Purple as the color of Unity for Hillary Clinton

dark dreams when what I am really looking forward to is tranquil rejuvenation
Dark dreams when what I am really looking forward to is tranquil rejuvenation

2016 title FROM DARKNESS TO UNITY

Lat night I coached at the  Phoenix  location of the international challah bake . Today when I woke up at 4am I had the realization that as I know all too well painting in red – root chakra ( the base that holds fear ) would not be good for my health right now and intuitively that is why I could not allow myself to create what I had the  idea to do the last few days. Red can be very agitating if I am in the wrong emotional space. Hiking and lying  on a rock in the sun like a lizard felt good on Wed. It was healing to be without sound by myself after a couple hour hike with a dear friend NOT talking about the election ( despite my initial desire to cry and scream) . Only regret  not having done it yesterday. Today is a new day. My purple cauliflower premonition at the the grocery store Tuesday afternoon  was right. I can only imagine the pain and sole searching and processing Hillary and all those that worked so hard are feeling.  At 6am today Nov 11, I am putting my big girl shoes on. Blue and red = purple , Hillary knew it. Unity. I live in a very long standing red state ( Arizona) .  It is too painful to feel  battered internally or externally, by the anger, confusion, fear, anxiety , disappointment  and ( oh yeah )  immobilization.  IF Trump and Obama can publicly get on with the transition amicably … I need to focus on what I CAN DO to support unity.  Purple it will be. From paintings I have already done  this one from 2013 seems so painfully appropriate at this time. And just with any kind of grief we can not just stuff the pain away and act as if it never happened but the question is for how long and in what way do we grieve and in what way do we heal?

I am not ignoring you …and public art

Public Art installations are a business model all of their own for artists. Something I have been involved with applying for and getting hired for on and off for many years. Many more rejections that acceptances I can honestly say.  This is one of the 5 images I submitted in the fall 2015  for review to be considered one of the artists to be part of the InFlux 6 public art program in Scottsdale Az and varied surrounding cities. ( More about this later in this post)

funny how when arranging shapes of veggies for photo, strange connections of thoughts happen
funny how when arranging shapes of veggies for photo, strange connections of thoughts happen

There has been a great number of new subscribers to this blog and I want to thank you all for being here. With that said if you made a comment that has not posted as of yet … I have been very  busy and need to take the time to review the posts before having them on this site , replying to people directly … and honestly researching to make sure these are not just folks that want to advertise to you via my blog , and trying to figure out why some folks signing up go by totally different email name than by user name.  Being that I do not know these people personally it is confusing. SOOO, any comments , help or  feed back on that would be greatly appreciated! The world of blogging, like so much else is a work in progress and a learning curve all of its own.

With  that said, hope you are all working on making , keeping your life delicious. Some days it is easier than others. I am excited to say I am in the throws of a deadline for the public art project I mentioned at beginning of this post , and  I look forward to sharing more about  it after I get through this initial deadline of plans for review and then on to … very quick production turn around. Feeling like dirt after 2 hours sleep last night waking with working on the  plans in my mind….3 hours work instead of sleeping and a few hours more sleep and thanks to my high energy diet / and meditation I am  back at it. NOW need to get some sun and exercise into my day too besides computer time 🙂

Wishing you all the best. Some like it hot.

Linda

 

Embedded terrorists analogy on my brain … my not so delicious disconnected thoughts?

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Why do I look at one of my garden images and ponder the analogy of the image I see. Here there are bees doing what they need to do, hiding within the the seeds of the sunflower. Are they nice worker bees, or are they mean nasty  bees? They have done nothing to harm me , and yet they create fear . Will they do me harm? This is such a light weight thought and analogy to the terror that is happening in the world. Knowing loved ones living in fear is hard to ignore. Knowing the world at large is in chaos is in my face. I search to create beauty. To share inspiration. Ok , I will say it.  To BEE positive .

