February 2019 Cover Image

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Statement about the image: This image conveys to me the feeling of holding the spark of intention, of love, of mutual care in dark times. As happens with much of my work, it was created in an improvisational manner that started with process of play and curiosity. I was playing with a new online tool that creates kaleidescope images out of photos or, in this case, an old watercolor pencil drawing. This image emerged as I played, and immediately felt the resonance of the image. I found a quote from Elie Weisel- “Every moment contains a spark of eternity”. I felt the whole spiral enacted in this image- gratitude, honoring our pain, seeing with new eyes, and going forth. We each hold our own part of the needed spark to light the world. We need each other as we nurture that spark. 

Barbara Ford has been an activist, therapist, facilitator, singer, and artist with over thirty years of experience working with individuals and groups, including faith groups, activists, intentional communities, non-profits, and schools. She has been a facilitator of the Work That Reconnects since 2005, and offers workshops, classes, and webinars on that and other topics. She is developing a model for Radical Gratitude as a way to deepen and expand our gladness and capacity for offering our gifts. Skilled in working with groups with creativity, empathy, and humor, she often incorporates ritual, music, movement, and other creative activities to deepen the workshop experience. More of her art (including a line of art cards), music, and other offerings can be found at https://barbaraford.net