"Between stimulus & response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth & our freedom." – Viktor Frankl
"Before the wave is born, there is water; as long as the wave remains, water also remains, but even when the wave is gone, water still remains, the wave has simply resolved into water. In the same manner, thoughts arise, exist and resolve themselves into awareness." - "Teaching the Bhagavad Gita" by Swami Dayananda. Lokta paper, newspaper and watercolors.
The Thief of Joy
"Comparison is the thief of joy" - Theodore Roosevelt. Stonehenge paper, lokta paper, sumi ink, acrylics.
"Who cares why the elephant is standing on your foot? Just get him off." "Let's just declare that the past has little bearing on where you want to go." – Danielle Laporte, The Desire Map
A Spinal Cord Would Suffice
"He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him a spinal cord would suffice." - Albert Einstein. Paper, sumi ink, acrylics.
"Do you know the story of the man who was hitting himself over the head with a hammer? 'Why do you keep hitting yourself with that hammer?' a shocked passerby asked him. 'Because it's going to feel so good when I stop.'" – Danielle Laporte, The Desire Map. Acrylic on paper.
Two Types of Fear
In Hebrew, there are two words for fear. Pachad is projected or imagined fear; lizard brain fear. Yirah is the fear that overcomes us when we suddenly have more energy, inhabiting a larger space or on sacred ground; fear related to one's calling or inspiration. From Tara Mohr
Women's Attachment to Praise and Criticism
"1) Relational focus, 2) Heightened awareness of other's reactions, 3) History of survival through likeability and social influence, 4) Fear of personal attacks, 5) Cultural focus on girls' and womens' appearances, 6) Good girl conditioning" – Tara Mohr, Playing Big
When our biggest blockers are the narratives we create and believe about ourselves. This piece was inspired by the bug tracking software system our team uses daily – inspiration can come from the least likely of places. Stonehenge paper, water soluble crayons, colored pencil, permanent marker.
Someone asked me where my art comes from. Once my mind decides on the initial concept, figures and materials, the rest comes from a place of certainty that's led by neither my mind nor heart. The place is below my rib cage and roughly maps to my solar plexus. Maybe it's a sophisticated machine learning algorithm for which I don't have the proper instrumentation to monitor performance. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Paper and fluid acrylics.
"Love and belonging are irreducible needs of men, women and children. I'll go on the record of saying that in the absence of love and belonging there is always suffering." – Brene Brown, Power and Vulnerability
The White Horse
[Man's wife and daughters] "They'd rather me die on top of my white horse than watch me fall down. When we reach out and be vulnerable we get the shit beat out of us. And don't tell me it's from the guys and the coaches and the dads, because the women in my life are harder on me than anyone else." - Brené Brown, TED Talk "Listening to Shame"