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Friendlier to self.

Posted in learning, Lenard Cohen, mindfulness, poetry words, praise, remembrance, wonder with tags , , , , on October 15, 2016 by starhandarts

Judy and FriendsIf you’ve followed this stream at all you’ll be aware that the inner self flow has been a struggle for some months now. Recently I streamed a YouTube of K.D. Lang singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. A sweet and deeply moving experience. After that, I found a Pema Chodron interview with her that also hooked in deeply. The following is a list of high lights that went deep. Isn’t it interesting that the stuff we need rolls along right at our feet? Yeah!

Practicing unconditional friendliness towards oneself.

What does your difficulty bring that  guides you?

We are fundamentally good.

Touch yourself with kindness.

The less there is of me the happier I am, Leonard Cohen story.

Be in and of service whatever you do.

When things fall apart, find the treasure being offered in that moment.

Well just wow, it’s all in those thoughts and ideas, at least I can find it there.

Walking on in a new light. Service to others and kindness to self. Keeps the balance. Treasure indeed.

Oh yes, it’s the full moon as well. Big, fat, pulling the tides and lighting the night.

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Temari Spectrum, A Gathering

Posted in Artwork, Balls, learning, Learning, mindfulness, Temari, wonder with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2016 by starhandarts

Tacoma Temari GatheringWe came together recently in Tacoma, Wa. The time together was fruitful and best of all fun. Kathy, Jane, Marilyn, Dolores, Carol, Barb and myself. We are each students and teachers of this amazing medium, Temari. The idea that we each began with a small and simple Temari, taught ourselves from books,  online connections and in person classes along the way, was actually the common denominator. This was to my great surprize of course as I was thinking that the isolation of my island life limited my ability to learn. So all you fellow needle people out there, we’ve all found a few common sources for the ongoing instruction each of needs to keep learning and the  inspiration to “just keep at it”. It’s a spectrum! If we keep on learning and connecting under the Temari umbrella, mentors and mentoring move in both directions. We each brought a basketful of skills and experience to this table from our own lives, more than just Temari. This amazing display of creative endeavor shows work from all skill levels, the new beginning basics all the way to divinely complex, awe inspiring, knock your socks off, “heavenly bodies”.

Seems like we learn and teach, at/in the same moment. Every change in color way makes every design a new and glorious orb of delight. I heard again and again the words, “oh look how she did that one”, “oh my, just doing that pattern with a slight change there made the whole design look completely different”.

Each one of us had questions about how to better our skills, to gather techniques that better enhance our abilities wherever we are on the Temari Spectrum. Guidance freely shared, encouragement flowing in all directions. The “oohing & aahing” a rhythm of it’s own.

Solstice 2015

Posted in Artwork, Digital Paintings, mindfulness, Photographs with tags , , , , , , , on December 20, 2015 by starhandarts

A line from a movie I watched recently keeps running through my brain. ”I love my life, I regret my life, eventually all the lines blur into it’s just my life”. The character in “Match” is speaking to someone who wants him to face a big, life altering decision he made 30 years prior, admitting he’s a major chump for taking that action then. I really like his response. 30 years ago is very much past tense,  too long ago to drag that baggage any further or refresh it again. Does it mean the action was meaningless in the past? No. But for today, here and now, it has become “just my life”, not really good-bad any longer. Perhaps not  anyone else’s business any longer either.

Maybe it’s the human dilemma factor. Our species does like to drag out laying blame, indefinitely if possible. Refusing forgiveness whenever holding on is thought more juicy and dramatic or just simply letting stuff go.

Dark night, brilliant sunset. Dormant hibernation reigns supreme, yet it holds the spark needed to rekindle new beginnings.

Fire and Ice Series + One

Posted in Artwork, Balls, Geometry Balls, mindfulness, Temari with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2015 by starhandarts

Last winter the Fire and Ice Series came into being. Now there is a new member to that group. She’s big and beautiful at 56 Cm. circumference. Now that size came with it’s own challenge. Wrapping a Mari at that scale is its own party. Starting round and keeping the roundness takes time and patience. Patting, knocking, bumping, rolling, they all came into play. Slow down and just be the spherical mentor is perhaps the main guide. Let it happen, open the mind and heart to the process and perfect roundness follows, mostly. The ultimate question became when is that moment of “got it”?. Step back, go for a walk, read a book, watch a movie, come back to the ball before me.

The creation of this one came in the midst of a long space away from the studio as centering place. The weeks of ‘will I ever find my own rhythm again’ are done I believe. I have kept  studio time central above all else for years upon years. This current interruption to that focus has been fruitful in it’s own ways but the niggling doubts that creep in about how do I get that precious focus central again are certainly present. A friend recently responded with the statement of “Oh that’s really exciting, wonderful to embrace the challenges. How lucky you are. Dive into the middle of whatever presents, wallow and enjoy; evolution of self is again at hand.” It’s all perfect. How many times and places have we read those very words? Even the doubting spaces are food for expanding the mind-heart-awareness. In fact they are most likely essential for such growth of occur and proceed.IMG_2191

Wise Words

Posted in mindfulness, poetry words, praise, remembrance, Social Commentary, wonder with tags , , , , on June 25, 2015 by starhandarts

One secret to happiness is allowing every situation to be what it is;  rather than what you think it should be.

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My Word, is it all of these?

Posted in mindfulness, poetry words, remembrance with tags , , , on May 4, 2015 by starhandarts

T–is it true?

H–is it helpful?

I–is it inspiring?

N–is it necessary?

K–is it kind?

Do I have these basic guidelines in mind whenever I choose to speak?

I want to, I try to, at times I fail to. I just keep on………

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Temari Pinks & Greens

Posted in Artwork, mindfulness, Temari, wonder with tags , , , , , , , on March 5, 2015 by starhandarts

IMG_1722Healing colors appeared in my field during a run of emotional-spiritual trugging during January-February. Slog, slog, slog. That’s what it felt like. Little brightness in any direction. Physical body issues as well. All in all a humbling month or so. Just trying to feel I was keeping myself above the water line. The life saver was somehow being able to remain centered in this amazing art form. 3.75 to 6+ inches diameter. Layers and interwoven layers, complexity to my heart’s content.

A survival tool is this needlework form, at least for me. All else may seem nothing short of difficult and bleak, then there is this drive from the inner director to engage in art no matter what else is going on. That is my center point. This round and every other period of floundering has at the core the means of new movement. Temari has carried me through all the messy parts of being alive, in  previous rounds of confused wandering other art mediums have done the same for me. I am grateful for this life saver which shows up in whatever form just when needed. Any gaps are due to me not yet ready to step out of the wallow.