Feed the Right Wolf

As  my personal interpretation of the Cherokee Tale of Two Wolves entitled ” A Heart’s Choice” hangs at the Window Gallery of the Roundhouse Community Centre in Vancouver, I would like to invite us all to reflect on the enlightening words of PEMA CHÖDRÖN.

Feed the Right Wolf
by PEMA CHÖDRÖN

…A Native American grandfather was speaking to his grandson about violence and cruelty in the world and how it comes about. He said it was as if two wolves were fighting in his heart. One wolf was vengeful and angry, and the other wolf was understanding and kind. The young man asked his grandfather which wolf would win the fight in his heart. And the grandfather answered, “The one that wins will be the one I choose to feed.”

So this is our challenge, the challenge for our spiritual practice and the challenge for the world—how can we train right now, not later, in feeding the right wolf? How can we call on our innate intelligence to see what helps and what hurts, what escalates aggression and what uncovers our good-heartedness? With the global economy in chaos and the environment of the planet at risk, with war raging and suffering escalating, it is time for each of us in our own lives to take the leap and do whatever we can to help turn things around. Even the slightest gesture toward feeding the right wolf will help. Now more than ever, we are all in this together.

Taking the leap involves making a commitment to ourselves and to the earth itself-making a commitment to let go of old grudges, to not avoid people and situations and emotions that make us feel uneasy, to not cling to our fears, our closed-mindedness, our hardheartedness, our hesitation. Now is the time to develop trust in our basic goodness and the basic goodness of our sisters and brothers on this earth; a time to develop confidence in our ability to drop our old ways of staying stuck and to choose wisely. We could do that right here and right now.

In our everyday encounters, we can live in a way that will help us learn to do this. When we talk to someone we don’t like and don’t agree with — maybe a family member or a person at work — we tend to spend a great amount of energy sending anger their way. Yet our resentments and self-centeredness, as familiar as they are, are not our basic nature. We all have the natural ability to interrupt old habits. All of us know how healing it is to be kind, how transformative it is to love, what a relief it is to have old grudges drop away. With just a slight shift in perspective, we can realize that people strike out and say mean things for the same reasons we do. With a sense of humor we can see that our sisters and brothers, our partners, our children, our coworkers are driving us crazy the same way we drive other people crazy.

The first step in this learning process is to be honest with ourselves. Most of us have gotten so good at empowering our negativity and insisting on our rightness that the angry wolf gets shinier and shinier, and the other wolf is just there with its pleading eyes. But we’re not stuck with this way of being. When we’re feeling resentment or any strong emotion, we can recognize that we are getting worked up, and realize that right now we can consciously make the choice to be aggressive or to cool off. It comes down to choosing which wolf we want to feed.

Of course, if we intend to test out this approach, we need some pointers. We need ways to train in this path of choosing wisely. This path entails uncovering three qualities of being human, three basic qualities that have always been with us but perhaps have gotten buried and been almost forgotten. These qualities are natural intelligence, natural warmth, and natural openness. When I say that the potential for goodness exists in all beings, that is acknowledging that everyone, everywhere, all over the globe, has these qualities and can call on them to help themselves and others.

Natural intelligence is always accessible to us. When we’re not caught in the trap of hope and fear, we intuitively know what’s the right thing to do. If we’re not obscuring our intelligence with anger, self-pity, or craving, we know what will help and what will make things worse. Our well-perfected emotional reactions cause us to do and say a lot of crazy things. We desire to be happy and at peace, but when our emotions are aroused, somehow the methods we use to achieve this happiness only make us more miserable. Our wishes and our actions are, all too frequently, not in synch. Nevertheless, we all have access to a fundamental intelligence that can help to solve our problems rather than making them worse.

Natural warmth is our shared capacity to love, to have empathy, to have a sense of humor. It is also our capacity to feel gratitude and appreciation and tenderness. It’s the whole gamut of what often are called the heart qualities, qualities that are a natural part of being human. Natural warmth has the power to heal all relationships — -the relationship with ourselves as well as with people, animals, and all that we encounter every day of our lives.

The third quality of basic goodness is natural openness, the spaciousness of our sky-like minds. Fundamentally, our minds are expansive, flexible, and curious; they are pre-prejudice, so to speak. This is the condition of mind before we narrow down into a fear-based view where everyone is either an enemy or a friend, a threat or an ally, someone to like, dislike, or ignore. Fundamentally, this mind that we have, that you and I each have, is open.

We can connect with that openness at any time. For instance, right now, for three seconds, just stop reading and pause.

