Living from the Well

I recently returned from a 9-day Yoga Training Module on Meditation at Kripalu Center in the Berkshires towards my 500hr certificate. I ended my week there by walking the campus labyrinth. Traditionally there are three parts to consider when walking a labyrinth: A) The path going inward relates to shedding or letting go) B) The center symbolizes arriving in the inner Presence of the Divine. C) The path returning symbolizes Union with Presence and  bringing it back into the world. Shoes removed, I moved carefully on the narrow wooded path, feeling sensations, observing the weather climate of the mind, and allowing my thoughts to pass and fade like clouds.

Upon arriving at the center I encountered a headstone adorned with objects such as stones, mini amulets, and coins lovingly placed by other pilgrims. I paused to ponder their journeys and to reflect on all the new insights gained from the week. Vibrating like ripples within the center,  Swami Kripalu's foundational words came to me, "Be Compassionate observation without self-judgement". I felt the rooted into the earth, heart open like the petals of a waterlily and in this moment I was the Witness, observing all there is, as it is, from a place of bliss. After drinking this in, exiting the path and heading back to the main house I was reminded of how important the daily meditation is as a practice of returning to the Source to fill the well. Consider the word WELcome. As a greeting we take for granted, it actually means "may wellness, health and goodness come to you". Similarity this echo Namaste, "May the Light within me, acknowledge  the Light within you." Imagine a world where we all can breathe and live from that inner well spring. Where society learns to cultivate that Source of Compassion, and observe without judgement, How might we bring the presence of the Well into our words, self-regulation, actions, and values? For when we achieve this we live in integrity and become mirrors of Light to the world. Live Deeply. 

 I recently returned form a 9-day Yoga Training Module on Meditation at Kripalu Center. 

I recently returned form a 9-day Yoga Training Module on Meditation at Kripalu Center. 

First Blog Post and the Artist Repetitive Strain Injury

I'm so happy to be able to finally gather my life's visual work in one place and share it with you. After this year-long sabbatical working towards another solo show, typing my book manuscript, weaving, sewing, doing alot of drawing and en plein air watercolors, and returning to yoga practice, my dominant left arm and shoulder is a mess. Artists and teachers talk a lot about safety with art materials, but I never received any education as an art student on the risks of RSI, or Repetitive stress injury. Edith Zimmerman gives an enlightening look at this issue related to  the drawing process at http://www.artistdaily.com/blogs/drawing/drawing-basics-when-it-hurts-to-draw . I wonder how many other artists out there deal with this issue, and how you manage it? 

Its a real roadblock in the creative process when the answer is to stop working and rest. However, the alternative is to eventually loose my left arm mechanics altogether. So starting today, I am resting, icing, Tiger-balming, getting an expert PT consult, halting all downward dogs and upper body work, and considering voice recognition software so I can keep writing. Inquire on. Live Deeply. 

 Image from Google images from www.aworkoutroutine.com

Image from Google images from www.aworkoutroutine.com