Sunday, September 30, 2007
we went to the Armonk show today. Perfect weather! Great show. This artist's booth drew a crowd. His sculptures were so realistic, they were a bit scarey.
Click on picture to get a closer look.
John bought me a photograph of this amazing tree. It caught my eye because I had this vision in meditation yesterday about a tree similar to this. It is called "Rooted in time", a photo from temples in Angkor, Cambodia that are overgrown with tree roots. Barbara Sandson http://www.barbarasandson.com/ is the photographer. So much incredible talent there today was just what I needed to fill the well, bring some inspiration back and even helping me to solve a problem...
Friday, September 28, 2007
One Sunday afternoon, we are all eating at grandma's for dinner and then some strangers are living in her house.
I'm still here. You are still here and we all move forward... watching all the changes occur, some subtle, some come at us ferociously.
Just today I saw the Japanese maple across the street from my moms. It had one orange leaf among all the green leaves. Just one.
Tomorrow that will change.
Cycles are so much more obvious to me in Autumn and Spring. I observe more, I am aware.
I want things to linger. I want to savor it, hang on to it. Not so much in winter and summer. Too extreme for me and it is fine that they pass quickly.
I want to hang on to children, savor their childishness and innocence. I watch my students change from year to year. I am watching my mother age, my son be an adult.
Where the sacredness comes in is in the allowing. Allowing it all gracefully. Accepting change, knowing with it comes renewal, growth, spiritual growth.
If it does not pass away, there cannot be seeds for the future.
I want to see it all through sacred eyes, graceful, sacred eyes.
There are times when only quiet will do. Relaxing my eyes on the horizon. Relaxing my body on the warm sand. Just me.
Allowing my body, mind and soul to relax.
Sacred time by the waters edge, feeling empowered by this great body of water, influenced by the full moon... Refreshed and calm.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Cleaning up always produces treasures. I found a bunch of photos and sat for awhile, yes, reliving the past.... This is Jake who is now 33! And he still is a nature boy. Growing up, Jake was most comfortable out in the woods, in nature, with animals.
Love that kid!
A very important part of my Sacred Life
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Yesterday, I wanted to use my Borders coupon, thinking I would get another CD for yoga class, but then I thought, na, I'm going to get Journal Revolution by Linda Woods and Karen Dinino. My first stop is to browse the magazines... then off to the art and craft section. No book. I looked around and found another art book before deciding to listen to some music. For the heck of it, I asked about Journal Revolution and the guy looked it up. Yes. They had it but it just came in and was probably still in the back and it may not be put out on the shelf for another day or two. On top of that there was only one copy. ONE COPY! I said... and he said I could call and reserve it...off I went to listen to music, when I heard a voice say.. would the woman who wanted Journal Revolution please come to the service desk... I smiled. I knew he found it and saw my husband coming towards me with it in his hands. He told me he heard the guy say to himself. "here it is, this is the book that woman wanted".. and my husband told him I was his wife.
I got what I wanted.
As a bonus from the Universe I also saw a calender with photographs by Steven N. Meyers. Actually they are called radiographs. http://www.xray-art.com/ We saw his work in a gallery in Woodstock, NY and would have loved to buy a piece but $$$ didn't and now I have 12 of them!
Nice when life delivers what you want.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
I am more comfortable giving rather than receiving. When I receive I am quickly wondering what I can give back in return. Thank you - a million times, sometimes does not seem enough. Many times I have intentions that I don't follow through with, but that's another story....
So today, I made sure I took a yoga class. I give classes, but it is not the same as taking/receiving the class from someone else. This morning I gave myself that gift which turned out to be such a wonderful class, followed by meditation.
It is so refreshing to take a class from someone else. I realize i could easily get into a rut with my approach. Thanks to BJ, I learned more today. My body felt so good to be stretched, and my meditation brought some good insights.
We come to the Autumnal Equinox tomorrow and the sign of Libra is all about balance.
Bringing oneself back to balance is to be able to receive as well as give or maybe it is the reverse for you?? How can you bring balance back to the body and/or to your mind? What have you been doing to an excess (work?) that needs to have its complement.....
To receive graciously is my intention.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
I gave myself over to have a more natural color and a much better cut and I even let her put on some make-up. I had such a great time. We laughed a lot and I felt like a little girl playing dress up with a good friend.
