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Sadness Without Fear

When we allow ourselves to freely grieve what we’ve lost, whether in our own lives, in our histories, or on this planet, we’re able to more fully inhabit the preciousness of life.

watercolor painting by Nicole Javorsky

Dearest Doodle Soupsters,


Above is my watercolor painting "Sadness, without fear" from my Love Letters to Mother Earth series.


One aspect of my Love Letters to Mother Earth series is a concept I've written about here before — grieving is loving. When we allow ourselves to freely grieve what we’ve lost, whether in our own lives, in our histories, or on this planet, we’re able to more fully inhabit the preciousness of life.


In the series description, I ask — What moves us toward protection and care if not love? Yet, embedded in this deep, moving love I’m talking about in my paintings is the willingness to feel deeply. A willingness to root oneself in reality. To hold the existence of pain and loss and darkness. And let it be just as true as the beauty, as all the vibrant colors of the rainbow, as true as the power of loving to guide us toward honoring and protecting what’s sacred and precious to us.


What does the phrase "sadness without fear" mean to you? What does it mean to allow ourselves to feel the depth of our sadness without pushing it away, without fearing it is dangerous, destructive, you fill in the blank? I’d love to hear from you and thank you for being a part of my art community reflecting on the intricacies of being alive ✨


With love, embracing my sadness, and trying to hold myself gently in my grief,


Nicole Sylvia Javorsky

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