Deep in the heart of the Black Dirt Lotus (there’s a Jewel).

Via Michelle Dawson
on May 11, 2012
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Beyond ideas of Wrongdoing and Rightdoing

there’s a field…


where you and I can meet.


When the soul lies down in that grass,


the world is too complete to talk about.


“Ideas, language, and even the phrase ‘each other’ don’t make any sense.”



It was cold and dreary on the black dirt field when Robert Sturman came to town. The molten black earth was weepy, but never fully turned to mud. I told Robert that I was concerned about the amount of physical darkness we were working with and he replied with a perfect metaphor:

“There is a lot of darkness but it isn’t the kind of darkness we need to resist or be frightened by. It’s the beautiful kind of darkness that keeps the heart connected with the broken heart of the world.”

So I must leave you with this mantra:

Fear not the tricky landscape of your giant heart.
There will always be darkness, and we are all here to heal and break and heal again.
Continue to seek the jewel in your Black Dirt, lotus heart.

Enjoy the Alchemy.

I love you.


the Black Dirt Goddess


Editor: Andrea B.


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About Michelle Dawson

Michelle Dawson is a prolific Body Artist who hails from the Black Dirt region of Upstate NY. She combines the ancient arts of Henna and Yoga as a means of reaching the sacred poise of Body and Mind. Referring to her craft as Body Art by Michelle, she owns and operates a Yoga studio in Chester, NY. Her self-appointed title is Black Dirt Goddess and her goal is to deliver Art to Asana and return Asana to the Arts. She lives by a mantra from Rainer Marie Rilke: "No Great art has ever been created without the artist having known some real danger." Michelle can be found adorning appendages anywhere from NYC streets to Holy festivities in grandiose temples: she believes that every body was created for the satiation of the Artist.


12 Responses to “Deep in the heart of the Black Dirt Lotus (there’s a Jewel).”

  1. Wow. Love this. Thanks to both.


  2. sara says:

    Pure beauty. Thanks.

  3. Eric says:

    I have to agree with Bob and Sara: LOVE the Rumi, the photos, and Robert's quote on darkness.
    THANK YOU!! 🙂

  4. ValCarruthers says:

    Gorgeous. One of your and Robert's best ever productions.

  5. Sharon Marie says:

    heart this. beautiful.

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  7. Black Dirt Goddess says:

    thank you, its actually a collaboration of work <3

  8. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    This is GORGEOUS! Thank you so much! xoxo

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    Just intro'd on Facebook in:
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