Is Within. Lotus flower art with the inspirational words of Rainer Maria Rilke .
affirmations, beauty, calming, colorful.water lily, Day, day spa, faith, floral, flower garden, flowers, lotus, massage, meditation, miracles, natural, nature, ordinary miracles, pink flower, pink lotus, poem, poet, poetic, poetry, pond, salon, salons, soothing, spa, spas, vibrant, zen, zen flower
Millions of seconds pass unnoticed
Boring and unremarkable
Life’s time clock
But one second can change everything
And everything is different
Just that one moment
Creates a cascade of transformation
An ordinary miracle.
art career, asian, asian theme, botanical, botanical art, botanical photos, botanical prints, career success, Family, floral, flower, flower art, flower photography, flower photos, flowers, happiness, koi pond, lily pads, lotus, lotus flower, love, meditation, mom, mother's day, mothering, pond, relationships, sharon cummings, spring, success, successful art business, successful career, yellow flower, yoga, zen
What makes a person successful in this life? Is it dying with a big ol’ pile of money? Is it having the most friends? Is it the big house and fancy car? Is it being recognized by others for your achievements? Is it being pretty and well liked? Is it bagging a perfect spouse? Getting that kid into Harvard?
Over the years I have dramatically redefined my perspective on personal success. Everyone has their own criteria, but for me it has nothing to do with any of the above. I have come to realize that true success has little to do with worldly achievements and everything to do with the inner peace that comes from not needing them.
Am I a successful artist? Absolutely. I am not getting rich off of my creativity, but I am earning a living. If my spouse died, I could support myself entirely on my income. I only have to work a few days a week now thanks to years of time investment. I make money while I sleep and on the days I do not work too. In my own mind, that is success. I ignored those that said I couldn’t do it and I worked hard to achieve my goals.
Am I a successful Mom? You bet. I turned away from my abusive upbringing and defied the odds. I did not perpetuate the abuse and I’ve helped my autistic daughter find her own voice. I have supported her every step of the way and encouraged her to love herself just the way she is. I did not teach hate or prejudice and as a result she has friends of all races, religions and sexual orientations. She is now enrolled in college and doing all of the things normal folks do. She didn’t go for an Ivy League school, but one that fit her goals. She didn’t win a bunch of awards or get a perfect SAT score. But she is happy. To me this is one of my greatest achievements and I feel pretty successful as a parent.
Lastly, am I successful overall? The are so many ways to achieve success: Relationships, Job, Health, Family, Hobbies, Fitness, etc. The simple answer for me is: Yes. The detailed answer would be far too long to expect the average blog reader to get through. I am at a point in my life that I no longer concern myself with how others view me. I am satisfied and happy with who I am and all I’ve done. In the end, that is all that matters. So, yes, I am truly successful.
Do you see yourself as a success?
abstract, art, art for sale, art prints, balanced, bands, buy art, canvas, center, circles, contemporary, cool, energy, lavender, lotus, meditate, meditation, modern, neuropathy, painting, perfect, pink, purple, purple abstract, purple abstract art, purple and yellow, purple painting, purple print, rebuilder, ring, rings, sharon cummings, the rebuilder, transcendental meditation, vibration, vibrational, vibrations, wall art, yoga
I am talking about MEDITATION. Can you meditate? For years I tried to bring this practice into my life. After all, I am a type A personality. And I am not talking an A- either. I excel at motivation and drive. I do not stop until I get the job done kinda gal. I always knew it would be good for me to learn how to mentally “check out” and just “be. I just did not know how to accomplish it. I read books, watched videos and listened to tapes. But I just could not relax and I certainly could not just observe my thoughts and let them pass through like leaves in the wind without attaching myself to them. It was frustrating which did not help me feel better. In fact, it did the opposite. Every time I’d try and fail I would feel like something was wrong with me. Until…..
About 7 years ago I developed some peripheral neuropathy as a result of a stomach virus. They call that side effect Guillain-Barré Syndrome and I was lucky that mine was mild. Some people end up on life support for awhile and others die. I just had pins and needles in my hands and feet. I got off easy. Anyway, in a quest to get relief from this annoying buzzing in my extremities, I happened upon a device called a “Rebuilder” which was being used to treat diabetic neuropathy with great success. It was FDA approved and insurance would cover it if there was a medical need. Sign me up!
I ordered and received my equipment which consisted of a small rectangular box with 2 dials and electrodes that you attach to the bottom of your feet and palms of your hands. I am not too keen on electricity passing through my body, but I gave it a go. It felt kind of strange…like tickling but I tolerated it well. Once I got used to my 30 minutes a day I started to realize something. When I used it, I could mentally “check out” and not focus on my thoughts. I did not fall asleep. In fact, I’ve tried it for insomnia and it never works. Instead it puts me into a deep relaxation where my brain can take a breather. When I snap out of it. And that is what I do…after about 15 minutes of relaxation I snap up and feel so refreshed it is amazing.
It did heal my neuropathy over time, but it gave me so much more. The ability to relax and finally…..meditate!
12 step, aa, alcoholics anonymous, art, beach sunset, buy, courage, for sale, get, get well, god, healing, health, inspirational, lotus, lotus flower, motivational, niebuhr, online, orange sunset, paintings, peace, poem, poet, poetry, prayer, prints, reinhold, reinhold niebuhr, serenity, serenity prayer, sharon cummings, strength, sun, sunset, sunsets, sunshine, twelve step, understanding, warm sunset, well, wisdom, yoga, zen
I have a lot of artwork stored in my computer. I’ve listed some pieces, only to take them down later due to lack of interest. But what I have found is that I can continue to work with a piece at a later date to create something entirely new and fresh that DOES get a lot of attention! This is a very new process for me. In the past, when I was done, I was done. I never went back to an old piece to rework it. I think that the digital age has really helped me over this hump. Out with the old and in with the new!
I have been so busy lately with painting commissions and creating new work that I have neglected my photography. I always have my trusty Canon PowerShot with me everywhere I go (I am on my 5th one as I buy new models as they come out!). Snapping anything that catches my eye and delighting in the journey. Combing through the masses of photos, I found this gem the other day. I remember the day very well. I was on vacation with my husband and we stopped at an outlet mall. The buildings were typical and a bit run down. It was an older mall, but there was a store my husband wanted to go into. The weather was perfect so I decided to wait outside for him to do his shopping. I found this lovely little koi pond in the middle of the dirty grounds. I marveled at the fish and their fluid like movement when I spotted a lone lotus. A beacon of beauty…
Learn more here: