lotus flower

When Simplicity Yoga offered to have my canvases on display at the studio, I started thinking in terms of incorporating spirituality into my art. What blossomed were my Buddha and lotus flower canvases. I enjoy making the petals of the flower out of interesting papers, like glossy, embossed & even newsprint.

Tanumânasî Meditación en postura del Loto (Pad...

Padmasana (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In yoga, the lotus represents the Lotus Pose or Padmasana, where the feet and legs represent the petals of the lotus flower. It opens the hips, strengthens the back and creates flexibility in the knees and is a base pose for meditation, chanting and pranayama (breathing techniques).

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lotus lotus lotusHave a great weekend!

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Hot fun in the summer sun.

We are experiencing the hottest summer in Ontario in forever, and what do we do? We head south — as in South Carolina. But first a detour to New Jersey. Why you say? Well, to the south because it’s hot AND there is ocean; we will get to spend time with our favourite people in the whole world, and when we get there the hardest decisions we are making are:

1. “Ready for a drink?”

2. “Should we have seafood again tonight?”

The above scene is the view we had for a glorious week. So that’s the reason I have been so lax in the blogging department.

The answer to the second why is a little harder for those who don’t know me. Here’s a  picture of why we went to the Jersey Shores:

And yes, it was Friday. That’s The Juicer with a drumstick and Miss Know-It-All. It was worth the unforeseen traffic jams, the AC quitting on us and waking up the next morning and realizing our little detour was not so little.

So as I frolicked in the ocean, and ate well, I noticed somethings…

When did this happen:

1.One day I decided to check my mail on my iPhone. Whoa! What has happened to the screen ? It’s fuzzy. Oh wait. If I just move it out a little ways everything is clear. Huh. The next thing I know, Mr CFO and I are picking out the generic 3-pack of reading glasses at Costco.
2. When did my body morph into my mothers’!
3. Why do I keep referring to people in their twenties as, “Those 12 year olds.”?
4. When did I start relying on my eleven year old for sound electronic advice?
5. Back fat. WTF?!

But at the same time:

6. I get to have the most wonderful conversations with my teenage daughter about life, while other moms are pulling out their hair over theirs.
7. As a family, we did a 11 hour road trip to go see a rock ‘n roll band playing at a club I had been to almost 20 years before on my own solo road trip.
8. My kids are almost my height and I still get PDAs from them!
9. My family are my number one fans and supporters.

These are the strange days of my life. It’s whipping by all too quickly, and I realize there is still so much to learn about, see and experience — but with thoughtfulness and purpose, not  with the haste of marking things off a checklist.

When we are quick to complain about the one thing going wrong or hiccup in the road, we need to stop and reconsider how many things went right in the day to get us to that point.  Since my kids were babies, I have been mindful not to use the phrase, “I can hardly wait”, because that time is always here before you know it and you can’t go back.

So enjoy the ride.

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