Soon I’m leaving for a to a place I’ve wanted to go for decades – Esalen in Big Sur, California. There I want to settle into a deeper place in the center of my heart and the center of our earth’s heart. I want to receive this blessing and give it to others, especially during my upcoming workshop in North Carolina.

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Books helped me on my way to this journey. While reading one author’s words, I knew I had to gain more of her wisdom. A quick search lead me to Esalen. A powerful dream, weeks before now made sense. And mandala art and journaling became part of the already taking place journey as I prepare to leave home.

Here are some of the books that inspire me for this adventure.

 

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I created journal pages and origami books with mandalas that help me prepare for, immerse myself in while away, and later reflect on adventures to new outer and inner places.

 

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My first book is an origami book of my intentions and prayers. I used a large piece of watercolor paper I had created a background on a long time ago. I drew the mandalas, wrote the words and added a little watercolor paint.

 

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These art journaling mandala books calm me before I  leave. I settle into a deep connection with something stirring inside. The mandalas hold their magic as they embrace that marks I make.

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As always, the first things I pack are my art supplies. They are my security blanket that I can’t leave home without. Once I have my companion art supplies ready to take with me, I can figure out what else I need to bring.

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This three sided folder holds  journal papers and inspirations.  I sewed it a few years ago. It’s oil cloth fabric will protect these pages from the blessings of water and soil as I use them outside.

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My sweet friend Kelly sewed this holder for pens, brushes and other mark makers.

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Watercolor paints, colored pencils, threads and more

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All these supplies go into a bag created again by Kelly to hold art supplies. She created it for me on another trip we took together to find our creative hearts.

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The words sewn on the front are the best advice I can take with me on any journey.

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Enjoy & Create

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One Response to Journey to Center of Heart & Earth

  1. Monica says:

    Wonderful, Linda. What a beautiful, heart-felt, deep into the core time you have just ahead of you. I look forward to hearing more of your experience at Esalen. Sending you lots of Light and Love for your journey, with many Blessings, too. XOXO Monica

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