June 26, 2017

Imagine Peace





Sharing some peace through prayer flags.  Here is  "Imagine Peace" by Jeannie Matthewson in October 2008.  Her flag completed the second set of the project.







Here is a bit of history if you are just joining us.  This 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.  Each participant chose a personal theme for their flag.  New participants are always welcome!



June 19, 2017

Peace Simply Stated

Bhavana Project prayer flags

I would like to share some peace... with that in mind we will revisit various flags from the Bhavana Project.  We begin with Debby Everett's flag from December 2006.  Taking the flags along on her travels, Debby photographed the flags displayed in numerous locations in Thailand, including "spirit houses".



Bhavana Project prayer flags



Bhavana Project prayer flags
Spirit House, Thailand 2006

Here is a bit of history if you are just joining us.  This 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.  Each participant chose a personal theme for their flag.  New participants are always welcome!






June 5, 2017

Integration

bhavana project prayer flags
Zabriskie Point, CA 2006
We are revisiting the first set of flags.  Here we come to the last addition to the group, with the piece by Sharon Kagan and Karen Michaels from November 2006.  As you may remember, the idea for this project grew out of a creativity workshop with Sharon.  Among inked lines of knitting are these words of inspiration: Yes, integration, peace, sanctuary, vitality, quiet, faith, death, rebirth, glow, and more.

Sharon said, "The journey with the flags was incredible..I chose to use my “knitting” motif as a symbol of the unity of all things.  The writing began with the word “YES”.  And then we wrote all the things we were saying yes to.  It became a conversation with the flags…"


bhavana project prayer flags





bhavana project prayer flags

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!













May 29, 2017

Butterflies


bhavana project prayer flags

We are again revisiting the first set of prayer flags.  Here is Helene Zimmerman's lovely contribution, shown on display at a friend's wedding.



bhavana project prayer flags
The wording reads: "Remember what it's like to walk among the butterflies."






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!










May 22, 2017

Family Fun


bhavana project prayer flags

We are revisiting the first set of flags.  Here is Gina Gambill's May 2006 addition, which was a collaboration with her family.  All the family names are written on the back in crossword puzzle style.



bhavana project prayer flags




bhavana project prayer flags




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!





May 15, 2017

Familiarity


bhavana project prayer flags




We are revisiting the first set of flags.  Here is artist Mary Cochran's beautifully appliqued addition from May 2006.  The quote from E. Dendel on the back side reads:  "Familiarity often blinds us to the marvels of the commonplace."


bhavana project prayer flags


bhavana project prayer flags




Mary said, "Looking back I am in awe of the things it has triggered and brought to my attention. I am still almost daily being shown how deeply rooted a very important influence in my life has been."



bhavana project prayer flags


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!









May 8, 2017

Wholeness




As we again revisit the first set of flags, here is Virginia Wise Abrams' collaboration from March 2006.  She was influenced by Native American button blankets, given as remembrance at a death among certain tribes.  Her thread color choices represented the energy chakras.  Buttons and chakras symbolize wholeness.


bhavana project prayer flags







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!



May 1, 2017

Play


bhavana project prayer flags


More from the first set of prayer flags with Sara Cloud's addition from December 2005.  Sara chose Play for her flag, embellished with ink and beads.  Sara so enjoyed the process that she participated in later sets as well.

bhavana project prayer flags


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 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!









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