The Art of Letting Go: Laura Jane Walker’s Mixed Media Sculpture

Laura Jane Walker has a visionary approach to art. First, there is an event, something that negates control, like a spilled glass of milk. Freedom comes from the element of surprise, the lack of resistance to the event, the willingness to see what is present. Then, there are the nails, the structure imposed upon the creation, a symbol for that which cannot be changed or transmuted. Static elements, the nails are the guideposts of navigation. Between the event and the structure, thread creates a compositional element, a delicate weaving between fluidity and rigidity, understanding and the understood, what comes easily and what appears as "challenge." How do we navigate through life? What do we deem "good" or "bad"? How solidly do we rely upon structure?  What is required to be flexible with change? And what does it take to remain open in the face of challenge? Is it courage? Perseverance? Love? And what makes these experiences beautiful? Here's what Laura had to say: Many works...
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A Conversation with Sarah McLean: Musings on Meditation, Love, & the Power of Attention

On Saturday, October 25, I had the opportunity to chat with Sarah McLean about meditation, its importance, and its transformational abilities.  I first met Sarah at a monthly meeting of the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers, a local professional writing group in Phoenix, at which Sarah was invited to speak. At the meeting, I learned about Sarah's personal journey and her expertise in meditation. Later, on a weekend trip to Sedona, I stopped for a Sunday afternoon meditation at the McLean Meditation Institute, where Sarah is the founder, and she was facilitating that day.  The thing I like the most about Sarah's approach is her down-to-earth savvy, easily digestible explanations, and the warmth with which she exudes her wisdom. During our conversation, we chatted about meditation techniques, the paradox of shrinking time, the ego and the monkey mind, and more.   You can also learn more about Sarah's work, the McLean Meditation Institute, and the programs and retreats offered by clicking here. Image used in...
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