At first I was thinking that the piece of glass would somehow be connected to a bird. I was thinking of crows and their love of shine objects. But I had an even stronger sense, that kept coming back to me, of it being a symbol of the throat chakra. I kept feeling it in the hollow of my throat.
When I first moved Upstate, I was taking a yoga class and out of seemingly nowhere, the words There’s a hole in my throat, came to me. The next class our instructor told us about Uijayi. This is a type of breathing using the throat that is both calming and energizing at the same time.
I’ve always associated Uijayi breathing and the throat chakra with finding my voice. I believe I heard those words because something inside of me was trying to wake me up to my true self.
I couldn’t see the goddess at first. I kept looking at the fabric on my wall, and at the glass I had stitched onto it. It took her a while to appear. Ah patience. Then suddenly, there she was. I could see her form on the fabric in front of me.
I drew her neck first, to place the glass in the hollow of her throat. When I got to her face, I thought of a cat and looked at the card hanging on my wall that Liz sent me. It was just the face I was looking for.
The snake is pieces of fabric that I sewed on with my machine.
This is as far as I got today. In honor of slowing down (and to help us actually do it) Jon and I are quitting work early today and going to the movies.
I’m happy to give this piece a chance to breathe, and will be looking forward to getting back to it tomorrow.