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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

What is the colour of your writing?

I visited the Musee du Jardin de Luxembourg exhibit on Chagall today, and aside from the sheer number of paintings and the work, I was struck by his use of colour. On my way out, I bought the magazine describing the exhibition and inside of it was a lexicon of the symbols he used (goat, rooster, couple, musicians) and the colours and what they represented.

According to one author, Chagall said, Blue is the colour of my soul. (Of course another author said, he just said that to blow off curious people asking too many questions). But I like that his soul had a colour.

I'm in the middle of a writing retreat, so I began to read more about Chagall, and it turned into a few pages about my own choice of colours, especially in clothes I'm wearing. It began as an inquiry in my journal about that woman who likes pink shoes and an orange shirt she hasn't worn yet. It turned into a discussion of colour and what it has meant to me at different periods. And the reasons behind why I haven't been writing lately.

So can going to an exhibit be a muse for your writing? or seeing a painter prompt a poem or a prose piece? Not that unusual, perhaps, except I hadn't thought of it on my own, the writing facilitator suggested it as an artist date with myself (a concept from Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way).

Reading it back tonight after supper, to a listener for the first time, I was pleased with the piece. Then Karen, the retreat facilitator said, I think you're writing again!

So what colour will trigger your writing? your creative juices? can you get outside your room or house and go for a walk and notice something you have never seen before, and get inside some inspiration from outside? what surprised me is that it doesn't always have to come from your 'imagination' or inside your head.



Dare to do something different, shake up your schedule, pencil an hour with your camera, mix up the arts a little, and allow yourself the freedom to find a new path, just for today.

that's all for now, from Paris,
Jenn/Musemother
xxxooo

Friday, May 24, 2013

Creative Life

Ah to read about Paris, Hemmingway, Frida Kahlo, Anais Nin, the golden era for me that was their world in between the wars.....and to be in Paris reading these books, hmmmmm, stirs the creative juices.

But if I was hanging out with surrealist painters and writers, today, in whichever arrondissement the current artists are sitting in cafes in, perhaps I would be bored to tears or find them wacky and weird.

Instead, we are making our own creative fun by walking the streets and bridges, Pont des Arts, Pont Neuf, going from cafe to cabaret, in three different quartiers, drinking cafe creme or rose, a little bubbly... It's very conducive to the fertile muck stirring a writer needs - to budge from her rut, her comfortable world, and explore the City of Light. Having conversations with cab drivers about the lousy economy and listening to Leonard Cohen dance me to the end of love.

Actually, it's very dark and rainy today, cold, a good day to stay indoors and read the life of Frida Kahlo, parts of which were in New York and Paris, rubbing shoulders with Georgia O'Keeffe and Andre Breton, Henry Miller and Anais Nin.

c'est tres sympa, as they say. To be moody and cold in Paris...next week I have a real writers' retreat booked for myself, a few blocks away, and maybe I'll tackle this O'Keeffe-Kahlo project that has been tickling my mind for a few days now.

Until Monday, hopefully the sun will come out, we'll put on our walking shoes and shop for our baguette and fromage.

salut les mecs!

Musemother/Jenn
a  Paris (where there ain't no cure for love)






Thursday, May 09, 2013

Empowering the Feminine within: A woman who follows her own heart



“The things women are most yearning for---such as deeper connection, spiritual awakening, self-expression, creativity, right livelihood, creating an enlightened world for generations to come---all require a new level of Feminine Power to bring them forth.” Jean Houston

A woman who follows her own heart has learned to listen to her intuition.
A woman who follows her own heart listens to her body guidance.
A woman who follows her own heart shares deeply, listens deeply, is present with others.
A woman who follows her own heart feels her fear, acknowledges it, but is not held back by it.
A woman who follows her own heart is always expanding, growing, learning.

A woman who follows her own heart discovers her true desires and interests.
A woman who follows her own heart is impatient to get started.
A woman who follows her own heart believes in herself, and her creative powers.
A woman who follows her own heart is able to say no, and speak her truth.
A woman who follows her own heart knows the value of doing nothing, of rest and recuperation.

A woman who follows her own heart knows that to go down and in is preparation for coming out and up.
A woman who follows her own heart is a source of calm, a balm for others.
A woman who follows her own heart leans inward in times of trouble, but is not afraid to ask for help.
A woman who follows her own heart knows that angels and guides are watching over her.
A woman who follows her own heart knows her own value.

A woman who follows her own heart accepts herself as she is, flawed but fabulous.
A woman who follows her own heart lets her children be flawed and fabulous too.
A woman who follows her own heart stands her ground.
A woman who follows her own heart knows how to be grounded in root energy.
A woman who follows her own heart lets go to the flow of synchronicity.

A woman who follows her own heart trusts the Universe and knows she is loved.
A woman who follows her own heart has a constant companion and Friend within.
A woman who follows her own heart reaches out in compassion to those who suffer, she has been there too.
A woman who follows her own heart creates an atmosphere of love and caring around her.
A woman who follows her own heart remembers where her Joy is.
A woman who follows her own heart laughs from the belly.

A woman who follows her own heart loves her body and knows she is beautiful within and without.
A woman who follows her own heart forgives herself for her mistakes.
A woman who follows her own heart is in love with Beauty.
A woman who follows her own heart is in touch with her feminine power.
Any woman who follows her own heart can learn to be this woman.

Any woman who is aware of where she is and how she feels, and doesn’t try to pretend to be something different, can be this woman.

You are that woman with heart, unfolding, becoming, and realizing herself as the goal.

Heart is the Hearth and Home of you. Come home to your heart!


Namaste,
Musemother

Thursday, May 02, 2013

10 ways to spoil Mom for Mother’s Day (without spending money)



If you’re a mom, what would your favourite gift be? Mine would be free time just for me. Here are some ideas for gifts that don't cost anything, except a little loving attention.

You could leave this list lying around the week before Mother's Day or ask your kids to give you a coupon with one of these ideas on it, instead of spending money on a bauble or another coffee mug that will gather only dust on your shelf.

1. Make her some fizzy bath salts: follow these easy steps at http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Fizzy-Salts
2.  Give her a coupon in a home-made card promising to clean your room or do own laundry.
3.  Make her favorite breakfast and serve it to her in bed (Dad can help!)
4Give her a foot massage. Don’t know how?  http://www.wikihow.com/Give-a-Foot-Massage
5. Having someone else cook dinner is a great gift! Pasta is easy…
6. Write mom a poem: a funny limerick, a short haiku, or make an acrostic with her name
7. Pick some wild bluebells and make her a spring bouquet. 
8. Remember her favourite colour and use it to make a home-made card.
9.   Make her a frame with pictures of her favourite kids (you!).
10.  Coupon for free babysitting for a spa day (idea from Dad, a whole day off!)


Happy Spring!
Musemother

ps another great gift idea for a mom in mid-life (in her forties or fifties) is the book The Tao of Turning Fifty, What Every Woman in Her Forties Needs to Know, which gives tips and exercises for self-care and mothering yourself!  www.jenniferboire.com


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