"By approaching our lives as a work of art based on our own self-love, this allows us to unconditionally love the people in our lives for who they are without needing to domesticate them to see our point of view. Respect for the manifestation of our loved ones’ own individual dreams, whether or not we agree with their choices, is always present at this level of attachment. Our love for self allows us to give love to the community. After all, we cannot give or share what we don’t have." -don Miguel Ruiz Jr.

"By approaching our lives as a work of art based on our own self-love, this allows us to unconditionally love the people in our lives for who they are without needing to domesticate them to see our point of view. Respect for the manifestation of our loved ones’ own individual dreams, whether or not we agree with their choices, is always present at this level of attachment. Our love for self allows us to give love to the community. After all, we cannot give or share what we don’t have."

-don Miguel Ruiz Jr.

"I can tell you that it’s fear that has determined my life: what I called audacity was really panic. Fear that things might not be the way I had decided they would, fear to cross a boundary that was not in the mind, but the heart; fear of loving and not being loved in return. In the end, this is really man’s only terror, and it is the reason we fall into mediocrity. Love is like a bridge suspended over the void… out of fear, we complicate simple things, so as to follow the ghosts of our mind; we turn a straight road into a labyrinth we don’t know how to escape. It’s so hard to accept the rigor of simplicity, the humility of surrender." Susanna Tamaro

"I can tell you that it’s fear that has determined my life: what I called audacity was really panic. Fear that things might not be the way I had decided they would, fear to cross a boundary that was not in the mind, but the heart; fear of loving and not being loved in return. In the end, this is really man’s only terror, and it is the reason we fall into mediocrity. Love is like a bridge suspended over the void… out of fear, we complicate simple things, so as to follow the ghosts of our mind; we turn a straight road into a labyrinth we don’t know how to escape. It’s so hard to accept the rigor of simplicity, the humility of surrender." Susanna Tamaro

Ceremony 

"I will tell you something about stories,"
[he said] 
They aren’t just entertainment. 
Don’t be fooled. 
They’re all we have, you see. 
All we have to fight off illness and death. 
You don’t have anything 
if you don’t have the stories. 
Their evil is mighty, 
but it can’t stand up to our stories. 
So they try to destroy the stories, 
but the stories cannot be confused or forgotten. 
They would like that. 
They would be happy 
because we would be defenseless then.
 [He rubs his belly]
 I keep it in here,
[he said] 
Here, put your hand on it. 
See? 
It is moving. 
 
 
Ts’ its’ tsi’ nako, Thought-Woman,is sitting in her roomand what ever she thinks aboutappears.She thought of her sisters,Nau’ ts’ ity’ i and I’ tcs’ i,and together they created the Universethis worldand the four worlds below.Thought-Woman, the spider,named things andas she named themthey appeared.She is sitting in her roomthinking of a story nowI’m telling you the storyshe is thinking.

Leslie Marmon Silko
Ceremony
Ceremony 
"I will tell you something about stories,"
[he said] 
They aren’t just entertainment. 
Don’t be fooled. 
They’re all we have, you see. 
All we have to fight off illness and death. 
You don’t have anything 
if you don’t have the stories. 
Their evil is mighty, 
but it can’t stand up to our stories. 
So they try to destroy the stories, 
but the stories cannot be confused or forgotten. 
They would like that. 
They would be happy 
because we would be defenseless then.
 [He rubs his belly]
 I keep it in here,
[he said] 
Here, put your hand on it. 
See? 
It is moving. 
 
 
Ts’ its’ tsi’ nako, Thought-Woman,
is sitting in her room
and what ever she thinks about
appears.
She thought of her sisters,
Nau’ ts’ ity’ i and I’ tcs’ i,
and together they created the Universe
this world
and the four worlds below.
Thought-Woman, the spider,
named things and
as she named them
they appeared.
She is sitting in her room
thinking of a story now
I’m telling you the story
she is thinking.
Leslie Marmon Silko
Ceremony
stillstacks
stillstacks:

Art expression for grief and loss.
Top: Depict the energy of grief.
Bottom: Depict the energy of the absence of grief. 

This piece was created during a weekend intensive on the Theories of Grief and Loss at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM. The class explored the physical effect grief has on the body.

stillstacks:

Art expression for grief and loss.

Top: Depict the energy of grief.

Bottom: Depict the energy of the absence of grief. 

This piece was created during a weekend intensive on the Theories of Grief and Loss at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM. The class explored the physical effect grief has on the body.

The Wheel of Fortune Tarot card from Juliet Sharman-Burke’s Tarot deck reminds us that we have both control and no control over our lives. We have control in that we can choose between various paths and actions to take. We live our lives treading a cautious line between fate and free will. It is possible that what seems random and fated may be part of a pattern, so that an incident that initially seems to be a disaster may turn out to be the proverbial ‘blessing in disguise’….
The wise man is one who accepts the downturns with grace because he knows that the wheel will turn again and that he will rise in the fullness of time. The truly wise man knows that there is never a run of luck that does not run out, whether positive or negative…

The Wheel of Fortune Tarot card from Juliet Sharman-Burke’s Tarot deck reminds us that we have both control and no control over our lives. We have control in that we can choose between various paths and actions to take. We live our lives treading a cautious line between fate and free will. It is possible that what seems random and fated may be part of a pattern, so that an incident that initially seems to be a disaster may turn out to be the proverbial ‘blessing in disguise’….

The wise man is one who accepts the downturns with grace because he knows that the wheel will turn again and that he will rise in the fullness of time. The truly wise man knows that there is never a run of luck that does not run out, whether positive or negative…