Today, I’m packing. Not the kind of packing I’ve been doing lately to travel. I’m packing up my house in preparation for moving to a new place. The real difference is that this new place is just for me, because my marriage of 21+ years is ending. I am a very private person, and sharing this online was not my first inclination. But when I decided that I needed to share it, I spent days, and much ink, trying to say it in just the right way. To say it in some poetic way that perfectly summed up all the battling emotions – the despair and the spark of possibility, the grief and the growth, the waves of bafflement and the bright shards of clarity. And I was getting nowhere and not making a lot of sense. And that’s because I’m still in the process, in the process of separating from who and what I thought would make up the rest of my life, and many parts of my life aren’t making a lot of sense right now either.
But I do know this much: I know that there are two things that are largely responsible for helping me get through this very disorienting process in a way that is not just surviving something I thought could never happen (and if it did, that it would be the end of me), but also finding a way to truly grow and thrive in the experience. One is my intuitive painting practice (the same that I teach here at Painted Crow), the other is making a point of regularly connecting with female friends.
And this is why I needed to share. Because I want to make these healing practices available to other women who are also experiencing, or have recently experienced, uncoupling from a major relationship. So this fall I will be adding another Creative Flight class time that is specifically for these women to gather in a safe space to connect with each other, and to reconnect with themselves and their creativity through the practice of intuitive process painting. A new Painted Crow schedule is in the works (between packing and unpacking boxes and re-creating my life) and is coming very soon, so stay tuned. If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.