It’s been several weeks since I’ve written anything. In fact, a friend sent me a note asking me if I still had the blog going. So, yes…and no…The whole point of my writings here are to share my experiences trying new and different things–whether that’s a new recipe, alternative medicine, writing, painting or my newest fascination, jewelry design. I want people to find whatever those things are that put them in a place of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual rest. Then, spend time doing those things–love on yourself. You can’t pass on what ya a’int got.
Take your shoes off. Walk in the sand, in the mud, in the grass…just let yourself become grounded and let all that negative energy that builds up in all our lives out. And, let all that good energy from the loving earth travel back through your “roots,” and envelope your body, mind and spirit in plain relaxation.
In one way I totally get why the jewelry design thing has me so hooked: it’s creativity to the max; my OCD has a field day making sure all the tiniest of details are as perfect as I can get them; and it’s instant gratification. Well–instant as in a particular piece may take an hour, or two days.
I can hardly sit down to have a meal much less sit in one spot for an hour. A year or so ago I participated in some Landmark Education courses which usually begin around 7 or 8 a.m. and end anywhere from 10 p.m. to midnight–for three days. Somehow, I make it through those as well, but the idea of doing that is torture.
So how is it I can sit for three or four hours working on a design, think nothing of that length of time passing by, and I’m actually relaxed when I finish?? Usually, I am relaxed but there are times when I’m nearly finished with a piece and it just won’t quite fit together or hold the stone as tightly as I want it to.
In those times, I can get a little frustrated and find myself saying “you WILL fit, and you WILL work this way, and you WILL be beautiful damn it…and you’re going to like it…” and everyone will see the love that’s gone into you…Most of the time, however, I am relaxed when I finish because I have to focus so intently on what I’m doing that I block everything else out. No thoughts about work enter in and everything except the 80’s techno-dance music I play while I’m working goes completely away.
I’ve created about 30 pieces in the past 6 weeks. It’s kind of like light zipping out through the solar system–they just keep growing and evolving with each piece. Find whatever it is that takes you to that place. Spend time there. Give yourself a healing gift of peace in your body, mind and spirit. If there is one lesson I will probably be working on the rest of my life it is to let myself rest. Take a shot of that Aahsum Sauce and let go. Namaste. b