April 26, 2017

Love is...

The current set of prayer flags have returned, which is always fun for me.  Jean Brantley, a local fiber artist, created an energetic and colorful addition to the 8th flag with her words:  "Love is the answer."

bhavana project prayer flags 

Thank you, Jean, for participating!


bhavana project prayer flags


The Bhavana Project is an ongoing community art work intending to share wishes and aspirations with the wider world.  This is the 4th set of prayer flags since the project began in July 2005.  Each participant chose a personal theme for their flag.  New participants are always welcome!



 
 

April 24, 2017

Courage

Bhavana Project prayer flags
Prayer Flags, Blewett Pass, WA 2005

We are revisiting the first set from October 2005, with the sixth prayer flag made by Chris Dormaier, a yoga teacher from Washington.


Bhavana Project prayer flags

 
Chris shared these words: "It was really interesting for me. At first I was intimidated by the depth of the messages that were already done, and then I realized that that was exactly what I was going to put on mine was the thing I was feeling- FEAR.  We live in such a fear based society right now that we must be vigilant about not letting it get to us.  So Courage is the word I chose.  We must be courageous every day and not worry about what might happen if..."

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!




 

April 17, 2017

Resurrection


Bhavana Project prayer flags

Here we revisit Carol Rossi's thoughtful addition to the Bhavana Project.  Inspired by her yoga studies, Carol inscribed her flag with "Resurrection" (symbolizing rebirth, renewal).  The string symbolizes everlasting, continuous spirit or soul, Purusa.  The beads symbolize a person's hallmarks in a life, everything that exists and is finite, or Prakriti.


Bhavana Project prayer flags
In process, Montecito, CA

Carol said, "The strands of personalized flags, to me, represent the way we are each individual yet connected by a thread." 

Bhavana Project prayer flags
Retreat Center, Montecito, CA September 2005



Here is 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 initial 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!









April 10, 2017

Flowers and Flag



We dance round in a ring and suppose;
But the secret sits in the middle and knows.
- Robert Frost



Bhavana Project prayer flags





Revisiting the Bhavana Project prayer flags from 2005.  Suwon Weaver appliqued a floral theme to her flag while visiting England.  Suwon so enjoyed the process that she created another flag in a later set.

Bhavana Project prayer flags
Flags at an English cottage - September 2005

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!



April 3, 2017

Harmony...

... Peace. Love.  The flags have returned!  Artist Riea Owens from Pasadena, California created a joyful statement with her contribution to this set.  Enjoy!

Bhavana Project prayer flag, Riea Owens





Bhavana Project prayer flag, Riea Owens




Bhavana Project prayer flag, Riea Owens


Thank you, Riea, for participating!  To learn more about Riea and her art please visit her website.  

As a reminder, this is the fourth 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.





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!





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