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process painting or improv painting

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so fun!  I just took a class from an amazing teacher last week.  I had taken classes from her before years ago but she hadn’t offered any classes for a while, so when she did, I jumped at the opportunity.  It’s a style of painting called “improv painting” or “process painting” which allows you to just pick a color and paint without planning ahead what you want to do–no judgment, just paint.  I loved when the teacher said that we were supposed to focus on where our paintbrush touched the paper because that was where the creative process was and when you think you’re done with a painting you ask yourself, if I had one more stroke to do on this painting what would I do and where would I put it and then do it and you don’t stop painting you just keep putting paint on–no thinking or pondering.  It’s based on a book called “Life, Paint, and Passion:  Reclaiming the Magic of Spontaneous Expression” by Michele Cassou and Stewart Cubley.  The first and most colorful painting I spent almost all of the time on and the second painting I spent what time I had left.  Fun, colorful, whimsical!!

Blessings***


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ok, so I’ve started doing a 40-day kundalini yoga practice…

Ok, so I’ve started a 40-day kundalini yoga practice which is breathwork, chanting, singing, movement and this one class dvd I’m doing has a 24-minute free dance part where I am instructed to close my eyes and not dance “pretty” but rather very free and chaotic and work up a sweat.  I’m paraphrasing here.

So, I’m in my house and feel very self-conscious even though my family is not at home.  And I still move away from the windows and doors so that the neighbors can’t see me and the windows and doors are all shut tight so that no one “out there” can hear me chanting, singing, and free dancing.

I start tentatively  dancing thinking am I doing this right?  And, of course, I have to open my eyes and peek at the dvd to see what everyone else is doing for their “non-pretty” dance and as I watch them I think, wow, how can they be so free and brave and letting loose?!

I think to myself, I can do this..and I start rockin’ out not-so-pretty and then I start to laugh and laugh and then I am choking on my own laughter because I am pretty sure I am dancing the African Anteater Ritual dance!!!

Do you remember Patrick Dempsey’s character “Ronald” in the movie “Can’t Buy Me Love” where Ronald is turning from nerd to cool kid and needs to learn how to dance before he goes with a girl to a school dance.  Ronald yells at his little brother to change the tv channel so he (Ronald) can watch American Bandstand in order to learn how to dance, so his brother changes the channel and leaves the room while Ronald learns the moves.  As his brother comes back into the room, Ronald leaves quickly, and the host (who is not Dick Clark!) announces the names of the dancers and the dance they just performed as the African Anteater Ritual for the PBS African Cultural Hour.  (I tried to link a video to youtube, but it won’t go, so if you’re interested google “youtube can’t buy me love movie african anteater ritual” and go to the AARitual link by rrebel94 it has a picture of a tv.)

and then Ronald goes to the school dance and this is what happens…

Yeah, that’s what I looked like ;)  and had to continue for tweeenty-fooour minutes!  That was a very long 24 minutes.  But a very long JOYFUL 24 minutes :)

(I’m sorry the resolution is not very good.  I’ve re-started it before and sometimes it helps it be a little clearer.)

Here’s to more freedom and non-pretty dances with chortles of laughter keeping your radiant light inside you and illuminating your life!

Namaste and many blessings***

 

 

 


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today’s the day

***Today’s the day–I don’t know why but it is–so take the energy and do the thing that you have been putting off, procrastinating, sing at the event, do the poetry reading, do a two-minute ritual to shift your marriage/relationship, clean you ENTIRE closet, clean the floors and mop, and dream a bigger life for yourself –one of Denise Linn’s affirmations in Soul Coaching is “My evaluation of myself is not who I am.” –(not who you have decided you are based on what people told you or how they reacted to you–you are spirit, a beautiful loving soul spirit deep inside of you), plant flowers, EXERCISE, get the momentum of your life going and start your morning by shaking you a$$ to Katie Sky’s song “Run” which was introduced to me by my daughter.  Thank you!  :)  Now turn the volume UP and get up and dance!!!

Oh, also, I woke up this morning with someone telling me that dogs were our barkangels or should I say b/archangels ;)

Namaste and many blessings***

 

 


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another *FREE* Deepak and Oprah meditation challenge…

 

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Another Deepak and Oprah FREE meditation challenge called “Finding your flow” starts this Monday, April 14, 2014.  Even if you miss the first day, still try to sign up because often you can still sign up a couple of days late, unless they’ve changed it.  I think these challenges–the music, the affirmations, etc. are getting better and better each time and can TRANSFORM your life if you do them.

And have your kids listen to them.

Namaste and many blessings***

 

 


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“Honest criticism…

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*My calligraphy homework :)

 

“Honest criticism is hard to take

especially from a relative,

a friend, an acquaintance,

or a stranger.”

–Franklin P. Jones


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I don’t know why I have to put this quote

quote out there—Spirit?!?–, but it has haunted me all day

– so as quoted in the book “A Deep Breath of Life” by Alan Cohen:

“There are two fatal errors that keep

great projects from coming to life:

1.  Not finishing

2.  Not starting”

–Buddha

No, I don’t know what they are talking about…

by the way, on side note, I tell people that Shaun White (the American Olympic snowboarder, guitarist in the band Bad Things, etc.) is my brother.  They know I’m kidding…I think :)

<3  Namaste and many blessings***


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Spiritual author goddess Tosha Silver offering a free call this Friday February 14, 2014 11a.m.-12p.m.PST

Spiritual author astrologer goddess etc and so forth ;) Tosha Silver is offering a free call in class this Friday, February 14, 2014 at 11 a.m.-12p.m.(noon) PST

I have never participated in a call-in class but I have read her book “Outrageous Openness:  Letting the Divine Take the Lead” which consists of several short stories when she wrote for the newspaper the San Francisco Examiner.  Even if you can’t make the call-in time, you can still sign up and an mp3 of the call will be sent to you.  To sign up you enter your first name and your email address.

Namaste and many blessings!***

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