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How to catch your breath.

September 14, 2012

I sent him away with all 7 of our children.

Take them on a long nature walk. I needed to push the color around. To paint even if nothing about it made sense. A busy week of unpacking and readjusting to a new learning schedule crashed sideways to nearly toppling by illness and asthma. All day and intermittedly throughout the night I tended to sick kids …listening in the darkness to labored breathing…rubbing eucalyptus oil on warm feet. But after I pushed my arms wide demanding space to harvest our first honey.. we seemed to turn the corner. A long list of to-do’s that claimed all focus seemed to dissipate as I felt like even I could again take a deep breath.
So there I sat with white paper in front of me in a quiet house…my mind seeing nothing but color….focusing on color. As the little tree grew on my paper I could feel my breathing lighten.. something inside of me being made right. As a flock of Canadian geese flew in perfect formation by my window I realized my quiet little creation was in between seasons.
Focus on the season you are in… it could be a aviary of Wedding Birds… or peaceful little mid season tree… just be focused where you are.
Breathe deep where you are… because there are more deep breaths to be had in the next season.

sharing with my friend Jennifer at StudioJRU, PPF and 5MinFriday.

31 Comments leave one →
  1. September 14, 2012 10:59 am

    taking the breath in the season we are in – great tip – it is so hard to just breathe where we are.

    Love the painting!


  2. September 14, 2012 11:00 am

    Hello T, I’ve found my way here through Lisa Jo’s Five Minute Friday. I loved reading your post on focus – so beautifully written and what a wonderful painting to go with the post! Am glad I found your blog today : )

  3. September 14, 2012 11:05 am

    I truly enjoyed reading this. Very beautiful, and it’s simple beauty has blessed me in this moment.

    • September 14, 2012 11:06 am

      I am so glad.. my heart is for you to be able to claim more and more of that.

  4. September 14, 2012 11:20 am

    7 children. wow! So glad that you found time to breathe, and paint. Your tree is lovely.

  5. September 14, 2012 11:28 am


  6. September 14, 2012 11:30 am

    I like the simplicity of this piece.

    • September 14, 2012 11:34 am

      thank you.. me too.
      after having done ver ornate birds for the past 6 months.. this felt very zen.

  7. September 14, 2012 1:14 pm

    so pretty 🙂
    and funny… I’ve been finding myself needing to breathe slower, easier, too…

    • September 14, 2012 3:55 pm

      right?!? it’s this time of year… anytime there is a shift from season to season.

  8. September 14, 2012 1:16 pm

    Beautiful painting.
    I hope that everyone is feeling better soon. 🙂

    Happy PPF!!

  9. September 14, 2012 1:29 pm

    gorgeous tree. very still and peaceful. Happy PPF

  10. Susan permalink
    September 14, 2012 2:56 pm

    I live with asthma so relate to your post. Breathing is important afterall. Love the delicate tree (of life?).

  11. September 14, 2012 2:57 pm

    beautiful zen tree!

  12. September 14, 2012 5:28 pm

    “Focus on the season you are in… it could be a aviary of Wedding Birds… or peaceful little mid season tree… just be focused where you are. Breathe deep where you are… because there are more deep breaths to be had in the next season.”

    Beautiful words…and the beautiful, simple tree speaks volumes to me!


    • September 14, 2012 5:46 pm

      it spoke to me too… an interesting experience that I hadn’t expected.

  13. September 14, 2012 6:52 pm

    Thank you for the reminder to breathe and savor where I am. It’s a little hard to do right now in the middle of a flu that has radically rearranged a much-needed five day getaway we’ve been planning.

  14. September 15, 2012 1:23 pm

    Nice tree, T. I love nature paintings. Painting is a wonderful way to recharge batteries when life has used up most of our energy.

  15. September 15, 2012 7:32 pm

    I hope the child with asthma is okay now. Not fun that.
    Lovely tree.

  16. September 15, 2012 11:10 pm

    Beautiful words and picture. All I can do is breathe deep and rest. Doors keep getting shut so I continue to be still. Love this creating. Take care of that sweet copper headed one of yours. It seems like sick days are long but the nights are longest.

  17. September 15, 2012 11:55 pm

    Beautiful, T. Words and tree! I hope everyone is feeling better. Love these thoughts of breathing deep where you are.

  18. September 16, 2012 4:00 pm

    Lovely tree, and wonderful advice. You always have something to say that makes me stop and think.

  19. September 19, 2012 8:31 pm

    Amazing, I didn’t realize the breath we take means so much. Thank you for the reminder. The tree is beautiful. Blessings, Janet PPF

  20. September 19, 2012 10:51 pm

    Simple and stunning 🙂

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