Sunday, July 31, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
We continue to juggle our cluster of family birthdays, so for a few days we'll move the celebration east to the Thousand Islands where old friends and more family await.
As the Civic Holiday and long weekend begin, take a deep breath and find a mantra that will help you go the distance..... try Patience..... and Lovingkindness.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
In fairness to the hundreds of artists and attendees at this event, all works are priced at an affordable $200. There is also significance to the red circle known here as an 'enso' for it's continuous brush stroke to form the shape. In Zen and Buddhist traditions, it symbolizes the interconnectedness of all life. I like to think of the concept of each one of us connecting or tapping into universal knowledge and wisdom... infinite potential if you will. Namaste.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
This piece features the quintessential african acacia tree photographed by my son-in-law, Mike Haines. Check out his amazing website and safari travel business for the trip and photographs of a lifetime.
Namaste today and always.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
The good news about all this hot weather is my art-making productivity.
Several new collages are almost ready for their photo shoot and big reveal.
Happy Sunday one and all!
Saturday, July 23, 2011
We will simply remind ourselves of the loving kindness meditation:
"May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be free from suffering."
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Beautiful Beckerman twins Sam and Caillianne on either side of my beauty, Danielle!
The annual Best Friend Bonanza of Summer Birthdays is now in full swing.
Celebrating with friends and family helps take our minds off the searing temperatures outside. Tomorrow promises to feel like a triple digit
scorcher...... O M mm.....
Stay CALM, Stay COOL.
Friday, July 15, 2011
He favours alternate nostril breathing, and a separate but short meditation that goes something like this:
Sit tall, palms open, eyes closed. With an effort to take full breaths, bring your attention into your heart, and gratitude into your thoughts. Stay in your heart as you ask yourself.....
"Who am I?"
"What do I want?"
"What is my purpose?"
"What really makes me happy?"
There should be no expectation of the answers to these questions. They are only meant to stimulate the part of our brains responsible for coherence.
"The neurons that fire together, wire together."
In making a practice of this, we are taking steps to reverse the chemistry that results from stress and exhausts the adrenals and central nervous system while compromising our health and longevity. Hmmmm. I'm exhausted just thinking and writing about all the damage I've already done. Time to meditate...... O M mmmmm.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
As an early adaptor to Chopra's many messages over the past 20 years, I'm particularly drawn to his brand of science/spirituality. Whether talking about quantum physics or love, he makes sense out of life's biggest questions.
Yesterday's message talked about the bio-chemistry of stress and the neuro science behind meditation. He's convinced that a daily practice of just 5 - 10 minutes a day can do everything from help you lose weight to increasing your longevity. Again.... I'm in! My goal is to share his guided visualization with you over the course of a few posts. To be continued..... thanks for checking in today. Tomorrow we will meditate together. Namaste.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Now if I could just get my brain to force daily art play on my schedule the same way that exercise has been programmed into my DNA. I'm working on it. Have a playful summer day my lovelies.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
As for these lame photos? Stepped into the laneway while visiting an old friend at Legends of the Game, and there he was.... made my day!
Friday, July 8, 2011
"The time has come to make up your mind about what you are going to do with the rest of your life. You may have many years ahead of you yet but you need to focus. What moves you the most? Make it your Holy Grail."
As you begin the weekend, and on another level- the rest of your life....
be kind, be true, be you - to you.....
the rest will get it when they are ready.
Patience is a virtue. Cheers loves.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
"There is always more brass than brains in an
"Life is much too important a thing ever to talk
seriously about it."
"The proper school to learn art is not Life, but Art."
It's the 'bad art' quote that fit my feelings about this bad art rescue from an old sketch book I rediscovered after at least 20 years. The challenge is always to breathe new life into an old watercolour with even older photograph silhouettes and postage stamps.
The good news is that 12 new canvases are under way. Namaste.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
You, my blogging buddies, have warmed my heart with your kind words. I am truly grateful for every time you have taken the time to share your wisdom and your comments.
Muchas Gracias amigas and amigos. Te amo.
Friday, July 1, 2011
While so many have fled the city for cottage country, there's a wonderful calm about the town on a holiday like this one. Throw in the picture perfect weather and it really doesn't matter where you are - all the cliches come to mind. I shall spare you and wish you and yours more days like today. Cheers!