Witch’s Brew

“Our lives are filled with demands, responsibilities, expectations, places to go, people to see, things to do. We may get so caught up in the next task that we miss the golden moment happening right now. No matter where we are or what we are doing, if we stop to breathe slowly and notice our surroundings, we will find something to appreciate. We may see a glint of light reflecting off a pane of glass, the look in a friend’s eyes, or a small thoughtful thing that our partner does.

Spiritual development is nourished by our senses. The sights, sounds, tastes, touch, and scents in our immediate surroundings are the doorway to awe and mystery. When we awaken to the ordinary beauty in our everyday lives, warm and loving parts of ourselves grow and extend out to those we love.

Quiet yourselves for a moment, slowly breathe in and out, and focus on something you appreciate.”

Merle and Mavis Fossum

Witch’s Brew

4″ x 6″ Watercolor and Sharpie

You may remember the pot from another post.  I was in the Halloween spirit and just changed it up a little.

Merle Fossum, MSW, LMFT, co-founder of St. Paul’s Family Institute, teacher, supervisor and clinician since 1963, offers regular consultation to Sanctuary’s staff.  Mavis Fossum is a family and marriage therapist.

They are the authors of  The More We Find Each Other.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ryan
    Oct 26, 2010 @ 12:37:18

    High energy allows us to appreciate calm, and to be calm all the time is the loss of movement and energy, finding the balance between two is what’s so difficult.

    I’m thinking this witch has mixed a batch of high energy drink to cure her calmness, or a coffee latte. Happy early Halloween!


  2. lesliepaints
    Oct 26, 2010 @ 08:31:17

    Ha! Very creative indeed. Good pairing of quote to painting, Beth. Sometimes, I like to think an artist does stop to notice those things around himself. He can’t help but become part of the moment. It is one gift we receive by taking time to record what we see and feel. Good post.


    • Beth Parker
      Oct 26, 2010 @ 08:47:52

      Thanks, Leslie! I agree with you that we do stop to notice and record the small beauties around us, as artists. I feel extremely blessed to have been given that gift and the desire to revel in it. Even when I am not painting, I am an artist…. deep into my being. Being able to express and share that part of me is one of the most joyous parts of my life.

      That really is a thought provoking quote today. 🙂


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