If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.
I recently stumbled across this quote and have been reflecting on its significance in my life; reflecting on doors closing and doors opening, on what it means to follow one’s bliss. This month, indeed this year, has been a whirlwind. The beautiful yoga studio where I have been working and teaching for the last six months is sadly closing at the end of June due to “a perfect storm of economic conditions and market challenges.” This loss has had a profound effect on so many in the Bend community. And yet, on some level I have to trust what I teach in yoga, that as wacky as our path may seem at times, it often proves beautiful and correct in hindsight. Although one big door has closed in my life, other doors seem to be cracking open—private yoga clients, a new painting space and a couple new commissions. (Reminder to self: trust, trust, trust…) So where am I going with all this new age, yoga-ey babble and how does it relate to an art newsletter? I guess to proclaim to myself that I am going to go for it. There, I said it. I am going to get serious about this art thing and ignore the scarcity thinking of the ‘starving artist’. I am going to follow this painting path without fear (okay, okay; maybe just a little) and see what doors may open.
Thrilled would be an understatement when the email opened to such a striking young man poised before his Piper Cub! Your interpretation from a very small black and white photo is outstanding; my father will certainly travel back in time to the days when flying first caught his attention. …I shall cherish this painting not only for what it reflects, but how it came to be part of my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.