Monday, April 29, 2013


*  "In pure consciousness there is no time," Deepak Chopra

                                              ** Leaf Floating in a Puddle:  photo by Debra Basham

Melody and words float through my head, they have accompanied me for some "time" now.  ***Come Down In Time is playing softly on repeat track as I write.  The song is a mystic friend and companion helping me draw in words and images.  I hear the tone poem's lilting lyrics: 

***  "In the quiet silent seconds I turned off the light switch, and I came down to meet you in the half light the moon left...."

I called my friend Debra then discovered  her blog post.  Debra's photo drew me right into the story.

Excitedly starting to type some of the story's words I wrote:

Retype "On"
"....Sunday AM...I went out of doors for my walking meditation....following the 'wrong way' signs, I saw this amazing piece of art [h-eart]....a single heart shaped leaf was floating in a mud puddle." [I almost typed 'puzzle'.]

Debra continues, "The puddle was surrounded by gravel, each piece seemingly having been placed by some artist for its aesthetic value."  [I saw jewelry in the stones. I felt ancient mosaics.]

 "The tree silently standing watch had been reflected in the water in such a way you could imagine you were seeing arteries from that heart."  [I saw a necklace.]

I heard song lyrics float by:
***  "A mantel of bright light shown down from a room...."
Come Down in Time, and I'll meet you halfway....

"The friend is here...."  Rumi 

                                                *Dream * Imagine * Create*

Related Posts:
Tonal Vision (Jan 2011), T-I-M-E and  In The (K)now  (Dec 2011), Fully Present, and (May 2012), The Pink Lotus, (Apr 2013)

* Deepak Chopra, M.D., Medical Expert, Author, Meditation Teacher, Visionary

**  Debra Basham's Blog, Yellow Brick Road, Your Path to Heart and Health Post:  Leaf Floating in a Puddle, (Apr 16, 2013).  Joel P. Bowman, Ph.D and Rev. Debra Basham, CHTP, NLP, HTt, RMT, create your healing journey.

 *** Come Down in Time, song:  Elton John (music) and  Bernie Taupin (lyrics) Tumbleweed Connection Album (1970)

Here Today, music and lyrics by Paul McCartney 
Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor

Leaf Floating in a Puddle, photograph by Debra Basham

Sunday, April 21, 2013


                                                                                         Flying Crane


"And the Multitude Speaks with One Voice," Jiong Gu, Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and my first Instructor of Tai Chi and Qigong.  "All one energy in Tai Chi, all in balance and harmony in Tai Chi and in life." 

* "One World~One Breath"  
All around the world at 10 AM in your time zone on Sat. April 27 (the last Saturday in April every year) people gather to practice Tai Chi alone, in small or large groups.  There are demonstrations of various forms of Tai Chi and Qigong.  Tai Chi forms are flowing sequences of synchronized exercises.  Qigong ( "Chee-gong" ) energy work sets resemble calisthenics.  Outdoors or inside we celebrate and express gratitude for how our lives are enhanced and strengthened by Tai Chi and Qigong practice.  Spectators can learn more about Tai Chi and where they can join classes or groups.  World Tai Chi and Qigong Day and World Healing Day are created by Bill Douglas, noted author and Tai Chi expert.  Find a location near you: 

** Conversation Among Mountains by Li Po, T'ang Dynasty Poet

You ask why I live 
in these green mountains

I smile
can't answer

I am completely at peace

a peach blossom
sails past
on the current

there are worlds beyond this one

                                                       Tai Chi connects body, mind, and spirit as one.

Related Posts:
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* created by Bill Douglas, noted author and Tai Chi expert   Paul Lam, M.D., creates Tai Chi for Health forms.  empower yourself with Tai Chi.  Music for practice DVD's for all levels.  Find a Tai Chi for Health class near you world-wide.   Dr. Yang, Jwing-ming is author of many books, Yang Style Tai Chi, Qigong, Meditation and Martial Arts expert.  Music, DVD's and more  Learn about the history and practice of the Yang family.  Terry Dunn, Yang Style Tai Chi and Flying Phoenix Qigong  Jou, Tsung Hwa, mathematician, author and Tai Chi expert:  The Tao of Taijiquan and The Tao of Meditation.  "Thank you for all you taught us." Master Wing Cheung teaches 18 Form Taiji Qigong, (Shi Ba Shi), developed in Shanghai in 1982 by Lin, Hou Sheng (Qigong Master) and He, Weiqi (Yang Style Taiji Master), plus 2nd 18 Form developed by He, Weiqi.  St Joseph (SW) Michigan USA, Teresa Ferrill, owner.  Tai Chi classes with Teresa and Janet Snelgrove, plus Yoga, various instructors  in UK, Colin and Mitzi Orr, Yang Long Form and Shi Ba Shi (18 form Taiji Qigong), sword and more.  Gorleston by the Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

**  Five T'ang Poets Trans. by David Young features poetry by Wang Wei, Li Po, Tu Fu, Li Ho, Li Shang-Yin.  Chinese Poetry from the 8th and 9th century A.D.

