A Sacred Life

A Sacred Life

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Return to the Sacred

I decided to return to the practice of Sacred Life Sundays. It's been pretty crazy for awhile and blogging hasn't been the top priority, even though I love it.
One issue has been the computer itself. I'm not going to dwell on all the "wrong" stuff.. or let's say the challenges.
Rather, I will be thankful for all the good that goes on in my life.
Here's one of them.. my work.
The ultimate pleasure of watching children create.. discovering that the spiral fits perfectly inside that hole in the square! How joyful it is watching children play, explore, and allowing the messiness of it all.
How blessed my life is to be doing work with these children.
It is the time of the year to look back and see how many blessing I have actually had..
The art show with my husband who sold his first piece of art.
Not bad for his first showing!!!!
Getting closer to family. With the death of my sister in law, I have come to know my mother in law on a much deeper level and have had the blessing of her wisdom bestowed on us.
Being grateful and saying thank you to all of it.. even the stuff that is challenging, because that is where we grow.
My brother stayed at my mom's awhile, and it was so nice to have him around. I love talking to my brother, sharing our ideas, experiences.. helping each other work through "stuff".
It was so great having him here, helping with the caretaking of our mom.
And that is only the beginning....

Sunday, November 22, 2009

A new venue...

The work is down from the gallery and now it moves on to the town house.. into the case in the lobby. Anyone living in Harrison, NY or the surrounding area can take a peek if they missed the first show... Recycle into Art, the reincarnation of the cigar box...

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Sunday, September 20, 2009

A quick update...

Since we've gotten back from vacation, dear hubby and I have been focused on our collaborative exhibit.
It's at Masterpiece Framing on Halstead Ave. in Harrison... just in case you're nearby and would like to stop by.
After the show, I'll put up the pictures of my work. They are assemblages and shrines and I am having a blast in creating them. Ideas transform, each morphing into something else - inspiring even more ideas. LOVE IT!
I've begun my art classes and I'm back to yoga as well, both holding some surprises for me.
Expect the unexpected... Uranus... opposing Saturn. Still holding on to some old "stuff".
But life is good.. moving along in an interesting manner.
Merc being in retrograde will be blamed for me not getting on my blogs again. I'm at my MIL's house using the computer there. Thus, no pictures.
I really don't like blogging without pictures, and I rather not blog at all without them.
BUT... these blogs need an update, b a d l y.... and here I am.
so... get off the computer and go create something :-)

Monday, August 24, 2009


Where else?

"Talisman" store window (one of my favorite stores in Woodstock)

a most colorful town. a fun place, but I have been saddened by some of the "missing" stores. Bead store is gone :-(

but a new photography gallery opened up :-)


Hanging out :-)
Having fun, eating great food at Oriole 9 and finding the best books at Maribai.


Saturday, August 15, 2009


Camp was a struggle for me this year.. too many things going on, with little "down" time for myself. The time we all need to restore and renew ourselves.. It had it's moments though....
It was when I had fun creating with the kids. We made power sticks. I told them with these "sticks" came the responsibility to take care of the Earth. They created the sticks with intention, using animal skin paper to represent the different energies that they represented to them and each feather represented a different element... I love working with children and watching the power that play has on them. Allowing them to create and to be able to play. It's wonderful to watch... and I found myself getting pulled into it myself. Playing.. yelling out "POWER!"
and teaching them how important it was to take care of the Earth.. Water.. Air..
Talking and listening to them.. what their favorite animal was, the use of Sun as power.
This is where my heart lies. This is what I've come to realize this summer: That my heart lies in teaching, healing, creating with children... on my own terms. More on that later.
Vacation beckons me now. I am off to restore in the mountains and by the stream, finding my balance again.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

I'm baaaaaaaaaackk

I've been doing a mandala a day now.. not sure how many day's but it's been steady and haven't skipped a day. They're small but sometimes so intricate they take a bit of time and other times, quick.
Yesterday, I went back to some and added to them. I love mandalas. They bring peace to me. Quiet. A stillness that I can use to help me center.
The above is called, A gift for you and done in sharpies. They smell too much and don't really like using them, but I love the smoothness of the color applied.

This is called Showering you with love. Unfolding my love - unraveling it, opening up to you and showering down upon you all that love that fills my heart. I think we are not always aware of how much love we have stored inside until we open up and let loose and we surprise ourself.. More.. more... keep it flowing. Feed the seeds and let those blooms open up and shower even more love.
So now, I have more blogs than I can probably handle but right now, I am soo very happy!!!

