Happy Holidays...Many blessings for this Brand New Year!
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the name I have chosen: art asana. Asana is a sanskrit word (the language of yoga) that means seat, posture or pose (according to the glossary in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, translated by B.K.S Iyengar). So what is Art Asana? In my naming of these two places in cyberspace, I wanted a name that represented my intention to embrace myself as an artist and yogi. To me, art asana means taking my seat in the intention of being an artist/entrepreneur/yogi and offering that intention up to something bigger then me. It's as if I am saying, here I am in the world (as I am), determined by my intention and diving into the flow of grace, letting it sweep me away towards whatever is in store. Taking this seat, this asana, as artist requires as much steadiness as it does letting go. Yoga asana is a way to embody our intentions and plant the seeds of them into the foundations of our bodies. We take our seat as yogis. In the same way, I set my intentions into the space of visual expression, I allow them to dance though the puddles of paint I squirt down on my palette. I take my seat as artist.
And don't we all want to feel this sense of belonging, this sense of taking our seats in our own meaningful purposes?
Monday, December 21, 2009
While it did it's blizzarding thing on Sunday, I put some of my artwork up in a shop on Etsy! See the new side bar to the right? That's my shop! So today I celebrated this with festive reds and a juicy pomegranate!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
So I am still thinking about this BIG topic of Trust that I started writing about last weekend. I think that the biggest reason for this is that I am in the beginning phases of starting a business with my art (the planning phase, the "am I good enough?" phase, the "I am scared out of my gore" phase). So trust has been on my mind because I feel like I need a extra large spoonful of it these days. Over the weekend, I took the topic to my yoga mat. I thought about how it takes trust to do poses like handstand, how much hugging into the core of the body is required for a pose like that and how much trust that takes. It takes trust in myself to know that I am strong enough to pull into that central place. It takes trust to know that even if I do fall out of handstand, the ground will be there to catch me (hopefully as softly as possible). It's not as though I'm going to fall straight through the ground. Thank goodness for the ground! Then I moved onto some balancing poses, because they require trust also. How do I find trust in balancing poses, I asked myself? Again, it requires hugging into the center of myself, trusting that I will be supported from that place. I moved into Vasisthasana, side plank pose---a pose that in the past, I have hated, hated, hated because of the pressure it puts on my wrists, (especially on the right side). I always dread doing this pose. However, as I have deepened my understanding and embodiment of the Anusara yoga principles, this pose has gotten better. But there is still some fear/discomfort/distrust that comes up when I go into it. But during the weekend's practice, I thought about how it especially takes trust (a lot of it) to do something that is scary and uncomfortable. I decided that by trusting that it will really all be OK, I would be able to move past the limitations that I have set up for myself. Limitations that I have around a pose like Side Plank Pose, or the idea of making a living from my artwork.However with trust embedded in my weekend's practice, I did Side Plank Pose and I celebrated the small victory, believing, if for only a moment, that I can overcome any of my fears with TRUST that it will all work out.