Well it was the right year to go grey. With a couple of delightful exceptions, there’s been a fair bit of crap going down. The usual sort of suffering that everyone faces: realising that the way you thought life might go wasn’t go to be the way it probably would go (even if you’d given up planning way back when!).
In another tricky year (thanks 2007) I discovered some good stuff. Pema Chodron’s The Wisdom of No Escape helped. The practices of mindfulness meditation, journalling, walking. Creating.
This week, the amazing Genevieve Williamson wrote in her blog about the moment she could feel her creative self emerge after a period of adjustment to chronic illness. Although my creative drought resulted from different reasons, I could relate. I felt creatively spent for a long time but then one afternoon found myself creeping into my room to make. I like to think that my art is bright, colourful, celebratory but the pieces that emerged whispered rather than sang. My whispering jewellery – inspired by silence and reminding me to choose.