The Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbook Project

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I want to do this again! I am an official card holder from 2011 when I completed and sent my sketchbook in. It took months to complete. I painted a story from one of my favorite authors of the past, George McDonald, The Back of the North Wind.

I want to go there someday too. My friend M Shannon Hernandez was just there ❤️

From their website:

BROOKLYN ART LIBRARY

A FREE MUSEUM WHERE YOU CAN TOUCH THE ART
Located in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn Art Library is home to over 41,000 sketchbooks from over 130 different countries. Participants of the project order blank sketchbooks, choose a theme, fill them up and connect their books online with search terms, an artist bio and other unique content. Every single sketchbook that is sent back to us is cataloged and placed on our shelves for visitors to view. That means you, as a visitor of Brooklyn Art Library, can search for just about anything you can think of, from the thousands of search terms our participants have logged. One of our librarians will then pull the book down for you and allow you to hold and flip through it.
DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER.

Visiting  Brooklyn Art Library is a practice in accepting randomness. We encourage you to let the process happen and see what you discover. Oftentimes visitors will be surprised by the most unassuming books, the ones with blank covers and original binding. There are thousands of stories created by people from all over the world.

https://www.sketchbookproject.com/libraries

 

Your Wild Nature

Inside all of us is Hope.
Inside all of us is Fear.
Inside all of us is Adventure.
Inside all of us is… A Wild Thing.

— Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

We all have wildness in us, that’s our nature.

Wild does not mean out of control. It means you are in touch with your beautiful, authentic, dancing with abandon, dreaming, magical, creative, life loving self. We each have that within us.

We are attracted to the forest, the mountains, the ocean and the wilderness because it helps us remember who we are.

Are you in touch with your wild nature or have you forgotten?

Here are a few versions of my wild side.

 

Embracing The Wild Woman.

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Clarissa Pinkola Estes really was the one who brought the Wild Woman back to life again through her writing.

in Women Who Runs With The Wolves she says, “ The Wild Woman carries the bundles for healing; she carries everything a woman needs to be and know. She carries the medicine for all things. She carries stories and dreams and words and songs and signs and symbols. She is both vehicle and destination.”

Somehow we have forgotten for if we remembered we would let go of competing with one another. We would stop judging our sisters and we would embrace our feminine beauty and expression. It still happens that when a woman shines her light and shares her authentic self other women find fault and turn away from her.

The Dali Lama says that Western women will save the world, yet that won’t happen if we can come together in support and understanding. If we can’t find compassion for having survived the experience of being woman at this time in history.

Women need to find and explore their wild nature again.

Estes says, “When we lose touch with the instinctive psyche, we live in a semi-destroyed state and images and powers that are natural to the feminine are not allowed full development. When a woman is cut away from her basic source. She is sanitized, and her instincts and natural life cycles are lost, subsumed by the culture, or by the intellect or the ego- one’s own or those that belong to others”.

Finding your wild nature is an inside job. It is about reaching past our false sense of identity as a woman. The identity given to us by our culture. We are no longer teenage girls vying for the attention from the current heart throb. There is no need for judgment, jealously, or competition. Every woman has something unique to offer the world. Finding and embracing your wild nature  is the beginning.

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Live Your Wild Nature

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Are you living your wild nature? This is a question for women and men. If not, why?

The truth…the current program on the planet doesn’t want us to have that much power! Because if we take back our innate power the world will transform into something unlike what we have ever seen!!

We aren’t programmed to be authentic. We have to dive deep to find our true self.

This is a quote from Clarissa Estes Pinkola, about women but can pertain to men as well. This is our innate self.

“When women reassert their relationship with the wildish nature, they are gifted with a permanent and internal watcher, a knower, a visionary, an oracle, an inspiratrice, an intuitive, a maker, a creator, an inventor, and a listener who guide, suggest, and urge vibrant life in the inner and outer worlds. When women are close to this nature, the fact of that relationship glows through them. This wild teacher, wild mother, wild mentor supports their inner and outer lives, no matter what.

“So the word wild here is not used in its modern perjorative sense, meaning out of control, but in its original sense, which means to live a natural life.”

how would your life be different if you were living from your true nature?

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#takebackyourpower
#beauthentic

Rewilding Yourself!

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What do you plan to do with your one Wild and precious life? Mary Oliver

Rewilding is not going backwards, to live in the woods – superficial stuff like that. It’s reconnecting to that wildness dormant inside you; the amazing, rich thing that’s there waiting to be engaged with.

What if you redesigned your life with your wild nature in mind? What would it look like? How would it be different? First we need to understand what is meant by “rewilding “.

Wildness’ is difficult to fully define, and so too ‘rewilding’ is not a fixed concept; more simply it could be an openness to truly being alive. It will look different to each individual. Some might be turned off by the word ‘wild’ because they think it means out of control and unruly but it is far from that.  The following quote is helpful in understanding it:

“To be fully human is to be wild. Wild is the strange pull and whispering wisdom. It’s the gentle nudge and the forceful ache. It is your truth, passed down from the ancients, and the very stream of life in your blood. Wild is the soul where passion and creativity reside, and the quickening of your heart. Wild is what is real, and wild is your home.”

― Victoria Erickson

I have always felt this powerful pull. We are connected to it when we are children and it is lost in the domestication process. Domestication is the opposite of wildness. We go to school and are taught rules for living in society. From there we go to work and learn how to live someone else’s dream for the sake of security.  We stop connecting with nature on a regular basis. We sit at computers, work alone, watch television, eat at certain times, learn how to fit in and be accepted.

That isn’t who we really are because through the process we forget who we are! We live in a world that is constantly pulling us away from our wild nature and out of sync with our true self.

Rewiling is a celebration of our true selves.

“For many people, a connection to nature is a good place to start remembering this sense of belonging. Nature also reminds us of how we need to both grow and be still. We need to move through all the rhythms of life – seeding, growing, harvesting, composting, resting – and not only strive to constantly produce. As we slow down, we become more present, and feel ourselves here, instead of struggling to get somewhere else.

“It becomes easier to remember who we are and what is important. Then we can make choices that are true to our essential nature, being ourselves, in tune with the world.” Jonathan Horowitz

Are you ready to start rewilding yourself?

More blogs to come…check the ReWilding Yourself tab on the list