Tuesday, May 8, 2018

CHOICES

Bloom Where You're Planted?

Not Always!


Years ago a neighbor gave us some clumps of flowering white violets.  I love white violets and had never seen them bloom in person before.

  

The snowy white petals reminded me of wings of white butterflies fitting about, a childhood memory.  White violets danced in the breeze, their green complement of leaves enriched their ivory bright appearance.

We lovingly planted the clumps of flowers in two beds that we thought they would like, "bloom and prosper."


This year I noticed there were sprinkles of white violet stars on an emerald grass carpet almost like a winding path beckoning out toward the back fence. The fragile blossoms also encircled themselves beneath the young hawthorn tree, a woodland scene. Then I marveled at the long rectangular tray of sparkling white violets in perfect health planted firmly and rooted in perfect harmony.  I asked my husband if he had transplanted the violets into the tray?  No, he claimed they had seeded themselves into their new space, already filled with just the right soil combination they like. They are totally at home with the dappled combination of sun and shadow.  Imagine!





River Rocks complete the picture of nature's bounty and balance.



Other plant and flower companions dot the spring landscape.  Among them are the wood violets, a sparky color combination of velvet blue and violet tones.  These are also migrating out of their beds.  Where will they choose  next? 

"Grow and Move into a New Space."

Wood violets are so welcome. I saw them blooming in the woods and edges of our yard when I was out romping with my golden Collie years ago.  I can hear the leaves crunch underfoot in the early spring woods.


Contrasts of blue-violet and lush green, sonic blends of sun and shadow.


Then then, in May, the Lily of the Valley peeks through.  I remember ours blooming in the stone basins of our front porch and along the juniper bush edges of the grey rocky steps years ago. 



You can see the green Lily of the Valley flower stem, not yet in bloom, barely peeking through to your view on the left above the largest clump of violets.

The plant has an agenda all its own...

"Every Life Has Value."


Key Words Blog Search:  Flowers

Resources:  
Magic and Medicine of Plants, Reader's Digest, 1986

Music:
Various selections, Elton John

Ed Sheeran, Divide Cd

Rhythm of the Pride Lands, Cd, Music based on inspiration from The Lion King, Walt Disney Productions

Dahlis Roy:  Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor

Photos by Dahlis

White Violet Butterflies

Harmony rocks and flowers

Wood Violets, purple and green

Lily of the Valley peeks through

Sunday, April 22, 2018

TAI CHI TEACHES

**  Celebrate World Tai Chi  and Qigong Day
Saturday April 28, 2018 at 10 AM-11 AM in your time zone~






*Poem Created by Isabel Jackson:


Tai Chi Teaches

          natural posture
         
          even breathing 

           flexibility

           coordination

           concentration





To which may be added

            contemplation
  
            comprehension

            compilation

            commendation

            commission

            completion







* Tai Chi Teaches, Poem by Isabel Jackson from Observaions & Affirmations Little Book of Poems 2017
Poem published with permission


** World Tai Chi and Qigong Celebration: Tsui-Lien Chang, Tai Chi expert and owner of Lotus Tai Chi, many forms and programs, Grand Opening World Tai Chi Day, April 28 Sat at 10-11 AM, open house 10AM-4 PM, page on Facebook, Village Square, Stevensville, Michigan  ph (269) 369-3004



Blog Search Key Words:
World Tai Chi Qigong Day
Tai Chi
Qigong

Related Post:
Universe:  Shadows of Cranes, story and poem

Resources:
World Tai and Qigong Day created by Bill Douglas, author, tai chi and qigong expert

Dr. Paul Lam, taichiforhealthinstitute world wide many programs online and other formats

Dr. Yang, Zwing-ming, YMAA, worldwide online and other formats, Taiji and Qigong traditional styles and teachings

18 Form Taiji Qigong (3 parts), originally created in Beijing in 1982 by He, Weiqi and Lin, Hou Sheng 

The Yang Family, yangfamilystyletaichi, traditional forms from the Yang Family linage 

Jou,Tsung Hwa, taichifarm   Traditional methods: books include The Tao of Tai Chi Chuan Way to Rejuvenation and The Tao of Meditation Way to Enlightenment

Special Thanks:
Gu, Jiong  my teacher and Dr. of Traditional Chinese Medicine originally from Shanghai, the Gu Family Style Tai Chi, the 88 pattern, 108 movements with coordinating  music originally developed in Shanghai area of China by the Gu family.

