Updated: Oct 11, 2020

“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again. Thich Nhat Hanh

During my training and certification as a Spiritual Director, I attended a Touch Drawing workshop facilitated and founded by Deborah Koff-Chapin. Deborah spontaneously discovered the power of touch drawing. As an artist she was cleaning up her space and placed a paper towel over the wet paint. In a moment of exploration, she moved her fingers over the dry towel, lifted it from the wet paint and discovered childlike scrawls on the other side of the paper towel created by the pressure of her fingers. This spontaneous drawing invoked impressions and emotions within her. Hence, touch drawing was born.

I used this medium to heal many thoughts and images in my mind frozen in place by the pain I held inside. My childhood pain; images from my daughter’s transition; humiliating moments; painful breakups; I unlocked my freedom. With my pallet before me, I reframed my secrets of pain.

Reframing is a way to create a different way to look at a situation, person or relationship and changing its meaning. Using touch drawing, I reframed my fear. I reframed my pain. I reframed me into who I am today.

For the Love of the World by Charlotte Tall Mountain

"For the love of a tree.

She went out on a limb.

For the love of the sea.

She rocked the boat.

For the love of the earth.

She dug deeper.

For the love of community.

She mended fences.

For the love of the stars.

She let her light shine.

For the love of spirit.

She nurtured her soul.

For the love of a good time.

She sowed seeds of happiness.

For the love of the Goddess.

She drew down the moon.

For the love of nature.

She made compost.