Beatha – Gaelic for Life

I was invited last January to participate in the Bhavana Project for a second time and immediately agreed. Each participant is invited to embellish a prayer flag that is part of a series of flags, building upon the Tibetan tradition of hanging a set of flags to blow in the wind, spreading good energy. About a week ago, I received an note from Linda Miller, who organized the project, to ask if I was ready to contribute. It was fortuitous timing in my hectic schedule.

I sat in meditation near the site of our new home in Washington state listening for inspiration. Soon I had sketched the basic design for my offering.


Beatha is gaelic for ‘life’ or ‘that which sustains’. Gazing out over our forest, I felt sustained. And, unless we sustain our forests, life on this planet, as we know it, will cease to exist. So, as my flag flows in the breeze, I trust that it will send out good wishes for all to sustain our planet.

It gives me great joy that it has joined Linda’s beautiful flag in this gathering of good wishes. I look forward to see the flags that will follow!


I am linking this post, as usual, to Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Friday blog. Please check out what other artists are working on.

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  1. Oh my gosh Judy…..we must have been channeling…….I used a similar pine tree motif in my newest wall piece…..shown on Nina’s link up…..amazing!!!! What a great contribution to the overall project you’ve made!!!

  2. don’t you just love flags? There is something mesmerising about them I think…..

  3. It is a beauty… thanks for your wonderful contribution!

  4. The hand stitching on the flag gives it extra soul.

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