Bergamasco BoysSARK's first game is a "Miracle walk" in which you go out of your house or wherever you are, put your hands out, palms up and say; "Miracles, find me now." And then walk until you see or find one- or more! Be aware that miracles may be disguised or in unlikely places. Use love to recognize them. A variation is to say; "Miraculous people, find me now."
So I thought I would try it while walking the beloved "Bergamasco Boys" which is normally a fun, crazy, cold, resistance filled experience this time of year. (The dark one, Bruzzi, has every excuse for not walking and he can embody resistance.) Often my head is filled with to-do lists and annoyance with Bruzzi or hubby's recitation of the sorrows of the world. But try stepping into your life with palms up and saying "Miracles, find me now" and see what happens to your day. It is splendid! And everything sparkles! (The images are all about how the day sparkled because of this game. Thank you SARK!)
The second game is "Transforming What Hurts Into What Helps" which is what I believe artists do every day, changing stuff that hurts into objects of beauty and resilience!
Share one thing in your life that's challenging or difficult, and one thing that you're glad about that challenge or difficulty. Something like this:
"I sometimes feel overwhelmed with all there is to do in my life and business, and am glad that I am healthy and able to do things" That reminds us of the "marvelous, messy middle" of feelings. I call it "Practical Gladness" This will further develop your transformational abilities.
Actually the biggest challenge in my life was death of my first husband, when we were in our thirties and totally unprepared for such an event. I felt extremely lost and the darkness was intense at the end. But then I noticed people were coming around to help sit with him, and to sit with me. I wasn't alone at all. And although it was the saddest time in my life it was also in a strange way, the happiest time. I felt as though by facing this sense of isolation and sorrow (or maybe it was even embracing it), I was able to join or re-join the human race. I felt connected to others who suffered loss (and who among us hasn't experienced loss?), I felt brave and resilient, and I felt SO grateful for all who came and sat with us through this time. It was an amazing experience.
Prospero (one of the Bergamasco Boys) drinking water on a sparkle filled day.
The final game is "Be GLAD No Matter What - Give Lovingly And Daringly" which SARK explains this way:
This does NOT mean feeling glad when you don't - how annoying. It means finding the glad parts in as many of your feelings as you can and then finding ways to help the world with your GLAD heart. Blog or post your GLAD offerings on social media. It might be large or tiny, common or uncommon. One of my GLAD heart gifts was singing Amazing Grace in the DMV office until everyone joined in!
This will be easy! For anyone who contacts me at lanipuppetmaker at mac dot com I will send you a free Glad-No-Matter-What zine, with my favorite collaged morning pages!
Even the frost sparkles today!