For Paris, for all of us…..

kerin rose, peace, artist

 

Kindness

Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.
Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.
Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing. 
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.
Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail letters and purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
it is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you everywhere
like a shadow or a friend.

————-

Naomi Shihab Nye

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how to begin again…..

kerin rose, vermont, artist

kerin rose, vermont, artistkerin rose, vermont, artist

 

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.” 

― Louise ErdrichThe Painted Drum 

I have been absent from this space for way longer than I intended.  Truth be told,  life has broken me.  And my healing work has been to learn to taste the sweetness of those apples again.  In honour of the opportunity to begin again, am in search of a name. Something that sings with the one I already have . To sit in between these two. A middle name with meaning, to represent who I might be,  to serve as a bridge between who I once was and  who I might become, as I tenderly , and tentatively move forward  into the river that is called l-i-f-e while trying my best not to crush the tender shoots that are just beginning to sprout under my feet. I thought I was ready last spring, but I realized I was not. As they say, miles to travel before I sleep….there was so much more I needed to see and understand.

Your ideas are wanted and appreciated.  Names in other languages are fine. Think beauty. Think movement. Think growth and nature. And healing.

I will trade you a pair of silver pretties, if you can help me figure this one out….not much for something as powerful and important as a name, but its what I have, and its from my heart

I desire to be named by friends, I desire to be named by people who know me

namaste, Kerin Rose

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Small doings……

kerin rose, meadow

kerin rose, meadow medow1 medow2 medow3 medow4 medow5 medow6

TEST    ‘Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.’

Rumi

I am digging in deep these days, almost literally crawling on my belly, looking for beauty in the tiniest cracks of my human existence….I have noticed ( have you?…I bet you knew this all along!) that so many things are made up of  teeny tiny parts multiplied to create a glorious whole? Just more evidence that I am you and you are me and we are the Universe. We are love. 

(On another note, doesn’t Vermont look like the Emerald City in summer? You must come to see it sometime!)

I am still very quietly here…what have you been up to this summer? Some new things are brewing…not ready to share them just yet, but I promise I will!

xo K

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The horizon…..

kelly clark, umberdove

 kelly clark, umberdove

The Buddha compared the universe to a vast net woven of a countless variety of brilliant jewels, each with a countless number of facets. Each jewel reflects itself in every other jewel in the net, and is in fact, one with every other jewel. 

 Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

A friend wrote this week wondering where I have been. I suppose I will preface my answer by letting you know that I am one of those ‘types’ that withdraws when I am processing something that feels rather large. My father passed at the end of January. It was a long and arduous passing that was truly reflective of the duration of my relationship with him. People in their endless compassion can be quick to offer condolences, for which I have gratitude, but in truth, in many ways this was a release…..and a paradigm shift for me, and there is much that I am sure I am going to be processing for a long time.  I was not the child that my father wanted. All of  his ‘want’ and disappointment was never far from his side in this life. I will suffice to say that it manifested in ways that were not pretty and most definitely not kind.

What I witnessed, in the moment of cessation of his breath, is  that the body can no longer hold on to whatever one’s monkey mind is choosing to hold. Negative thought, beliefs  and feelings so long nurtured,what seemed so deeply important to him, floated off, and disappeared. I will not say that he became peaceful..yet I saw that energy instantly carried away by the benevolent wind of universal truth. Really released. Gone in an instant.

The Buddha believed in the mutual interdependence between the individual and the environment. Really, of all things. We need to think about the tiny drop of venom we might unwittingly spew into someone else’s life…they are us, and we are them. 

So what I think I know for sure is this….no matter what, no matter what anyone tells you you are, or are not,  or  you are supposed to be or could be….the defining  factor remains  that your  beautiful soul and essence belongs to something so much larger than the  corporeal. What we cling to so tightly in terms of our ‘definitions’ truly does not matter in the end. When your heart hurts, when your spirit feels broken, when  feel you are not being  seen, do not look for truth in the individual who is refusing to ‘see’ you… cast your feelings back out to that which is so much bigger than that individual whose ‘agenda’ and belief system does not include your goodness and light.

Instead, cast it out to the bejeweled net.

it will hold you,

it will reflect your

glittering beauty, 

so you can see

the truth

and the light

that we all are made of.

What matters in your life is not the particulars. What matters is being one with every other jewel. 

I see you and you see me.

Namaste, and a deep bow of gratitude, with love,

K

(perfect watercolour painting by my lovely friend Kelly Clark !)

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Feliz Navidad!……

kerin rose, jewelry, crabapples

kerin rose

kerin rose, jewelry, crabapples

kerin rose, green apple green chile pie, pie town

kerin rose, bronze, messenger bird, sparrow

 

Good morning from the frozen north east ( and I mean FROZEN!…I think its about 5 degrees out there right now)….

I have been busy in an ‘indoor’ kind of way…this weather calls for a green chile apple pie, made from the ‘authentic’ recipe straight from Pie Town, New Mexico. Yup, its a real place ( if you click on the links you will see I am not kidding!)

Some other news is on the horizon, but I will save it for another day…. really, I am here to wish you  a wonderful and peaceful year’s end and to express my gratitude  for your friendship and supportive visits to my little corner of the interwebs!  There is a lot of buzz around the net about choosing your ‘word’ for the year to come….I am a pretty global thinker-envisioner, so I have adopted this quote from the ecstatic poet Hafiz instead: ” The wise in any foreign country seek a true guide…”  I as I walk into the unknown territory of 2014,  I am focusing my heart and mind to always lean in the direction of truth.  Lets see where it takes me!….sending armfuls of love and light in your direction…namaste…xo K

 

 

 

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How to grow a smudge stick……

kerin rose, jewelry, smudge garden, smudge stick

kerin rose, jewelry, smudge garden, smudge stick

I haven’t been traveling this summer so I decided to gift myself with a shamanic painting class being given by the incomparable Pixie Campbell. I am both excited and anxious ( just a tad!) because I have not painted in eons and it feels like stepping into a place of beginners mind. Not so bad, I guess..but  this seemed like a perfect time to share this with you, as she has talking this week about making sacred space for your creativity, and smudging this week….