Seminars at A Taste of China 1998-1999, Winchester VA 
Jou, Tsung Hwa
Dr. Yang Jwing-ming
He, Weiqi co-creator of the 18 Form Taiji Qigong
The Yang Family
Dr. John Painter

Seminars
Dr. Paul Lam, certification to teach Tai Chi for Health, Various Programs 


"Thank You for All you Teach Us~"


Tai Chi and Qigong Friends and Experts
Supportive Family including our son Rob, a student of Dr. Gu's, who taught me Tai Chi at home for 8 months until I was strong enough to attend Tai Chi classes in 1997.

Charlene X. Jiang, Dr. of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Medical Qigong

Shihan George Eddy, 88 Pattern, Gu family variation of Yang Long Form 108

Andy Green, 18 Form Taiji Qigong


Unlimited Students and Friends Learning Together! 


Dahlis Roy:  Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor


Paintings by Dahlis:
Universe:  Shadows of Cranes, oil painting owned by Dr. Paul Lam.  

Tai Chi on the Beach (detail) oil painting 


Sky and Sand, oil painting 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

ONE LINERS

What is a one liner? 

A one liner is resting the pen or pencil on paper and letting it float around, creating  images in any style or shape.  The bunny is a great example, one line continuous and full of fun.  Drawing with pen on paper at night is a quiet relaxing yet adventurous event.  Free of thought in mind, body and spirit, what will appear?  Recently this bunny made an entrance.  Someone commented, "This is the real essence of a bunny!"  

What Fun~

Back in school in art class we learned about contour drawing, gesture drawing, drapery studies, detail, and more.  Black and white and shades of grey plus colors with pencil, water color, pastel, and oil.  Lights and darks with action and stillness scenes dance across our vision boards in endless harmony, disharmony.  Cascades of brightness and darkness add accents.

And now we have technology to help us!  Parades of images light up our days and nights.

Simple unplanned sketches at bedtime open windows of freedom and give a feeling of success and accomplishment at day's end.  Sleep and restorative rest can come more quickly.

"But I don't draw," you say.  

No matter!  Lines or squares or swirls, of diamonds or heart shapes and random scribbles are all good, and you can color them in if you like.  Crayons rule!  Real easy and no clean up~

A bit of fun goes a long way.




These sketches developed over a period of days or even weeks.  Usually I try for three quick drawings per night, real quick.  Sometimes one or two are drawn, or sometimes nothing at all. 

All OK






"Look Out, here I am!"  A terrier is on the alert.  His true watchful protective personality comes alive with a few lines.  This is a more scribbly drawing than the bunny above.  A few circular lines are in the dog, keeping it simple and edgy yet complete.




The young hound stares wistfully at us, inviting.  This drawing almost looks like it's made with loops of string.




Moving right along into more fanciful energies, a tree appears and then a dancer in motion springs from the its truck and branches.  This drawing contains some elements of the gesture (fluid motion) drawing technique.  Quick as a wink, a picture is born, fun and playful.




Night time is near and the stars come out.  Star Speed feels wispy yet powerful, universal yet personal, ethereal yet solid.



"The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper,"
W. B. Yeats



Related Posts:
Drawing the Curtain 
Curtain Call
Ruff Sketch
Time Castle
The Reel World
Life and Depth
Deer Dreamer
Escape Artists

Resources:
The Yoga of Drawing, Jeanne Corbonetti, Uniting Body, Mind, and Spirit in the art of Drawing

The Natural Way to Draw, Nicholaedes

Vermeer a quiet visionary, ahead of his time, PBS documentary 2018

William Blake, The Seer and His Visions, Milton Klonsky

Claude Monet, impressionist master, Monet's Years at Giverny, Beyond Impressionism, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Music:
Elton John's Greatest Hits, 1970-2002

Radical Face:  Ben Cooper, Roots, Leaves, Branches

Meditation:
chopracentermeditation   Deepak Chopra, M.D. and Opera Winfrey, various subjects for purchase or download 21 Day Meditation Experiences, some free meditations, free newsletter help keep you focused, Yoga, healthful hints and more

Tai Chi and Qigong
Dr. Paul Lam, taichiforhealthinstitute  online instruction and DVD's, music, workshops and more, free newsletter.  Born Strong, book, Dr. Lam's story

Dr. Yang, Jwing-ming, YMAA, Taiji and Qigong, online instruction, DVD's, music.  Traditional Chinese Instruction


