Wednesday, March 9, 2011

"Roses Are Red" Oil Painting by Artist, Nora Kasten

"Roses Are Red"
© Nora Kasten
Oil painting on textured canvas  (24"x20")   SOLD

Although I haven't been painting I did attend my first grief support group last night.  It was the right thing to do and I came away very much encouraged.  A passage was read from the book "Healing After Loss"/ Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief by Martha Whitmore Hickman that was helpful. 

"This is the Hour of Lead
Remembered, if outlived,
As Freezing persons recollect the Snow
First, Chill - then Stupor - then the letting go"

Martha says . . .  .
     "One can scarcely imagine heavier images than those in this poem by Emily Dickinson.  Yet the feeling is familiar to us - a heaviness in our step, in our whole body, a heaviness of mind and heart.
     The Chill is accurate, too - a kind of pervasive lethargy.  We may find it hard to think.  We forget where we put something, what we had planned to do.  (It's a good time for making lists.)
     But we do outlive the Hour of Lead.  The will of the body and spirit is for recovery - even for growth, for there is no recovery without growth."

Affirmation For Today
"Even when I am feeling swallowed in an Hour of Lead, I will try to remember there will be a new time, and a new day."


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