This little corner of my sister garden is what I like to call the spirit corner. Some of these plants are not supposed to grow well here, but I am fortunate to have super green thumbs!  This year I planted : rosemary (Queen Victoria variety) for clarity,catnip (Lemon variety) for happiness,artemisia  (Yomogi) purifies negative energies,lavender ( Blue River) for healing and wisdom, and sage ( White variety), which is considered the most powerful type for energetic clearing….its used to wash away the outside world and help with making space for spirit.  There are other plants suitable for smudging…some folks use cedars,sweetgrass, juniper and may even include different resins,such as frankincense and myrrh. I recommend you do your research before including some of these, as not all plant life is so healthy to inhale and you also want to be sure that what you are using supports your energetic ‘goals’. I am not an expert on this, I tend to use what I have been taught. Let me also say that  I have grown ALL of these inside in pots at different points in my life, when I have not had access to the great outdoors, and I have known folks to use other sage types (say the ‘kitchen types’) to positive result too!…So truly, don’t let your geography hold you back from the joy of creating your own personal smudge blends!

kerin rose, white sage, jewelry

Before cutting whatever sprigs I plan to use, I say a little prayer of gratitude. Do whatever feels right to you….I just find its important to acknowledge the gift….

kerin rose, smudge stick

Choose 2 colours of embroidery floss…I will often change mine up after peeking at a colour symbolism site or two, to try to be intentional around my smudge…cut your floss about 6-7 times longer than the length of your fronds when you lay them out…

kerin rose, smudge stick

Gather the herbs tightly, (I generally place rosemary, or something with a strong stem in the center and any other herbs there, with  sage at the outermost, but if its all sage, no worries!) . Start at the bottom and wrap the floss 3-4 times round the stems and tie a knot, making sure you leave a 3-4″ tail 

kerin rose, smudge stick,jewelry

Wrap your way up the bundle, tightening, pulling and adjusting till you reach the top

kerin rose, smudge stick, jewelry

Now reverse direction and work your way down…when you get back to the bottom, wrap 3-4 more times and knot the end to the tail you left when you began…

kerin rose, smudge stick, jewelry

Some folks trim off any little bits that are poking out…I prefer to leave them…really, your choice. Place your  smudge sticks in a brown paper bag and let sit in a sunny dry place for about a month…I like to put them ( actually I do this to dry ALL of my herbs) in the back of my car and let the sun do its work while I drive around….big plus, my car smells incredible! When they are ready, be sure you have a flame proof bowl or shell to rest your stick in after use….a simple and beautiful ritual to connect you to the energy of the universe….xo K

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Cinco cosas que usted puede no saber acerca de mí…

kerin rose, dandelion, jewelry

kerin rose, dandelion, jewelry

kerin rose, Henry, jewelry

Five things you may not know about me….

– I am a recovering cheese-aholic.  I have never met a cheese I did not like.  As a result of this, I am not allowed to be near cheese. EVER.  I cannot eat just a taste, or I fall off the wagon. Once I was at a craft show, it was slow,  and the artist across from me, offered me cheese and some crackers. I said ‘no thank you ‘ and explained my, ahem,  ‘issue’ to him and he shared with me the fact that cheeses actually have chemicals in them that behave like OPIATES in the brain.  NO WONDER  I have a problem. So please, no cheese for the Kerin!

– I play two musical instruments…the cello and the bassoon. Needless to say, no body wanted to jam with me in high school!

-I have a thing for rodents ( as pets!)…as a kid I had 40  pet mice, all at the same time. Each one had a name, I even got in big trouble in elementary school for bringing one of them, by the name of Chiclet to school with me. Alan S. wherever you are, if I ever see you I am going to pinch you as hard as I can for telling on me….:)  I would love some guinea pigs right now, but I am afraid Henry will think I have brought him an awesome snack.

-I am personally responsible for a few of David Letterman’s wacko stunts on late night tv.  The Alka Seltzer suithuman sponge, velcro and magnet suits were all of my ‘doing’. In another life, I was a costume designer for film and TV and  have many stories to tell about those times!

-I am a jewelry artisan by accident. I actually wanted to take a ceramics class at the “Y” , but when my mom took  me to register, it was full, so she put me in copper enameling instead. Apparently I was a bit of a prodigy, and became the teacher’s apprentice….the rest is history.

Okay gentle readers….that’s what I’ve got for now! Hope you are all enjoying the beginning of the summer season…solstice is coming soon.

xo K

 

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Dexter with a shovel….

kerin rose, garlic beds

kerin rose, garlic beds

hello friends…I know I have been a stranger as of late…I promise  will explain myself, in time…for the moment though, this is what my garlic beds look like on April 12, 2013… I am worried about my babies!..

I am telling you..the weirdest weather E-V-E-R lately….

and

I love this man, I love this man I love this man…..

 Pour yourself a cuppa, take 10 and hear what he has to say….

I have been spending the day baking up some gluten free breads, perfecting my Spanish rice recipe  for dinner tonight, attempting to re photograph some of my jewelry and working on a few new pendants… a feather,an arrowhead and an  eternal circle…appropriate talismans for a warrior goddess, eh?

sooner,

xo Kerin

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heartfelt……

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                                                                                                       Catrin Welz-Stein

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
 i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows

(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud

and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows

higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

 ee cummings 

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