I literally talk to the bees as I photograph them up close. We have an arrangement. We are in partnership. I want them to survive. They are not terrorists. Do bees have thoughts of me? Do they want me dead ?  No. I doubt that.

I need to stop writing .

Meditation and naps and feeling delicious

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For years upon decades I always heard about meditation. I was so aware of the cornucopia  of techniques. I just never felt I did meditate. Well I have grown to see that differently . For some odd reason  the old philosophical question comes to mind “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” . If you fall asleep for an hour when you meditate and wake up more clear headed and relaxed, was it not a great session of mediation?

In all seriousness I can think of many meditation attempts where my head hurt from “trying ” to meditate.  With that said I have grown to find for me moving meditations during walking in nature at sunrise or sunset listening to certain kinds of music and consciously being aware of my breath, or swimming laps where breath is obviously a focus, and focusing my mind while I swim on an affirmation while swimming  have been great. I have also grown to really enjoy working on my meditation techniques using varied forms of mp3 or online support through headphones. Unfortunately many of the ones I tried did not inspire me… AND  I used to think that  it was a cheat, that it was not totally self generated. NOT anymore.  But for some time now I have found  a very special love of my at home meditation breaks during the day with   yoga nidra, Silva Meditation techniques, or now also exploring Centerpointe’s Holosync. I am not going to say it has worked for me to meditate upon waking, like some folks I know.  BUT taking a break during the day …. yummy! When I “wake up”  from 60  minutes of meditation …. I am feeling mighty  delicious! I may be falling asleep during meditation  but for me…. I would say that is not such a bad thing 🙂 How about you?

When are you really most productive?

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The mind is a wonderful thing to use. SO much or so little can be happening in there!

I love love love walking/hiking/gardening/treadmilling while listening to inspiring podcasts, or downloaded awesome brain feed. One in particular podcast I love is GoodLifeProject. Today as I was once again brutally aware of how many things I truly desire doing between the hours of 5 am and 10 am, I am out at 7am  making sure I got a walk in before it got into the 90’s and  I was confronted by Jonathan Fields of GLP as he spoke directly to me ( or so it seemed) concerning the issue of not wasting our personal  precious 5 star creative hours doing the stuff that is so easy to fall into ie FB, emails, news  etc. ( and yes I know that is a run on sentence, get over it. )  AND yet for some of us ,is there not a conflict between when to get excercise and when to let our creative juices/ productivity flow? And what of getting kids to school and the parents that are filled with creative sparks at that time.  SO when I get up  tomorrow and make tea even while standing in the kitchen waiting for that wistle,  I am going  to start writing instead of just checking my you know what.

Prickly Pear Cactus Grenades

Between my deep concern about the nuclear deal with Iran and the fact that I finally watched the movie American Sniper the other night....prickly pear Cactus fruit felt even more ominous handling it this week.
Violet is such a spiritual spiritual color, one connected to insightful moments of thought…. and yet there are so many juxtapositions that surround us daily.

Working on the Chakra healing series of paintings does not always result in happy feeling paintings. Between my concern and attention to listening to what varied sources are saying here and abroad about the  nuclear deal with Iran …and the fact that I finally watched the movie American Sniper movie  the other night….prickly pear Cactus fruit appeared much  more ominous when I was handling it this week.

My season of peas on earth is ending, for now

During Passover I choose not to harvest any peas  ( not eating them that week) and no one I offered them to was able to come harvest that week … so I had to be patient…. and loved the bounty once Passover was over.

Harvest of snap peas day after passover ended
Harvest of snap peas day after passover ended

 

and so I ripped out my last snap pea, and snow pea plant on Sunday after harvesting the stragglers due to the 100 degree heat we already have  had . I’ve also been collecting dried pods for planting  in the fall. What a wonderful feeling knowing I am doing my part to help  create peas on earth.

Do you hack ? Do you track?

