All posts tagged: spiritual

Week 17 on my Gratitude Journal

GRATEFUL FOR… Being happy and content right now. I love this life. So grateful! and for being open to the splendor of not knowing, making it up as I go along. Merrily, merrily, merrily… life is but a sacred dream.  (4/24)   Today, I release the need to know, and to figure everything out, to have all the answers all the time. I embrace the present moment and trust that I am being carried along in the Divine flow. I am grateful to just be. (4/25)   The almost incomprehensible thing that created the galaxies, and what is beyond them. That benevolent thing, the source of all that is, that energy which is only love all the time. I wish I could find a name that moves beyond gender and personification because God is so much bigger than that. (4/26) I’m reminded of my tag line, “gratitude moves mountains.”  Holy cow does it ever! The more I immerse myself in gratitude, things expand. Wonderful things happen, ideas come to me, I’m more creative, loving and …

Stillness: Its Beauty And Power

Today, I am grateful for the beauty and peace that I’ve found in the gift of stillness. Stillness is different from solitude, different from loneliness, different from turning off the TV, radio, phones, or stereo or speaking softly. Stillness is a place you can find in the desert or in the mountains. You can find it when you’re alone or when you’re in the midst of peace. You can find stillness wherever you are, whatever you’re going through. Stillness is a place within you. Slow down. Breathe deeply. Get quiet. Become familiar with stillness. Take time to learn its power. From that place of stillness, the right action will emerge and you will find your next step. From that place of stillness, you can move into the present moment. There you will find your power, and there God will find you. ~ Melody Beattie And in light of this, I am sharing a couple of digital postcards that I’ve created. You can download, print, and send to family and friends, or you can keep them, …

The Observer: Practicing Detachment

Much of humanity is primarily motivated by anger and fear — anger over a job that people don’t like and the people in the workplace or it could be that someone is angry with someone else because of unmet expectations. In a situation like this, it is always worthwhile to check, is it really because of the thoughts, words, and actions of others in the past, or is it because of our own thoughts, words, and actions in the moment? When I find myself in situations like these where my blood is boiling or my stomach is churning, I try to get into the habit of stepping outside myself and becoming the observer. This practice is easier to do in the heat of the moment if you’ve practiced it before the battle gets started. Detaching releases the tension, diffuses the negative energy, and helps us to see the insignificance of events in the whole scheme of things. It also gives us a chance to see what lessons we might need to learn. By responding harshly or selfishly, …

Spiritual Journal: On Why I Am A Buddhist

I am glad I am able to create another whole spread on my spiritual journal. There is not much art on this whole spread except for a few cut and paste pictures from the same magazine, I added a long text on “Why I am a Buddhist” and I loved how this turned out. It has a kinda unplanned feel, a raw and minimal look. And here’s my favorite part: I think the role of art is especially important in Buddhism, because natural religious frameworks art is a gateway on communication to a divine realm, but in Buddhism, the artistic experience is “naturalized” like everything else. Art is a meditation that brings one in contact with the formless non-discursive mind. So, it is not a mere communication with transcendent reality, it is a transcendent reality.

Spirit Walk: A Meditation in Action

The simple act of walking has many rewards. It’s a great low-impact, cardio workout, an environmentally conscious mode of transportation, and walking is a wonderful moving meditation. I am able to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature and feel the sun, wind, or mist, all while being intensely aware of my body. Yet, walking meditation to me is more than just taking a leisurely stroll through the park. The result is a deep awareness of the body that carries through to a heightened awareness of my daily life. I live within a mile to a local park, bakery, restaurants, goodies store and many more: close enough that my feet are my transportation. My travel time would be greatly reduced if I rode my bike or a car instead of walking, and several times I have been asked why I do not do that. My reply has always been that I enjoy walking. My morning walks give me a chance to clear my head. I could worry about many things – family, people I’m mad …

Spiritual Journal using a Smash Folio

For a year or so now, I have picked a lot of this free Meditation and Health magazine from the many Taiwanese restaurants or stores in my area that I have kept them for so long, adding to the clutter of magazines and thought that it was time to throw them away. I can’t understand Chinese anyway, I said to myself. I then realized later on why I should make characters that does not make sense be an obstacle to my learning and understanding. So, I decided to cut them as I went through each magazine and searched and researched what they were trying to tell. So, here are the pages that I’ve done so far. I also used one of the smash folios that I have kept all these years. They have very nice pages and good substrate to start with. I don’t need to add textures like what I usually do with my mixed media art journals. And in keeping the journal more doable, I just technically do a simple cut and paste, some lettering and write something …