Thursday, September 5, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Today, whatever it has brought, consider drawing a mandala of gratitude. Start with being thankful for your hands and the ability make marks. Remember, drawing is simply mark-making! Use color freely and expressively, seeing where it leads you. Gratitude is gratitude whether it's for the largest most grand thing you can muster up or for the seemingly most insignificant thing imaginable. Create your mandala and see what words it presents to you.
Insights, great and small.
Falling in love 3 times a day.
Monday, August 5, 2013
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
are not kind or just
and the hardest openness
of all might be
to embrace the change
while not wasting your heart
fighting the instrument.
as the path it opens.
The mistreatment in one life
never as crucial as the clearing
it makes in your heart.
The hammer or cruel one
is always short-lived
compared to the jewel
in the center of the stone.
Monday, July 8, 2013
Through a free-flow writing practice, a waterfall of strong poignant words cascaded through our group. We took the energy from those words and began to create intentional mandalas for Centering Strength utilizing the method of Radial Symmetry.
Symmetry: n. balance among structures or parts . Symmetrical arrangement of elements, especially of radiating parts, about a central point.
Starting by planting a seed, a dot in the center of the page, we imagine that seed as an element of who we are becoming. Symbolically we surrounded our seeds with rich fertile soil, by encircling our potential for growth. From there we draw empowering lines and shapes that radiate outward from our planted seed.
Slowly color was added with watercolor pencils.
Everyone made different color choices that reflected the various nuances of what it means to have strength.
There is strength that is vivid and fierce, bright and brave.
There is strength that is soft spoken and quiet, fluid and full of movement.
Sometimes we need to follow our own direction and let the creation lead us where it may. This mandala intertwines both techniques.
The creator of this mandala took an organic approach to drawing her mandala. After completing it, she made several unexpected associations. The golden colored center shape seemed lion-like, a fierce protector while the figure it surrounded seemed embryonic, a newborn dancing outward from the sea.
She titled her mandala of Centering Strength - Becoming Whole Again.
Monday, July 1, 2013
Thursday August 8th from 1pm – 5pm
Tuesdays - September 10, 17, 24, October 1,8,15,22 from 5pm - 7pm
Quiet Winter - a time of hibernation, reflection and going within - a time to digest what has happened during the year. To process our journey, we will draw from within, exploring the art of bookmaking.
You may register for one or all three!
Drawing From Within:
Wednesday - November 6th From 1pm - 5pm
Creating a Visual Journal for Remembering
Tuesday - November 19th from 1pm - 5pm
Creating a visual journal for Letting Go
Thursday - December 5th from 1PM - 5PM
Creating a visual Journal for Discovery
Christy Clonts, of Wisdom Scout Coaching and Ceremonies, is a Holistic Life Coach, Life Cycle Celebrant®, writer and teacher. Fro more information - Wisdom Scout
Friday, June 28, 2013
Lexington Medical Center to explore the idea of art making as a form of healing. A few were outside of cancer treatment for many years but still possessed a nagging fear of a recurrence. Others had just finished treatment. Another was heading to Duke on Friday for exploratory surgery as her counts were up but the location of her cancer mastitis unknown. One had fought with cancer 5 times and spoke of not being a survivor but a cancer conqueror! Awe inspiring, courageously resilient – every single one of them!
One of the most difficult “issues” that goes hand in hand with a cancer diagnosis is the loss of control. Suddenly without warning life dramatically changes and with that comes mounting fears and deep anxiety.
Having no idea what our creations are going to look like is a lesson in trusting the process, seeing where the art-making leads us.
This summer we are exploring the art of the mandala – creating within a circle. Our first workshop addressed how to let go of our anxieties through the process of “intuitive” mandala drawing and how to create an intentional mandala for Centering Strength.
Using a black piece of paper which represents the void, the mystery, the unknown, we began by using a white pencil, a light wand shedding illumination into our drawings. Symbolically we planted a seed in the center of the circle drawn on the black paper.
Quietly, tentatively the process unfolded as we began to trust our hands as we moved our pencils up and down, sideways and upside down…. almost like doodling. Paying attention to the shapes created by the pencil and the back shapes in-between, slowly symbols and feelings began to surface. These associations were written down and linked together with other nouns, adjectives, verbs to form a “story”, a message from the mandala.
At the end of the day, everyone left with a lighter heart, a set of skills to practice until our next gathering and a new appreciation of the emotional and spiritual release the arts have to offer us!
Thank you to Lexington Medical Foundation for sponsoring these series of classes.
Try corralling a lightning bolt,
containing a tornado. Dam a
stream, and it will create a new
channel. Resist and the tide
will sweep you off your feet.
Allow and grace will carry
you to higher ground. The only
safety lies in letting it all in -
the wild with the weak; fear,
fantasies, failures and success.
When loss rips off the door of
the heart, or sadness veils your
vision with despair, practice
becomes simply bearing the truth.
In the choice to let go of your
known way of being, the whole
world is revealed to your new eyes.
In our next class,
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
"We live in a world made up more of story than stuff. We are creatures of memory more than reminders, of love more than likes. Being attentive to the needs of others might not be the point of life, but it is the work of life. It can be messy, and painful, and almost impossibly difficult." This is where we begin to " wrestle with the questions of purpose and wrestle with our answers."