With great joy we come to the close of our second year serving the Arvada area and connecting with survivors of abuse to walk with them on their journey of healing.
Our commitment to all of you in 2019 is to develop deeper connections with other nonprofits in the Arvada community who serve those who have been abused. By sharing the responsibility of creating healing spaces we change Arvada. Our programming in Art Journaling and Trauma Informed Yoga continues as we reach out to more survivors.
Your year end donation of $120 will provide one individual a scholarship for our Art Journaling Class. Our goal is to serve 24 new survivors in 2019. Will you be a part of their story of healing?
"It was a beauty from ashes experience for me and it takes the edge off of stepping out and embracing imperfections." ~ An Art Journaling Course Participant
"Holding the bold dynamics of vulnerability and courage all at once through art, reading, and conversation, I was able to grasp a glimpse into what it meant to be myself with a trusted community." ~ Jon, Art Journaling Course Participant
Your generosity heals!
Events Coming Up
Art Journaling Workshop
Join us for a 14 week course as we discover how shame has impacted our lives and how to build resilience together. Spring Dates: Jan. 29th - April 30th
Tuesdays from 6pm - 8:30pm
For more information visit our website: www.LivingAspen.org
For Survivors of Abuse: We invite you to join us in resetting our neurological systems through a consistent practice of yoga. Register online!
Registration required: www.livingaspen.org
Mondays 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Duncan Family Y.M.C.A.
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I search for beauty every day. It’s a scavenger hunt for joy that constantly surprises me when I find it in the dark spaces.
As a child I hopped, teetered and jumped over cracks trying not to “break my mother’s back.” All cracks are in the shadows and darkness lives there. But I could always sort the cracks into two categories; emptied or filled.
Tar filled the cracks in my street, like some kind of glue holding the asphalt together. In the hot and humid Midwest sun the tar would turn to goop. My toe prints were evidence of the impression I could leave…until a car drove over my art and left their tread marks behind.
But other cracks were left alone to their own emptiness or their own darkness depending on your viewpoint. Over time the chasms grew or the jagged line extended in length, but always the cracks were black from where the light could not reach. All I knew was that gross bugs lived in those dark cracks and I was really ok not disturbing the ecosystem of the dark.
The cracks of abuse felt so much like these childhood memories of darkness. I was afraid of the dark spaces, of the gaping wounds that scarred me when I felt the chasms get bigger or jagged lines grow longer. And I spent some years searching for my own kind of glue to bind me up. But tar is sticky and smelly and temporary…and hard to get rid of.
And then I remember that darkness and creepy bugs were not the only thing that came out of those sidewalk cracks. With surprising tenacity, something green would rise-up out of the darkness. Grass would fill the gaps and life would find a way to fill the empty spaces.
I wondered, did light find a way in? But the truth was more like this. Somehow a seed was planted in that darkness and when spring came and the ground warmed up with longer days, that seed would split open and life would surge out and keep growing until it reached the light.
Healing is something like that. It is a hidden, mysterious, almost forgotten gift that emerges when the ground begins to warm up, much like finding the right community to heal with.
Living Aspen is that warm spring thaw that simply nourishes the seeds already sown in the darkness by our mysterious God who delights in surprising us with joy, even when we find it in the dark.
I am grateful for all those who have joined our Living Aspen community. Nearly thirty individuals have been a part of our Art Journaling and Yoga programs as they find their way along their healing path. More than fifty of you have become our financial support to continue our work.
And it is with all of you in mind that we say
We are grateful for the trust and hope you share with us as we grow Living Aspen to serve more survivors in 2019.
For Survivors of Abuse:
We invite you to join us in resetting our neurological systems through a consistent practice of Yoga.
Register online! Registration required: www.livingaspen.org
Mondays 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Duncan Family Y.M.C.A. Learn More
Ways to Donate
Amazon Smile AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.
You can donate on our website just click on the button below!