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Tuesday’s Thoughts: An Artful Response

Tuesday’s Thoughts: An Artful Response

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OK. Well, this is sort of artful. It is in response to Psalm 31. My haiku: Vulnerable babesHide in mother's wingsSheltered from harm A couple things that I noticed in response to this Psalm: God is given many images in this Psalm, one which includes the "wings that shelter". Sheltering wings are a mother's job. So, the image is God as mother. Also, mother's can protect. It isn't just the father's job. This complicates the religious binary that becomes so much of the conversation. [Personal opinion: Let's lose the binary!] The Psalmist is going through a lot of emotions in this poem/song. While they at once declare God is with them offering protection, they describe a lived reality in which God must feel a zillion miles away. They are depressed, scared, being go...
Reflecting on Sacred Responses to Trauma

Reflecting on Sacred Responses to Trauma

meditation, spirit, spiritual practice, Spirituality
I've been thinking that I'm in a time of transition. The church is weird. My job is weird. Things are sliding and changing. I think that I'm going to refocus my thoughts here on art and trauma. Beginning today! Daily Haiku Ever watchful She perches gracefully A throne of thistleI did this watercolor painting yesterday inspired by @dearannart on Instagram. As I did it, I was processing physical pain. One of my ribs was twisted a little bit and it was setting my rotator cuff on my left side on fire. This had been going on for a bunch of days. I am used to almost always being in pain but I was ready to be done with it. When I was painting, the pain receded and I didn’t think about it anymore. And I didn’t consciously NOT think about it anymore. This painting took a while for
Return to Practice

Return to Practice

Word:  I have been contemplating when a return to a near daily practice would begin. Balancing this practice with morning practices of health (good exercise and food) is a trick! But it is time to begin. I anticipate that it will not occur daily, but near daily. I also invite you to offer your own daily practice! We are in this together! Recently, the impact of secondary trauma made itself present to me through my interactions with a couple people. Secondary trauma is commonly referred to as "the stress resulting from helping or wanting to help a traumatized or suffering person."* Dr. Laurie Pearlman, an expert in the trauma field prefers the term vicarious trauma to describe the "cumulative transformative effect of working with survivors of traumatic life events." -Transforming the