Me in the Middle of Being Grateful 2019

November Grid

A Dozen Gratitudes for 2019

(This Dozen Gratitudes List was originally written for 2017. It still remains a very meaningful list for 2019. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! )

  1.  For the cup of hot coffee I’m holding in hand while I ponder about this year and how quickly it’s flown by.  Grateful for still being here!

  2. For the ability to distance myself from the noise and drama of this year’s political events.

  3. For the hope that still swells up in my heart with a belief in the goodness and kindness of most people.

  4. For a safe dwelling and a supportive community that recognizes the needs of those of us who are aging.  I’m grateful to those who have filled a need for me this past year. 

  5. For my ‘young-at-heart’ mind that continues to love being creative in my retirement years.  Here’s to more watercolor sketching and creative writing.

  6. For our ‘genius’ system of government which continues to weather through all sorts of abuses yet, hopefully, continues to survive and thrive.  “The presidency is bigger than one man.” ~ President G. W Bush

  7. For the knowledge that my life on this earth is drawing to a close and I’m leaving behind five children, and their families, who strive to make this a better world.

  8. For a stronger sense of resilience and knowledge that I have it within me to face anything that comes my way with strength and grace.  No one is going to rescue me.

  9. For lessons learned this past year about myself, about where some people deserve to be in my life and setting healthy boundaries.     

  10. For the present moment because it is truly a precious gift.  Be aware!  Know what works for you in keeping you grounded and seeking the middle ground.

  11. For the higher power, whatever each person sees that to be, that holds me in unconditional Love through it all.  “You’ve always had the power, my dear.” ~ Glinda (Wizard of Oz)

  12. For the courage I’ve found this year to hold on to my convictions and faith within a very complex culture and society.  Trust your intuition.  You’re the best friend you’ll ever have.

Watercolor sketch © Mary Lou

Journeys with the Divine Feminine

Divine Feminine #1

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Recently I had the opportunity to include my story in this unique collection of 24 women’s journeys with the Divine Feminine. Each story is unique and inspirational. 

It was an interesting reflection for me as I’d just completed writing and publishing my own story ~ Me in the Middle ~ and the lessons learned along the way. My faith story was very much a part of my story yet I hadn’t thought about the divine feminine in my life and what that would mean.

What I love about Journeys with the Divine Feminine is that the book includes the stories of women from many religious experiences, as well as some without an experience in religion. They come from different parts of the world. Whatever their background, they grew and learned lessons from that and found their faith within.  As with most organized religions,  many of us grew up with a masculine God. We each found our ‘feminine divine‘ through our lives and through others along the way. I personally believe that God can’t be defined as male or female because God is beyond our comprehension. I do know that this divine power is love.

 

“I must write it all out at any cost.  Writing is thinking.  It is more than living, for it is being conscious of living.” 

~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh ~

Journeys with the Divine Feminine

Me in the Middle on a Virtual Sketchwalk

For the months of June, August and September ~ I’ve been traveling!

Virtual Traveling!

Virtual Reality, Consciousness, Reality

Image by Pixabay

Virtual Sketchwalk is a Facebook Page with 849 (and growing) members.  At the beginning of each month, the Admin ~ Kate Powell ~ posts around 100 plus photographs of interesting places, local and foreign.  Sketchwalks involve a group of artists who meet up at a specific location and spend time sketching together at that location. Virtual Sketchwalk brings together artists who might not be able to travel yet still can enjoy sketching and learning about the area.  It gives us a chance to practice our skills and then share our artwork with each other on Facebook.  Each of us can choose from the photographs and we can sketch as many as we want.  It’s fun to see the different interpretations that evolve from each person.

My previous post on the Virtual Sketchwalk for March, April and May is HERE.

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June ~ Paris, France

June 2019 Eiffel Tower Paris

Sketch by Mary Lou

June 2019 Paris France #3

Sketch by Mary Lou

June 2019 Tuileries Paris

Sketch by Mary Lou

August ~ Disneyland

August 2019 Disneyland bd

Sketch by Mary Lou

August 2019 Disneyland

Sketch by Mary Lou

September ~ Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sept 2019 Amsterdam A

Sketch by Mary Lou

Sept 2019 Amsterdam E

Sketch by Mary Lou

Where will we go next?

Globe, Hand, Global, Concept, Abstract

Image by Pixabay

 

 

Me in the Middle of Inktober 2018 (Flashback)

This was a fantastic challenge! I’m not participating this year 2019. Even so, I’m  still following along with all the great art that is coming from it. Here’s the 2019 Prompt List followed by my own creations in 2018: 

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I Survived Inktober 2018

This month has been an eventful month!

I had a medical set-back that sent me to the emergency room a few months back and was soon diagnosed with AVNRT which is a form of Supraventricular Tachycardia.  A Cardiac Ablation was scheduled for October 15th and while waiting for that date, my activity level took a nose dive.

Then I heard about Inktober 2018 and decided it would be a great way to pass the time and fight the boredom.  It would calm my pre-surgery fears and also give me a buffer-zone against the ugly, stressful developments in our country’s politics.  The challenge is to come up with an ink-sketching idea based on a daily prompt.  Here’s the video that explains Inktober much better than I could:

How to Do Inktober

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So all went well with the Cardiac Ablation and I’m just completing my recovery with a good report from the doctor.  I also finished all 31 days of Inktober and feel pretty good about it.  Take a look at my sketches.  Maybe you’ll join us next year for Inktober 2019?

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Week One ~ Oct 1st thru 7th

 

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Week Two ~ Oct 8th thru 14th

 

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Week Three ~ Oct. 15th thru 21st

 

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Week Four ~ Oct. 22nd thru Oct 30th

 

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And HAPPY HALLOWEEN ~ Enjoy a Margarita on me!! 

(I’d love to know which sketch you liked the best!  Leave your choice in comments!)

Day 31 Slice #3

Me in the Middle ~ Divine Feminine

“People heal by being able to tell the story, the whole story.”

~Clarissa Pinkola Estes~

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Divine Feminine #3

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“Today we are witnessing an immense longing for relational, mutually empowering feminine qualities at every level of our society—from our politics, to our economics, in our psyche, our cultures, our patterns of leadership, and our theologies, all of which have become far too warlike, competitive, individualistic, mechanistic, and non-contemplative. We are terribly imbalanced.

Unfortunately, the feminine has often had to work in secret, behind the scenes, indirectly. It’s to the church and culture’s own detriment that women haven’t been recognized as leaders.”

~Richard Rohr OFM~

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Journeys with the Divine Feminine

A Labor of Love

JOURNEYS WITH THE DIVINE FEMININE (See more) is a collection of 24 personal stories of women’s experiences in discovering the Divine Feminine and journeying within to experience it, understand it, and grow from it. You will see yourself reflected here. You will see paths you didn’t know existed, and you may even feel freer to walk some you’ve perhaps been afraid to venture down.

The writers are from Irish, Dutch, German, Scottish, North American, Trinidadian, English, Indian, French, Australian, New Zealand and New Zealand Maori backgrounds, with combinations of Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Pagan, Wiccan, Baha’i and other religious and spiritual practices and traditions. They are writers and artists, therapists and coaches, mothers and grandmothers, academics, yoga teachers, psychics and healers, nurses and salespeople, sisters and daughters.

The re-emergence of the Divine Feminine from oppression, suppression, repression
and ultimately depression, is vital to restoring the balance of this world and all who
live on this planet. Too long, we have been living a lopsided life as the forgiveness,
love and compassion so sorely needed have been lost and are now being resurrected.
~Patricia Iris Kerins (Foreword)

Their journeys are often physical – to sacred places around the world, genealogical – exploring the gifts and wisdom of their ancestors near and far, intellectual, and always emotional. Their experience of the Divine Feminine is necessarily spiritual – encompassing a myriad of different meanings of that term – revealing that the Sacred is rooted in the soil as much as the heavens.

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