I believe in Sacred Folly. What is Sacred Folly?

Sacred Folly is the power to: dream, love, create, relate, connect, laugh, eat, sing, dance, make music, make love, embrace, kiss, share, play, make magic, write, paint, sleep.

Sacred Folly is the power of: bicycles, books, art, music, compassion, self-acceptance, love, joy, vulnerability, food, gardens, nature, culture, community, sustainability, and daydreams.

Sacred Folly is the willingness to act for what is good and beautiful and true.

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places (and there are so many) where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.” -Howard Zinn, patriot, historian, and author

Cosmic Holly Who? 

My name is Holly Troy. I’m a rock-n-roller poet who left the Big Apple for the Big Sky Desert where I’ve been letting it be and grooving with universal love, singing to the gods, dancing with the muses and bicycling with dreamtime Walkin' In Flagstaff (c) 2014 Holly Troymessengers. I like altering my reality through imagination, movement, and breath — and I help others do the same through yoga and the workshop Writing the Energetic Body, a practice of “exploring writing through the lens of the chakra system.” I am a certified yoga instructor through the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center and hold a BA in Art and Creative Writing from Hunter College. My work has been published in Cosmopolitan Magazine, Night Train, Earth’s Daughters, Elephant Journal, Creative Essence Magazine, and as a featured guest poet for bentlily.com. Oh yeah, I’m a musician, painter and printmaker, too.

I believe creativity, love, kindness, radical authenticity, and self-care are imperative for a just and sustainable world.

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Artist Statement

My work is a physical response to my relationship with Nature and how I move through it. I’m not satisfied with skittering along the surface, with looking at the world from a distance—I have to dive in, get dirty. Whether I’m mountain biking, meditating, teaching, writing or painting, I explore the edges, the places of shift and change, where the thin quiver of constant movement along boundaries is almost unseen. Pushing the edge requires being in the moment; it can be prickly, sharp, and jagged—it can also be fun, expansive, and sublime. My work often begins as a meditation in agitation. Pressing the surface of discomfort, moving with the medium, creates a shift. The result is playful and raw. I know a piece is done when I step back and find myself dancing.

For a full list of the work I do, check out my CV.