Living Without Masks: Finding The Courage To Be Ourselves

“She had blue skin,
And so did he.
He kept it hid
And so did she.
They searched for blue
Their whole life through,
Then passed right by-
And never knew.”

― Shel Silverstein, Every Thing on It

October brings us falling leaves, pumpkins and Halloween! All Hallow’s Eve invites us for one night a year to wear a mask and playfully become something we are not. What many of us have found through process painting is that we are almost always wearing a mask of some kind—and not just on Halloween.

In the studio, we encourage curiosity and the courage to step into a new way of looking at things–taking off our mask to discover a truer self living within each breath and brush stroke. Even if it’s just a few hours a week, we learn how it feels to inhabit that raw and vulnerable place. We paint to discover ourselves, and as we call on deep wisdom we are given an incredible gift: compassion for ourselves and others.

May this find you full of courage and wonder about what lives behind the mask!
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