light a candle and let shine

We are told as children to “let our light shine.” But the problem has been that over time our light dims with the slog and schmutz of life. And it seems to be more difficult to figure out where and when it’s OK to be ourselves.

How do we practice letting our lights shine?

What and how do we practice letting our lights shine?

light by llgriffin
light by llgriffin

It takes practice.

https://youtu.be/R0qAYq1GVec Bruce Springsteen with the Sessions Band- This Little Light of Mine (Live In Dublin)

get comfortable being the odd one out, the seed planter, the truth teller it will help you come back to your center.

light series by llgriffin
light in process by llgriffin

a couple of tips to practice – literally light a candle.

if you order something, and it’s not what you wanted, practice saying something.  if you disagree with a friend, child or spouse, practice sharing your thoughts. the last one isn’t easy but if you can practice sharing and shining it doesn’t seem so daunting.

Light that candle!

#artheals #practicepausing

the gospel song this little light of mine from the 1920’s later became song for the civil rights movement in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

This little light of mine
I’m going to let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m going to let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m going to let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine

is it beautiful, or heartbreaking?

the simple answer is, yes. it’s both; beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time.

many times I look at something and it looks beautiful only because the light is shining on the object at just the right angle. I look a little closer and then it’s not what I thought. the images below holds beauty and at the same time it’s clearly wilting, browning, losing petals and decomposing.

learn to hold the beauty and the heartbreak at the same time – to hold life in balance and viewing it as it is.

rose by LLGriffin
rose by LLGriffin
roses by LL Griffin
roses by LLGriffin

#artheals #practicepausing

still listening

i want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what other think – rumi


Being still, listening, and still listening. Staying with the pain that has been passed down and learning how to hold the space.  Finding the precise balance between life’s daily heartbreaks and happinesses. The surest way to these things is to practice coming back to stillness daily.

still listening for the rhythm of stillness

rhythm by LLGriffin
rhythm – LLGriffin

#artheals #practicepausing

finding flow

how do we find flow? start with the flow of your breath. how do we find rhythm? start with the rhythm of your breath. listen to the rhythm and keep listening. watch the rhythm of the moon, the rain and the sun.

finding flow, finding my flow

rhythm 2 by LLGriffin
rhythm 2 by LLGriffin

learning to find the flow among the chaos

approaching art making as an extension of my breath, finding the natural flow and rhythm even when life is messy


feather5 by LLGriffin
feathers5 by LLGriffin

learning to find the flow among the chaos

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