Monday, June 29, 2015

Ten Keys


for some weeks now i have been spending some time in my bunker

according to research published by the Harvard Business School found HERE 

 “We do not learn from experience … we learn from reflecting on experience.” …  John Dewey 

reflecting may not keep me in the now it seems ... but i may just learn something to go forward with. 

lake yellowstone , yellowstone national park 

on what i do , how i do it , what it contributes , what it takes.

cordyline string , silk and linen stitched bowl

on what things are to be taken notice of , and what to discard

it usually says No Hawkers 

on exactly what am i growing here , what am i supporting, in my mind and body and world 

stitching seeds from a while back 

on my birthday just recently 
[ and quite serendipitously i might add did he know it was my birthday ? ]
some Deepak Chopra words landed in my inbox as an unexpected gift.
and all packaged in quite a neat little list.

and i do like concise

i share them here in case they are useful ......

Ten Keys To Happiness 

1. Listen to your body’s wisdom, which expresses itself through signals of comfort and discomfort. When choosing certain behaviour, ask your body, “How do you feel about this?” If your body sends a signal of physical or emotional distress, watch out. If your body sends a signal of comfort and eagerness, proceed.

2. Live in the present, for it is the only moment you have. Keep your attention on what is here and now; look for the fullness in every moment. Accept what comes to you totally and completely so that you can appreciate it, learn from it, and then let it go.
The present is as it should be. It reflects infinite laws of Nature that have brought you this exact thought, this exact physical response. This moment is as it is because the universe is as it is. Don’t struggle against the infinite scheme of things; instead, be at one with it.
3. Take time to be silent, to meditate, to quiet the internal dialogue. In moments of silence, realize that you are recontacting your source of pure awareness. Pay attention to your inner life so that you can be guided by intuition rather than externally imposed interpretations of what is or isn’t good for you.
4. Relinquish your need for external approval. You alone are the judge of your worth, and your goal is to discover infinite worth in yourself, no matter what anyone else thinks. There is great freedom in this realization. When you find yourself reacting with anger or opposition to any person or circumstance, realize that you are only struggling with yourself. Putting up resistance is the response of defences created by old hurts.

5. When you find yourself reacting with anger or opposition to any person or circumstance, realize that you are only struggling with yourself. Putting up resistance is the response of defences created by old hurts. When you relinquish this anger, you will be healing yourself and cooperating with the flow of the universe.
6. Know that the world “out there” reflects your reality “in here.” The people you react to most strongly, whether with love or hate, are projections of your inner world. What you most hate is what you most deny in yourself.
What you most love is what you most wish for in yourself. Use the mirror of relationships to guide your evolution. The goal is total self-knowledge. When you achieve that, what you most want will automatically be there, and what you most dislike will disappear.
7. Shed the burden of judgment – you will feel much lighter. Judgment imposes right and wrong on situations that just are. Everything can be understood and forgiven, but when you judge, you cut off understanding and shut down the process of learning to love. In judging others, you reflect your lack of self-acceptance. Remember that every person you forgive adds to your self-love.

8. Don’t contaminate your body with toxins, either through food, drink, or toxic emotions. Your body is more than a life-support system. It is the vehicle that will carry you on the journey of your evolution. The health of every cell directly contributes to your state of well being, because every cell is a point of awareness within the field of awareness that is you.

9. Replace fear-motivated behaviour with love-motivated behaviour. Fear is the product of memory, which dwells in the past. Remembering what hurt us before, we direct our energies toward making certain that an old hurt will not repeat itself. But trying to impose the past on the present will never wipe out the threat of being hurt.
That happens only when you find the security of your own being, which is love. Motivated by the truth inside you, you can face any threat because your inner strength is invulnerable to fear.
10. Understand that the physical world is just a mirror of a deeper intelligence. Intelligence is the invisible organizer of all matter and energy, and since a portion of this intelligence resides in you, you share in the organizing power of the cosmos.

Because you are inseparably linked to everything, you cannot afford to foul the planet’s air and water. But at a deeper level, you cannot afford to live with a toxic mind, because every thought makes an impression on the whole field of intelligence. Living in balance and purity is the highest good for you and the Earth.

the view from here at sunset

Monday, May 25, 2015

be kind be kind be kind be kind

from this daily dose of perspective 

Michael Blumenthal: "Be Kind"

Posted by Phyllis Cole-Dai on May 11, 2015 12:00 am

Not merely because Henry James said
there were but four rules of life—
be kind be kind be kind be kind—but
because it’s good for the soul, and,
what’s more, for others; it may be
that kindness is our best audition
for a worthier world, and, despite
the vagueness and uncertainty of
its recompense, a bird may yet wander
into a bush before our very houses,
gratitude may not manifest itself in deeds
entirely equal to our own, still there’s
weather arriving from every direction,
the feasts of famine and feasts of plenty
may yet prove to be one, so why not
allow the little sacrificial squinches and
squiggles to prevail? Why not inundate
the particular world with minute particulars?
Dust’s certainly all our fate, so why not
make it the happiest possible dust,
a detritus of blessedness? Surely
the hedgehog, furling and unfurling
into its spiked little ball, knows something
that, with gentle touch and unthreatening
tone, can inure to our benefit, surely the wicked
witches of our childhood have died and,
from where they are buried, a great kindness
has eclipsed their misdeeds. Yes, of course,
in the end so much comes down to privilege
and its various penumbras, but too much
of our unruly animus has already been
wasted on reprisals, too much of the
unblessed air is filled with smoke from
undignified fires. Oh friends, take
whatever kindness you can find
and be profligate in its expenditure:
It will not drain your limited resources,
I assure you, it will not leave you vulnerable
and unfurled, with only your sweet little claws
to defend yourselves, and your wet little noses,
and your eyes to the ground, and your little feet.

