7/27/11

Smell the Flowers










Connecting with Nature stimulates our senses 
and can overwhelm our hearts with feelings 
like beauty, peace, love, and gratitude.

Stopping to really sense and see, 
we 
can come to feel like we've completely blended with the object we observe. Being present and noticing opens us to our own spaciousness and helps us tune into and expand our creative possibilities.




When was the last time you stopped 
to absorb yourself 
and look deeper, 
feel, and smell 
the flowers?














7/20/11

Masterpiece


A stroll through a museum can inspire awe, 
leading us to wonder, "How did someone create such a masterpiece?"



Viewing Georges-Pierre Seurat's Grandcamp, Evening
 we can focus in 
and examine closer, 

coming to a deeper view of the parts and better seeing how the 

small dots, or Pointillism, come together to create the whole. 

Or we can view Van Gogh's Starry Night in all it's complexity, 
then concentrate on a smaller area, 
uncovering the textures and repeated brush 
strokes 
underlying the entire painting.



In art, we learn to look closely and represent what we see, feel, 

or hear by observing and absorbing ourselves in a series 

of small movements till we're done. 


In the art of yoga, through the repeated activity of moving with our breath 
and focusing deeper within, we come to awaken and expand 
our awareness and can transform our lives.

In the art of life, we grow through various stages, 
learning, 
thinking, 

feeling, and experiencing. Attentive to our unique set 
of strengths, actions, attitudes, 
and the movement of those around us, 

we come to co-create the masterpieces that are our lives. 




Next time you find yourself framed in a mirror, 
try taking a kinder peek than usual, and smile 
at the 

masterpiece you are becoming and are. 

7/13/11

Create Joy


Often the best that we can create 
is our own joyful attitude and enthusiasm.
When we share our positivity, 
we also inspire creative possibilities.

How do others' energies affect or inspire your creative process?

7/8/11

Carrying Through

One of my favorite spiritual teachers is Eknath Easwaran
In his book Words to Live By, he says:
"To achieve our highest potential in life, we must cultivate the capacity to carry through. Activity is not achievement. It is not enough to rush about beginning a lot of things and keeping busy. A well-spent life is one that rounds out what it has begun. The life of a great artist or scientist is usually shaped by a single desire, carried through to the very end." 
I read and reread this paragraph, asking myself, 
"Do I carry through?" 
"Is it too late, or was I meant to be great at something?" 
"What do I most desire? Where am I wasting time?"
"What if I focused on just one activity, which would it be?" 

All my unfinished projects flashed before me.
I laughed, because the picture of my head exploding on the yoga mat 
is the opposite of what yoga does for my mind. Since yoga, 
I focus heart and mind deeply in whatever I'm doing now. 

Admittedly, I try to do a lot, and might benefit from some time cost/benefit analysis.

I hope to create joy and inspire creative, balanced well-being 
and positive imagination. For now, I do this through teaching yoga, through 
a variety of arts, and through being who I am. My process is rarely linear, 
and I may find I'll accomplish the most by letting some things go. 
I'm not done yet. Time will tell how I round out all I've begun

Where can you do less activity to achieve more?