Monday, June 01, 2009

Moved :-)

Come see me at http://doegrozart.wordpress.com for the main blogging and for my art, mandalas mostly... go to http://mandalas4me.wordpress.com
I really miss these blogs but until I figure out what I did and fix it, I'll be blogging over at wordpress... and hey, I may just stay there...
I cannot access my blogs, accept (or deny) any comments either on my own computer. I'm at the library which is why I am here.
Come by to say hi... I'm still figuring out the new blog, but I did put up my felted bag, so come see. It's at the mandala blog.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Mercury Retrograde!

Most of the retrogrades, I get by without too much of a problem, but I've been WHAMED! by this one.... I'm not on my own computer which is why I can access it. I cannot sign in... what comes up is that it cannot be displayed. Tried all sorts of ways, but no dice!
Yeah. this #%@*!
First my car died, then the computer had this bogus virus detector that I couldn't get rid of. It sounded like a wild chicken and scared the shit out of you... had to mute it :-)
I did get rid of it by restoring the computer and am thinking maybe that is what I need to do again. ... very frustrating.
I won't go into too much of the other stuff happening in life, but just wanted you all to know, I miss my blogging and I'm not giving up!
If you leave me a comment, I can get it in my email, but won't be able to add the comment - approve it... but hey, you out there in blogland.. if you know of any way to get my blogs back, try to leave the comment and we'll see what happens.
May Mercury be kind to you!
Peace and Love

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Missing something...

This is my cousin "driving" the elephant. I haven't been blogging for awhile, mostly because I've been busy working on projects, teaching classes, taking care of family. I try to sneak in some art here and there, but what I have right now are a bunch of half-finished projects sitting in the art room... waiting patiently for my return. For the most part, it's because my room became too cluttered.
I did go back there yesterday, but it was mostly to excavate my closet. The path to it was blocked with bags of stuff. Stuff from classes, bags of paints from various client's projects, bags of stuff from camp!
I found stuff :-) my ribbon hole punch that I wondered where it was. I found more paint, fabric, beads, and all sorts of bits of stuff.
Good news is I probably don't need to do any more shopping for classes for the rest of the school year and doing this cleansing triggered the creative mind. I can also get to my closet.
Maybe that is why I was "clogged"... physically (nose congestion) and creatively! (This is the creativity center- Feng Shui)
So many projects came to a halt and just sat there.
Something is missing.. but what?
I'm missing adventure what my thought.
I told John I needed to do something exciting. When he asked me what I thouht it was, I felt at loss for what it is I actually want.. is it travel? or is it just the need for some major project to be passionate about. (like the art show that I just did)
This time last year and the year before I was with my friend in Peru. I love Peru, but I don't think I need to go back there... and not sure if there is another place calling me.
Maybe it is art I'm missing.
I had visions of painting off and on during the night.. not sure if I were dreaming or just having visions, but I think it is a call that needs to be answered. I'm sure I'll find the answers there as I usually do... I'm pretty sure it's not driving an elephant though.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Thank you for your beauty

Are you here?
Are you finally here???
I think I have never appreciated Spring more in my entire life!

And now, it is time to face the sun and move forward.
Awaken from the deep slumber of winter and gather up all those thoughts and ideas and manifest them into the most amazing works of art!
You ARE here!

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Uncle Sal

My Uncle Sal died on Ash Wednesday at 98 years old. His beloved wife had gone before him, leaving him alone (kind of) and I think he waited for this day to finally be with her.
Together again.
I looked for a picture I had of him, holding me as a young child.
I remember dancing with him in my grandmother's living room, me standing on his shoes, carrying me along with each step.
He told me once that he liked being with me when he came here because he did not speak english and I hardly spoke at all, but I always agreed with him.
He smiled a lot. Laughed a lot.. always had the smoothest skin.
And he, like my grandfather had figs.
They were the master gardeners, always giving us surprises from their gardens...
but the figs, they were the best!
So, I decided to post pictures of the figs.
You will always be remembered as being as sweet as they were.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Yes, that's a NO

