Monday, February 17, 2020

Painting Backgrounds

I did these this weekend in a quick workshop of painting landscapes in watercolor as part of the Contract Services grant for Local 44 members continuing education.



Figure Quick Sculpt

I took a 2 day workshop on sculpting the figure.  First day female, second day was the male.











Thursday, December 19, 2019

Divine Mother Invocation

Divine Mother Invocation
(Ananda Lahari)

Oh Divine Mother
May all my speech and idle talk be mantra
All actions by my hands be mudra
All eating and drinking be the offering of oblations unto thee
All lying down be prostrations before thee
May all pleasures be as dedication of my entire self unto thee
May everything I do be taken as they worship

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Smiling Buddha Mudra and the Vow of Ahimsa


I learned this in the Womb Shakti training with Wise Earth Ayurveda. This is about opening the heart to Ahimsa. Can be just with one hand by the heart.


Vow of Ahimsa 

I take the vow of
I make inner harmony my priority
I take the vow of
in my thoughts, speech and actions
I take the vow of Ahimsa


Instructions
open the heart to serenity, compassion and security



Prayer of Gratitude

Brahmarpanam brahma havih
Brahmagnau brahmana hutam
Brahmaiva tena gantavyam
Brahmakarma samadhina
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti

Brahman is the offering.
Brahman is the oblation.
Poured out by Brahman into the fire of Brahman.
Brahman is to be attained by the one who contemplates the action of Brahman.

(Brahman refers to Pure Consciousness)

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

FULL MOON YOGA NIDRA

(this is not a complete script but an outline.  You will need to know about Yoga Nidra to adapt and use it)



Begin by making MANDALA MUDRA  place it on the belly. Begin deep abdominal breathing

(INTERNALIZATION)
The full moon is the high point of the lunar cycle. This is the climax of the lunar cycle
How are you feeling at this ultimate point in the lunar cycle (pause)
(MANIFESTATION)
The full moon is a time when wishes come true . . . what do you wish for (pause)
Maybe you feel a strong sign that a wish is on its way to being fulfilled (pause)
If you are moon sensitive: you may feel wound up or anxious (pause)
(FORGIVENESS)
Look back at the past month and anyone or anything that has hurt you.  This is the time to forgive.
When you forgive you release the karma and release yourself from the ties of the situation. What every you released with forgiveness fill up with gratitude. (big pause)
(GRATITUDE)
Unfortunately, after tonight, as we start the waning cycle, what you wanted to manifest will probably have to wait. Be grateful for what you have.  (pause)

(SANKALPA)


(BODY ROTATION – What ever path you use to connect to the body according to your preference or lineage. Suggested nyasa practice of placing moon and stars)
(BREATH AWARENESS)
Every movement within Creation is a breath. A breath made of three parts.  It is sometimes referred to as the Cosmic Breath. There is the inhalation (a contraction), there is the exhalation (an expansion) and finally the space between the peak of inhalation/exhalation, the period of transition.
The lunar cycle reflects and mirrors the great Cosmic Breath. The waning moon (from full moon to new moon) is the inhalation, the breath inward toward consolidation, restoration and renewal. The waxing moon (from new moon to full moon) is the exhalation, the expansion in the world and the presence of our light mirrored in the light of the moon. Both the new moon and full moon are the peaks or transitions between the in/out breaths and represent the yin/yang polarities in the infinite all.

(MANTRA HRIM)
The Tantric mantra Hreem (Hrim) is one of the most important of all mantras. It is the equivalent of OM (AUM) for the Goddess. It refers to the cosmic heart and can be used for all names and forms of the Goddess. Hreem is Pure Undifferentiated Consciousness and the Creative Power of the Infinite Creation.
The blessings of HREEM (hrim) is like the spiritual nature of the Sun, particularly in terms of illumination. It increases our aspiration and receptivity to Divine light, wisdom and truth. Its pure vibration also has the ability to heal us.
Begin chanting mentally the mantra Hrim . . .

(OPPOSITES)
(1st opposites - DARK AND LIGHT)
(2nd opposites - FULL AND NEW)

(JOURNEY)


At the Full Moon, the moon reveals her entire face to Earth. It is a time of balance in the cosmos between waxing and waning cycles.
This moon phase is about the balance between taking in the new and releasing the old. This is when you have the clarity to examine all aspects of yourself.
Under the light of the tonight’s full moon become the moon.
See the earth from far above. Look around to see the sparkling stars in the dark sky.
Each star is a possibility – reach out for what is possible.
Look at the stars sparkling and glimmering in the hand. Feel the joy each possibility can bring.
Mentally Hold out the hand with the stars and gently blow them towards the earth. Watch as they shimmer while they fall. After the last star has fallen, reach within the full moon belly, the moon that is you and pull out a handful of moon beams. Bring these from the heart and infuse them with creativity, hope and encouragement. Pick the first moon beam and send it down. Watch as it covers part of the earth. Once it has faded, send out the next. Know that each one helps others grow. When the moon beam practice is done, thank the stars and heavens knowing there are infinite possibilities, creative and hope and encouragement everywhere.

(2nd Sankalpa)
(EXTERNALIZATION)