May 24th, 2014
Boy, the days and weeks have been rolling by so quickly! I’ve been meaning to get back here much sooner, but there’s been a lot of things going on in my personal life. Mostly, it’s been about supporting family members (outside of my household) going through tough transitioning challenges. These bumps in life can be scary and nobody should have to do it alone. Although I’m happy to help, giving constant support requires a lot of energy and I’ve been feeling overwhelmed. However, I know it’s much worse for my loved ones who are going through the suffering directly…so I must keep up with the encouragement.
Okay, the above covers the being “overwhelmed” part. And now I’ll move on to the “underwater” part, which has a much lighter feel to it.
In the new issue of Sew Somerset (Summer – 2014) you’ll see my article on sewing starfish.
Here’s a closer look at the details.
Maybe if I continue to “look within”, I can find the strength and wisdom to better help others. I think looking within, among other things, really helps cultivate compassion…so that kindness can follow.
This other starfish is about trying to find the way.
Originally when I created this piece, the words “Flow towards light and love” seemed right. But now, taking into consideration some of the personal things I’ve been experiencing, I think the words, “Flow forward with light and love” are a better reflection of what I’ve been contemplating lately. It’s interesting to me how this small adjustment to the phrase can make a big difference to the meaning.
Originally, I created these pieces as a celebration of a starfish’s amazing self-healing abilities. If an arm is injured, the broken part can fully grow back. And if a starfish becomes severed or split in two, it’s possible that an entirely new starfish can form from the two separate pieces. Also, they don’t have traditional eyes (they mainly see through feel and by using their other senses, such as going by their gut). If you have to go by your gut, it might make sense to “flow forward with light and love”. Going by light and love will always guide you in the right direction.
Before I end this post I’d like to mention that if you’re interested in making these starfish, the instructions are included within the article. And of course, you can always contact me if you have further questions.
I know I’ve stepped away longer than usual, and I imagine that you’ve been busy doing your own things as well…I hope these things have been good (and possibly creative) ones. And I’d love to hear the details, so please do feel free to share them with me here. I want this space to be for everyone, not just for me and my thoughts. This is a case where “more” is better, so please keep sharing and contributing. Hearing from you enhances the entire experience of blogging…thank you!