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

 

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?

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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?

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Tranquil rest vs Weird Melatonin triggered dreams and headache

weird nightmare type dreams is not what I wanted when I took the melatonin at 2am after waking up at 130 ad being way too awake!!
weird nightmare type dreams is not what I wanted when I took the melatonin at 2am after waking up at 130 ad being way too awake!!

 

I think it is time I totally shun Melatonin as a sleep aid. Just saying for me it just is more trouble than it is worth. I can almost guarantee  I will have some very weird , dark dream that does not have any connection (that is obvious to me)  with what I did, what I looked at or who I spoke to within days prior to the dreams. And it seems I always get a headache after taking it.

I go from looking forward to having a tranquil rest to waking up shuddering in the darkness.

The other night I tried it again after months of not trying it. Out of NO WHERE, I  dreamt about a friend of mine from high school ( I will not share how long ago that was but … oh my , history) . If I remember correctly I am pretty sure that this friend’s  father developed Alzheimer disease years after we were in high school. In my dream I see my friend in a restaurant. I walk up to him and start talking to him. He looks at me with a blank stare.  I have not seen him in person in years ( which is true). I remind him of the wonderful times we had together. I remind him of our great communications we had while I was working at summer camp. He was not a boy friend but truly the closest friend I had when it came to talking about our deep spiritual thoughts. Ironically he was the son of a Lutheran Minister so that made our  conversations even more interesting as we compared “notes” on life. But I digress.

SO , I wake up from this dream with a shudder. Wondering if my high school friend will  at some time be one of the victims of this memory robbing disease.

Melatonin is getting big bonus points in some research I read in reference to not only sleep aid but  that supposedly it  does something to help protect women from breast cancer. Really ?  Well I think I am better off lying in bed meditating than having these wacko dreams.

So here are a few links to read for your personal   caution  ( just saying you may want to check it out) and keep it in mind when  you are looking at all those great blends of natural sleep aids .

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/melatonin-side-effects/faq-20057874

http://www.doctoroz.com/article/fact-sheet-melatonin

http://www.livestrong.com/article/115717-bad-side-effects-melatonin-supplements