Sunday, December 6, 2015

REVERB15 (Day 6): Hows, howls, and howlalujahs of being human

PREVIOUS GENERATIONS. Rather than focusing today on my particular family's history to examine patterns (done that and have the t-shirt), I prefer to think of myself as connected to the Earth and all the creatures through time since before the dinosaurs. What does it mean to be human in relation to the rest of creation? (Art by Hallelujah Truth, aka Ruth Schowalter)
Hallelujah for reflecting on our actions and way of being in this world! Hallelujah for families and their legacies! Hallelujah for BEING HUMAN!

Today's #REVERB15 (Day 6) PROMPT asks us to examine those patterns: 

As each year progresses, we unknowingly gather many thoughts, beliefs, and patterns to us. In fact, what we are carrying may have been passed down to us from previous generations.  

Looking at the thoughts and patterns that may be holding you back from living the life you want, trace back through the generations of your family and see if your beliefs originated generations ago.  

In 2016, how can you bring healing to these patterns of thought that are holding you back?
HOW? What? Where? When? Who? BEING HUMAN presents us with challenges. In my 50's, I began to release all the angst I had been carrying around with me by drawing and painting HOWLS and HOWling! Yes! Orchestrated community belly HOWls! You can read about the evolution of my HOWL in past blogs linked at the bottom of the page. (Art by Hallelujah Truth, aka Ruth Schowalter)
I must adapt this REVERB15 (Day 6) prompt for these two reasons: First of all, I have examined the existing patterns in my life extensively and extricated those from my family that serve me and kept them, banishing the rest slowly over time. Don't most of us do that?

Second, looking at past generations throughout the centuries, would take quite a bit of study--days, weeks, months! Without a guide and time for investigations I am not aware of the legacies that my ancestors going back to the pilgrims on the Mayflower left me.

Therefore, I'm following my intuition to post about the hows, howls, and howlalujahs of BEING HUMAN. The images I am posting today are a reflection of my continuous questioning of life's raison d'etre and the pain as well as the celebration that goes along with them. HURRAY for our humanity or BEING HUMAN.
THE HOWL. I learned to embrace the HOWL as part of the HOW of life. By acknowledging the wounds we experience in our journeys, we free ourselves to feel JOY and the ability to shout and embody the HOWL-a-lu-jahs! (Art by Hallelujah, aka Ruth Schowalter)

HOWL-A-LU-JAH. What do you think? Is my HOWing, HOWLing, and HOWL-A-LU-JAHing a pattern that should be altered? Is it holding me back or moving me forward? As a fellow blogger wrote in her blog post in response to this prompt: "Observe. Question. Discuss." Visit her blog, here. (Art by Hallelujah or HOWL-A-LU-JAH, aka Ruth Schowalter or SchowALTAR!)
That's Coffee with Hallelujah! SOUL BLOG with me and share what you know to be about patterns in your life. How familiar are you with the HOWL? The HOWL-A-LU-JAHs of Life?

Previous Blogs About the HOW, HOWL, or HOWALUJAH:
More recent (2015):
Honoring the How in the Howl
Hows to Howls 
(Older blogs about the howl, herehere, here, here, and here).


  1. Oh Hallelujah - you are such balm for my soul and delight for my heart. Howls and Hows and Howlalujahs. I am SO going to play with this!!!

    1. Deborah I believe we have found kindred souls in one another. I'm glad you find joy in my hows, howls, and howlalujahs!

  2. I agree Ruth that it would take more time then I have to explore all the past that has left it's mark on me both physically, emotionally and mentally...I never feel like I am quite good enough, never quite happy, never quite sure what direction to take so often I flounder and end up missing the boat. I never want to stand out in the crowd or call attention to myself in any way so stay in the background wishing I could dance as well as...draw as well as informed as...I read the blog you mentioned and found it most interesting as well as your blog.

    " I have examined the existing patterns in my life extensively and extricated those from my family that serve me and kept them, banishing the rest slowly over time. " did you do that and still maintain peace in the family? Or was your peace of mind more important then family peace? I have mostly remained apart both distance wise and emotionally wise from my extended family...wanting to rise above them and not always feeling I could or did...I read some where that the human animal is the only one that keeps it's young close after maturity..I love my family..not because I like them but because they are family....maybe I need to take a lesson from the animals...thanks for listening to my whining...this was a good blog..

    1. Darlene, I so appreciate the wisdom and beauty you have brought to me life via the internet and Facebook. I am thankful for your immense artistry! It is diverse and vast! I so so admire you! And the honesty you bring to your reflections that you so generously share. Thank you. I believe that I have brought suffering both to my family and self over the years as I endeavored to understand what I needed for myself that was different from what they offered me. I apologize to them. I forgive myself. And finally, I repeat for both you and me. Not good. Not bad. Just is. I love it that you give me the opportunity to say that YOU DARLENE ARE ENOUGH as you are. Big love!

  3. AhoooooooooooooooooooooooooooYEAH!

    And AMEN to the glorious piece at the top of this post!

    And also a glittery YES to the mermaid on your sidebar. So beautiful!

  4. Thank you Peg! I appreciate your cheers!

  5. Hallelujah for reflecting on our actions and way of being in this world! Hallelujah for families and their legacies! Hallelujah for BEING HUMAN!…. And I say AMEN to that! I love all your artwork that accompanies this blog…. the very first image has been humming to me from the moment I laid eyes on it. Marvelous

  6. Corinne I relish your compliments regarding my art! THANK YOU!