There are many symbols that I find potent both in a spiritual and a strictly visual sense. My friend Susan visited Asia and spent time in Laos recently and brought me back this beautiful little Buddha painting. I created a personal shrine with this and other elements. It was a grand bit of serendipity that this painting fit perfectly in the slots of this cheese box.
she watched an old Buddhist monk, sitting in an ancient wat painting Buddha's on these little leaves.
Anyone know...is this a lotus leaf?
I collected other symbols that hold intent and power for me;
the Goddess Ixchel, Goddess of Isle Mujeres, the Island of Women...my Goddess totem Hamesh hand, the potent hand mudra found in many middle eastern cultures and holds ties to my familial history the Zuni fetish, long believed to possess great power a painted Mexican folkloric cross...colors, myths and culture that holds great interest for me a tiny handmade Goddess figure...made by me, long ago a Guatemalan worry doll, these tiny dolls can be asked to take on your troubles and worries
These along with heart and stripey stones...milagros, feathers and eggs...candles and flowers create a sacred space, to be, to hold, to give unto...
the cake Linda made for Bernadette's birthday as we sat in the glow of the evening
A weekend of gatherings, a lovely birthday celebration.... and saying goodbye to an old friends dad. Experiencing both the pain they are feeling as well as sharing laughter about happy times past and how life will move forward.
and brainstorming over the Art, Yoga and meditation retreat planned for next April...Katharine's thoughts putting into words how this weekend unfolded.
Allow yourself to crack the story, into a life of wakefulness and beauty and sadness, go right underneath, gently... and find the beauty of each moment.
As August carries on I start to think of the changing season fast approaching and the garden and farmers markets overflowing with fresh produce.
The smell of fresh basil filled the kitchen as Tess and I made pesto to freeze for the winter.
gather these ingredients;
3 cups fresh (packed) basil leaves 3 - 4 cloves garlic pinch of salt 3/4 cup fresh Parmesan 1/4 cup pine nuts 1/4 cup olive oil
Put all ingredients except the cheese and olive oil in a food processor...drizzle the olive oil in slowly as it processes. To eat it now, stir in the grated cheese and toss with warm pasta and tomatoes...
or leave the cheese out and spoon into ice cube trays. Once frozen pop out the cubes into a freezer bag for single servings to enjoy all winter long.
These images are taken from their website and offer a peak into this fantastic book. I look forward to hearing both about his work on the book and working with the individual artists and am excited that we are able to offer this from our new venue ...bringing artists and their books to the area.
Lots of events are planned in the coming months, check the EVENTS tab for updates...and if you are in the area be sure to drop in.
We took to the road this week...to find quiet and relaxation. On our return as I was sifting through the mail I looked at a catalog and a certain caption caught my eye. There was a quote...'I don't like bright colors, I prefer natural colors'. I tend to cringe at this type of description of what 'natural' colors are.
So I thought I might select some images from our trip to illustrate my point...
Reds....of the boat and reflected light and color
pinks, fuchsia, purples....
fields of them
a predominant color this week
mixing of course with green and white and cream
blue sky reflected in the water
feathers so black they shine blue
fishing in that perfect blue sky
the rainy summer created an abundance of 'natural' color here...
2016 is a potent year for me...sweet '16, it is my 60th year and since I made the decision to keep this blog going for at least another year I am going to use this as a daily gratitude practice. If you choose to visit and perhaps leave a comment I am grateful for that too.