Sunday, November 20, 2016

Adventure 10- Mindfulness

 My 10th adventure proposal came like this:
Dear Ellen, So here's my suggested adventure. When I read your request for adventures, I immediately envisioned a far away place or a secret destination. 
But the more I thought about it, the more I recognized that no matter where you go...there YOU are. 
It was something that a friend once shared with me. 
So when I reconsidered this request again, I went inward. 
 I suggest with each of your adventures, you immerse yourself introspectively. 
Find the meaning of life and peace through mindful activities. 
Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present.
 When you are mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. 
Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience. Steps toward mindfulness. Learn how to meditate; take yoga class; or elicit the knowledge of Thierry by convening a group of ladies (me included, of course) to host a Wellness weekend Retreat.. learn more about energy and meditation. Consider this as you begin of your 50th birthday celebration year. Thank you for considering my suggestion. Mindfully yours,C.
So last weekend during the strongest phasing of the super moon, 
I went to a yoga workshop led by a friend.
 
Everything about this workshop spoke of me...
The theme of Harvesting the Season...
the energies brought by all the watery planets' activities...
the moon's entrance into Taurus
bringing illumination and a calming effect,
and clarity and closure to questions.

But most importantly, bringing to me the importance of life...
Family and dear friends.
 Eerily all of these hit my being..
So strong that despite all the opposing powers,
I felt only serenity.
 
A deep calm that shows me the beauty
and endless abundance of my many blessings.

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I thank you C, for this beautiful adventure proposal...
and am glad that I was able to share with you a small part of the weekend.

...and most of all to all my beautiful friends...
brothers and sisters of my universe
that made this adventure possible.

Thank you to Desilio and Szbadi yoga for the Harvest the Season retreat pictures.



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Friday, November 11, 2016

Love and Passion

Just completed another wedding bouquet.
Here's the inspiration picture I was sent.

Can't wait to share my interpretation of it with you!
It turned out so well!
I hope they like it!
Stay tuned for the wedding pics soon!

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Sweet Lemonade


Whoever said that life only gave you lemons when times are bad is wrong!

As a matter of fact, it is when life is sweetest that life gives you the most...


Everything is a balance and the universe always tries to keep you centered.
There will always be both good and bad.

So when your boughs start to get heavy,
harvest the fruits!!

Because what you thought would be sour lemonade
would actually be the sweetest!!

Thanking the heavens for my blessings.  
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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Painting #5 Mountain View

Climb mountains not so that the world can see you,
But so that you can see the world.
(simpledailychange.com)


Acrylic on canvas
8x10


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Sunday, September 18, 2016

"My Strength is Trust"

“For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfill themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves. Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. 

When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun,
 one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk:
in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness,
all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written,
the narrow years and the luxurious years,
the attacks withstood, the storms endured.
And every young farm boy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings,
that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible,
the strongest, the ideal trees grow.


Trees are sanctuaries. 
Whoever knows how to speak to them,
whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth.
They do not preach learning and precepts, 
they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.

A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought,
 I am life from eternal life.
The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, 
unique the form and veins of my skin, 
unique the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark.
 I was made to form and reveal the eternal in my smallest special detail.
A tree says: My strength is trust. 
I know nothing about my fathers,
 I know nothing about the thousand children that every year spring out of me. 
I live out the secret of my seed to the very end, and I care for nothing else. 
I trust that God is in me. I trust that my labor is holy.
 Out of this trust I live.

When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer,
 then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me! 
Life is not easy, life is not difficult. 
Those are childish thoughts. 
Let God speak within you, and your thoughts will grow silent. 
You are anxious because your path leads away from mother and home. 
But every step and every day lead you back again to the mother. 
 Home is neither here nor there. 
Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all.

A longing to wander tears my heart when I hear trees rustling in the wind at evening. 
If one listens to them silently for a long time, this longing reveals its kernel, its meaning.
 It is not so much a matter of escaping from one's suffering, though it may seem to be so. 
It is a longing for home, for a memory of the mother, for new metaphors for life.
 It leads home. 
Every path leads homeward, every step is birth, every step is death, every grave is mother.

So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: 
Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. 
They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them. 
But when we have learned how to listen to trees, 
then the brevity and the quickness 
and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. 
Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. 
He wants to be nothing except what he is. 
That is home. 
That is happiness.”

Baume, Betrachtungen und Gedichte by Herman Hesse

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Live Life Happy

Life is just like painting.
Draw the lines with hope.
Erase the errors with tolerance.
Dip the brush with lots of patience...
And color it with love.
                                   (livelifehappy.com)



I Was in the mood to paint today.
Third time painting EVER.

I painted two canvases.
both salvaged.
It was nice not to have to think about anything...
Here's the picture inspiration for the second painting.
It's K Manor.
I just let my hands do the thinking. 
and it created this....

Life is full or rewards. :)

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Inspiration

So excited to be making this bouquet for a friend...
Here's my inspiration...



Stay tuned for the finished product!

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