Happy Solstice to All

  I love this time of year when the darkness is brightened by Christmas lights and warm fires.  I feel the call to hibernate.  To go within and reflect on the year that  is coming to a close and begin to set my intentions for the year to come.     All of this is happening a little late for me this year because of the recent passing of my dear niece, Songja Ono, who released her struggle with brain cancer on December 5, 2015.  A very bright light in the world went out and a new star was born that day.  I will miss her presence in my life.   So given the time of year and the state of my own heart, it feels very fitting to share the poem that came from my Black Madonna painting, She Hears Our Cries. I feel like I transcribed this poem more than I wrote it.  I sat quietly with her at the end of the process and asked her if she wanted the pen.  Her message is below.  I made an audio version for you, too, in case you would like to sit quietly and allow her words to wash over your heart. http://tinagreenewisdom.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/She-Hears-Our-Cries.m4a   I send my love and best wishes for a holiday season full of joy and good times with friends and family.  I hope you will remember to take time to breathe and remember that the light that so many celebrate at this time of year lives there inside you.  It is who you are.  May the beauty of your being be the flame that...

Holding Light and Darkness

  There are times in life when it seems that I’m living on a see-saw.  One day, life is wonderful and I am full of energy and hope for the future.  The next thing I know, all I can manage is to keep putting one foot in front of the other. To keep taking one breath after another and having faith that this too shall pass.   The last month has been one of those times for me.  The night of the Paris attacks was the Opening Artists Reception at the first art show I’ve entered in San Francisco. A long-awaited night to celebrate community and creativity had also become a night of deep pain as once again we faced the affects of rage and hopelessness and asked ourselves “why?”   How do we do this?  How do we hold what feels like polar opposites and not tear ourselves apart? How do we remain present to the reality of our world AND not let the darkness overwhelm us?  The only answer I know is choice.   We have to CHOOSE to live in the light, to be the light.  It’s not always easy, but with every breath, I choose love.  Over and over and over again.   So at the Opening Reception, I shared the message from my painting, She Hears Our Cries.  It’s a message about light and darkness, about holding both and it brought great comfort to many who were there that night.   “Beauty in the darkness Color in the night I will hold your heartaches I will bring the light.”  from She Hears Our Cries,...

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