No — whether delivered through word or action — means no. It is our truth and boundary and always deserves respect. At the same time, our no can also be an effective way to make space for our inner sensing. With the space we draw around ourselves with our no we may be able to dive into greater self-exploration, become more familiar with our own experience, and learn a lot about what and where our yes is, what we need and want, and what we will do. When I asked my friend Jon what he's up to in the world so that I could lift him up with this art collaboration, he didn't respond at first. He was in his no until he was ready to share. Eventually, he told me that he has been working on keeping on top of his mental health, decluttering, reigniting and continuing exploring his passions for Butoh dance and Palestinian solidarity.
He also really wants to promote the artists he's engaged with, so many friends in his orbit who are making art — in visual arts, music, dance, theater. And he's particularly curious why more friends and acquaintances are not more engaged with art made by folks in their immediate communities. When do you interact with art made by friends, acquaintances, and members of your communities? When you are in your no and are not interacting with artists' work, what are you learning about yourself? Or, what is true for you?
Resurrections are here!
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March 2023 #MindfulHearts.
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~ 3/9 ~
on this day
~ celebrating four years of daily cartoons ~