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creating space

abstract art by LL Griffin

What does creating space really mean?

Coming to quiet. It, also means giving myself time and energy to let my mind wonder. Whether it’s painting and or watching my pets. I believe one needs room – maybe a decision needs to be made or you’re tired and taking time to rest and restore is the most you can do that moment.

As Lao Tzu reminds us that;

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

abstract art by LL Griffin

and Rumi shares the importance of quiet.

Listen to the silence. It has so much to say

time to rest

Giving myself time to rest, means craving out a space to heal, restore, and repair.

abstract art by LL Griffin
abstract art by LL Griffin

We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don’t allow our bodies to heal, and we don’t allow our minds and hearts to heal – Thich Nhat Hanh

what we choose to carry and what we lay down

abstract art by LL Griffin

what we choose to carry and what we lay down, will depend on our willingness to face our grief and let in hope.

abstract art by LL Griffin

Our willingness to face our pain – even if it’s just for one moment at a time, is a step toward a lighter bag, a bag that we all carry everyday. And a step toward beauty. When I paint, my intentions is toward holding sorrow and beauty at the same time as well as making my bag lighter.

I’m so touch by this rendition of the spiritual Glory Glory, Since I’ve Laid my Burdens Down by Sandra Stephens & Chris Falson

When does practice become easier?

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When practice becomes easier is the practice then boring?

over and over we try and try. And then we “fail” then, at some point we learn to go deeper Shunryu Suzuki

When we do something that’s challenging or something that we don’t feel like doing, because the task makes us feel awkward, nervous, inadequate, clumsy or maybe even anxious. It will take a lot of effort just to show up and to keep trying. (many have written about this)

practice is everything – Periander

The definition of practice used as a noun is, training, rehearsal, repetition, preparation and if you use practice as a verb it seems similar but it means rehearse, work on, and go through.

With difficult situations in life, such as, illness, death, divorce or loss of income, which are all challenging things. Facing these difficult things in life is a type of practice. It may not get easier but if we become familiar with the ebb and flow of life, the hope is that we may be able to handle the stresses of our lives with a little less resistance. It takes willingness, practice and presence.

For me, going to my studio is my practice, sometimes I fail and sometimes I am willing to go deeper.

The practice of holding hope and heartbreak – truly is my practice. 

abstract art by LL Griffin

practice looks confusing

sketch book by LL Griffin
sketch book by LL Griffin

Practice looks confusing and at times messy. When I approach my sketch book it isn’t just about practice, but also about being patient with the process. It reflects uncertainty.

sketch book by LL Griffin

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart Rainer Maria Rilke

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