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

 

Why are we here ? Please introduce yourself :)

I think it best for me to introduce myself again . As I wander through this project of learning word press and all the side bar issues that come with having a functional blog I live and learn ( hopefully like all of life) . I recently got introduced to Word Fence plug in and now wondering who are these “people ” that keep trying to log in as administrator to this site ? How distracting life can be when we attempt to make delicious  stuff and reality sets in and we have to deal with the dirt of life. Sound familiar? I guess I need to understand better how to create my sign up so you can introduce yourselves to me!  With that said I would love if the subscribers or any visitors that feel inclined post a response : How did you get here and what  are you ideally looking for from this blog ? I started this blog knowing full well that the mavens of marketing and blogging and blah blah blahhhhing say focus on a few topics in your blog site. SO what is the fluid evolving reason for this blog site?  Connecting my art ( both photographic and Chakra healing paintings  as part of my Chakra healing project ) to  my writing  as I focus on other of my life passions : organic gardening/sustainability, creating delicious recipes, finding new ways of healthfully getting out / staying out of feeling mind /body  dirt and being more delicious!  I have a lot to say and more to show. Where this site goes is fluid . Professionally I have been a photographic artist for decades. I have within the past 4 years years started working with abstract acrylics and working on creating the Chakra Healing Exhibition Research Project . More on that another time. I am looking forward to the exposure this blog has as a venue leading to support of my projects and also assignments, purchases , exhibition space. There is no shopping cart set up here ( yet) nor amazon connection ( yet) but I am considering them as options in the future. Thank you for being here. I would love to know what brought you here and what you would like to see more of and well… more about you!
NOW, please introduce yourself  🙂 -Guggenheim_entry5789©_2015_Copyright_Linda_Enger_Photography

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.

Just say no to botox

really having fun here!
really having fun here!

I can remember all too well many many years ago finishing up photography for a Plastic Surgeon that included over 2 -14 hour work days. The doc proceeded to look at the designer/art director and me  after those long days  ( and of course it was in the middle of the summer in Phoenix , yeah even better) and wanted to start negotiating a trade for services!…. yeah, LOL.  The  part about aging gracefully and  laser , botox, and varied other nips and tucks never really seem to be too congruent to me… but…… maybe my next photo should include the spider veins on my greens! That does humble me .

 

 

My take on how Mussar and Chakra overlap

I was asked by Rabbi Elana Kanter several months ago to use my creativity to create  something to  honor Rabbi Green  who would be visiting our New Shul and in relationship to our study of Mussar .

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Please note Rabbi Green is much more focused on Kabbalah than Mussar. Kabbalah is more of a mystical based study…  and considering that I had been exploring  Chakra healing and colors with paint for about 4 years I kept pondering what I would actually do. So several months went by. Yes I had good long prep time , but what was the hurry ?

The  7 major Chakra energy fields of the Hindu and Tibetan science of healing focuses on working  to re-connect the flow of energy from the universe through the body.  There are specific colors  that work with this flow. In my painting here you will see that the  top of the painting is  violet which  is considered the 7th Chakra  or crown Chakra . The bottom red is considered the 1st Chakra or Root Chakra . Often in Chakra discussions we start with first things first ( which is the Root /red Chakra) but considering that  Mussar  was the driving force for this finished piece  I feel that we should start with TRUST  first which truly is what I think all spiritual beliefs rely on.

Now more about Mussar . It is a personal development system that is based on Jewish studies  and practices relating  to our everyday life and interactions in the world. In our class we would take one Middot , and after reading and discussing the text pertaining to this create a focus phrase and Kabbalah ( hmmm overlap?) , or action that we want to tap into and follow EVERY DAY for a month. Ouch. For those of  us that easily start and stop practices as we see another shiny object this is no small task! The assignment was to also to include daily journaling , charting our progress and sharing with a partner in the program several times a month per class how we were doing as well as “declaring ” to our small group what our intention was for the month through email. Sounds pretty demanding , eh? Well consistent with the gentleness of our Rabbis it was all strongly “suggested and requested ” that is what we do. Depending upon your personality and emotional makeup this could be productive or not. I am not passing judgement here just stating observation. Considering that this was a 7 month program it could feel like training for a triathalon if one wanted to be consistent.

