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Interview { Artist at Work as Her True Self }

By on Jun 28, 2013 in art, callings, Interviews, los angeles, recovery, spirituality

This interviewee opted to remain anonymous. She is an accomplished painter and installation artist. Her paintings are inspired by forms and patterns in the natural world and large ones can take several months to complete. She lives in Los Angeles, California and predominantly exhibits her work and teaches in Southern California.   What is your relationship to your authentic self? Sometimes I still struggle to honor and give voice to my authentic self, but at least I am listening to it more attentively now and I am no longer denying or sublimating it. I feel clear and grounded more often than I used to. I still have times where doubt clouds over me and I feel like I am steadied only by a threadlike tether connected to true living. If I expand my view, though, the self-doubt is part of my authentic self, too. The relationship to my true self is a discovery process, a continual...

Interview { Nest Building }

By on Jun 14, 2013 in callings, Interviews

Taghreed Elsanhouri London, England Taghreed Elsanhouri is the designer and artistic director of the Cultural Healing program, an EU funded community and participatory video project designed to engender an inter Sudanese self reflexive and self questioning dialogue about how to transform culture from a divisive force in our society to a force for cohesion and greater understanding. Taghreed is also an independent documentary filmmaker and a single mother. Her films Our Beloved Sudan and All About Darfur have been featured at many film festivals and won numerous awards including the Jury Silver award at the 2012 Luxor African Film Festival and the Chair Person’s Prize at the 2005 Zanzibar International Film Festival. While filming her documentary television short Orphans of Mygoma, Taghreed encountered her calling to be a mother and answered it by adopting a young blind boy who...

Interview { The Interior Forest }

By on Jun 10, 2013 in art, callings, Interviews, spirituality, writing

Jonathan Ashworth Santa Fe, New Mexico Jonathan Ashworth has had stories published in membrane, hyphen, Caketrain Journal, Not Drowning (Waving), American Mythville Literary Review. He is the founder of Writers Read, a reading series in Santa Fe featuring fiction, drama, and storytelling. He is currently working on his first non-fiction manuscript. You can connect with him via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jonathan.ashworth1 What is your relationship to your authentic self? It’s a continual dialogue. A dialogue of engagement with the world and my self through the practices of remodeling, friendship, reading, watching films, playing, being. What is your calling? I have lots of them! (laughs). Most of all it is writing: novels, short stories, and now non-fiction. I’m a dilettante and have dabbled in filmmaking, sound art, performance art, theater, sculpture, painting,...

Interview { Blossoming }

By on Jun 4, 2013 in Interviews, spirituality

Christine Vazquez Denver/Boulder, Colorado Blossoming www.blossoming.sqsp.com   What is the work you are doing now and what to you hope to achieve with it? I started Blossoming 4 years ago, and it began as a retail/art co-op space [we had a commercial space then], and I also did workshops/writing coaching from the space. Then, it expanded to business and personal coaching, and now it is taking a decidedly more spiritual bent. I’m studying for my degree in Holistic Theology, and I want to work with people 1:1, in groups and also speak to groups about how to weave spirituality with practicality. I want to teach and heal, so in whatever capacities I can do that, I’m open. I think the path will continue to unfold and I’m just working on being a willing vessel! What is your relationship to your authentic self? I have a long and strong relationship with it. I’ve...

Interview { Tea Monk }

By on Jun 2, 2013 in Interviews, recovery, spirituality

The first in a series of interviews on art & living authentically.   Sumitra D’Aragon Asheville, North Carolina http://www.panthermoontea.com What is your relationship to your authentic self? I mostly feel harassed by it, almost constantly, like it’s riding me – and maybe it is…. I have tremendous respect for it because I know what happens when I ignore it. It almost killed me a couple times, so it keeps me humble. It wants everything from me and it is the only relationship I (would) consider giving it ALL to as it is my best Friend and I know that. I believe that my authentic self is the event horizon of the Realized Self so I take it rather seriously. What work did you do previous to what you’re doing now? Oh God. I was in wholesale food sales and I mostly worked with chefs all day. Before that, I was a chef. The sales job was like Extreme Karma Survival...

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