March 27, 2017

Heart's Work


Your work is to discover your work and then
with all your heart to give yourself to it.
~ The Buddha



Bhavana Project prayer flag
Santa Fe, NM August 2005

We are revisiting the initial set of the Bhavana Project from 2005.  Marjorie Beale inscribed the third flag with "Heart's Work" using beads, milagros and stitching.  Later, Marjorie reported that she found her heart's work after participating.

Bhavana Project prayer flag

A bit of history if you are just joining us.  This set of twelve prayer flags began in July 2005.  Each participant chose a personal theme for their flag.  It is the first set created for the Bhavana Project, which is an ongoing community art work intending to share wishes and aspirations with the wider world.  New participants are always welcome!


Bhavana Project prayer flag




 

March 20, 2017

Gravity

Gravity is Earth's way of hugging you.
~ Pitz

Bhavana Project prayer flags


Taking a break from revisiting older Bhavana Project flags to show you something new.  The flags have returned from my friend Kate Matousek, with her addition to the current set.  And a wonderful contribution that 6th flag is!  Kate centered her ideas around affirmations of science and the planet. As a retired elementary school teacher, Kate is no stranger to creativity.  Over the years, she has participated in making special flag set that were gifted to other friends.  She also was part of a group collaboration creating a flag for the third Bhavana Project set in 2010.

Kate shared her enjoyment, saying it "deepens my understanding of the creative process and the profound AH Has that are to be experienced."  Thank you, Kate!  I love hearing that, for the process is indeed about discovery.


Bhavana Project prayer flags



Bhavana Project prayer flags



I am adding the 7th flag to the set, preparing to send them on to our next player.  There will be 5 more flags to follow after that (12 flags make up one set).  We would love to have you join in!





March 13, 2017

And So It Begins...



I choose to risk my significance,
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom,
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.
                                                                      - Dawna Markova


Returning to the start of the Bhavana Project, we begin a weekly revisiting of the prayer flags from that initial set.  Tibetan prayer flags have long been inscribed with prayers or invocations for the wind to carry beneficial vibrations across the land. Inspired by this tradition, in 2005 I created The Bhavana Project, an ongoing group work to acknowledge the goodness in our lives.  These flags are intended to cross cultural boundaries.

Bhavana Project prayer flags

 
The first flag I chose to leave blank, other than the pattern on the cloth itself, as a symbol of openness to what will come.  The second flag I embellished the word "Acceptance", ready to drop resistance and receive.  As a note: With later sets, I always create the first flag to get the set going.



Bhavana Project prayer flags


I then invited friends to embellish a flag, and then photograph it. Each participant chose a personal theme.  What a joyful process it became for all of us involved.  Stay tuned as we watch the development of this set of flags.











 

February 14, 2017

Heartfelt



Be fully present. 
Feel your heart. 
And engage in the next moment without an agenda.
~ Pema Chodron


 





 Happy Valentine's Day! 





January 30, 2017

Be the Good


Bhavana Project prayer flag









BE THE GOOD.
Indeed words for our troubled times.











I was inspired by a sign seen at the Los Angeles Women's March on January 21st, where I proudly walked with 750,000 peaceful protestors.  To share these positive words I created the fifth prayer flag, since the set was awaiting the next participant. 





Bhavana Project prayer flags



What would you like to share?  The Bhavana Project flags are ready for your input with 7 more to go in this set.  Join us!


Postscript- the flags are off to Colorado for the next participant!  Stay tuned!





December 15, 2016

Let Go


Bhavana Project prayer flags





Revisiting prayer flags from the Bhavana Project with the second set's initial flag from December 2006.  I usually start out by creating the first flag of the set.  Words I inscribed: "Let go and trust"


Bhavana Project prayer flags


A bit of history if you are just joining us.  This set of twelve prayer flags began in December 2006.  Each participant chose a personal theme for their flag.  It is the second set created for the Bhavana Project, which is an ongoing community art work intending to share wishes and aspirations with the wider world.  New participants are always welcome!





December 8, 2016

World Peace


Bhavana Project prayer flags

In gratitude to Bhavana Project participants, we revisit this prayer flag by Debby Everett in December 2006.  She took the flags along on a trip to Thailand.  Below the flags are shown with a spirit house.


Bhavana Project prayer flags





A bit of history if you are just joining us.  This set of twelve prayer flags began in December 2006.  Each participant chose a personal theme for their flag.  It is the second set created for the Bhavana Project, which is an ongoing community art work intending to share wishes and aspirations with the wider world.  New participants are always welcome!







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