The Invention of Passing Time

The Invention of Passing Time
We can’t always escape to somewhere, step away physically from the noise and confusion and suffering, our own and that of those around us. 


BUT – we can always shift how are in relation to whatever is happening. 


We need not suffer in feeling disconnection. We are stardust, part of the beautiful oneness of all things. 


We are our self and also part of the vast everything. We are truly in this together.


We can pause to notice the beauty of the light on the wall. The softness of a line of shadow. The wonder of the fresh and fading flowers on a single stem.


The miracle of our own breath and the sun at such a precise distance from earth that creates and supports the conditions for life. Mine, yours, all beings. 


I invite you into this space of pausing, of awareness. Let’s be in it together shall we? Lay down our arguments large and small. Let’s imagine all those matters as possibly petty in an ultimate sense. We can always pick them up again later. 


Maybe we won’t feel so inclined to. Maybe we extend our awareness to the idea of love. 


Love for self. For others we love, we like, we fell neutral about, those who’ve harmed us. To all beings seeking happiness as we do. 


Breathing together. May be happy, strong, peaceful and live with greater ease. 


One breath is all it takes to start. 


Please share if you feel so moved.

Thank you.

Art for Introverts OR How to not feel stupid at the museum OR Learning to see

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Next date: Saturday April 29th from 1-3pm!

  • Do you ever find yourself going to a museum because you think you’re supposed to go look at great art and you want to feel something but then nothing happens?
  • Do you sometimes find yourself standing there in a room full of art and wondering what all the fuss is about and at the same time being a little afraid to confess that to the person standing next to you, even though that’s your friend/partner/spouse, who came to the museum with you in the first place?
  • Do you think, holy crap, these things are here but I’m not sure what to make of them! (HELP!) Very often reading the little cards pinned to the wall next to the pieces of art don’t really help do they?

Perhaps it all makes you feel a bit stupid. I’ve been there. I know how you feel.

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And so you wander out of the museum, unsure of what to say or do, maybe head to a movie or grab a drink, relieved to be off the hook of CULTURE, hoping to silence that little voice in your head which says this would’ve been much more fun and interesting if only I wasn’t such a dope.

By the way, YOU’RE NOT A DOPE. We could all just use a little help on figuring out how to look at all the stuff in a museum or an art gallery. Seriously.

So- If this sounds like you, you’re going to love this class.

We’ll visit a museum and talk about how to see, how to engage with the work in a way that involves all our humanity, our hearts, our minds, even our bodies.

I promise that you’ll have a good time and you’ll realize you can form your own way of making sense of the art that fits rather intuitively with your own experience of life.

We’ll talk about what art does for us.

Like: how coming into contact with art can allow us to feel moved and connected with the divine.

We’ll start to see that art can help us remember what is precious to us, help us establish and cultivate hope, even in very challenging times; deal with our sorrows, and so forth.

You’ll leave this interactive class able to enjoy not only art in the museum but to see differently in your everyday life.

To appreciate the art and divinity in every moment, every breath. To see that each moment of seeing and perceiving, listening, touching and tasting is a moment to respond differently, from a place of an expanded sense of our own potential for the adventure that is our one and only life.

If this interests you please sign up now. I highly recommend this for loners, friends, first dates, non-dates, adventurers of all types. Introverts. Extroverts. Non-dualverts. IT specialists. Humans. I really hope to see you there, and please tell your friends and bring them with you.

We’re gonna have a blast. 

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You will need to pay your admission to the museum. Please check coats, backpacks etc. You may bring a pencil, not a pen, into the museum and a sketchbook. You may bring cameras but no flash. Depending on the size of the group, admission price may vary. Once you register and we get closer to the date, I’ll send complete details about admission fees and other essentials. You may not bring food or drinks into the museum.

  1. Looking at art can make us feel happier and more connected.
  2. Art helps us remember what we love and may have lost or fear to lose.
  3. Connecting with art helps us feel more hopeful.
  4. In challenging times art can help us deal with inevitable sorrows.
  5. Art can help us feel centered and more peaceful.
  6. Art helps us develop compassionate understanding of self and others.
Materials to bring A note book, blank, lined or squared and a pencil to write/sketch with. No pens allowed in the museum. Admission to the museum paid separately. Members enter free. Museum admission variable based on residency.
What will be provided Supporting handouts, before and/or after class.
Location

The Art Institute of Chicago

111 South Michigan Avenue,

Chicago, IL, 60603-6404

QUESTIONS? Ask away!

Guided Meditation: Radiance

So here we are in the depths of winter and dark times in our country. It can feel overwhelming. We may wonder what we can do and how we will keep going. We may also begin to feel burnt out from the constant effort to confront reality and make positive changes, to be of service.

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We want to hold space for each other and take care of our tender hearts. Along the way, we might forget to do enough self care which can leave us feeling really crappy. Fortunately, there are many ways we can nurture ourselves which are simple, accessible and portable.

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One thing we can do is practice some form of meditation. There’s many ways to practice and I’m hardly an expert. I can offer this however. It can be very beneficial, especially when really stressed out, even for experienced meditators, to have a guided meditation to lean on as a support.

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Here is a guided meditation I recorded today that’s all about cultivating a radiant heart using a little visualization; some sunshine, flowers and warmth inside and out. Thanks so much to my client Jim for inspiring me to do it and record it.

If you find it helpful, please feel free to share it. And to help us build community and stay in touch please tag @hijcreative and use #weareradiant . Of course, if you have any questions, please ask.

May all find peace. Many thanks to all my teachers over the years and good wise friends who help make the world a better place every day. I am forever grateful for your presence.

Blessings,

Hillary

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