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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Homeward Bound

Our four flat house guests are excited about their upcoming plane ride tomorrow back to the city of Toronto, where they will then be reunited with their creators and original caregivers. We agreed to billet these flat people for our last week in sunny southwest Florida, so they could enjoy a little beach and pool time and learn about the exotic vegetation around the wildlife sanctuary in which we live. Thanks to my super creative friend and school teacher, Martha Brown, we have enjoyed hosting the kids and showing them the sights. For now, and until we all get settled, enjoy the weekend and your preparations for Easter.





Thursday, March 29, 2012

Vintage Thursday

Audrey Hepburn's playful spirit on the golf course would be a welcome relief from a game that regularly kicks my butt. My secret to remaining light hearted out there is to play as little as possible. As another wonderful winter in sunny Florida draws to a close, I can once again say that I have succeeded at playing very little golf, and thereby continue to LOVE the game. There's really nothing better than a sunset outing to the golf course and no more than 4 - 5 holes before the celebratory drink in the bar. Cheers dears.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Buddha Love

First things first .......  the beautiful Buddha I posted last Tuesday - the one with a flower/spoon= floon for an ear was not sent from Thailand. My other travelling buddy, Jane Marra sent it -along with today's beauty - from Laos. While boating down the Mekong River, the boat was docked so that the passengers could visit the thousands of Buddhas that remain in caves found up in the hills. I'm so grateful  to be able to share these exquisite and meaningful sculptures.

Namaste friends.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Silent Sunday

Eckhart Tolle, as one of the most respected authors and spiritual leaders of today, has found purpose in helping others find theirs. His books offer skills and practices that ground the human spirit and bring balance within. It is his belief that each individual can help in restoring global balance and thus create a more harmonious world through a new collective consciousness.
He elaborates on the idea of creating space in the mind where overthinking and doing are suspended. He calls this state 'dynamic rest'. It is a dimension of the 'formless', traditionally called 'spirit'. Tolle elaborates by saying "you can find something that is already within you that is far greater than the conditioned self." Many describe a serene sense of Presence in this state.
As I said on Thursday, there just isn't a wrong way to do this, so we need not be intimidated by our own lazy efforts at meditation. It's whatever we can do easily and willingly that gives us that peaceful background in which to carry on with our activities. If we remain open to rescuing ourselves when we begin to unravel, we can be our own salvation. We are, after all, responsible for our own inner balance.  Namaste dear ones.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Mindful Moments and Meditation

This structure is a stupa - similar to a temple - only smaller and more informal. This is a daily scene in Thailand, where folks come and go throughout the day to find a mindful moment of meditation.  The entire culture is conditioned to make time to create space in their minds by suspending activity to enjoy the moment. There's no wrong way to achieve this ...... from sipping your tea slowly to taking a few deep breaths, find the ritual that helps you let go of tension the simple and natural way.  Namaste.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tuesday's Thai Buddha

Today's blessed Buddha was discovered during a renovation in one of the many temples in Thailand. Thank you George, my trusted traveller friend who continues to share photos and stories of his journey.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Gospel according to Silent Sunday

This is some awesome gospel music and  the coolest Thai guitar/banjo instrument/ carving you'll ever see and hear. The giant serpent design represents 'Naga' - the great river snake thought to have protected Buddha Siddhartha. Thanks to my friend George for passing this one along.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Oh Happy Day!

Top of the day all lads and lassies! For the love of the Irish, go green and get your happy on!
Cheers dears. xo

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Sketchbook Thursday





.... and this is how a master watercolour/sketch travelling journalist fills the pages of a journal. Diana Gessler gave the recent workshop I attended on 'The Art of Illustrated Travel Journaling.' She has also done some great tutorials on you-tube, so be sure to visit her website.www.dianagessler.com

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tuesday's Thai Buddha

This beautiful weathered Buddha adorns one of the oldest temples (wats) - Chedi Luang. It is just yards away from the River Khong and is surrounded by brick ruins that date back to 1292 AD. My friend George mentioned a theravedic influence when he referred to this Lanna style Buddha. Maybe these references are not lost on those who have actually visited some of these wonderful sights. As for me, I'm a self confessed Buddha-holic. I adore these iconic and sacred statues, and I'm passionate about what they represent.
Namaste friends.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Monday's Mantra

"We are the world." Give yourself three minutes to find out more about today's mantra...

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Silent Sunday

Albert Einstein wrote, "A human being is part of a whole, called by us 'universe,' a part limited by time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us ...... our task must be to free ourselves from this prison."

Where Einstein and this quote leave off, the rest of us are left to ponder, and in some cases, seek answers to the meaning of our existence. The possibilities are countless, and while formal religions have guided the masses through the ages, many of us seek a non denominational guide to spirituality. Perhaps my dogma ran over my karma in a past life because all I'm looking for is a few insights and a gentle nudge in the direction of my purpose. This is when the right books start falling into my lap, and the people I meet align with the intentions I hold dear. Today's recommended reading comes in the form of a handy publication called Science of Mind. It's founder, Ernest Holmes offers a philosophy and a way of life that encourages awareness and understanding of metaphysical laws along with heartwarming spiritual insight.

Namaste dear ones.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Weekend Workshop

 It was a few weekends ago now, but I got out the watercolour paints for the first time in 30 years, and attended a journalling workshop. Our esteemed leader and published author, Diana Gessler packed a lot of  content and useful tips into our 'on location' sketch and paint sessions. Whatever was unsuccessful got covered up with a big sticker or photograph. The colourful blobs at the bottom are supposed to be kayaks - all of which were for rent at Riverside Park. As you can see, the drawing and perspective skills are seriously lacking, but there was no shortage of challenge.
Wishing all a creative moment or two this weekend.






Thursday, March 8, 2012

Thursday's Thought

"What you seek is seeking you."  Rumi
  Your life can be more effortless than you may have thought.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tuesday From Thailand

This replica of Thailand's famous emerald Buddha is situated outside the city of Chiang Mai in Chiang Mai province. I believe that my travelling friend, George Mahaffey said that this very important temple is in Doisuthep. I know he'll forgive me if I get a little confused in noting the details which include the names of places I can't pronounce. I am indebted to him for the time he takes to photograph and send me these magnificent and spiritual iconic sculptures.
Namaste friends.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Silent Sunday

"What we speak becomes the house we live in."
Hafiz was a Persian sage whose words - though written centuries ago, carry great relevance today. I too believe that our words, thoughts and beliefs impact our actions and thereby, our reality. I am often left to ponder however, the role that intention plays in all of the above. I do believe the occasional renovation or spring cleaning in said 'house' would inject just enough grace and goodness to transform one's house into a home. Namaste friends.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Best of .....

When I went to post yesterday, a few of these shots had slipped away into the ether. In fact, the 'best of' disappeared again! What up with that? Instead, we're stuck with a big smirk on my face, but happily the rest of my peeps have their beautiful faces in order.
May your weekend bring a smile to your face and heart.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Blessings and Besties




Believe me when I say that this just never gets old .... and what a blessing it is to know that I have these beauties and besties to grow old with ..... I know ......with whom I get to...... I just can't type that last part
yet again. At least I'll be in the best of company! Cheers dears.