June Maffin Art Blog
The ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu was reputed to have said ___Nurturing your love is like tending a small garden. If you keep pulling up the plants to see if the roots are growing, you will not harvest anything.___
Over the years, I have come to recognize the importance of self-nurture and that regardless of what/who the ___love__™ is (Lao Tzu__™s quote), when we care for and encourage the growth and development (of another, ourselves, our art, our vocation), the result is self-nurture.
How often have I said/thought ___I__™m not an artist.___ ___I can__™t draw.___ ___I can__™t ______ only to realize that the more emphasis I put on the negative, the less likely it would be that I would cultivate my artistic and creative soul.
Are you someone who is more likely to ___pull up___ - be that your art, relationships, yourself? Let me encourage you to reflect on times in your life when you continually ___pulled up the plants to see if anything was growing.___ Were these times of self-examination so that you could learn from your experiences, or were they times of self-recrimination and reproach and what results / consequences were there?
Are you someone who is more likely to ___nurture___ " again, be that your art, relationships, yourself? Let me encourage you to reflect on some good ___nurturing harvest™ times in your life - moments when you were self-nurturing and discovered rich soul-harvest in your art/ your relationships / your self-growth as a result.