Ring the bells that still can ring,
forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything...
That's how the light gets in.
-Leonard Cohen, "Anthem"
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I came near to weeping after taking an intensive yoga class recently...
for too long, I've put my body behind the rest- leaving it somewhat
abused, somewhat abandoned. Stiff. Swelling. Long days
at the bench or on the road have imbalanced and imbedded in my heavy bones.
It's hard to love yourself, sometimes. I find if I'm not good at it,
it's hard to like it. I find if I struggle, I often get intimidated rather than inspired. Learning to love the rough edges and imperfections is something I encourage others to do, and yet turn deaf ears upon my own voice and the voices of those mirroring the sentiment back to me.
As I take this season slowly, learning to breathe, finding my physical equilibrium again, I focus more and more on the light. The sunbeams and lengthening shadows of the day bring me more into the present moment. I watch the dapples dance across the wall, the window panes stretching grids across the polish of the hardwood floors. Time passes slowly and speeds away in fractional seconds. I try to accept that I did not become brittle and bent overnight... that it will take time to become fluid and full once again.
Meanwhile, to take notice and process, I chose a series about growth- not only because of the spring, but because of what I'm needing these days. I chose pieces that would take time, ample time, attention to detail, rounds of heat and quench, puddles of water, broken nails, humilty, frustration, and ultimate victory. I chose pieces that would contain that metaphorical light. And, pieces that, true to my favorite Leonard Cohen line... are my cracks.
And these are my anthem.
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Solid Sterling Construction with Rutilated Quartz.
100% Built by Hand.
21" in wearable length, excluding the "Y" link.
Central pendant measures approximately 1.75" tall and 1.5" wide.
Entire "Y" portion measures 3.75" beneath the 21" chain.