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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Embrace


Here's my latest creation:

***This scan did not pick up the shimmery-ness.  In real life this little guy looks like he is outlined in a shiny golden light--especially when the real sun hits him--same with the painted sun.

Embrace

This word feels very significant to me right now.

I want so much to embrace it all; each cuddling up moment with my little ones, the soft sweetness of their skin, their little hands that are still tiny enough to fit inside mine, each giggle & question asked.   Each breath of cool morning air, all the health & abundance that surrounds.  The sunshiny sky.  The warm presence of my husband.  The body that i have--the one that sees and hears and walks and talks and knows what i need if i slow down enough to listen.

It's not always easy to embrace what is right before me.  Very often i'm so busy trying to be that i forget to simply be.  I get so focused on trying to do more & trying to do better, i forget to notice all that i am doing.

 I am focusing on embracing the gifts of this very moment, the ones that are right before my seeing eyes; the moss covered oak trees, the coolness coming through the open window, the wind chimes playing their music, the calm of this quiet house.  I can see these gifts very clearly when i  look up and around and inside and slow down enough to breathe them in.

In this moment, i very much embrace it all.  I think this sweet elephant does too.

What are you embracing today?

3 comments :

  1. So sweet. I love Mr. Elephant and his sun. Reminds me to stay centered, to close my eyes and just be. Beautiful that you are seeing everything so clearly--and then there is all of the sweetness that you are adding to it, that wouldn't be there without Julia...you are the abundance, my friend.

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  2. Oh this painting is so great Julia! It makes me smile. You have such a great style that carries through all of your paintings. It's no surprise that I happen to know what you mean about TRYING to be instead of just being. Thank you for this lovely reminder to breathe it in.

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  3. love your new painting!

    today i am embracing uncertainty...or is it embracing me?

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♥ Julia