Now it  seems that with every practice that I attempt to take on to make a change for the positive in my life it always seems to be that I am confronted head on with exactly what I am attempting to resolve and move past . So too with my taking on a an artistic project concerning Mussar. I floated over the idea for months as I was involved in a month long study for  each Middot. It was not until around 2 weeks before delivery was due of my piece while I was supposedly sleeping it all came together in my mind. I am not sure if that was the  hard part… to know exactly what I wanted to do.

With my  painting for several years around the concept of Chakras I had been observing the reactions to color while in the meditative practice of painting as well as how others respond to being in the surroundings of the colors of the paintings. I would arrange the paintings in different ways to see how  the response would change.

It finally clicked with something Rabbi Wasserman said in his shabbat Dvar Torah on March 7th at The New Shul. I meditated on it. I slept on it.  I walked on it. And come Sunday morning I had connected the dots. I cross referenced my readings and personal practices concerning the Middot with those of  Chakra emotional energy centers. FYI there are more chakras just as there is much more to personal development than we cover in our Mussar classes. The learning is never ending in the continuum of personal growth .

FYI  process of this project from conceptualization to completion truly reminded  me of all the Middot. Many of the challenges that I have experienced while in each month of the practice of the middot I found  staring at me daily with this canvas. You see this canvas painting started prior to the Mussar classes . It had been hanging next to my desk asking me WHAT AM I DOING HERE ANYWAY ? It is  interesting how as I kept layering the canvas the size of the color swatches kept changing and in retrospect  it seemed to keep reminding me of what aspect of my life I needed to be working on at that very moment.

For further insight into the painting here are the personality and emotional traits of the Middot and Chakras … see the connection ? The First word is the Hebrew word ie Bitachon, which is the transliteration , and next to it is the English translation , ie Trust.

I have not included the Sanskrit words here as of yet.

Bitachon …Trust

Crown Chakra – Violet

Oneness with god,  understanding , awareness, intuition, universal flow,

Anavah… Humility

Third eye Chakra – Indigo

Ability to see divine perfection in all things,insight, clarity,intuition .

Shtikah-Shmirat Halashon… Silence and Mindful Speech

Throat Chakra – Blue

Expressing truth ,communication, listening.

Chesed… Lovingkindness

Heart Chakra- Green

Love  and acceptance of self  and others,compassion

The Magen david symbol is actually used in traditional Chakra symbolism

Kavod …Dignity Honor

Solar plexus Chakra -Yellow

Ability to manifest goals , personal power,logic, intellect,  anxiety,freedom to be one’s

self, self esteem

Salvanut… Patience

Sacrum- Orange

Relationships ,emotional needs. utilization of creative forces,seat of will power,productivity, enthusiasm , optimism

Emunah… Trustworthiness

Root Chakra – Red

Ability to work lovingly in the physical plane,grounding , stability ,drive, passion .

Seder… Order

By writing these words with Hebrew at top and English at bottom of canvas completes this artist’s attempt to make order out of the curiosity of how these very different worlds of philosophy have such great affinity.

I hope you enjoy and would be grateful to hear or read any comments you may have about what I have said or displayed here.

Namaste and Shalom …

linda

 

 

24 Snow Peas

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I love snow peas and snap peas.I have tried growing them for several years in the ground and in 24 inch pots. Yeah I got some but never enough at one time to make a really dish! I even let them dry up and saved about 20 or more dried peas to plant . Well I think the thing that worked this year is I started earlier than before .   I am excited to say I have numerous plants in varied pots and in the ground planted at different times . Some were started in styrofoam cups others directly into the soil. I need to look up in my gardening  journal ( yeah it really does help) and get back to you on when I started planting which where. But it is March 4th and I am waiting for more to grow big enough to harvest but this is a batch from the other day 🙂 yummy. Hard to get in a recipe though. Almost hard to get them to the kitchen to wash before eating !

The painting is one of the Chakra series that  I love to use for a back drop for harvest photos. The Painting  is 16″ x 40″ and  the intense green focus energy on the heart Chakra . I keep noticing how Green seems to be a  color  I gravitating to lately . Ironically I used to never like green.

There are numerous sources I have used in my study of Chakra healing but I remember when in 2016  I bought the book “The Healing Tones of Crystal Bowls” by Renee Brodie (when I bought two tone bowls as anniversary gifts for my husband and myself ) I think that was the beginning of my real exploration of Chakra healing. So much to say on that … another time .