Week Two ::: passion + path
What is yours?
We have to present within ourselves in order to know what our passion is.
Then, we have to give ourselves permission to go for it. I know this intimately, because I've spent so many years working toward my perma- goal to embody presence. I also constantly work to strip back a zillion freaking layers of conditioned and adaptive behavior patterns that have kept me living small and safe ... hiding.
What about you?
As I write these words to you, I am still in the process of learning that it is okay to be who I am. Not only is it okay, it is VITAL. It's vital for my health, and for the health of the world.
And the same goes for you.
I turn to artists who I admire for staying true to their passions, no matter what. They inspire me. And they are everywhere - in fact, a high percentage of those who have made a splash in the world did so because they have held a commitment to their own true self. This is not just limited to artists, but to scientists, historians, politicians, and the list goes on and on..
Which artists do you admire? Have they forged their own path? Have they stayed true to their own visions, and not compromised?
And ... what about you? Do you allow your visions to move through you? Uninterrupted? Unjudged? As they are?
muse ::: Sally Mann
Here's a clip from an AMAZING documentary about one of my favorite artists of all time. Sally Mann is a true path-paver, wave-maker, and innovator. She's brilliance in a nutshell. I've followed her work for 22 years and counting, and she consistently inspires with her insistence on doing her own thing.
Sally's approach to her creative expression is truly presence and passion in motion. She takes everyday surroundings, and she turns them into incredible art. Here is a sampling of some of her early work, in which her young children were her subjects.
'What Remains' is an EXTREMELY inspiring documentary experience. The full version can be rented on iTunes for $3.99: search for 'What Remains' with Sally Mann. I promise this visual journey is well worth your time and money. It brings us inside Sally's often controversial work, including her body of work photographing decomposing bodies. You can fast forward through this part if you choose, but there is something about the artful way Sally approaches everything that makes it all fascinating.
This woman is stillness, presence, and motion - the divine cocktail of creativity, storytelling, and authentic expression. You will be left with a burning desire to BE WHO YOU ARE and express what is inside you - no matter what.
Please let your world be opened by Sally's artistry, and allow your mind to expand and receive her offering of creativity. Next week we will spend a little more time with her, so just be present with her work, explore how you feel about it, and let it be what it is.
And, please feel free to leave your thoughts and feelings in our Facebook group, so that we can all discuss together :)