March Love Saves the Day ~ Creativity Explored
This month at Laughing Lotus we explore the chakras, wheels of energy that compose the subtle body and allow us access to unexplored worlds of creativity and consciousness that lie deep within. Through the many practices of yoga such as asana, chanting, breath manipulation, mudras and kriyas, we seek the awareness that will awaken the creative energy (or Kundalini Shakti) that resides at the base of the spine.
In celebrating creativity awakened, March's Love Saves the Day will worship and benefit Creativity Explored, a non-profit visual arts center that supports the beautiful work of developmentally disabled visual artists. Creativity Explored (www.creativityexplored.org) was founded in 1983 by Florence and Elias Katz, who believe that all people are creative, that disability is not a boundary to creativity, and that creative self-expression generates personal growth. The organization advocates for the human and creative rights of people living with disabilities and supports their artistic expression and transformation by providing studio space, materials, instruction, and exhibition and marketing of the artists' work.
There are currently 125 artists of all ages, makingart at Creativity Explored studios. Some artists have been institutionalized or suffered social isolation while others wereraised in happy homes; some artists speak English; others Spanish,Thai, Cantonese, Farsi, and American Sign Language; still others do not speak at all and work with watercolors, acrylics, clay, textilesand other materials to express themselves.
To see and support the work of Creativity Explored's artists such as Gordon Chin (check out his fantastic piece titled "Donuts"), Cherlye Rutledge, and Antonio Benjamin, click on www.store.creativityexplored.org. For those of you in San Francisco, stop by and tour the center located in the loving, lively Mission District at 3245 16th Street. Or better yet, find out how to donate your time, art supplies, or funds to Creativity Explored by clicking on www.creativityexplored.org/donate. Finally, don't miss the coming exhibition "Parallel Visions" (opening March 8) it may just inspire you to fully embody the divine artist that you already are!
Anahata, the heart chakra, governs compassion and limitless love for self and others. Svadisthana chakra, located at the sacrum, awakens the spirit of creative impulse. When balanced and enlivened through yoga, we can use the energy of these chakras and others to live more compassionate, creative, and conscious lives that benefit us as well as the people around us, including the artists and staff of Creativity Explored. So Move, Chant, Breathe, Sit and remember, Love Saves the Day!
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