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Jan 30Liked by Sarah Wilson

'I love this idea…a gathering of tortured souls who meet to bear witness to each other’s laments.' I love this idea too and this might sound flippant but hear me out: I had terrible depression in my youth and I used to watch all the Bergman films (some from before my time but still when Liv Ullmann was in most of them, then I caught up to her - she's c 15 yrs older) and her first memoir mentioned how important her 'sewing circle' was. We laughed hysterically at this concept. But actually it's a great idea - and enduring. It can be a book club or a painting circle, whatever - a group you meet once-a-whatever to properly talk while you quietly do some craft or else talk with the book talk I guess. When my boyfriend died 20 plus yrs ago, my girlfriends and I would meet at our 'sewing circle' (one of the husbands called it our 'drinking circle'!) and just that quiet crafting with conversation was v healing for me. I recalled this when watching SBS On Demand's documentary series on Liv Ullmann, which I recommend - it's fantastic. - Penny from Braidwood.

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Oh and hand writing 👌🏼

Such an anchor ⚓️

This for me is a canary in the coal mine moment

My hand writing is quite lovely, a little in the vain or Shawn Stussy (I know I am a massive narcissist 😅). But it also becomes just a scrawl when I am moving outside of the realms and pace of life.

When I notice the scrawl, I know that it is time to slow the fuck down and breathe. And Yes! 🙌🏼 it is at the pace of life. A perfect tempo 🎶🥁

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Jan 30Liked by Sarah Wilson

OMG! I've been waiting for this for a long time. Two of my favourites in conversation.

Alain's book 'Art As Therapy' is worth a read too.

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Jan 30Liked by Sarah Wilson

How beautiful Sarah. My share- more theological perhaps but deeply profound I think is James Finley. Beautiful man, dripping with grace. He wrote Merton’s Palace of Nowhere and recently released The Healing Path. I reckon this podcast gives a decent insight into his thinking and practice - https://open.spotify.com/episode/3mrEY8Ug2yta2vbhvI8niu?si=PdFbIxHQQMCwB_BcpbYS2w

Another gem in a similar vein is RichArd Rohr- Franciscan who established the Centre for Action and Contemplation in New Mexico- https://cac.org/

Thanks for you do.

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Little sister 🧡

He nailed it with his interpretation, I see each second, each heart beat, her pain, and the depth of beauty, appreciation, and care and that it brings to her. And presence. Her work appears so delicate, and random. While perfectly imperfect, with universal uniformity running through it. Reminds me of sea shells, cliff walls, and flotsam on the shore line.

On a side note Sarah, I need to jump off here also for a bit. My daughter made a comment this morning after finding me reading a comment on my yoga mat. I explained to her what I was doing, (phones have been a gap between us for a long time) but she was correct in her saying yes, but it’s still the same energy dad.

I have not deleted Sub because I was looking forward to the Northern Rivers catch up. And I really enjoy the mature conversations here 😅. Do you have a date yet? Or if it’s not for a month of two, I will just delete and go into full monk mode for a few more weeks 👌🏼

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Jan 30Liked by Sarah Wilson

Looking forward to listening to your conversation with Alain. “Art is for crying with.” - ❤️

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Jan 31Liked by Sarah Wilson

Art gives order to chaos.

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John O’Donohue is another master philosopher and poet

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Jan 30Liked by Sarah Wilson

Pain is such an inwardly felt and personal experience if it has manifested as despair of the mind. Even more so I imagine if you are naturally introverted and have had a negative experience with trust. So many other factors too.

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This. “‘Martin matters because she gives dignity to a longing for ‘something infinitely more harmonious and loving than the world can generally offer’." He’s brilliant and you’re a hero for magnetizing him.

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The Hodler painting is so haunting 😱

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The times a brush or pen have replaced pulling a trigger..

Virgina woolfe

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Allan Watts is the best I can offer right now , such a lovely chap.

And the Hodler 🧡

This is how I feel often right now , but not so alone , sometimes I am the one sitting there. But more often lately am observing or have others in my life , and my hand is outstretched to them , but they cannot see it or do not dare to take it and feel that good. Sometimes it is me that does not dare 😅

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And this “We will start to heal when we realize that we are in fact always extremely close to someone who is as wretched as we are.” Amen.

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Through artistic expression we move something in our inner landscape; step one of de-isolating.

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What is a synonym for weapon that isn’t a term of war, I wonder?

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