One of the most profound teachings I was ever given in my study of yoga and Buddhism is of the changing nature of everything - including my own mind.
The truth that "things change" can be extremely comforting, especially when life is hard, as it is for so many of us from time to time. It is easy to think that we'll feel a certain way forever. This brings pain when life is sad, and also when life is happy, because those conditions will change and shift too.
When life hurts, it is so important to remember that love and Grace are always there for us. We forget that the door to Grace is always open. We just have to walk in.
This was on my mind as I worked in my journal with one of the stencils from January Stencil Club from Stencil Girl.
I started with this spread in my art journal. I had created it in this great class at the Ink Pad with Marybeth Shaw, Pam Carriker, Michelle Ward and Andrew Borloz.
I painted in the door that I had stenciled using my Doors and Windows Stencil. Then I decided to use the 9 x 12 Peacock stencil to bring together the two sides of the page. (Here's a post and video of this process, where I harmonized two different gelli prints in my journal.)
I used scraps of paper that were on my table to mask off the door, so that the pattern from the Peacock stencil wouldn't get on it.
Then I placed the stencil down and pounced.
Here's what it looked like:
I added in embellishments I cut from different gelli prints.
I also used words I have been working with, to remind myself that even when all seems dark and gloomy, every day offers blessings. Every day is sacred. There is grace all around us. That door is always open. We just have to walk in. Or, in other words:
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