To R- for setting me on the path to begin the journey to self awareness through the practice of yoga and for getting me out of doors just to be alive to the beauty around me.
Walking and Hiking get me closer to nature and i find inspiration and solace there. My heart fills with gratitude.
The practice of yoga is gradually giving me freedom to once again move from a secure center both physically and mentally. This journey now begun will never end. I know there will be interruptions and set backs but i will always be grateful for the gift.
-And for reconnecting me to my family in a positive way. One which allows me to return to these stories from my childhood with fond memories-
Maybe I’ll even paint that wave-
For now I am listening to and loving some piano music (Rachmaninoff’s 1st piano concerto) and accepting who i am.
I haven’t been able to photograph my painting lately so in place of a painting I’ll share my favorite sayings from my much loved but inexpensive Yoga mat. After all Magic is where you find it! Here are the words on my mat:
“Yoga is the journey to self”
Find a reason to smile
Quiet your mind
Act without expectation
Talk less say more
Continue to learn
Fear less hope more
Play with abandon
Be present every day
Open mind-open heart
I’m home now from a 3 hour session in figure drawing at the art barn-the first in many weeks. While there i was disappointed not to find any photographs by my favorite artist hung in the new exhibit. -One could become depressed in this “Awareness vacuum”-
Tomorrow when there is some light I might try to take a photo of what I’ve done picture-wise. And best of all once the work is matted for the show I can go back to Painting without expectation. Now won’t that be nice! Perhaps I’ll just experiment with color for a while or paint what i see on my walk or outside my window. Thank you Debi and Shari!
To be human is to share and to support the creative spirit which springs from love.
The flame of compassionate creativity exists within each of us and once lit may need careful shielding to prevent its being blown out by the disappointments and vicissitudes of life. Sometimes the only protection comes from some hidden source of strength within. I am humbled with gratitude for having that wave of strength wash over me whatever its source may be.
. “I live each day wondering how I will get through it and then I remember that you would want me to-“Life with purpose merits exploring, especially after a significant loss. Purpose is the seat of the soul….”-from “A Beautiful Mind”
Today I will do a personal yoga practice and continue on the painting I started for our show. Others will follow their own paths for “we each must go our way to greet the New Day”.
And, I shall be eager to know if Shari manages to draw 20 different people, if Carsten manages to paint again during night shift or if Carol or Debi have another w/c challenge to share, if Mer manages a good day, if Barbara finds time to paint, and how you have done as well. There are so many wonderful people-more than I can name here, more than I can ever know and all cradling the flame of creative humanity within themselves and sharing it with others.
Today is a special one for me; today my son, our son, is 39 years old. On vacation in Arizona with his little family of three he is celebrating being the father of two little girls, the husband of one wonderful woman, a productive member of the engineering group he is working for, and the happy associations he has kept from his former career as a professional world-class ballet dancer. Am i happy for him-you bet!
but life is a twinkling, a rare and fine thing. So today, my friends, what will you do to keep it aloft and moving softly and well?
I am off for my morning walk, then Yoga class, and at last more painting-waves again today.I’ll post again this evening. the flood gates of thought are open and i promise a watercolor study or two.
It’s a beautiful day. I’m thinking of you and i send a prayer out that your day will be fulfilling and creative.
It has been raining poems here but they are much too personal to share besides this blog is supposed to be about watercolor and I am still struggling with trees! I’ll practice YES (yoga, exercise, and sketching) this morning then lose myself in the basement working with clay this afternoon
Come back, Come home. I’m gathering the crumbs and stones. Been traveling faster than my soul can go….I can’t seem to get grounded but its time to move on, to work on something different. Oh it’s exciting and fun but just now i feel like Carrie Newcomer in her song, “The Speed of Soul”-
One subject line, one click away,
But at the end of day,
i couldn’t even say,
The things that i had done.
So i spent the morning sweeping floors,
i don’t want much more,
Then to do just one thing at a time,
And call it mine.
Come back, Come home. I’m gathering the crumbs and stones. Been traveling faster than my soul can go.
i am still trying to practice YES (Yoga, exercise, and sketching)These are from yesterday though and tomorrow takes us up to Vermont so…Who knows maybe i can carry YES within me?
Our lives are so fragmented, so torn by hopes and dreams and unfinished business it is hard to stay centered and be deliberate. i am grateful if i can maintain that attitude for any length of time but i keep trying.
When I parked at the gym for yoga practice I admired a beautiful young con-color planted on the edge of the parking lot and determined to sketch it when class was over. As I began to paint, it started to snow, and the snow to accumulate rapidly on the roads. I hurried through the sketch and wondered how does one do falling snow????
So with hope and dreams safely in your pockets go look at the view-where ever you are-and maybe sketch it. There are worse things to do.
So today I bought a Day-Minder for 2017: I guess that means I intend to keep on trying.
Everyone makes New Years resolutions even when they claim they won’t and I am no exception; I will title mine “YES” for moving forward one day at a time into the New Year. “Y” is for Yoga practice, “E” is for exercise of all kinds, social and solitary, “S” is for sketching. And here is today’s sketch-
Not Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin but the best i can do.
I make no promises except to try, and to be mindful, and kind.