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on the way . . .

sobeys, gravestones, weeping willows, traffic lights change, flashing l.e.d.  “preaching this week”

buggies, babies, mommies, friends with work out bags, sea of people crossing with the lights,

smiles, gestures, oblivious onlookers, macdonald’s bags, nike, new balance,

statue of ganesh

starbucks, cars turning into the traffic, walking, walking, crowded crosswalk, woop woop sound to cross

weaving in & out of coats, jackets, guy in pink stripe shirt, girls drinkin’ Starbucks

gum spots, food stains, wrappers, butts,

cigarette butts, smell of cigarettes, briefcases, computer cases, suits, very high heels,

sidewalk grill, construction cones, boots & hard hats, cigarette smoke, congestion, smog, exhaust fumes,

traffic jam, squeeze through bumper to bumper, gardiner expressway, acc centre, traffic turning, the game is on, union station, eaton centre, city hall, flags blowing,

smiles, couples walking, people stopping, police stand-off, protesters running with “fu*k the police” poster,

police-mounted horses, waiting, in a line, tree-lined street, japanese maples? turned yellow,creating an arch amidst the stand-off,

brief repose

lanterra condo showcase, club med, couple huggin’ under the “Freshii” sign,

starbucks again, smiles, two men walking dogs, the hare krishna temple,

film cones, big rigs, movie crew, film set, pavement markings, cut here, people walking,

streetscape busy, starbucks, cars turning, lights flashing, walk sign on,

water fountain, dog walking, train passing, train bridge,

atom egoyan,

steep hill, keeping the pace, evening stars, cooling down, iron fence, park bench,

restaurant lights, people smoking, cars turning, sobeys, moonlight, going slow

home

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meditation and creativity: takin’ it to the streets – literally!

Broadway show billboards at the corner of 7th ...

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My art is a form of meditation. Sometimes what ends up on the page is not what I’d had in mind, but then I take another look and ask myself, “but where exactly did that come from?”  And then I think about how this image just “‘poof ‘d” out of my head and that somehow my brain connected to my hand to create the lines and paint to form this thing  – this painting… and then I think, “wow… cool… “

This past weekend in New York City the annual Dumbo Art Festival http://dumboartsfestival.com/ was held; from DJ spinning to art installations on the street, to artists creating murals before your eyes, the festival reflects New York’s creative community. I want to share a cool post from MindBodyGreen – Your Gateway to Wellness, by Jason Wachob; an interview with CAM, aka. Craig Anthony Miller, about music DJ ing typically associated with Yoga, art, meditation and what his creative influences are… Check it out at http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-1427/Q-A-with-Artist-CAM-The-Yoga-Sessions-Series-Meditation-Ganesh.html


on creativity: do your dance anyhow, write anyway . . .

A while ago I came across this video / presentation by Elizabeth Gilbert who wrote the book “Eat, Pray, Love.” Now, as the movie comes out, I thought I’d share it on my blog. She explains how she sees creativity, as a divine source that comes when one is being inspired, whether it be dancing or writing or whatever. And that if your “job” is to dance, you dance and however it is perceived by the next person, you just show up and dance anyway, and keep doing that. She shares thoughts about having fears and doubts, her experience of what to do if your work is a freakish success, (“Eat Pray Love” ). . .  how does one keep going when something they do really resonates with people . . . or . . . how do you manage the emotional risks of creating, putting your “work” on the line, which is your passion…  love this video, check it out:

dance on the balcony !

DANCE !!

"Rico!"

It’s summer in the city, but on my street, and at my apartment building, there’s been a lot of construction… needless to say, the sounds can be intrusive – which presents a challenge if you are trying to work, or write a blog or spend any time at home. These energy zappers have taught me something about how to find my centre amidst the chaos. If you can meditate amidst turbulence, quiet a monkey mind, you have accomplished much! Today, was altogether different…. and rather a welcome surprise… On a typical day, a breeze will interrupt the silence, or the ice cream truck would drive by – it’s melody repeating over and over, echoing through the apartment towers . . . the buzz of jack-hammers recently . . .

