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​Today I am grateful for the inspiration to start my blog. Being a visual artist, painting is my language for expressing my thoughts and experiences. So why try to speak in a different language?

That’s where gratitude comes in. Today my heart is overflowing with JOY, and the only way to let it flow and be expressed is through GRATITUDE. I wish I could speak every language there is and spread it across the universe. That is an easy enough and enjoyable task from a place of light and joy. But how do I express gratitude at those times when the emotional landscape is bleak and full of sorrow?

I turn to find expression through the language of the soul, which is my art.

My journey as a soulful creative began as early as little girl when I used to be engrossed for hours, stringing long garlands of jasmine flowers at the Kindergarten in Mumbai, India where I was born and raised. These I would then present to my mother. I remember the touch of her soft skin and the fragrance of the jasmine flowers in her long hair as she hugged me.

I always knew I wanted to be an artist, and chose to be one, but only recently realized the true essence and power of creating art from the soul. The dialogue between the art and the artist is a channeling of messages from the Universe, Spirit, or Higher self. What we call it does not matter; it is the Source of all creation. The inspiration might be different in each work of art, but there is one common message. “Look at the whole picture, the colors of happiness, the highlights of joy, and shadows of grief. It is in perfect balance. You can think of yourself as being stuck in any spot, and it is exactly where you are meant to be at this time in your journey. You can and will keep moving through this life. The only constant is change.” This has been so true, and I gain strength from each transition and every challenge, big or small.

Today as I write these words, I can still feel the loving presence of my mother near me even though we are distanced by space and circumstance. I can also see that grief and joy can be present in a person simultaneously, and that the sorrow in itself doesn’t need to spoil the joy. That for me is true Joy. That is the place from which I express my gratitude.

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