So here's the deal. I felt great. It was so good to pamper myself. A great boost to the spirit. This has to be part of my wellness program, to treat myself to these types of things more often. The body, this temple that holds are spirit should be respected, treated to healthy food, rest, and all the things we know that are good... but I forgot about adorning it, making it look its best. This will be good for me, this Wellness Wednesday that will now become part of the Sacred Life. So much goodness.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
My mission is to encourage their creativity, let them have fun and ensure them there is no right and wrong, good or bad, only self-expression. I start them off early, at age 3 and stay with it until 5th grade. (so far).
Creativity is very sacred in my life. My own and allowing others to realize their creativity as well.
What makes my soul cringe more than anything else is hearing an adult criticize a child's art. This puts a scar on ones soul that needs to be healed in many adults. Thankfully this never happened to me, but I hear many adults say, "I can't draw, or I'm not creative". Or they may be closet artists... so my mission is to make sure I give children the purest experience of creating I possibly can.
This is Edwards animal with his bowl of food. And he has a little friend by his side.
Take a look at how others see their sacred life by clicking on the button on the side. So much inspiration!!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
After writing on paper for awhile, I choose a card to meditate on from my favorite deck, Tarot of the Spirit. 2 of Fire -Convergence. "You must remember that the way will never be found through an external source, but only by looking within. You will find your answers and your true direction through peering into dark internal spaces. The dark I speak of is the field of your subconscious mind. It is all that which is unknown, all that which swims and floats in the cosmic sea, the waters below the surface of your consciousness." and the question I continually ask, "How do you really feel on the deepest level? Knowing the answer is the key to your growth." These two quotes I underlined in the book.
Convergence. Polarities coming together, crossing at a focal point, creating a birth of something new. Male and female, inside and out, yin and yang coming together - being in balance, maintaining that balance. Here is where I look to see if I am there - in balance. Taking time for myself, for study, for meditation, nurturing those needs I have for self-discovery, knowing my path. I am forever the seeker, pondering my path, my purpose.
Why am I here? Forever the question, forever seeking that answer. Am I on the right path? I look to where I receive the greatest joy and am certain I am heading in the right direction on those paths. Is there more? I feel so certain there is.
Time and space to look within - so very sacred to me.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
The horizon holds possibility. What is just beyond, just out of view, that may be coming towards us.. What wondrous treasures will these ships bring in?
Water, what mysteries are hidden below your surface?
Water symbolizes faith for me...
"If you want to walk on water, you've got to get out of the boat." (J. Ortberg)
It's a reminder to connect with my emotions, listen to my heart, and get out of my head.
Before that, we went to a local farmer's market and bought this cute little pie. We took it to the beach with us. The restaurant there kindly gave us some forks and a knife so we could eat it
Yum. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie!
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
So after my initial irritable mood brought on by waiting in traffic, waiting in the admission line, waiting to get a drink of water...
I was then in a good space. Some of the pictures could use some cropping and now I really want a camera with a bigger zoom.
Jungle World is really cool. We love the monkeys there. There is a separate Monkey House, but we didn't go in because it was getting late. The Tigers were really active, so active that I kept missing the shots. We are inside in an enclosed "cage" and they are outside roaming around. I remember as a teen, the tigers were in these cages that would only allow them to pace back and forth.
Even the bird house, one of my favorite places, the birds fly freely, or most of them. I opened the door to see one bird on the ground in front of me. Hornbills, toucans on the top floor are behind glass.
Animals are so freakin' amazing! I mean really, all these different animals. Giraffes! turtles! zebras! elephants! polar bears! tigers! monkeys... MONKEYS!!! We should all be walking around in awe. We should all be so incredibly impressed by this, that we should all be smiling and happy and hugging one another. Maybe all the leaders of the world need a trip to the zoo.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Today I started my first class
(on a new moon :-) and decided to have them do some mandalas. Being that it was a small class, I got to play as well.
I love doing mandalas. Last year as part of the group, "Daily Devotions", I did quite a few. They are so good for centering and when ever I came to a block of what to do next... I did a mandala.
I mostly did them with a pigma pen and twinkling H2O's. Unfortunately you don't get the same effect with a scanned image. This is a new scanner and I'm still learning........