Dahlis Roy:  Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor


Drawings by Dahlis, pen on paper
Bunny Love
Look Out, Watchful Terrier
Wistful Dachshund
Dancing Tree
Star Speed

Saturday, March 17, 2018

TIME CASTLE

Going Within




*Inner Time Capsule


What is yours?  Does music take you back to your younger self?  Movies?  Art work? Writing?  Social Life?  "Where were you when?"  Mind Games~ 



The Great Escape

Many paintings/sketches begin and sometimes end with "leftover paint."  No paint left behind as the palette is cleaned and paint of various colors is brushed at random on a waiting blank canvas.  This one started and finished as castle ruins, just a round pile of ancient rocks.  I stepped back, and noted "There is a cat shape jumping out of the castle!"  Look approximately where the three wooden bars point into the painting.







What?


At that time we had recently acquired a rescue cat who had been homeless on the streets for 1 and 1/2 years in a different location than our home.  We brought him into our lives.  I felt like, Orange, our cat was "escaping" his former life in this picture.  The painting stands completed "as is," in Orange paint accents.



** "Too real to be real," Eben Alexander, M.D.


Recently a friend and I romped through our nearby quaint community just for an afternoon.  Another "great escape" with fun filled moments.  We felt free, like on vacation, we walked ***narrow streets of cobblestone...." very uneven pavement underfoot, lovely shops awaited us!  Everything in view was so clear, colors, light, vision, focus, adventure~ like a video unfolding

First we visited The Olive Cart and sampled various olive oils, with cheese combinations, and savory concoctions, toppings for crunchy crackers.  The antique shop was next with lace and glass I recognized from my childhood.  Best of all, a saw record LP's from bygone eras.  I picked up some of the Simon and Garfunkel, and Elton John classics.  Time rewound itself to "way back then...."

Next (breathe) we enjoyed lovely Brown Cow Cheesecake at The Chocolate CafĂ©.  The fresh dark chocolate cheesecake, not too sweet, was absolutely luscious with additional chocolate and white chocolate guache swirled about.  The forks tines were covered in thick melted milk chocolate.  I tasted real cream!  I remembered Gimbel's big store in Ptitsburgh Pennsylvania and the Swiss recipe milk chocolate chunks melted in your mouth.  Coming back into the present, dark chocolate was drizzled over the entire presentation in front of us....awe and wonder.

Taking time out of our overdrive worlds, we felt refreshed.  Like walking through a window into a another dimension, another space and time of ourselves.  

Next the Forever Books store was waiting!  Classics, new, informative, visionary, every book and format a treasure by itself.  Touching a book, leafing though the illustrations, I felt most at home in the children's section.  Animals and legends jumped out at me.  There was even a book for children to learn Tai Chi forms based on Crane, Snake, Leopard, Dragon and more.  Adventure and color at our fingertips! 

Fast Forward/Rewind

Jumping back into the "real world" we could easily feel  **** "Now is the moment that never ends..."



No Stone Unturned

Light and Time

Living in the Light



Pick One:  Minute Minder Reset
1-2-3 write:  3 pages of anything, spontaneously, no corrections, shred or keep

1-2 write: 1 page complain, I page gratitude, shred

1-2-3 sketch draw anything quickly without thought, keep or discard

Knit, crochet, weave, bead or other craft, 5 minutes, choose a fast and easy project, free of thought, agenda, or schedule of finishing.

Sing/Dance, 5 minutes


Blog search key words:  chocolate, time, dreams, architecture, stonework


Related Posts
Possibly Present
Wander and Ponder
Silver Stars and Moonbeams
Building Blocks
A Firm Foundation
Enter Extra Orange, our cat, Orange, enters our lives
The Reel World
Dream Catcher
For the Love of Chocolate
Chocolate Communion
Stepping Stones
Escape Artists


Resources:
* The Healing Self, book, Deepak Chopra, M.D. and Rudolph Tanzi, Ph.D  Topics include: Time Capsule, great memory recall improvements happened when people heard, sang,  explored and shared events from their younger years. Other topics are Getting Out of Overdrive, and Stand Walk, Rest, Sleep.

** Eben Alexander, M.D. Quote from The Dr. Oz Show (March 2018), Physicians experience near death experiences.  Books:  Living in a Mindful Universe, Proof of Heaven and The Map of Heaven

Meditation:
**** chopracentermediataion, various programs for free and for purchase, explore yourself, "Now is the moment that never ends," Deepak Chopra, M.D. 

