Wednesday, January 19, 2022

This Week's Art Is A Heart!


I hope you aren't squeamish!
I actually AM squeamish, but I love painting real hearts!
It's such a fascinating part of us.

Did you know that there has been a quite recent scientific discovery that there are 40,000 neurological cells in the heart, In other words there are brain cells in our hearts!
If you've ever felt you needed scientific proof that intuition and following your feelings is a reliable source of understanding and guidance then this could be the proof you have been seeking!

One of the "secrets" to learning to listen to your heart is to truly become quiet. It takes a few minutes to tune into the heart's communication. While the mind offers logical solutions, they can be misleading because they can come from habits we have developed over our lives. Habits of the mind sometimes aren't as reliable for finding optimum solutions as the deep feeling in the heart which never leads you wrong. Another secret is to trust what comes up and to allow all the feelings.

Listening to one's heart is always a good idea and especially now with so much going on in the world and in our lives, taking the time to really quiet the mind and listen to that inner "voice" can give us both hope and comfort. I believe this is one of the most amazing times to be alive; we are witnessing a true evolutionary stage in real time. In times of confusion, fearfulness, worry and stress, go within to listen to your heart and allow the messages that are meant JUST FOR YOU to come to you.

I hope this email and this art finds you in good spirits and in good health.

Sending loads of love your way!


Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Beautiful Words From T. S. Eliot For The New Year! With A Cat And A Dog!


Well, we did it! We made it to 2022! I believe it's going to be a great year! I really do. Humanity is evolving! We are living through one of the most evolutionary periods of our lifetimes! Comparable to the major shifts on the earth that we have only read about in books. Wow!

Did you know that there are patterns in human history that coincide with predictable major cycles? This includes radioactive activity from the sun, large economic cycles, and cycles that have to do with human aggression and wars. According to scientist Gregg Braden, we are living through an intersection of those particular three cycles at their peaks, which explains why we are feeling so shaken up on so many levels. And of course not just "feeling" it but actually going through a lot of stuff. Hold onto your hats because it is going to be a bumpy ride but I believe that all things happen for a good reason..... and perhaps consider this: that it is up to us to align with the forces that operate in our lives so that we can see it all from a larger perspective. In doing that, we can better understand our circumstances, gain some detachment from them and ultimately be at peace with them. To me, that's evolution at work, in real time!

I absolutely love this quote from T. S. Eliot and I've wanted to do this painting for over a year! I find it has two meanings.

First, for me, the poet is saying that experiences in our past were understandable with the perception that we had at that time. We might use the same words to describe an event in the past, but what is asked of us is to understand that we are actually different when we look back on those experiences. "Last year's language" is our older selves, and our older perceptions.

"Another voice" is also us.....our minds, our awareness and perceptions, with new and expanded understanding.

We can look at the past with new understanding and we can head into the future with new facilities and abilities. When we let our experiences expand our consciousness, we develop our "other voice." To me, this evolution of consciousness describes what it means to be a human being today.

That is intense, isn't it? Well, these times are intense and we need to meet it with intensity of our own. And isn't it amazing that wise words spoken decades ago can still have relevance in our modern world?

Here's the other meaning I see in this quote. It has to do with the cat and the dog!
As you may know, one of my jobs is taking care of animals. I am of the belief that animals communicate very clearly. They don't use words, but it is easy to understand them if we take the time and make the effort to quiet ourselves and let them communicate what they want to say to us. When we are in the presence of our furry (or feathered or scaly) friends and we become quiet and receptive, we can find out things they want us to know. And here's the joy of that (see how I tied that into last week's message? Tricky! :D) When we are tuning into our little friends, what we may "hear" is simply a feeling. In many ways, I find this can be superior to our intellectualizing all of our experiences all the time. I believe that the animals, with infinite patience, and with a pure love, await our developing "another voice" with which we may understand them. This in turn connects us to that part of ourselves that can use a break from thinking too hard or too much.

Wow, I hope it made sense and I would love to hear back from you if you have any questions or comments!

Happy New Year, Happy January and here's to an exciting and beautiful ride!


Happy And Joyful Holiday Wishes From Harriet

You may not know this, but I've been traveling the last three years!
I've met fabulous people and had amazing adventures and I can definitely say this:
Long term travel is not for the faint hearted!

But onto the main point of this post.....

Happy Holidays!

In this painting, Arctic Fox is contemplating a joyful spirit and wishes you a
Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and a beautiful, peaceful season of lights.

I was not raised as a Christian and we did not celebrate Christmas. I respect and honor all the ways people worship in this world.
But I do confess, I love me some Christmas. It's a beautiful season. I love the lights, the music, the joyfulness of it.

Isn't it interesting that greetings at this time often contain the sentiment of joy.....
I believe that, even in a secular way, it is good to seek out joy and cultivate a joyful optimism within ourselves during this time of year because winter can make humans a little glum. The cold temperatures, the shorter daylight hours, the overall malaise.

We all kind of want to go within..... We just need to remember to remain joyful and keep our spirit light.

One other thing.....
A few years ago, I did a weekly email with a painting that incorporated (usually) an animal with an inspiring quote along with my take on the quote's meaning and significance.

Well, I'm starting that project again in 2022.
This is no feeble new year's resolution that runs out of gas by February.
Nope. This is it. I mean it. I'm rarin' to go! 52 pieces of new art by the end of the year!

So, before I sign off, I'd like to ask if you would like to receive an email from me weekly, each one with an inspiring quote and my take on its meaning along with fabulous art?

If so, please visit my website to sign up!

If you are wondering what sort of goodness would be in store for you, please visit the
Brooklyn Reader here where I was a featured Local Voices contributor from 2014 to 2017
or my hand-lettered paintings here

Have a Joyful Season and Happy New Year!

See you soon!