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Day 22 – Heart Charge

Day 22 Heart, watercolor by Mary Gow

Day 22 Heart, watercolor by Mary Gow

Like a plant emerging from the ground, heart energy defies gravity and drives up, up and ignites others to follow. Day 22 celebrates heart knowing, a knowing that runs deep yet shoots up to the sky.

I see within today’s heart an Olympic torch.

One time about 20 years ago, I saw the Olympic torch being carried through downtown San Jose, Calif., as it was making its way around the world before the Olympic Games later that year. I was surprised by a wave of emotion that came up, happy to witness that moment.

The torch faces challenges to stay lit as it has to be flown part ways, other times, under water.

You can read more about it’s path how it’s being designed differently for the upcoming Olympics in 2021.

https://www.abc.net.au/science/slab/torch/default.htm

What does it take to keep your inner torch alive?

“Shift your energy from protecting yourself from failure to squeezing the life out of life.” – Danielle LaPorte

Day 21 – Grateful Heart

Day 21 Heart by Mary Gow

Day 21 Heart by Mary Gow

We become like the people we surround ourselves with. So what better time to see who that is than a holiday like Thanksgiving.

Today was a day of many conversations. In several of them I mentioned that I had this heart project. What I noticed this time was different than I had noticed in the past. This time I took the time to listen to how the person responded — not only by words, but did the person hearing what I was saying show any amount of interest in what I was up to?

Or was it a one-way all their way?

Thanksgiving isn’t especially the best time to check to see if who you surround yourself with are as supportive as you hope but I was interested to see the results of my small experiment.

Did anyone want to check out my website when I mentioned it? Did anyone ask what the URL or domain name was?

Granted holidays are a great time to be in touch with people close to us. People we hold dear.

It might be an interesting experiment to see if they’re as interested in your life as you are in theirs. OR holidays might be the WORST time because inevitably aren’t many people absorbed in their own worlds?

Over the course of several conversations with friends I realized one person in particular after mentioning this heart project and my daily postings didn’t express any interest in seeing them on the internet. Instead they suggested I give up the project, or scale back and not do one every day, or the full 100 days.

Could it be this person was reflecting back my own feelings? Or what? In some way were they testing my commitment? I entertained their idea of giving up or not doing today’s heart.

The testing may be what a friend does for us. I would hope for at least asking “Where can I see those hearts, Mary?”

Do we really have the conviction to follow through as originally planned? Is the project worth it? I thought about why am I doing this if hardly anyone sees it?

I’m working on this because I want to share my hearts at a time I think we could all use some heart.

So I’ll continue, and see how I feel tomorrow.

Today, grateful for friends and family, and considering: whose opinion really matters?

“I’d rather have friends who care than friends who agree with me.” – Arlo Guthrie

Day 20 – The Heart of the Heart

Day 20 Heart by Mary GowAlready Day 20 and 80 more to Valentine’s!

Week 37 since the Covid shut down has begun.

Hearts come in all sorts of shapes. Today’s is more elongated.

Originally a watercolor, I probably over-did the application of filters on this one.

There is a time to let a heart be a heart.

Stop trying and just let it be.

Day 18 – Heart Emerging

Day 18 Heart by Mary Gow

Day 18 Heart by Mary Gow

Quickly, spontaneously, I grabbed some items to place on a scanner to compose this piece: 1) an angel a dear friend and former neighbor gave me; 2) three fake flowers I bought to wear in my hair a la Frida Kahlo, and 3) a scarf another dear friend gave me.

Getting back to my love of photograms and scanograms this process takes me out of my head to a space that’s timeless.

I placed these items on the scanner bed, arranged them, then scanned them.

Then I played with it in PhotoShop.

This process reminds me how well I can do when I don’t think too much and instead act on intuition.

Day 18 is an intuitive heart, I call “Heart Emerging.”

“Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way.” – Florence Scovel Shinn

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