Tai Chi 
Dr Paul Lam, taichiforhealthinstitute, programs for all ages and levels, take control of your health and well being, online instruction available

Dr. Yang Jing-ming WMAA.com Taiji, Qigong, and martial arts techniques for all levels, online instruction available

Music:
*** Narrow streets of cobblestone," quote from Simon and Garfunkel's song The Sounds of Silence.  

Leaves album by Radical Face,  Elton John, music/Bernie Taupin, lyrics, song Sacrifice: "Just Passin' Through...."

Irish Folk Songs, Reader's Digest collection

Shopping
St. Joseph, Michigan USA



Dahlis Roy:  Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor





Images:
Castle Sculpture, by Rob, photo by Dahlis

The Great Escape, Orange, our cat,  jumps into a new life, painting by Dahlis (jumping cat image is about 2/3 of the way upward on the castle).  


Light and Time, ancient ruins of St Aubert's Abbey, Normandy, detail of sunlit painting by Dahlis

Sunday, February 25, 2018

* SELFIE

Waking up in the middle of the night, I heard and felt words/vibrations whispering "Physical Reality." 

R
estless Silence, "You said it."   (chuckle)

Recently
I have  been sifting through endless archives of physical photos, taken with real film and printed out.  A whirl of future/past simultaneously appeared in black and white, sepia, shades of grey, and living color:  family, friends, vacations, pet parades, and paintings flashed before my eyes all at once in a blur of light yet crystal clear.

The next day, I viewed a poem, a beacon of insight!




*Selfie by Jeffrey Danner

Life is a selfie in earthly disguise,
For a loving Divinity's sky-blue eyes.
I mean, "Here We Be," all radiant and free,
Right here where thick opaque earth seemed to be.

All that drama, that heavy, dimwitted sight
Are now nowhere to be found.
Except in memory, in stories time-bound,
Meant to occlude the Truth of the Light.



Did I take Life for granted, and drain it of Chi?
Only in my wildest imagineered  swoons.
Brilliant, Shimmering, Source of the We,
Beyond this magical Tapestry of Forms.

Can I see you all in a big Selfie Smile,
Wherever I look, as long as it's in?
Three-sixty vision in all nine dimensions,
No ceiling, no flooring, no walleyed denying,
No limits all freedom all radiant hymn.





Reflections from Selfie: 
* "....For a loving Divinity's sky-blue eyes,...."
The Blue Ray of Truth and Communication comes into mind.

* "....Except in memory, in stories time-bound...."
I felt photos, lives sifting through my hands in timely and timeless stories and visions, hopes and dreams, achievements, and celebrations.

* "....Beyond this magical Tapestry of Forms....,"
the visible and invisible fabrics we weave.  What colors and patterns will we choose? 

*  "No ceiling, no flooring, no walleyed denying,"
Once I had a great meditation image of a home filled with large glass windows radiant with  with bright white-gold sunlight.  Golden blond wood flooring brushed the floors with solidity. 

Better yet, the house had nothing in it!  No furniture, no nothing...."I" was just passing through.  "I" sat on the shiny floor, looked out the huge windows and felt deep peace. (smile)


I am my memories....still frame and motion, physical, digital, and beyond.  "Now" I am writing and enjoying an electronic scrapbook.




* "No limits all freedom all radiant hymn"




Light Speed




Related Posts:
Wander and Ponder
Possibly Present
A Strong Clear Vision
By an Unfaltering Trust, "There is no difference between the visible and the invisible-None"

Resources:

*Selfie, Contributed poem by Jeffrey Danner, printed with permission

Organizing Magic, book by Sandra Felton, simple direct hints for streamlining your life in all areas.

Tai Chi and Qigong:
Dr. Paul Lam, Tai Chi for Health, online lessons, programs for all levels.
Dr Yang, Jwing-ming, YMAA, Tai Chi, Qigong, instructions, ancient traditions

Meditation:
Deepak Chopra, M.D. chopracentermeditation various practices for free and for purchase, change your life, relax, focus, enjoy

Music: 
Varieties from Elton John, Simon and Garfunkel, The Eagles, Willie Nelson, Radical Face, Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles, and Taylor Swift

Blog
blogger.com from Google, create and publish your memories and interests, easy and fun, "electronic scrapbook."

Dahlis Roy: Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor

Images by Dahlis

Through the Looking Glass, life magnified, photo
Blue Light Beacon, sunlight through blue bottle, photo
Cosmos, detail of oil painting, vibrations of light
Light Speed, digital camera image from TV screen, no flash