Sensitive Gifted New Years Tools

Sharon Barnes CASIGY, Contemplative Handwork, Creative Coping, Creative Healing, Holiday Advice, Inspiration Leave a Comment

Is Facing the New Year as a Creative, Sensitive or Gifted Person Daunting?

Here’s Inspiration and some Creative,  Sensitive Gifted New Years Tools

As one year ends, and a new one begins, we tend to ponder our lives. We ask,  “Is my life where I want it to be? Are my relationships the way I want them to be? My finances? My spiritual/soul life? My work? My health?” Just in case they’re not, and you, too may sometimes wonder if you (or your creative, sensitive, or gifted kids)  can actually craft a life you (or they) love to live, here’s some Creative, Sensitive Gifted New Years Tools. They’re the best things I’ve learned (the hard way, of course) about starting the new year well as a creative, sensitive or gifted person.

My practice block

my practice block transformed by the (irregular) Angel of the Hourglass

I once threw away a quilt blockone that contained too many obvious mistakes for me to want to use it in the quilt for which it was originally intended. As luck would have it, before trash pick-up day, I needed a piece of fabric to practice on. Ah ha! I had just the thing.  I pulled this awful, discarded quilt block out of the trash and salvaged it for my practice block. After many months of practicing on it the new skills I wanted to learn, one day I looked at it like I had not seen it before. Beautiful patterns, colors and textures now eclipsed the mistakes and the awkward, imperfect lines of stitching. From one angle, there appeared to be a very irregular, yet unmistakable “angel”, smack in the middle of what looked like an hourglass.  I was amazed. Now I liked this “piece of trash”. In fact, I liked it too much to even think of throwing it away. I decided to add more metallic threads to catch the light, and more colors to. As I did, my ugly throw-away block became too beautiful to throw away.

While I stitched, I listened with my heart. I needed to know how to turn the awfulness and ugliness in my life into beauty. I don’t suppose you can relate. Happily, I wasn’t disappointed. This recycled throw-away block had lots to teach me. It showed me how to reclaim my life and start anew, even when all I have is scraps.

Here’s what I’m (still) learning from this throw-away block transformed into a practice block, and then into a quilt. As I share this with you, I invite you to take a few deep breaths. You may want to stretch and relax your muscles as you breathe. Create some quiet space in & around you. Listen with your heart and soul as you read:

           The Angel of the Hourglass:

How to Reclaim Your Life and Start Anew

Don’t throw it away just because it’s not perfect.
Lighten up; have some fun and take some risks with it.
Build on its existing (blah, boring, essential) structure.
Transform the multitude of mistakes with loveliness.
Include glowing images of things you love.
Discover its vibrant themes and develop them.
Add shimmer and sparkle until your eyes shine.
Surround it with strong, broad borders.
Create a cuddly, cozy container for the chaos.
Make it elegant and regal, fit for a queen (or a king).
Let the (irregular) Angel of the Hourglass reveal that Time is in Her Hands.
Enter her timeless place often, and she’ll guide you peacefully through life’s chaos.
Become your own Earth Angel: open your heart to the healing power of love, beauty, wisdom and grace.

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“Angel of the Hourglass” is an example of my favorite “Sensitive Gifted New Years Tools” –  Creative and Contemplative Handwork. You can learn more about it about here, if you like.

What are your favorite sensitive or creative tools to help you bring in the New Year? Please click on “Leave  a Comment”  to share them with us!

 

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