If you were able to stop briefly like that, perhaps you experienced a thought-free moment.

Another way to appreciate natural openness is to think of a time when you were angry, when someone said or did something that you didn’t like, a time when you wanted to get even or you wanted to vent. Now, what if you had been able to stop, breathe deeply, and slow the process down? Right on the spot you could connect with natural openness. You could stop, give space, and empower the wolf of patience and courage instead of the wolf of aggression and violence. In that moment when we pause, our natural intelligence often comes to our rescue. We have time to reflect: why do we want to make that nasty phone call, say that mean word, or for that matter, drink the drink, or smoke the substance or whatever it might be?

…To honestly face the pain in our lives and the problems in the world, let’s start by looking compassionately and honestly at our own minds. We can become intimate with the mind of hatred, the mind that polarizes, the mind that makes somebody “other” and bad and wrong. We come to know, unflinchingly, and with great kindness, the angry, unforgiving, hostile wolf. Over time, that part of ourselves becomes very familiar, but we no longer feed it. Instead, we can make the choice to nurture openness, intelligence, and warmth. This choice, and the attitudes and actions that follow from it, are like a medicine that has the potential to cure all suffering.

Excerpted  from Taking the Leap by Pema Chödrön © 2009 by Pema Chödrön.  Published by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Inc. Boulder, CO. www.shambhala.com

Read the complete  “Feed the Right Wolf” chapter online on lions roar 

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PC’s Art in Year of the Dog Feature Presentation in Canada

We at the MoNA are happy to share with you the news that Paulina Constancia’s artwork called “A Heart’s Choice” will be featured from March 1 to April 30 at the Window Gallery of the Roundhouse Community Centre in Vancouver, Canada.

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This is just a cropped image of the diptych (two part artwork)

Poster below gives more  information about Paulina’s  “A Heart’s Choice”  and its symbolisms.

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The original study of this work, a 14” x 16” acrylic on canvas,  is hanging at the Museum of Bicycling (MoB) in the Philippines to help shed  light on the mobility and transport choices we make.

 

Paulina Constancia in Art Naif Festiwal-Poland

We are happy to share the news that Paulina Constancia is one of the artists selected to participate in this year’s naif art festival in Poland.

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This is the 10th of this annual festival which happens in Katowice, which is located in Upper Silesia. (the southeastern part of the historical and geographical region of Silesia, located mostly in Poland, with small parts in the Czech Republic.  Read more )
Below is some information about Upper Silesia from the gallery’s website:

Upper Silesia is traditionally perceived as an industrial region. From the beginning of the XIX century it developed as an important region of mines and steel works. Still, not deprived of art. Colorful world of so-called “naive” artists appeared in the heart of industrial Silesia in the 1930s, when a group of amateur painters, miners working in Giesche mine, was created under the leadership of Teofil Ociepka, strongly inspired by occultism. Their art was full of color, mystical images, drawings influenced by both mythology and classical painting motives, presenting often surreal embedded in Upper Silesian landscape. The group called then „Grupa Janowska” is still active today.

The time has changed and many of industrial plants have been closed, but the magic of art is still here!

And here’s a little about the Art Naif Festiwal from the gallery’s website:

First edition of the Festival took place in 2008. From that time we are honored and pleased to host hundreds of artists from all over the world, together with thousands of their admirers. Mostly we present paintings, but also sculptures and ceramics. We are proud to work with wonderful artists from many different countries, including: Australia, Burkina Faso, Argentina, Israel, United States, Brazil, Tanzania, Venezuela and many European countries.

Year 2017 promises to be exceptionally great! The 10th Art Naif Festival will be held from 9th June until 18th August 2017. As each year we are planning many additional events and, since it will be our jubilee, more surprises can be expected. The exhibition will be accompanied with several lesser exposures organized in the local museums as well as many workshops, film screenings, lectures.

This year there are around 350 artists and nearly 40 countries represented . It will be an exciting celebration of art and culture.

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Here are some photos of a roadside billboard in Katowice promoting the festival. The exhibition runs from June 9 to August 18.

 

Click here for videos of past editions of Art Naif Festiwal
Check out other festival photos and videos on Facebook

Activities Listing for GSK 2017 at the MoNA

We are happy to share with you what we have lined up for this year’s GABII SA KABILIN CELEBRATION at the Museum of Naive Art [MoNA] .