Monday, September 10, 2007
But wait! A surprise for me when I got home. Besides dinner being ready for me, a gift sat on the table. To Mrs. John and to Mr. John (love it) Brushes and ink for me and a t-shirt for John along with pictures of the Dali Lama. They were from Rinchin coming back from a visit with his brother in India. (He is studying there... may be the next Dali Lama) My husband used to take care of him in his after school program. He left when he was 5 or 6 because the Dali Lama had a dream of him. He loves my husband and now his younger brother goes to this program. I love gifts. But gifts from this family are so special to me. A blessing.
Sunday, September 09, 2007
He brings balance into my life.
He will do the tedious things I cannot handle and I will do the same for him.
He can make me laugh like no one else.
Cheers my love!
Saturday, September 08, 2007
When I was young growing up in this yard, there was a special area I would go to. It was right behind this garden, where the fig tree is. My father had let the forsythia bush grow long so it fell forward, creating a tunnel. I would crawl into it, feeling protected in it's womb-like quietness. This was my special place, my sacred space.
This yard, this garden still holds sacredness for me. I step into and I am connected. Connected to the earth, connected to the Divine. Connected to possibilities that all seeds hold. It represents transformation and this yard/garden has gone through many transformations as I have.
Friday, September 07, 2007
It reminds me, no matter how far away, what time zone you're in, we are all connected. We share our feelings and moods, our ideas, poetry, art, laughter and tears. You and me are same. We all come from the same stuff, just wearing different costumes.
This instrument shows me I am not alone. I love so many of the same things you do, go through similar heart aches, and learn so very much through all the wisdom out there.
Life is good :-)
Thursday, September 06, 2007
I've decided to join this wonderful group of people who are blogging about what they find sacred. Carla of Zena Musings, began this in Aug. but I've decided to join in now and will continue until whenever... go here to check it out. or try this... http://zenamoon.typepad.com/weblog/2007/08/my-sacred-life-.html this should take you to the page that she explains what and why and how...
I am on a cleaning binge. It is so beyond past due. I have released bags and bags of books and now clothing. Some went to Goodwill and some to a thrift shop nearby.
Rather than get rid of clothing that didn't fit, I would save it for the material. I might need it someday. Hey, I could make something out of that! I could cover some books or journals. Make another bag. Do I NEED another bag???
In bed thinking, I had an idea to cover the bench that we use to climb into bed, with the leather from the blue leather pants and paint the bench. And those shoes I paid so much money for, the really cool Italian leather ones that I hardly ever wore, I am so altering them!
This morning digging even deeper, I found these. What WAS I thinking?!?
Hey, don't laugh. I do birthday parties and they made good clown shoes, but they are too tight. Yep. I'm altering them too.
When I buy these items, they are impulse buys. They made me feel good in the moment, even if I didn't wear them. It was a cry out for attention or wanting to be different.
I AM UNIQUE!
Why I needed to let the world know this so strongly at the time was probably because I wasn't feeling it. Otherwise, why would I really need that to prove it. Yikes.
I have gleaned some very cool buttons from some jackets, though. Found stuff I thought was lost or forgotten. A virtual treasure hunt is going on.
This is going to take me awhile. One area leads to another. It's all making me realize how much stuff I have accumulated and I just don't use. What was I saving it for????
When classes start, I am going to have to be disciplined and use what I have without buying anything else that isn't essential.
Best to just stay away from the art store.
I think I am being helped by this shift of Saturn, the disciplinarian, moving into Virgo, the one who like organization.
I have Virgo rising. I like things to be organized, I'm just not good at it, or rather I have to work hard at it. Time to change my way of thinking on that :-)
Ok, now for the magazines.............
A time to reflect about what it is I am truly about, my desires and passions, and the deeper question: What is my purpose?
To live with the most joy in my heart. To find that which allows my heart to be open and filled with bliss and wonder.
I know some of it, but I desire to find more.
What fills your heart to overflowing?
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
And everyone has gone back to work and school. My schedule eases us as I gradually start my classes. First yoga, then art classes. I have some playtime for myself and my schedule has more predictability to it.
The beach is more pleasant for me, quieter. It now becomes a place for me to go and ponder. Read. Journal.
Now it becomes a sacred place - a place for me to get in touch with my emotional side.
What wonders will this year hold..