The Stories We Hold

watercolor painting – by Sara

I know it feels messy, scary, and loud. I know it feels as though you are tainted – that you will stain everything within your reach. But no amount of running, hiding, or hand scrubbing will take this feeling away. What if you could reach out and intentionally glide those saturated hands across a canvas. What would we see? What could we learn? Maybe freedom comes from releasing the story that exists within. What might our world look like if we let our colors be seen?

25 thoughts on “The Stories We Hold

  1. This is extraordinary. Did you look inside and paint me? Yes, it is my experience that getting out what was silenced finally began to offer a full and happy life, happy equating to peaceful. Just extraordinary packing a punch of feeling known.

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  2. The silent scream lives so deeply inside of us.. I listened to a writer speaking about just this yesterday.. this is very evocative and I love the colors you used in the hands they become especially strong and vibrant in contrast to the black background..that seems very metaphorical on some level

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    1. Thank you. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’• Yes, this contrast seemed especially important to highlight in this piece. There is so much color, power, and life inside. Yet feeling tainted, damaged, or broken can make these colors feel scary – make us want to hide and remain in the darkness. But I think sharing our story is precisely how we bring color and light to the darkest places.
      Thank you again for your thoughtful comment. πŸ’—

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      1. Isnt it sad that in our society we feel we must hide the most vibrant alive colorful aspects of ourselves.. the darkness becomes a cocoon at times, its where we feel safe for good reason but as broken as our abusers tried to make us feel in speaking of the darkness we shed it little by little.. and that is so so write.. I linked to your post in a recent post of mine.. I hope you dont mind.. I will send you the link in a moment after I catch up with todays comments.. hugs and love..

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