Friday, February 24, 2017

Monthiversaries, Sketchbox and Meditation

That Peaceful Meditation Feeling
Acrylic ink, gold paint,
white and black acrylic markers
on Fabriano watercolour paper
4 x 5 1/4 inches
Barbara Muir © 2017
On this the 24th day of the Month of Love, the monthiversary
of when Steven and I married, I am sitting in my kitchen
listening to a thunder storm, happy to know my man has
landed safely in Toronto and is heading home in a taxi.

When I woke up today I originally wanted to celebrate
meditation, and its power to make a day a good one.
I got into the practice at the suggestion of the wonderful
artist Janet Vanderhoof.  And when I've gone a few days,
and sometimes even a week without meditating I can
feel the lag in my energy and my spirits.

When I looked out the window this morning it was another
(NO!) grey day, and there have been way too many.  I felt
a bit down, and uninspired.  Then I remembered to do a
short meditation -- picking a random choice from a
guided meditation on the internet about a good day, and the
day transformed.  It was still grey, but I saw how thick and
lacy the dark, leafless trees were getting, and I suddenly
knew that spring was coming, and we needed the rain,
and the day took off.

I did this small, odd sketch to symbolize the peace that
comes through meditating.  My Sketchbox this time
included a muted pink acrylic ink, and a fine point white
marker that can write on acrylic.  An older box held
gold paint, and a fine black marker.  Janet Vanderhoof
my meditation inspiration is bravely experimental and
thinking of her made me want to just fool around,
and play with these materials.

Have a loving-meditation-and-having-fun day.

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