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“Mga Alidong” (Ceb.)
GSK 2017 at the MoNA
West Gorordo Hotel

The circle “alidong” (Ceb.)-a simple closed shape with unlimited possibilities is the focus of our GSK celebration this year. For a fun-filled GSK stop with us, please follow these steps:

  1. Buy GSK ticket
  2. Register
  3. Get the activity sheet for the MoNA TRIVIA BUZZ
  4. “Let’s Dance” Concentric Art Photo Booth
  5. Learn KENDAMA – a traditional cup and ball skill toy
  6. Browse and shop at the Indian Bazaar (Winnia Products International)
  7. Color a Rangoli Design
  8. The Dot – Storytelling, Movement and Artmaking  (Facilitated by St. Michael’s Play Garden, Steiner Waldorf education in Cebu)
  9. TULDOK: Ukulele Sing-along with Venus Seno-Bernaldez of TURTULELE
  10. Watch brief introductory video of the Museum of Naïve Art [MoNA]
  11. Visit the MoNA and complete the TRIVIA BUZZ for a chance to win exciting prizes
  12. Visit MoNA Studio Gallery
  13. Meet and Greet with MoNA’s featured artist Paulina Constancia
  14. Learn about the CEBU- INDIA Cultural Connection     
  15. View the art of our visiting Indian artist Yasha Dabas
  16. View the RANGOLI Art created by Yasha and her workshop participants
  17. Meet and greet with visiting artist Yasha Dabas
  18. Enjoy some FREE LINGIN-LINGIN snacks
  19. Get your TRIVIA BUZZ Activity Sheet checked and claim your surprise gift
  20. Visit our other permaculture-inspired museums:
    Museum of Heritage and Folk Art (MoHFA) at The Mayflower Inn
    Capitol Site, Cebu City
    Museum of Bicycling (MoB) at the Elicon House
    Cor. P. Del Rosario and Junquera Streets

 

Messing with Yarn Catalogue Now Available On-Line

A few months ago, we announced that Paulina’s  art was selected as one of the pieces for an exhibition called “Messing with Yarn” at the Textile Arts Factory (TAF) Gallery in Greece. We are pleased to announce that TAF has published an exhibition catalogue and it is now available on  amazon.com

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Messing with Yarn Catalogue Cover

Paulina’s info and work are on pages 46 and 47.

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Page 46 of the Messing with Yarn Catalogue

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“HEARTFELT”, Art by Paulina Constancia, on page 47 of the Messing with Yarn catalogue

Learn more about the fascinating story of this gallery- Textile Arts Factory in Greece.

ABS-CBN Kapamilya Features the MoNA

Maayong Buntag Kapamilya Segment Producer Nichee Orocio recently interviewed Paulina Constancia for a special feature on the ABS-CBN morning program. The segment was televised on Friday, February 24th.
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Kapamilya Segment Producer Nichee interviews Paulina at the MoNA

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Nichee interviews Paulina about MoNA’s expressive arts workshop conducted for marginalized women and children.

There was special interest in MoNA’s  on-going exhibition “Spontaneous Strokes” which was an output of an expressive arts workshop facilitated by artist Paulina Constancia for young survivors of violence and human trafficking.

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Producer and cameraman pose with the birds at MoNA

Maayong Buntag Kapamilya aired the MONA feature on Friday, February 24th.
Click on this link to watch episode on ABS-CBN

Spontaneous Strokes exhibition now open

MONA is happy to announce a new exhibition -SPONTANEOUS STROKES- on display at the lobby of West Gorordo Hotel starting January 10th. Scroll down for more information about this special display.

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Spontaneous Strokes
January 10- March 31, 2017
West Gorordo Hotel Lobby
Cebu, Philippines

Art created by 13 young girls rescued from difficult situations
Expressive Arts Workshop Facilitated by Paulina Constancia

This exhibition is made possible by the Paulina Constancia Museum of Naive Art [MoNA], West Gorordo Hotel, the Psychology Volunteers on Bikes and My Refuge House (MRH)


About the Collection

The works on display here are outputs from a recent expressive arts workshop facilitated by Paulina Constancia for 13 girls who have been rescued from difficult situations. The girls were tasked to make random brush strokes on paper using watercolor. At first, they were confused with what they were doing  and where their art was going. However, when they were done painting in the colors and were asked to look at their work from different angles, they were able to figure out the hidden message amid the layers of colors. The girls were quite surprised how a simple activity afforded them a window to their inner world.


The Crusade for the Rights of Women and Children

West Gorordo Hotel (WGH), through the Museum of Naïve Art [MoNA] Outreach Program, is a shining example of how a private institution can crusade for the rights of women and children.

