Your Way

While driving west on I78 to visit my daughter recently, I had a close encounter with Vanadu. With a little searching, I learned that this pimped 1988 Ford Ecoline Van is an evolving assemblage of any number of odd parts, from moose antlers to religious icons. Clark Bedford, the artist owner, used the inspiration of a Maine cabin to begin creating this always changing art van. Though I didn't get a glimpse of him driving the van, I projected his artwork to form an image in my mind of an individual who is not afraid to do things his own way. One could argue the art quality of his Vanadu creation, but to me it's an awesome reminder that we don't need to lead cookie-cut lives.
The creative work of an individual certainly hints at the spirit of the artist. We can be inspired by others' work, but when we move in our own way, we become original and authentic. We don't need to be outlandish and step far outside of anyone's box. All we need to do is step into our own box, whatever that may be, and move from there. 



There's something about reflections that always inspires me to take a step back and wonder. When my friend shot and shared this photo, the artist in me was drawn in; the nature-lover in me was transported to this beautiful spot on the Muskanetcong River; the scientist in me remembered why a smooth glassy surface reflects light; and the yogi in me just breathed in deeply, expanding my senses. 

My attention came to the rising mist, and the sun shining and reflecting off the water. I wondered about how we perceive things. I looked at the photo at 90 degrees, and then again upside down, questioning for a moment whether the light was emanating from the sky or from the water or both, and then noticing the interplay between them. 
Seeing, sensing and wondering in new ways can nourish our creativity by helping us discover what we'd like to reflect more of in our lives. Watching our thoughts and responses can help us then shine forth and create in a way that resonates from deep within us. 


Support Others

We can work together to support one another and help implement others' ideas.
How do you use your creativity to support others? 

We can contribute our creative energy by donating time, talents, or resources to causes we care about. Always rewarding to spend our energy creating something new, I'm finishing building a website to support a nonprofit yoga service organization called the Shanthi Project. Through the Shanthi Project, I teach yoga at the county prison, where it's rewarding to feel the ladies' genuine gratitude and their openness to doing something to create improvements in their lives. It's been fun to learn the web-building program and to create this site, and now I'm getting refocused to concentrate my head, heart, and hands on something I've had incubating for some time. 

Feel free to give feedback on how to improve the Shanthi website or to forward this to anyone you know who might like to help support our project of sharing yoga in traumatized populations. Thank-you.