"Be Kind" by Michael Blumenthal, from No Hurry: Poems 2000-2012(Etrusan Press, 2012). Reprinted by permission of the poet.

Art credit: "Hedgehog," image by unknown photographer.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

gathering for In Situ

i am a collector
a gatherer
i love how objects speak
hanging with buddies
left far out of the gang

a story of my relationship with place,
i chose to present a gathered ensemble
an intimate vignette of my forebears
telling of my inherited relationship with place
and all grouped under one single heading

Holding Close

the images following are those taken at home here before the goods were boxed up and sent away
not always the best light
and now i look ..not finished or edited to the final cut at all ..  
but this is what i have

and as the word story 
prepared for another arm of this exhibition
was so closely entwined with the visual story 
please find below my thinking 

Holding Close

Ivy Alice, my maternal grandmother loved afternoon tea parties and tennis matches and the genteel society of her city upbringing. Choosing to wed a farmer required that she move far from this life to the South Burnett near the small town of Goomeri.  Her faithful husband, forever grateful to have won her hand, grew flowers by the path to her door.....twining and sweet scented, for her they were his constant caress.

Becoming a widow at aged 54 and left alone on a small farm outside Wooroolin, Vera Isobel, my paternal grandmother learnt to drive. In her brown Datsun she ventured off exploring whenever she could, painting the landscapes  that captivated her so .... trees and mountains, winding roads and  flat plains , sleepy rivers glistening in the sunlight. She painted her freedom, her independence and her beloved quiet days out on the land. 

vintage wedding dress, handstitched with silk thread and tea dyed 

vintage wedding dress in the garden ..more work to do yet !

vintage wedding dress close up

' from darkness to light ..a roadtrip '
2 small acrylic on canvas paintings  25cm x 25 cm

collection of bits ... mostly commonly found in the car glove box post road trip
sterling silver, silk, linen 

the entire gathering of work for In Situ was absolutely something to behold
and the online gallery being created by India Flint will share the wonders within 


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

stitching stillness

indigo dyed silk cotton thread 
[ purchased from Beautiful Silks ]
dyed wool 

 tiny stitches
densely packed 
 1 mm dashes

breathing in and out 
giving solid ground to walk upon

[ change in colour courtesy of evening and morning light ]

Thursday, May 14, 2015

in fine company

this time next week 
a gathering of works will hang in the 
Murray Bridge Regional Gallery
in an exhibition entitled

India Flint may be there onsite finalising the positioning
 ready for the opening next friday night at 7pm

i am so very fortunate to be included in this exhibition
next to names of international note
and names of people i call friends 

sandra brownlee
dorothy caldwell 
helen carnac
imbi davidson
desiree fitzgibbon
india flint 
judy keylock
isobel mc garry 
john parkes

curated by india flint

In Situ 

Throughout life we collect layers of experience. The sense of place, whether in the pristine wild or amid the clutter of the city, whether derived from the locality of our birth or a dwelling place of choice, whether acknowledged or suppressed, pervades how we live and work.
In Situ is an exhibition of work by artists from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States of America and the United Kingdom. It examines the experience of locality, exploring the intimacy of personally familiar places and the particular relationship each artist has with their environment.

my work is called

 Holding Close 

and speaks of the lives of my maternal and paternal grandmothers
and of my inherited relationship with country

 the image at top 
shows the upper section , a lace collar ,of a vintage wedding dress 
the lower section of which has been hand stitched
in my favourite silk thread and tea dyed

i have also offered some small metal pieces 

and two small landscape paintings

i will be going along to the opening with my friends Isobel and Imbi and India 
to represent the far flung group, 
to raise a glass 
and toast the hard work of India 
who masterminded and then made happen this wonderful exhibition

and i hope to take some good images to share for myself 

India will be continuing her curating work to build a permanent online gallery of the works in this exhibition
brilliant !!

Monday, April 27, 2015

community connection friendship at the Bay

i am back home from being there
in Tin Can Bay
i have had a good long lie down
been very very silent 
and stayed very very still 
it was a big week .

India has posted a wonderful perspective of our time in Tin Can Bay

and now i am going to post some images of this glorious location 
and simply
say these words


when a group of like minded women gather
in a stunning location
with the most accommodating and generous classroom hosts
and good friends provide additional services home cooked morning teas and a friendly smile
and each person embraces every experience that comes their way

magic happens

what a brilliant week ...

thank you to all who supported this week long adventure
to those who showed up in every way
and to the prayers that were answered for glorious weather all week long , happy  sharing days and restful nights [ after the singing and late night cavorting ended back at camp i believe ....... ]

can't beat it really  ......