by Portland Helmich I consider myself fairly self-aware. I’m relatively in touch with my feelings and can put words to them. I have a good sense of my strengths and weaknesses. I know where I trip myself up. And yet, I’m never as aware of what’s really going on inside me, of what I really […]
Looking for inspiration or a way to share something you’ve created? Here, readers can share artwork and creative encouragement. Send submissions to kima [at] kripalu [dot] org.
by Dominique Christina What is it about writing that fuels an appropriate reckoning? For me, writing is a meditation. It is a form of self-expression that, when engaged deliberately, offers a way in to the parts of yourself that you are, perhaps, unaware of. Writing also asks us to grapple with and have an intentional […]
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” —Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Why do we write? To tell stories, to organize our world, to communicate with loved ones, to capture what we might otherwise forget. But writing can also be a direct line to our deepest […]
Meditation gives us access to our internal lives—to images, language and memory. That’s exactly what a writer needs. “As writers all we have is our consciousness, what we see and what we witness,” says author and Kripalu presenter Dani Shapiro. “So for someone approaching the page, meditation—and the access it gives us to what is […]
This is my story in a nutshell: I grew up in the Midwest, the older of two children. My mother was emotional; my father was dominant. She stayed home; he worked a lot. I was a strong student. I went to college in New York City, fell in love a couple of years after graduation, […]
For a long time now, a handful of my close friends have been telling me that I should write a book. “You’re such a good storyteller, Portland,” my friend Molly frequently says. “You’ve got a book in you,” my friend Eden often reminds me. “I wish you’d write your stories down.” But I haven’t. I’ve […]
Karen Arp-Sandel is a Kripalu Yoga teacher, part of the YIS Team, member of BKC ,and presenter of the Vibrant Visionary Collage Program here at Kripalu. Below, Karen shares her inspiration in creating this Ganesh.
Inspired by all things Ganesh and Bollywood, I found myself creating this fun folk art icon last spring after teaching my 2012 Vibrant Visionary Collage workshop. It is a mixed-media assemblage constructed as a collage in three dimensions with re-purposed, recycled materials. Ganesh, the deity known as The Remover of Obstacles, became a very powerful figure for me after I participated in a wonderful KYTA Conference mantra chanting workshop.
Artist, Loren Talbot, shares her experience in creating this collage: The Long Walk.
This piece entitled The Long Walk was inspired by a book with the same name. It was written by the author, Slavomir Rawicz who was a Polish prisoner locked in a Siberian camp. He and six other’s escaped from the camp and crossed after six months through the Himalayas’ into freedom.
While there has been much discussion in recent years if the acts in the book actually took place or were imagined; the story is one of triumph from imprisonment, physical and mental survival and free will. I made this collage after reading the book. The Himalayas are collaged gears representing the miles the group had traveled and the sun setting symbolized the end of the journey. I added Chinese characters in the piece to acknowledge the ongoing occupation of Tibet as it is hard to think of these mountains without their many layers of history.