Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Fresh

"Watching the moon at dawn, solitary, mid-sky, I knew myself completely. No part left out."
Izumi Shikibu - Japanese Poet (974 - 1034)

I am cleaning out papers, and came across this poem that I had copied into a journal years ago.  It struck home...so simple, so beautiful.

I leave you with more images from the garden this week freshly washed by the rain...

Opening





Holding the droplet...




Monday, January 16, 2012

Seasons in the Garden

Enjoying the time in my much neglected garden.  I like this time of year, though spring is by far my favorite.  This week I pruned roses and other hedges, a job I find very satisfying knowing it will prepare for new growth.  Though a number of plants are dormant right now, we in SoCal are blessed with so much in full bloom. There is the balance of stark orderliness and abundant growth.  What is your favorite season?

What a joyous discovery in this bloom!


Look at the delicate colors...

Jade plants in full glory



Elegant orchids

And more to burst forth...



The last of the roses...

Heart Geranium given to me by my sister...

Seasons come and go as life cycles on.  Recently I had tea with dear friends who I have known since I was 5.  The guest of honor was Madeline, my friend Elizabeth's mother, who is 90+ and sharp in mind.  Maddie is still in the old neighborhood, one of the last from my growing up years.  I can remember playing in that house as a child.  It was a lovely afternoon reminiscing over photos.  The visit fulfilled the intention of livening up Madeline's day!


Chris, Madeline and Rosemary



Tina and Evelyn



Elizabeth and Rosemary
Life has such heartbreaking sweet moments!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Alpaca Knitting

Alpaca new years socks completed!  What a joy these were to do, even with learning to knit toe up for the first time...quick work, and cozy on my feet.  Thanks to Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, and a splash of difference to make them ala Linda.  Aptly named "foot ovens" by Stephanie and family, toasty warm!
Learned some great new techniques along the way, with Judy Becker's Magic Cast On  and short row heels.  Try them and have fun!
 



Thursday, January 12, 2012

Art Intensive

I have been slowly coming back to my daily life from being in retreat mode with last week's art intensive.  It was an amazing 5 days incorporating meditation and lot of creative play...what could be better than meditation in action?   This week...lightness!
The group of 22 students came from varied backgrounds and experiences...some with no meditation experience and some long time practitioners....some full time artists, some not.  It was great to meet and to play with them all.

Marcia Shibata discusses her Kado process.

One of the teachers, Marcia Shibata,  is a Kado/Ikebana master.  She did several demos during the intensive that were a dance of creative flow.  So beautiful to experience the creation of the arrangements!  Click the link above to learn more and to watch some of her previous demos.


Detail - water element


Detail - earth and fire elements.

"Genuine inspiration is not particularly dramatic.  It's very ordinary.
It comes from settling down in your environment and accepting situations as natural."
-Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (excerpt from True Perception)




All I can say is that the five days were challenging and rejuvenating...try it for yourself!


Group offerings on the last day.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Beginning in Reflection

Who can wait quietly while the mud settles?
Who can remain still until the moment of action?
Observers of the Tao do not seek fulfilment.
Not seeking fulfillment, they are not swayed by desire for change.
Empty yourself of everything.
Let the mind rest at peace.
The ten thousand things rise and fall while the Self watches their return.
They grow and flourish and then return to the source.
Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of nature.
-Tao Te Ching  Lao Tzu
© 2011 Linda A. Miller

It is with gratitude that I say goodbye to 2011.  There have been many successes, mistakes made, lessons learned, new friends met, and old relationships deepened.  I am happy to have my family and friends around me bringing love into my life...and to have meditation, yoga and art practices to sustain me. I wish joy, contentment and peace to you all.  Let's see what 2012 will bring!
What better way to start the year than in an art intensive linking meditation and creative process?  That is where you will find me in a few days...the 5 part Shambhala Art Program.   As many of you dear readers know, I have taken various workshops in this program over the years and have found it invigorating for my creative life...and beyond.  This intensive combines all 5 parts in one week with participants coming from all over to attend.  What a revitalizing start for the year!  I am so looking forward to it!  Stay tuned for more to come....

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