Yes comes out of my mouth more often than not... thus, I usually overcommit. Yes is good and nice and friendly and a part of the wanting experience. I want to try everything (safe :-) and saying yes also helps me to push the boundaries and try to reach out of my safety zone regarding art. I'm not a risk-taker physically.
Sometimes No means yes... Yes to myself. How appropriate this came in my mailbox this morning from Susan Gregg:
"If we can't say no to people we aren't really able to say yes either. If we aren't comfortable putting ourselves first, if we aren't willing to love ourselves enough to do say no, we can't freely say yes. If we don't love ourselves we can't really love others either. Give yourself permission to say NO so you can say yes to the magic and wonders of life.
With love and aloha,
"This stuff seems like brainwashing," said the student."Your brain needs washing," replied the teacher.http://susangregg.com/meditationvideo.htm

She headed it with "No is a complete sentence". Love it. Simple. No explanations or whining.. just say no. No meaning yes.. to me that is.
This morning I gave myself a little bit of yes time.
and the ideas and inspiration came flooding in.
being with myself.
such a wonderful gift....
today give yourself some YES or No.. depends on how you look at it.
Love and Light,

Monday, February 09, 2009

Full Moon

Coming out of Traders, this big luminous moon followed us home. Beautiful watching it peak behind trees and pinkish clouds, balance on house tops and light up our bedroom last night.
A lunar eclipse too happened this morning. It actually happened in my 12th house..at 21 degrees Leo...
What mysteries will be unveiled with this moon?? This is the house of secrets. It's also the house of the mystical and spiritual... tonight I receive the DayKeeper's Rite, the 5th of the Munay Ki rites. The house of emotions rather than the head, so I'm expecting to "get it" on a deeper emotional level.
May your day be FULL of blessed events.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Solar Return

My very cute husband knocked on the door yesterday evening.. holding a dozen roses and a chocolate cake :-) Today is my birthday and I get to look at these beauties all day long...
I'm feeling that this year will be an exceptionally good one. Jupiter is in Aquarius for the year and in my 5th house of creativity hanging out with my sun... Expansion is key word for Jupiter.
So my goals are to be expansive in my art.. to be courageously colorful.. fully expressive. As art should be.
I've got lots going on.. dolls, mandalas, art journals, oil painting and a "green" project that I'll share later on. My classes are expanding and I may even open up a new preschool class. People still call me for yoga classes.. EXPANSION!
Yesterday, I was at a client's house exploring various ideas in creating in her home. Lots of work there for me.. and fun stuff.
I had someone ask me if I was being effected by the economy.. I looked at her and said "in a good way"... my classes grew from last session. I have a belief. Live rightly. Do the best you can. Be honest. Offer something for the good of humanity and don't rip people off.
I am rich in love and friendships and work that I love and that is all that matters.
I'm working on my abundance dolls... yes, two. Mostly because it allows me options to try stuff that I may not do if I only had one.. and I may make more.
New class in Shrines is next with Chaska.
and now to go smell the roses............

Friday, January 09, 2009


In Mandala Oasis group, we discussed choosing a word for the new year.. simple one word or small phrase.

Mine is Allow. I chose it because it helps me to be more in the present moment and not resist what is going on in the present time. Being here Now and not regretting or worrying which takes one into the past and future.

I tend to be more future oriented. There have been times when I truly regretted stuff, and could get stuck in the past here and there, but for the most part, I drop it.

I am more into wanting to know, wanting to prepare as best I can for the future... and we all know how THAT goes :-)

"Man plans, God laughs" by some wise person.

Allowing helps me to Be. It's that state one gets into when creating, so absorbed, all else fades into the background. Time becomes no-time.

It's interesting how when one focuses on something, the Universe responds in like... all the more reason to focus on the good stuff. Today I opened an email from yesterdays extremely busy mailbox. It is an Abraham-Hicks quotes:

We would like you to release the word "achieve" or "earn" from your vocabulary and from your understanding, altogether, and we would like you to replace those words with the word "allow". You're wanting to allow your Well-being, not achieve it. It's not something that you need to earn. All you have to do is decide what it is you would like to experience, and then allow it in order to achieve it. It isn't something you have to struggle for or try for. You are all worthy beings. You are deserving of this Well-being.

I chose allow to keep me grounded and not feel overwhelmed by stuff. When I look at the big picture, seeing all that needs to be done, anxiety creeps in.. Allowing helps me put one foot in front of the other. Be with what I am doing. The rest takes care of itself.

No sense in worrying about tomorrow and what I have to do before then, because sometimes the Universe throws us a curve ball and gives us a blizzard instead.

Allowing releases stress. It brings acceptance. It helps to bring one to appreciate the cycles of life, following the seasons, resting when it's appropriate and moving when it's time.

Allowing helps me to be who I am. Allowing my Self to Be - To Shine......