"May our heart’s garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers." - Thich Nhat Hanh

Poems for Myself
By Lisa Kagan 

Bloom, Mixed Media by Lisa Kagan

This year, I wrote poems for myself
word by word
an attempt to anchor myself
amidst a swell that took me
completely under
each poem became a small meal
that I cooked for myself
even though I thought I was not hungry
the act of writing was mainly about arriving
affirming, “I am still here, I guess that counts
for something”
some days the poems were more like love songs
or odes to beauty
fishing for something in the universe
that I might catch hold of,
something that could announce with confidence,
“There are still great gifts that await you”
in the morning, poetry offered the kindness of silence
when it was hard to know
what else to look towards in the day
to write was to befriend myself again.

(This poem is featured in Coming Home to Myself, A Book of Art and Writing by Lisa Kagan)

Coming Home to Myself, Table of Contents

I am excited to announce the release of my new book, Coming Home to Myself, Poetry and Art by Lisa Kagan…

Coming Home to Myself, A Book of Art and Writing by Lisa Kagan

Spanning a decade of growth and change, this book honors the importance of following your inner compass through exploring nine essential elements of the human experience: courage, passion, patience, grace, faith, resilience, wonder, gratitude, and renewal. Serving as an intimate companion for navigating life’s passages, this collection is an ode to the kindness and generosity that the world desperately needs and the power of turning that caring towards ourselves.

Purchase your copy here!

Source, Mixed Media by Lisa Kagan

Looking Ahead

It feels wonderful to begin to look ahead towards this new chapter. I am very excited about the release of my new book and I look forward to sharing this collection with the community as we all go through our own process of renewal and regeneration. I invite you to share this book with friends and family or buy it as a gift at my new online store. In the coming months fine art prints and other products (such as bags, mugs, and cards) featuring my original artwork will also be available for sale in my online store on the Family Heirloom Arts website.

This fall I am planning to resume offering in-person art and writing programs including Touchstone Retreats, workshops, and classes. I will keep you posted once registration opens for these upcoming programs. Family Heirloom Arts is continuing to help individuals and families celebrate life stories and significant life milestones through the creation of illustrated heirloom books. Please be in touch if you would like to set-up a free consultation to discuss ideas for your life story project.

Looking forward to a summer of fresh air, sunshine, rejuvenation, and reconnection!

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