This is my donation to the lovely, first ever Rock of Love Concert. The YWCA is presenting this "to spread awareness of domestic violence against women in the Hampton Roads area."
A woman's heart reaches so far and is nurtured in so many ways. There is enriched growth when the heart is nourished which feeds into the within and emanates to the universe.
Symbolically, the symbol of the feminine is wrapped with red beads in groups of three. Among many meanings of the number 3, the triad is considered sacred. It is the unification of the mind, body and spirit. It is also Mother Goddess and "understood as a key to the integrity and interdependence of all existence." She rises out of moss, the blanket of Earth.
To heal from domestic violence, she needs to receive the nurturing that she so lacked. Her strength, which is lost when survival is of the essence, still resides. With her strength, she can rise up, feel the love, and that love will reach across all boundaries, heal the scars within and heal the scars of the Earth for we are all tied together.
In the thread of unity, this piece utilizes many parts of the women that have healed me on my journey. The heart was given by a woman who continues to spread her warmth and knowledge around the world, giving so many college students the ability to have education. The hands were an integral part of a healing environment many moons ago.
May this piece bring joy and healing.