MONA partners with the Psychology Volunteers on Bikes to facilitate expressive and experiential therapy for different women’s rights groups and their community partners.

Art is a constant agent of transformation and is indeed the soul’s drive to health.
– Cathy Malchiodi
The Soul’s Palette: Drawing on Art’s Transformative Powers for Health and Well-Being”

Paulina’s Art in Greece Exhibition

Paulina Constancia has shared with us the great news that today, the 23rd, until the 3oth of December, her art, alongside the works of a few selected fiber artists, will be exhibited at the Textile Arts Factory in Thessaloniki, Greece.

The exhibition is called MESSING WITH YARN. The artists are presenting various themes but the unifying part is the use of knitting, crocheting and lace.

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Paulina used yarn for her work “Heartfelt”, and this is how it looks:

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About the Art:

HEARTFELT
Yarn stitching on canvas
12 x 12 inches
Art by Paulina Constancia
Singapore, 2016

“HEARTFELT shows heads, hearts and hands fused together because this symbolises the commitment that my husband and I have to love and nurture our child. I have often told him that I still cannot believe that I could ever love someone as much as I love our child. He would often respond..”I feel exactly the same way.” Most parents can relate to this love and would agree that it burns like the flaming red in this painting. It’s a love that warms and inspires and also keeps you centred and grounded on what matters most in life…” – P.Constancia

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“Heartfelt”– detail 1

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“Heartfelt”– detail 2

Here are the selected international artists participating in the “MESSING with YARN” exhibition at the Textile Arts Factory in Thessaloniki, Greece:

Ali Holloway

Αli Pate

Anahita Younesi

Anna Astapova

Anna Matejcek

Ayanna Proctor

Brooke Marks-Swanson

Canan Erdönmez

Ceyda (Jeyda) Oskay

Eero Tiittula

Heather Schulte

Jeannette von Itter

Laurin Guthrie

Leslie Robison

Lily Lee

Liz Ensz

Mujgan Emre Eroglu

Mustafa Kula

Nesem Ertan Ayata

Paulina Constancia

Pelin Demirtas Dikmen

Piotr Pandyra

Sam Lane

Tenee’ Hart

Trey Gehring

Wendy Kawabata

Exhibition Curator:  Vasiliki Asaroglou

Learn about the curious history of the gallery TEXTILE ARTS FACTORY

MoNA’s Official Launch Event!

Here are some snapshots from the PAULINA CONSTANCIA Museum of Naive Art [MoNA] launching:

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  1. Our honored guests -young culture keepers: (L-R) Budoy (Music & Bisdak Culture), Dennis Sugarol (Choral Music), Mary Rose Villacastin-Maghuyop (Dance & Theatre)-each shared an inspiring message
  2. Some of our Guests
  3. Welcome Speech by PC, photo with son Lucas
  4. Budoy, PC & Lucas at the main door of the MoNA
  5. Our Lady of Joy School Admin & Staff
  6. PC with high school classmates Carmel & Elka
  7. A Happy Moment indeed! (L-R) Prof Madrileña de la Cerna, Mary Rose Maghuyop, Loi Alix, Cookie Newman & PC
  8. Vilma Lee (PC’s mom-in blue) with friends from the Young Ladies Association of Charity & Human Rights Lawyer Atty. Yvonne Artiaga (in white shirt).
  9. (L-R) Rudy Alix, PC & Lucas, Tonette Pañares, VAMGI President Malou Samson, Loi Alix & Edna Lee (museum designer)
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Our bonored guests -young culture keepers: (L-R) Budoy, Music & Bisdak Culture, Dennis Sugarol, Choral Music, and Mary Rose Villacastin-Maghuyop,Dance and Theatre. Each of them shared an inspiring audience.

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Some of our guests

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Welcome Speech by Paulina Constancia, photo with son Lucas

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Budoy, PC and Lucas at the main entrance of the MoNA

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Our Lady of Joy School Admin and Staff

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PC with High School classmates Carmel and Elka

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A Happy Moment indeed! (L-R) Prof Madrileña de la Cerna, Mary Rose Villacastin-Maghuyop, Loi Alix, Cookie Newman and PC

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Vilma Lee (PC’s Mom) with friends from the Young Ladies Association of Charity (YLAC) and Human Rights Lawyer Yvonne Artiaga

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(L-R) Rudy Alix, PC and Lucas, Tonette Pañares, Malou Samson, Loi Alix and Edna Lee (PC’s sis and museum designer)

Thanks again to all who joined us for the evening, you sure made the MoNA opening a joyous & memorable event.