Take a moment and take a deep breath….. Om
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It may come as a surprise to some of my readers and followers, but I have a rebellious streak in me that made me a less than ideal student, a problem daughter and ex-wife to 3 men. I’ve never liked being told what I should do or how I should act. I am a rule breaker and an outspoken independent woman. My mother would often scold calling me a little brat. Her favorite line was, “That mouth of yours is going to get you into real trouble someday.” I suppose she was right in that I have found myself in many uncomfortable situations over the years by words I’ve said. After my first meeting with my now Mother-In-Law she told my husband, “Wow, she will say anything.” But that openness is also my “saving grace”. It enabled me to stand up to an abuser declaring enough was enough. I exposed everything without leaving off details and was able to heal. It is also what has allowed me to be a “real” mom to my own child. She was never confused about where babies came from or whether or not Santa was real. This same freedom of thought and voice is also what gives me the ability to create artwork without following set guidelines. Because I do not limit myself in any way, I am able to paint with acrylics, take photographs or use my computer to produce artwork.
What is your “saving grace”? It just might be something that you were told was “bad” about you, but in reality turns out to be something so very “good”.
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For over 18 years now I have had the great blessing to learn the lessons that only chronic vertigo can teach. Specifically mine are migraine associated vertigo or MAV. Actual headaches are rare at only one or two per month and they are controlled well holistically. But the vertigo is insidious and comes and goes. Mostly it comes with weather fronts and hormonal changes, but can show up at any time. One of the things I have learned is that keeping my life as balanced and centered as possible is critical. When I get the false sensations I know it is a good time to do some Yoga poses and reflect on where there is imbalance. Once I hone in on it I can make adjustments to get me back to a place of peace. Often it is overwork that causes me to slow down and tweak my daily routines. I find the simple poses like the lotus work best for me to calm down my spirit and help me to get centered again.
Today’s offering from my “Transforming Energy” series reflects this sense of peace I gain during Yoga.
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Ask most people if they are honest and they will say “yes” with absolute conviction. We as a people like to think that we have integrity and morals. In the larger picture, that may be true. After all the majority of the population obey the rules and stay out of jail. We work hard and raise our children to be upstanding citizens. We pay our taxes. We live an honorable life.
But the truth is (pun intended) that we tell “little” lies all of the time. We convince our little ones that there is this person called Santa Claus. We tell our friends we have other plans when we just do not feel like going out to dinner with them. We call in sick to work when what we really want is a day off. And we tell our mate we had a salad for lunch when we really had a cheeseburger in order to avoid conflict. And one of the biggest lies we all tell is that we are “fine” when someone asks how we are doing when we really feel horrible. In fact, we are a lying culture because it is much more acceptable to be polite than sincere.
Where am I going with all of this? I honestly do not know, except to explore just how complex our ethics really are. We are taught that lying is wrong, but we are also taught that you shouldn’t hurt people. The truth hurts sometimes….so we avoid it. Because the lesser of two evils is to spare someone’s feelings. Or is it to spare our own? Conflict avoidance seems to be one of the biggest triggers for dishonesty.
In my own life, I try to avoid doing things that I would need to lie about to the people I love. My child was also never subjected to the “stork” and Santa Claus was “The Christmas Spirit”. But am I 100% honest?
My newest piece above titled “Honesty” is. 🙂
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I’ve always had a thing for circles. Every since I can remember, I would collect round pretty things. I would constantly draw them. I would intersect, separate or make a mosaic. And as a career artists much of my work features circles and spirals. To me they symbolize the continuity of all that the Universe entails. Everything is connected and returns to the starting point. For some reason lately, I have been seeing these beautiful mandalas everywhere. It’s as if they were calling to me to create some. I found some youtube videos showing how to make them with Photoshop but my brain just tuned out, but I did grab a few things from them….enough to figure it out myself by experimenting. Here are my first mandalas…..I was surprised by their striking beauty. I hope you like them too!
You can learn more about these sacred symbols here:
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I am back to The Looking Glass today….gazing in to see what I can see. This piece titled “Soul Star” has a simple soothing feel to me. I see a soul opening up…..a new star…..What do you see?
I am working hard this week getting ready for some much needed time off from work. 🙂 Thank you to all of my followers and fans for your continued support!
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The word Namaste is an ancient Sanskrit greeting meaning, “The Spirit within me salutes the Spirit in you” – a knowing that we are all made from the same One Divine Consciousness. For me it means “Letting Go”. Recently I have been struggling with the betrayal of a friend. Years of trust were lost when they allowed their jealousy and inner bitterness to dominate their thinking. I have had to overcome a lot of suffering in my lifetime from sexual abuse to the suicide of a parent, so I am no stranger to forgiveness and letting go. But for some reason this one person and the actions they chose really got to me. In the scheme of things he and our falling out are seemingly insignificant. But in this morning’s meditation, I have discovered the importance of this life event. I have been having negative feelings toward him which is not my usual state. I have wanted him to fail. I have wanted him to be ashamed of his actions. These thoughts and feelings do not serve me. So today I have decided that I will start practicing Namaste. I know this person looks at my blog daily and from now on when I see they have I will be sending them a blessing. A blessing for happiness, health and success in their art career. I will visualize them doing well and having a beautiful life. I will affirm that every painting they create will sell and sell well. I will affirm that they will find within themselves what I have found already. I will love them in spirit. Namaste “Craig”…..Namaste……
One of today’s new pieces titled “Namaste” can be found here:
Also NEW today is “The Great Spirit”….
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This piece intrigued me from the moment I fused the acrylic images together. I saw a sleeping moose and a cow with her eyes closed immediately. But I struggled for a name and I was stuck. I posted the image on my Facebook fan page to see what others might see in the work. The response was phenomenal! So many got involved and had ideas and saw things I never considered. Ultimately one of my fans saw a beast at the top and a beauty beneath and once I saw those images, that made the title he chose perfect….”Beauty And The Beast”…..so much to see.
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Also NEW today…..”Mother Nature”:
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I first got interested in Yoga about 15 years ago when I was suffering from vertigo as a result of postpartum thyroiditis. It was pretty bad and the medical community had nothing to offer me other than physical therapy to recover my balance. Rather than spend an hour a week in a clinical setting, I chose yoga. It was very challenging at first because I fell a lot, but a wonderful teacher at The Treehouse Yogo Studio was patient and kind. She helped me reposition myself when I faltered. After awhile, I got much better at it. Then it became second nature as the moves flowed fluidly through my body. The vertigo no longer had control. I still practice some of the postures I learned every day. It is better than any medicine.
In this piece titled “Om – Red Meditation” I see a beautiful princess in the most basic yoga meditation pose. I also see angels and guardians and a bit of Buddha. I hope you enjoy her too:
Also today as part of my Looking Glass Series, I offer you “Soul Symphony” which is a piece to revive the senses and make you “feel” the vibration of the Universe. Enjoy!