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LESSON 2

LOVE

Honoring 'Imperfection':

Embracing the world we live in, with all in it, all its blessings and contradictions.

As the pages of this embrace accumulate, our voice grows in majesty and power until it becomes a full-fledged aria.

 

Journaling & Mindful Exercise

 

"I am not a perfect mother and I will never be.

You are not a perfect daughter and you will never be.

But put us together and we will be the best mother and daughter we would ever be."

- Zoraida Pesante -

MOTHER?

DAUGHTER?

These words. Write about both 'mother' and 'daughter' anything you know of, think about, feel about, wish about.

WHAT DO THEY NEED, FROM EACH OTHER, FOR THEMSELVES?

Are you a physical mother to children yourself?

How did this come to be? How do you feel with it?

Are there any so called regrets?

Tell about your children's hair, their eyes... their voice!

When you don't have children... how did this come to be?

Maybe you lost a child, had a miscarriage, it did not happen (doesn't matter if you wanted children or not, it just didn't come to be)...

Do you still feel as a mother?

Tell about your imagened children's hair, their eyes... their voice!

Tell about your mother's hair, her eyes... her voice!

When you've lost your mother... do you still feel like a daughter?

Why? How?

LOOSEN UP! FIGURE STUDY

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"I did not find my voice - my voice found me [...]."

"What needs to be counted on to have a voice? Courage. Anger. Love. Something to say; someone to speak to; someone to listen. I have talked to myself for years in the privacy of my journals."

"To be read. To be heard. To be seen. I want to be read, I want to be heard. I don't need to be seen. To write requires an ego, a belief that what you say matters. Writing also requires an aching curiosity leading you to discover, uncover, what is gnawing at your bones. Words have a weight to them. How you choose to present them and to whom is a matter of style and choice. Yet the emptiness of my mother's journals carries the weight of a question, many questions."

- Terry Tempest Williams -

FINDING THE FIGURE/S

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Journaling & Mindful Exercise

 

"How would you nurture her if  you were the mother of little you?

- Kris Carr -

Are you spending time with your inner mother and inner child?

How do you nourish them?

What are they giving you in return?

 

Write both of them an individual love letter.

Growth and Self-Awareness

 Draw something growing.

Consider themes such as responsibility, positive emotions, and independence.

Additional ideas may include motivation and emotional resilience. Examples of more tangible items may consist of flowers or trees, or a garden.

Sometimes positive and/ or negative emotions such as happiness, and hope, or stress, anger and fear may be artistically represented.

 

 

What is growing?

 

How long has it been growing?

 

Is it positive or negative? Is it growing quickly or slowly? Will it stop soon or will it continue to grow?

 

If it is positive, how will you nurture it? If it is negative, how can you minimize or stop the growth?

 

How does the entity that is growing affect you?

LOOSEN UP! NEST & BIRD STUDY

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"If ever there was a story without a shadow, it would be this: that we as women exist in direct sunlight only. When women were birds, we knew otherwise. We knew our greatest freedom was in taking flight at night, when we could steal the heavenly darkness for ourselves, navigating through the intelligence  of stars and the constellations of our own making in the delight and terror of our uncertainty."

"We all have our secrets. I hold mine. To withhold words is power. But to share our words with others, openly and honestly, is also power."

"I received my first tutorial on voice. Each of us has one. Each voice is distinct and has something to say. Each voice deserves to be heard. But it requires the act of listening. [...] Each voice belongs to a place. Solitude is a place."

"My voice set down roots.[...] I take a deep breath and sidestep my fear and begin speaking from the place where beauty and bravery meet - within the chambers of a quivering heart."

- Terry Tempest Williams -

BONUS

(As the following videos are from my course "Monument of Grace" they are titled differently)

CONVERTING A FIGURE

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DRAWING FACE FRONT

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TEMPLATES FACE

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SIDEWAYS

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PROFILE 3/4

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From ABOVE or BELOW

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Drawing FACE, MOUTH & NOSE

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