Georgia O’Keeffe is one of my heroes. For my 45th birthday, my sweetie, Hol, and I went to tour her Abiquiu, New Mexico home for an hour yesterday… and I’ve been thinking about it ever since.
I felt a real affinity for Georgia’s space, and how she kept a strong blend of simplicity and beauty in every room. But more than that, it was obvious to me that she lived intentionally and well, even when that wasn’t easy to do. As the tour guide quoted her saying, “I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life– and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.”
So today my respect for O’Keeffe has me looking at my own life with a new admiration and intention. I’m carrying away the deep inspiration to keep living authentically, letting go of whatever is unnecessary, dedicating myself to beauty and truth.
I hope 45 will be a good year for me, and maybe for you too– less worrying, more art, more play. May it be so!
Photo above: Pedernal mesa– Georgia’s favorite– taken yesterday from Ghost Ranch, NM.
Sorry, we weren’t allowed to make photos of the inside of her house on the tour, and I didn’t think I had permission to use them from online… you can Google search for some if you like!
I’m offering this new image tonight, as a prayer of gratitude and invitation.
What within you waits to be free– nourished by the opportunities and difficulties of your history– ready to become a vibrant gift to the communities around you?
In what ways are you still unfree? When and how are our neighbors unfree? What’s our contribution to liberation?
May we see the possibilities for freedom within our deepest challenges.
Freedom from Within – fabric & thread – June 2015 – © Melanie Weidner
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Thanks to Karli, Sally, Anna, and Lisa for joining me for the July 18 Juicy Workshop. I’m always amazed at how much we discover about ourselves and each other when we show up with our hearts and hands to encounter a theme like freedom. Then we can’t help but carry our wisdom out into the daily world around us! I believe that creative and spiritual work serves us all. May it be so.
I believe in all that has never yet been spoken.
I want to free what waits within me
so that what no one has dared to wish for
may for once spring clear
without my contriving.
If this is arrogant, God, forgive me,
but this is what I need to say.
May what I do flow from me like a river,
no forcing and no holding back,
the way it is with children.
Then in these swelling and ebbing currents,
these deepening tides moving out, returning,
I will sing you as no one ever has,
streaming through widening channels
into the open sea.
–Rainer Maria Rilke, Book of Hours, I, 12;
translation by Barrows & Macy.