Thursday, January 24, 2013

52 Old, 52 New, 52 Weeks, So much to do! (Week 1)

As the new year was approaching I began thinking about starting a project in 2013 and thought I might do a photo a day and post it here.  Thankfully, my husband talked me out of it cautioning that not only would it be hard to sustain but he also pointed out that I would most likely end up with 365 loosely conceived and loosely tied images.  Considering this advice and how I work I thought that perhaps a weekly photo would be more appropriate and ultimately more likely to lead me into a new project. I need time to think, time to plan and time to play in my process.  Because I feel the need to move forward on many fronts this year, I decided that in addition to creating a photograph every week, I will also uncover a photo from my negative archives to scan and prepare for printing.  I will move forward with new ideas while finishing and pulling together old ideas.  We were busy with guests the first few weeks of the new year so I am just lauching myself into this project and I have 'Week One' images to share...

Peaceful Place


Tuatha Dé Danann (taken in Ireland in 2007)

Friday, January 4, 2013

An Auspicious Beginning

A new year brings renewal.  As 2013 begins I am working to reaffirm my own meditation practice and renew my efforts to teach my children to meditate.  At the end of 2012 I was experiencing a lot of frustration and anger with my 3 year old and in an attempt to help him(and me) cope with his intense emotions I created a "mind in a jar." It is a jar filled with water, sand and dirt from our garden.  When the jar gets shaken up it represents a busy, uncontrolled mind full of emotion and anger.  As we sit and watch the particles slowly filter down to the bottom the water becomes clear again- this is a calm and peaceful mind.  When Rowan gets worked up and needs a break I send him to my meditation pillow to shake the jar and watch is settle, then I come in and we do 10 breaths together.  It has been great: he loves the whole process, it encourages me to catch him before he goes crazy and it allows us time together to sit, think and talk(granted this is usually while Connor climbs all over us).  Through this practice he has become interested in Medicine Buddha and I have found more patience.  The other day while we were watching the particles in the jar settle I noticed something swirling around with the dirt.  A seed had sprouted in the jar!  Buddhism often talks of planting seeds in the mind- if we practice compassion or other positive virtues we plant the seeds of good karma which will eventually sprout and grow.  The little sprout filled me with immense joy and hope and made me feel as though I were on the right path however circuitous it might be.  Today Rowan told me we should plant the seedling in our 'other jar' which is a terrarium.  I thought it was a wonderful idea, so he fished it out with a spoon and we dropped it in to the terrarium.  No matter what happens to the physical seedling I see it as an affirmation of our efforts and an auspicious beginning to 2013.