Scholar Warrior by Deng Ming-Dao, An Introduction to the Tao in Everyday Life

Taiji Melody, Cd, Music for Tai Chi Practice by Wind Records, selections also available in MP-3

Music for Tai Chi and Qigong practice, see above links for:
Dr. Paul Lam
Dr Yang, Jwing-ming

Wind and Mountain by Deuter, music for meditation and Tai Chi practice  Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor

Flying Crane, ancient Chinese symbol is part of an oil painting Dancing Cranes by Dahlis Roy
Exit, pen sketch of Chinese character by Dahlis 

Tai Chi for Health, Self Defense, art work by Nell Craig

Sunday, April 14, 2013



 Dream  *  Imagine  *  Create

Recently I received a a dream painting titled The Pink Lotus.  The flower floated on a blue water background, stylized rather than realistic.  The moderate sized canvas was higher than it was wide.  There was a white unpainted border around the flowers.  The canvas mounted on wooden stretcher bars hung, unframed, on a cream colored wall.  The house was minimalist with a dark mahogany wooden door to the right of the painting.   

There was a second smaller lotus above the larger one.  There were some streaks of mustard colored paint on the top petals of each lotus.  I penned a sketch.

The Pink Lotus is an oil painting, but the effect was like pastel paints on illustration board.

An image of a painting is born! 

What could the lotus mean?

This morning I opened my Facebook page to see a photo of (wait for it) a pink lotus flower!  
The Caption Read:

"The Lotus Heart is the Higher Heart where Love, Bliss, and Freedom Reside."

Related Post:  Puzzle?  A Collage of Flowers, (Feb 2013)

The Yoga of Drawing, Uniting Body, Mind, and Spirit in the Art of Drawing is by Jeanne Carbonetti.  Fun with Color and line!  Deepak Chopra, M.D., is an author, medical expert, and spiritual teacher.  Paul Lam, M.D., helps empower people to practice Tai Chi for Health exercises for strength, balance, goal achievement, and creativity.  Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor

The Pink Lotus, crayon sketch of a single lotus flower.  I love crayons, awakening my artist inner child.  I made an ink sketch of the entire dream painting, to paint later.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013



What is Gratitude?   What is Abundance?   Who Am I?   Where Am I?

Many people keep a gratitude journal or online writing where they can come into a quiet space in their hearts each day as they reflect on their abundance~a dance of sun and raindrops.

Some folks think of gratefull events when they wake up each day and give thanks, before the mind-chatter begins.  This year I started a new Memory Jar where I can write a positive thought, experience, or quote each day and drop it into my grandfather's blue mason glass jar.  Some like to write their thanksgivings of the day before bed each night.  Others may choose to create photo folders, digital, online storage, or in small albums for physical touch "just like old times." 

Giving Thanks Opens the Heavens!

Gratitude is an ever evolving breath.  The ability to "Be still as a pond of clear water, reflecting both Heaven and Earth," Lao Tzu, Tao te Ching

I am grateful for the wonder of the mind's eye, awakening our hearts and spirits:  changing the world for the positive good one breath at a time.

I am grateful for the gifts of seated meditation I recently started.  I feel calmer already and more mindful of the ever present "Now."  I feel more flexible in "schedule" and awakening a new gratitude for my body and how we co-create together in solitude and with others in ever expanding spiritual partnerships.

Related Posts:  
Giving Thanks Opens the Heavens, (Nov 2010), Message in a Bottle (Jan 2013), Puzzle (Feb 2013).

Resources:  Deepak Chopra, M.D., Author, Medical expert and Spiritual Teacher.  Paul Lam, M.D., develops and promotes Tai Chi for Health Programs.  Tai Chi is meditation in motion.  Relax while you exercise for better health.  Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor

Abundance photo by Dahlis Roy