Alicia and I began the process of saying thank you and goodbye to a special place by covering it with our art… This building will be torn down.
This is where I worked with so many incredible students and staff. New chapters have started for everyone. But it felt important for Alicia and I to go back. We are following a call to add to the dialogue. This is just a small start:
On Dec 26, I had a powerful conversation with a friend about mindfulness.
Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience. [source]
We also talked about tapping into deep old sorrows and purging them. Mindfulness can bring us to those places and allow us to release. She talked about tears streaming, mascara running and uncontrollable yawning as she released a deep-rooted sorrow. She says she feels amazing now.
Write or draw about your experience (if any) with mindfulness.
The Mindful Revolution is a student-run initiative at the University of Pennsylvania, exploring how mindfulness, positive psychology, and character development can transform the education system from the inside out—at the level of the students themselves. Their goal is to raise awareness on the implications of minding one’s internal health—emotionally, socially, and psychologically.
Alicia stands out amongst all the talented young artists that I have worked with. She has a unique and natural approach to her painting that needs to be left undisturbed, yet Alicia will rise to a challenge to adapt and problem solve in any art medium. Her fragile beauty and strong spirit shine through in her work.
I am so honored to introduce and to exhibit her work at my next art event in June (details to come)!
Here are some previews:
You can support Alicia by purchasing her work on my ETSY site. These 4 small pieces are currently for sale: