Food for our Heart Flames

Oh, how busy our lives can get. Am I right? I've been busy on many fronts these past … several days. The gardens are set now for the "growing" season and I only have succession seeding and harvests to which to tend. Only.

I've been busy, too, with creating … and recreating. My art has transformed these past few months into a form of rich and valuable exploration. I have to thank Effy Wild for playing such a key role in this transformation. My artwork has always been "good" Medicine for me, an avenue to self expression that has served and benefited me since childhood. Yet, something has shifted during my stint in Effy's Premium Book of Days program, a program of art journaling.

One BoD exercise involved exploring my Gifts. What are they? How do they make manifest in my life? How do I share them with the world? And if I'm unable to share them, they're not Gifts, are they?

So I started by giving mySelf a Gift. A Gift of delayed obligatory travel. This resulted in 6+ days that I was able to refocus and recommit to me, to my world, and what I truly value within it. It has been a gift that has revealed Obvious Secrets to me, the kinds of Secrets that are known in the mind, but not integrated into the whole and holy. Know what I mean?

These Obvious Secrets are assimilating now, integrating with my being, with my place in the world.

As I sat with my Gifts, I regarded all the things "on my plate," all those things on my ToDo lists, and I saw those tasks with fresh eyes, with vision more clear than I can recall. I look forward to more clarity.

One of the tasks on my June ToDo list jumped out as a Gift, even with the challenge of disjoints that it  offers to my core values. For, indeed, it is a "Good" work, offered from a place of compassion, a place that feeds my Heart Flame.

That Gift is "Create for the Kids," a fundraising event for St Jude Children's Research Hospital. The event is this Saturday, and folks from all over will be offering hours of creative expression, in any form, with intention for the children of St. Jude. I am committing 10 hours to creating and I invite you sponsor these efforts by making a donation of compassion, anytime this week, to "Create for the Kids."

It will, in turn, feed your Heart Flame.

When you make your donation, in any amount, $1, $10, $100, for every bit helps, return here and leave a comment to let me know. You'll be entered in a drawing to win an item of your choice from my ArtFire shop. The winner will be selected on Monday, June 25th.

"In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us."
~ Flora Edwards



Kim said...

Very uplifting and such a reminder to stop and look at ourselves and our lives. To ask the question of ourself, how are we sharing our talents? Thank you. I am going to look at the St Jude site now.

Sharkbytes said...

I used to like those kinds of reflective breaks. I'm feeling very out of touch with the ability to do something like that anymore.

Jan Conwell said...

I need to do something similar to this...but I have some active six year old twins coming to stay for a week, so it's not likely to be quiet around here for a little while. That's okay, though. They feed my heart flame too. :~)

An'Angelia Thompson said...

What a wonderful image and beautiful post, Rosemari. I try always to be mindful of my gifts, but it's nice to read your reminder. ♥

Sharkbytes said...

Hi Rose- you have an award at My Quality Day.

Kim said...

Your art is beautiful!
Your Spirit even more so.
I donated to St. Jude's a month back as my 5 y/o niece did a tricathon to raise money. This is her second year. She has also asked to earn money around the house to donate to the kids at the hospital. When my SIL took her to the hospital they had to call a manager - no has ever tried to donate for the kids (or anyone) before.

Phillip Allen said...

Here I thought the heart flame thing was just my acid reflux acting up. said...

It's easy to fall into a rut and you really do need to have a break and time for reflection in order to move on. Thanks for reminding me:)

Tammie Lee said...

wow, such a wonderful piece of art!

BD said...

I took your picture so I got a link from my blog to your wonderful blog.
Love Bella