Sunday, December 23, 2012

All the Best to You...


© 2012 Linda A. Miller

 We bless this year for all we have learned,
For all we have lost
And for the quiet way it brought us
Nearer to our invisible destination.

 -- John O'Donohue -  excerpt of  "At the End of the Year" from To Bless the Space Between Us
I also leave you with this link from Miriam Hall and a thoughtful reminder about gentleness as you gather together this holiday.
Happy Holidays to you and yours!  I am taking some time away from the blog, and will see you again in the New Year. 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Let the Light Shine

© 2012 Linda A. Miller

May I live this day

Compassionate of heart,
Clear in word,
Gracious in awareness,
Courageous in thought,
Generous in love.

-- John O'Donohue -  excerpt of "Matins" from To Bless the Space Between Us


© 2012 Linda A. Miller

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Remembering Them


So don't be frightened, dear friend, if a sadness confronts you larger than any you have ever known, casting its shadow over all you do. You must think that something is happening within you, and remember that life has not forgotten you; it holds you in its hand and will not let you fall. Why would you want to exclude from your life any uneasiness, any pain, any depression, since you don't know what work they are accomplishing within you?"

---Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet




I have not been able to find the words to express my sadness..however here are some writings that have touched me:
 
"This is the most incomprehensible tragedy of insanity. There is no way to even begin to understand what has happened. We can only sit with the overwhelming sadness and loss of the innocent. The guardian of humanity could not have to face anything more grave than losing the young unopened buds that were on their way to bloom. We pray that some relief may come in this time of loss and to the broken hearts of the parents, family members, and our countrymen and women. This kind of tragedy is happening way too often in our country, where only a few miles away in Canada, it is a rare occurrence. I join my palms in prayer for America to find a positive resolution to this problem."  - the words of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche shared by Pema Chodron.
 
"One simple act you can do in response to this heartbreaking thievery of human life is to let yourself feel the deep grief of it.  Notice when you want to push it away, or numb yourself, or find a distraction.  This capacity to sit with the pain and let it work its way through you is the first and fundamental response. The second response is an embrace of love as the deepest and truest thing, what makes life bearable under the most grievous of circumstances.  Hold someone you love close, make amends with a loved one with whom you had a falling out.  Extend yourself in this circle of love.  These things matter deeply.  Then comes the hard work of conversation and change of policy and ways to protect lives more vigorously.  But this work must emerge from a place that has allowed the river of grief to flow through and the deep well of love to nourish and sustain.  We must remember the extravagant source of life as we consider the reality of death." - excerpt from the December 17th Abbey of the Arts newsletter by Christine Valters Paintner  (Thanks to Christine for the reminder about the opening quote by Rilke!)

This flag will be posted on the Prayer Flag Project site on December 20th.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Underway


Yes, I am finally beginning to do the baking....



And remembering to take the time to play...



While I finish what is on the needles.



Hope your preparations and holidays are going well!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Creative Inspiration Artists

Congratulations to all the artists whose wonderful work will be exhibited in SAQA's Creative Inspiration at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts in January!

Artists:  Andi Perejda  Karen Cunagin  Ann Turley  Kathleen McCabe  Annette Guerrero  Kathy Nida  Barbara Friedman  Kathy Piper   Belinda Hart  Laura Bisagna   Carolyn Ryan   Linda Friedman  Dan Olfe  Linda Miller  Doria Goocher  Lorna Morck  Gail Hansen  Mary Tabar  Gay McNeal  Ranell Hansen  Gillian Moss  Sally Wright   Heather Urquhart   Sandra Hankins  Jeanne Surber  Sandra S. Lauterbach  Jeannie Moore   Sharon Hightower  Jill LeCoissette   Sherry Kleinman   jo griffith  Terry Waldron  Tracy Potter

Very pleased to be among these fine artists!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Another Thread

There’s a thread you follow. It goes among
things that change.  But it doesn’t change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.
You don’t ever let go of the thread.


-William Stafford, The Way It Is

How could I not share this poem?!  Thank you to Abbey of the Arts for bringing this quote to my attention.




Needles are flying with much WIP at the moment...however, I cannot reveal these until after the holidays. 

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