If you are interested in having a a pdf copy of the life  hacker tracker that I created and  that I use personally  please let me share it with you. I use this to help me keep track of how I am spending my time  vs what I intend to do , and working to make sense of how my activities and interactions,  my sleep , and what I consume  with how I am feeling in  my mind, body and soul. Please sign up for the RSS feed and request a copy.

where are I going where have I been. What am I doing towards my life's win?
where are I going where have I been. What am I doing towards my life’s win?

I will gladly send you a copy to your email . And please let me know how it helps you  after 6 months keeping your own life hacker tracker  🙂

Do you think this blog needs how to imfo re image making?

As this blog progresses I am seeing how it evolves organically ( pun intended). Wondering what my subscribers are really looking for here.

Please comment.

Has MADD been replaced by SMFDD?

 

 

where are I going where have I been. What am I doing towards my life's win?
where are I going where have I been. What am I doing towards my life’s win?

Strange conversations happen during waxing sessions. Hard to explain  the connection of dots that lead to this conversation today but I think it started with talking about dating > how rare anyone is  going out to movies, dancing > how people do not dance anymore, what singles do on dates dinner , drinks etc  and  then ended up  with  her telling me about 16 year old clients telling her about  going to proms and parents being very aware that  the after parties involved alcohol consumption  and parents being ok with the kids driving home at 3am knowing they had been drinking . Seriously?  Wondering how ” normal” this is these days and if MADD has been replaced by SMFDD

( Stupid mothers for drunk driving )  ? Her description of these 16 years old are from very “successful ” homes.  Not like drinking is new for teenagers.

So wondering if MADD is as out of date as dancing that is more like threesomes having  sex with clothes on, or barely clothes on at pool parties.

 

 

What subject (s) of this blog site are most relevant to you?

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I was wondering, as my  blogging continues what posts are of most interest to those who come here . The whole thing is an experiment to see how I can take my fusion cooking style and bring it into my blog site. SOOOOO, could you  please take the time to check out the varied categories  let me know what you would like to see and read more about . Thanks!

Podcasts that I am loving to have as walking partners!

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I love taking walks alone to be with my thoughts and nature. But other ways involve talks with dear friends who always leave me grateful I took the time out to be with them . Sadly it is often  hard to schedule the walks to suit multiple  schedules . So I have found some GREAT new walking companions. No I really do not get to share what is really up with me on these walks … but reality is I do not miss it  or really need it cause when I finish my walks I ALWAYS feel it was time very well spent on multiple levels.

I am loving podcasts these days.

I prefer to keep them on my ipod and carry both that and my iphone when I walk cause…. well I do not like to get lost in trying to figure  out why I have problems when I try to text, jot down notes to myself,  photograph , and  listen to podcast on same device while out walking . Yeah, real mindfullness training 🙂

Audio books are great too for keeping my mind stimulated but I am totally connecting with podcasts  (  FREE through  the  I-tunes store)  No I do not get any $ from referring you to these folks… although not a bad idea at all . I so want to connect with these folks and have a dialogue in person 🙂 So here are the folks that have been keeping me busy . Podcasting is exploding, but so far I have found these to never disappoint me and our timing for getting together never takes any effort in scheduling!  Please note there is always great juice in these for my blogs too!

GoodLife Project with Jonathon Fields

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/good-life-project

www.goodlifeproject.com

http://www.goodlifeproject.com/radio/

The Health Bridge with Dr Sara Gottfried and Dr Pedram Shojai

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-health-bridge

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So if you want a great walk and talk  ( really walk and listen ) ,really do not care if you are talking but want to fill your mind with great stuff while moving those big leg muscles… check these podcasts out. I also find them great company when doing mindless work around the house or garden 🙂  . Call it a variation of multi tasking .

And if you want please comment on what you think of which podcasts. I know I sure will be cause they inspire me to share more with you! Actually I have been known to be babbling about these podcasts while in person with real life  walk and talk 🙂

PS if you want to let these folks know that I am available to be a guest on their podcasts…. I appreciate it.