Love Heals All Wounds

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In my art journal…

I’ve been thinking a lot about our ability to heal from our past wounds.

When I reflect back on the many wounds I’ve endured and how I was able to heal, they all have one thing in common…LOVE. I know, I know…it’s so corny and cliché, but love really does heal all wounds. Love is the answer to every problem, every conflict, every heartache, and every issue.

That is what life is all about…LOVE.

It’s about loving yourself and allowing yourself to be loved. It’s about loving others. It’s about believing you are loved and lovable. It’s about believing in love and it’s power to heal our wounds.

Love is always the answer.

Wishing you love and healing,

Jackie Barragan

 

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Oh What A Week!

I just returned from the most amazing trip!! I spent a week in Scottsdale, AZ for the Traveling Art of Sisterhood retreat and it was phenomenal!!

From the time I began to experiment with art, I found it to be a means of healing for me. I enjoy making beautiful art and using my creativity, but more than that, to me, art is a form of therapy. It has brought me so much healing!

Last year, after I taught in the first Traveling Art of Sisterhood Retreat, I realized that though I thoroughly enjoy teaching art, my true calling is to facilitate healing through art.

So for my class this year, I chose to act as an Expressive Art Facilitator, rather than an art instructor (just as I did last year too.)

My class was about healing our wounds from the past; about the importance of sharing our stories in an empowering way; and about finding the gifts our wounds left us.

I led the group through a guided mediation for relaxation and positive energy. We did some affirmations. We set intentions. We wrote about a wound we want to heal. And then students created art based on their wound.

There was music, tears, laughter, hugs, love, and support. There were stories shared and meaningful connections made. It was a very powerful experience for many, myself included.

For me, this retreat is so much bigger and deeper than art. It’s a celebration of friendship and connection with women!

I’m so grateful to Kara Bullock for inviting me back; grateful for the experience; and honored to be a part of the journey.

I’m especially grateful for the students who took part in my lesson and trusted me with their stories. Your story matters!!

I have tons of photos but just sharing some highlights. It was AMAZING!!!

 

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Believe In Your Worth

In April I completed Level 1 Reiki Training. It was a deeply moving and evocative experience for me. The day after my training, I sat at my art desk early in the morning, and this little one emerged through many tears and much emotion.

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You Are Enough

We spend so much time worrying about our enough-ness.

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Pretty enough. Smart enough. Thin enough. Productive enough. Helpful enough. Kind enough. Thoughtful enough. Talented enough. Good enough. Worthy enough. Brave enough. Rich enough. Popular enough. Loved enough. Give enough. Have enough. Do enough.

Enough. Enough. Enough.

YOU ARE ENOUGH!!!

Jackie Barragan

(Prints available in my Etsy shop)

Perfectly Imperfect

A grungy heart. Not my usual style, but I like it nonetheless. And what better way to embrace imperfection than this messy, imperfect heart?

I lived most of my life striving for perfection but it wasn’t until I was in my 40’s that I realized that it was an unattainable goal. Perfection is an illusion. There is no such thing. As I always remind my kids – the only one that’s perfect is God. No one else. We are all beautifully flawed and imperfect. And that’s ok.

Imperfectly yours,

Jackie Barragan

(Prints available in my Etsy shop)

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