the shrine I recently completed was inspired by my heart. actually, by a letter my heart wrote to me. the letter writing was an exercise suggested in a book I'm reading, Awaken Your Genius, by Carolyn Elliott. first you are prompted to write a letter TO your heart. you are seeking guidance for the place you are right now in your life. then you respond to this letter by writing another letter, but this one is from your heart's perspective. the book's instructions describe a symbolic language to use while writing from your heart. not surprisingly, my heart used her own symbolic language. (she shares that gene with me that makes direction following a last resort.) her language inspired me, and I interpreted it to create a shrine. my Heart of a Woman shrine is built inside a prized old paperback of Maya Angelou's book of the same name. below are photos of this shrine and excerpts from my heart's letter.
to celebrate what I choose to believe is the spirit of Valentine's Day, I decided to spread LOVE to places & hearts that I didn't even know were out there. I asked my friends & family to nominate their loved ones for me to reach out to. on their own accord, they told me why they cared for this special person. my heart was filled knowing more about how my friends care deeply for others, and how these special people might appreciate a little extra LOVE shining their way. so, to carry out my part, I created greeting card shrines from old matchboxes, focusing on LOVE.
to be clear, this isn't about romantic love. this is the kind of LOVE that we all need to be the best human we can be. it reminds us that we are not alone. it supports us when times are hard, and celebrates us when we are successful. its the kind of LOVE that ties us all together.
in stopping this moment to read this, I hope some of that kind of LOVE is spread from here to you. happy LOVE day, every day.