I’m delighted to be able to share this portrait painted by the multi-talented artist Emma Montonen!
“It’s good to have an end in mind but in the end what counts is how you travel.”
My Favorite Things – Channeling My Ancestors
(and honoring the ties that bind!)
Friday’s Thought – Wisdom for the Darkest Day of the Year
“We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.”
“Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.”
In my next life I think I’ll be coming back as a jazz violist (and cartoonist, of course!) I suppose I could dedicate myself to learning how to improvise on the viola in THIS lifetime; truth be told, by the time I’m finished with my music gigs for the day, I tend to want to “shelve the axe” and get on to other things (like creating silly illustrations and cartoons.) So to feed my love for jazz, I often end up resorting to just listening to it. I’m a big fan of Stéphane Grappelli and Mark O’Connor and also recently came across this Gypsy Jazz Viola video that blew me away… How about you? Do you like jazz? Any artists or recordings I should check out? I’d love to expand my music library…
“Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.” (Henry David Thoreau)
Looking for the silver (sweet?) lining in the everyday might take a little work, but it’s so worth it in the end!
It’s actually that simple. But if you’re like me and sometimes forget to do this most profound of mindfulness exercises, I recommend adding a few inspirational books to your mental “diet” as well. I loved, loved, (REALLY loved!) reading Beyond Happiness: The Zen Way to True Contentment by Ezra Bayda, and plan to reread it often. I’ve also enjoyed listening to Ezra’s one hour talk on Love, Relationships and Spiritual Practice. The talk is conveniently divided up into four 15 minute segments – which makes it easier to absorb and process. If you’re curious, take a look below: And these days I’m reading Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears by Pemo Chodron. Despite working to “wake up” quite a bit over the past year, I’ve discovered that old habits, thought patterns and fears still die hard, so a new perspective in how to tackle old issues is always welcome. Remember… “Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.” Pema Chodron
“Into each life some rain must fall”…but sometimes it’s merely our perspective that’s gotten all wet!