my idle chatter :: mixing media with a quote

my idle chatter :: mixing media with a quote

“Let my idle chatter be the muttering of prayer, my every manual movement the execution of ritual gesture, my walking a ceremonial circumambulation, my eating and other acts the rite of sacrifice, my lying down prostration in worship, my every pleasure enjoyed with dedication of myself, let whatever activity is mine be some form of worship of you.” ― Adi Shankaracarya, The Saundaryalahari or Flood of...
Mixed Media Yoga Study :: Vajrasana

Mixed Media Yoga Study :: Vajrasana

I continue to study yoga anatomy. This week brought me to the spine, the diaphragm (which is totally cool), and connective tissue. I move into yin yoga, postures that stretch connective tissue, where it is about support and letting go. I read that qi is here in yoga (something I’ve suspected). It is postulated that qi moves through this connective tissue. The teaching is that long, supported, asanas stretch us as if we are taffy. From this kind of stretching, we create much needed space so our joints work more freely. Sitting in Vajrasana after eating is recommended to help with...
A Four Color Palette Study of Cellular Structure, Yoga Anatomy and the Figure

A Four Color Palette Study of Cellular Structure, Yoga Anatomy and the Figure

We can learn many things about yoga from a cell. The cell is the building block for all life. Each cell is made up of a membrane, cytoplasm and a nucleus. Through the membrane each cell gets its nutrients and releases its waste. The membrane is permeable but it must be in balance; otherwise toxicity or starvation will result. If a cell’s membrane is too permeable it loses integrity which will cause it to explode from pressures within or implode from pressures without.       Yoga is 90% waste removal. ~TKV Desikachar             Prana refers to what nourishes a living thing. It is also understood to mean the action of bringing nourishment in (ex. breathing). Apana refers to waste that is being eliminated and the act of elimination.   Yoga is akin to Tao in that there exists a way that is in flow. We practice getting rid of all that is unnecessary and blocks our natural flow. We practice this in stance (how we move and are still), in heart, in thought, and deed. Kaminoff, Leslie, and Amy Matthews. Yoga Anatomy. Champaign: Human Kinetics, 2012....
Grace :: a digital meditation

Grace :: a digital meditation

Where are you working? I haven’t spent much time at my desk, recently. It’s been covered in stacks of journals and boxes of paint, leftover pieces that I drop there because I’m tidying somewhere else up. I have felt my art table pulling at me. Today I cleaned it up, filled my cup with water and sat down. I’d had it in my mind that I wouldn’t use the computer, instead I would paint or sew. This is because I was busy telling myself that the computer is bad or that it is good to be unplugged. I imagined myself going a day without using any electronic devices (which of course is excellent practice). But today held something else in store. I was on the computer. At first it seemed like any other wasting-time-on-the-internet time suck. I was surfing around. Aimless, I heard myself say. I downloaded some fonts. I opened up photoshop. I began to art journal. My critic stepped aside. It is wonderful when we find ourselves immersed in creating without judgment, when we don’t need to do anything other than what we are doing. There is no need to move out of our own way or to allow anything to happen. It all flows on its own and we are there with it. Today, I know this is...
Making Art + Spiritual Practice :: there is randomness at play

Making Art + Spiritual Practice :: there is randomness at play

1. You go up to the edge and you let go. I read that on Wednesday out of a book written by Adyashanti in which he is speaking about (his) enlightenment. Since then, I’ve been thinking about that edge and how to step off it. Use your art journal to find your edge. 2. There is randomness at play. I’ve got a lot of books in boxes in my garage. I was scavenging through them the other day. No, I do not have a copy of Teresa d’Avila’s autobiography. Yes, I do have Revelations of Divine Love by Juliana of Norwich. I also have a book on celtic design; I’d forgotten about it. I pulled it from the box and decided to work with celtic designs in my art journal. Allow things to flow. 3. See what...