Today, all that crazy construction sound was obliterated by the music of a live Latin American band, playing for the kids at a summer day camp!  OMG it was awesome 🙂   So hot outside, I had the air conditioning on, but went out on the balcony- and there they were – lots of little kids dancing – in circles together, like kids do… by themselves, jumping up and down, and scattering about…. the view from my balcony was like a slice of heaven – a perspective I wouldn’t see if I were right there with them, but I was invited by divine guidance to take a moment . . .

I listened, I watched, I danced . . . I called my friend to see if she could hear them . . . the sound of sax, drums, guitar, and “rico!”  “oooh oh- oh – ah- oooohh…. !”   For a while I was transported by the rhythm, the beat, a soul-drenching in the heat, rained on by laughter, song, music and JoY. . .  I had no choice but to join the fun . . .  “Ricooo!!!”

In Sync . . .

. . . art of allowing

There is meaning to even the smallest of events. . . sitting by this pond today, it began to rain, and I opened my hands in a gesture of accepting everything in that moment.

A school of goldfish swam near, the sound of raindrops danced on the water, I was connected to an energy of change . . .

In a space of attention and intention, I was aware of the moment, following my bliss . . . open to possibility, and feeling great 🙂


reflecting on life

reflecting

Today is “someday” –  the day that someday I would see my art located in Yorkville. It’s a kind of surreal feeling to see the art on the wall and then to turn around and see it reflected in the window as I am writing. I can’t help but think how amazing the mind works, and how this same reflection can happen on a spiritual level as well…  My art, a kind of meditative tool for me, was reflected onto the store window as I sorted out the pages of my journal – such a cool experience!  I’m not an expert in physics, but beyond that I began to think about how many things appear to us in reflections whether they are physical or not. This was all happening as the light got brighter inside – so, it was darker outside and getting brighter inside, and as the contrast between light and dark became stronger, the image was more clearly reflected… the resolution more vibrant! I’m no scientist ! It just is what it is ! Today, what I envisioned some time ago, in my minds eye of “someday” was blatantly being reflected right back to me. Gotta love that !

Sundara means “beautiful” . . .

Flowers in the market

“Sundara”  is a sanskrit word which literally translates to “beautiful.” I am inspired by many forms of beauty in my day-to-day experiences, so it is in these moments I am taking mental notes. Whether it is to just pause, or to listen and take action, all beauty at its core is speaking truth. I have come to the conclusion that it is no coincidence that having been a student of journalism, I was in search of truths – writing about them. In being a student of Interior Design, I was definitely in search of beauty, though learned of the illusions of what true beauty looks like. And being a student of meditation I was learning how to know the difference between what appears to be true and what is real.

Alright well, before I get deep, (I’ve been known to write “very deep” articles), my point is that even a moment at the flower market is a beautiful thing. Walk in stressed out, in a hurry, on the way home, try to find a bouquet, for someone who’s sick, having a birthday, anniversary, whatever…. or just walk in sometimes… just because, and stay a while, but definitely stay a moment – however long that is.

Inspired to BLOG

"Mountain solitude"

The other day, while flipping through TV channels, I was moved to stop on a show by Charles Stanley, (In Touch). I don’t participate in his ministry, but occasionally I’ve been switching channels and happen to catch a few words from his sermons. Timely as this was, and symbolic too, that I’d be switching the channels around, (that’s kind of how we change energy too), on this day, he was describing a beautiful photograph of mountains. Here’s what it did for me:

There’s something amazing about mountains, the trees, lakes. As a child I went to the mountains (Lake Louise and Banff Alberta, Canada) with my family, only one hour away from our home in Calgary. Now, since my  parents are no longer with us I return to this place, if only to remember those days… visit on my own, to enjoy the solitude, and the peace that speaks to my soul. Here I feel a state of serenity that roots me to the earth.

It is true that these mountains have a history full of storms, rain, snow and turbulent weather, even though this picture depicts the peace and tranquility of this moment.

In a similar way to these mountains, there exists a joy, quietness, strength in us. Though we’ve gone through turbulent times, our serene energy radiates like an indescribable beauty that others sense. When we feel at one with everything, when we feel confident, our life becomes this amazing journey, and others will sense it – they’ll just know there’s something they saw and felt while in our presence, that they want in their lives. This is the wisdom of life, how nature works, and how we can positively radiate good vibes. Now that is inspiring . . .

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