listening to you

By Rachel Awes on September 21, 2012

i pause + i weave my way into listening.
“I weave a silence on my lips
I weave a silence into my mind
I weave a silence within my heart … “
~ from “Stilling The Body” by David Adam (Pause)

what creature is facing you
+ listening to you with her/his whole being?
(Who Is Listening)

this photography + writing is by the lovely:
Meghan O’Rourke LeCates is : : heart-tender, bridge-builder + light-keeper. She is : :  a celebrant of the deliciously extra-ordinary ordinary. Meghan serves as : : an ordained interfaith minister, ceremony designer + officiant, Reiki Master practitioner, spiritual director + coach + inspirational writer. Some beloveds call her “Rev. Master Meg” + this makes her giggle! Visit Meghan’s website at + follow her on Twitter at!/withpractice.

this painting is by the lovely:
susie lafond
I am a self taught mixed media artist and creativity has always been a vital part of my life. My primary focus has been the creation of hand bound journals which I sell on Etsy but I also love to work and create with paint as well as collage and fabric. I love to experiment and draw my inspiration from many sources. Nothing is off limits when it comes to my creative flow. My work has been featured in several books and publications. I’ve used and applied my artistic skills for the creation of stage props and sets for a local dance studio and offers me yet another outlet to keep my creative juices flowing. I live in Coon Rapids Minnesota with my very talented wood worker husband, 2 daughters and my office assistant and constant 4 legged companion pooch; Fibi.

(if you would like your art/photography referencing listening here,
please email me with 1-2 attachments, your links + short bio

{ 9 comments... read them below, or add one }

  1. what a rich, treasure-strewn
    path, this!
    scooping up bits of glory
    until my heart is so full
    I grin as it spills over
    and still somehow the
    pieces all stay and fit.
    nourished and grateful,

  2. What a beautiufl post. I loved both styles of art and appreciate you sharing them. It particularly moved me when I read the question about what animal is facing towards you and really presenting themselves to us, listening. I had never thought of my cats doing this in this way before and it really moved me. I can sometimes feel too busy and feel aware of them at my feet facing me, but don’t acknowledge them. What a missed opportunity to connect, se, be seen and be heard…

  3. Tammie Lee says:

    a lovely post
    thank you for sharing these beautiful woman and artists with us.

  4. i visited Megahn’s blog, how inspiring and beautiful!
    (could i say my invisible friend is facing me, because really i am alone in my studio – so all i can think of is to make-up something…???)
    And Susie’s art is gorgeous, i took a peek at her blog too, oh that pretty bird..
    thanks for sharing Rachel xo

  5. Relyn Lawson says:

    You know what I wish, Rachel? I wish you would give me a specific assignment about listening. I just know I could come up with something great, if only I had the homework. It must be the teacher in me.

  6. karla says:

    beautiful and oh, so poignant. : )

  7. Much truth and beauty here I see…thanks for sharing.

  8. Susie says:

    You ROCK Rachel! Thanks so much for the opportunity to share my artwork here on your very special corner of the world we share. Very much appreciated.

  9. Tammie Lee says:

    lovely to meet these lovely artists through you, thank you!

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