Friday, November 21, 2014

STEPPING STONES



 
One Step at a Time
Recently I settled down for a bit of rest and TV.  There were some scenes in black and white of various breeds of dogs on a beach.  The views presented one dog at a time, sometimes a puppy, sometimes and adult dog.  Some dogs ran, some played in the water, some napped on the rocks.  

My mind started to relax.  All of a sudden, seeing the rocks by the water, my imagination re-played a rock I have.  My small rock is white and naturally shaped like a heart.  It was given to me by a neighbor years ago.  

"I found this under my oak tree, and I think it is for you." 

I have to hold this rock in my hand right now!  Where is it?  I had organized things lately (oh no) and it may have been moved or put away.  I searched in the first logical place, not there.  I was becoming irritable.  I really wanted to reconnect with the little heart rock and quickly.

I went through my dishes of rocks.  I have many random rock and shell displays.  My heart leaped up with joy!  There it is!  


Soul to Soul 
I quickly carried the little rock into my living room along with some other stones from a creek bed in the Pennsylvania mountains.  As I placed the pieces on the mantel, I felt but did not see a golden light with me.  Recently my neighbor had passed away.  She told me she would be in touch.  I felt her close and loving!  I lingered a bit at the mantel enjoying a light hearted  moment.  As the golden light faded, I paused to ponder the wonder and joy of the windows, doors, and dimensions of our lives.

*  "There is no difference between the visible and the invisible-none." 



**  Glow in the Forest


 Every Moment is A Gift
What are you grateful for in these Moments of Thanksgiving?



Blog Search Key Word Angels

Related Posts:
* By an Unfaltering Trust (July 2011)

Resources:
Super Soul Sunday, various topics, Oprah Winfrey OWN Network

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

Photo by Dahlis
The Rose

Oil Painting by Jan, close-up view with stepping stones
Glow in the Forest

Saturday, November 15, 2014

HOMECOMING

Today, during silent meditation in my home quiet space, I immediately sank into deep restInstead of seeing parades of animal images, scrolls of ancient writings, cave symbols, or colors in muted shades, streaks or bright spots, I slipped into a welcome state of non-image inner peace.  This was new for me!  Yet I was not asleep, even though the soft musical accompaniment also vanished.  Intuitively I felt subtle layers of unbounded awareness and subconscious connection.  I loved this state of be-ing and welcomed feelings of safety, security and relaxation.  

I needed this restful comfort after an intense experience of placing a painting in her new home.  I heard Louise coach me from long ago, "Everything you do is intense, you lead a complex inner life."  Now, Tai Chi, Yoga, and Meditation help~a lot.





  Courage is Here


The painting of a Black Wolf named Courage went to a new home today, to continue her own journey.  Do paintings go on journeys?  You Bet!  As I placed Black Wolf on my mantel, waiting for her new owner to come, she almost whispered to me, "Mantel."  

"She wants her own mantel," drifted into my focus.  I let it go....

Black Wolf's new owner let me know, "I'm going to place her on my mantel!  It is made of stones."

This is where Black Wolf wants to be!

"Imagine"

Jaw Drop Moment

* Black Wolf's image had been with me a long time, long before I painted her.  Now Black Wolf and her Spirit Guides, a white wolf and other animals and birds seen above her head, go on their continuing journeys.  They will radiate outward, providing refreshing, rejuvenating energy in their new location.  


What greater joy and gratitude does an artist know on Earth?

These moments nourish my creativity:  intuition, intention, attention, concentration, focus, awareness and unconditional love.

"The paint is Incidental."

                   **  "All my Senses Come to Life...." 




Related Posts:
* Thin Ice the story of Black Wolf  (Feb 2012)
Building Blocks (Oct 2013)

Angels in the Architecture (June 2013)

Encounters with Michael, the Artist meets the Archangel (Feb 2011)
Winter Wolf  (Nov 2010)

Resources:
** Song of the Day, as I write I am playing One by Ed Sheeran from the album X.

Rise of Black Wolf, PBS documentary 2010, Black Wolf breaks all the rules of the pack, yet lives to be one of the oldest wolves in Yellowstone

Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey team up to present 21 Day Meditation Experiences including The Energy of Attraction and many more

Paul Lam, M.D. Tai Chi for Health Worldwide, music, DVD, workshops, feel better, relax while exercising, increase range of motion, balance and stamina.  Programs for all skill levels. 

Help for adult ADD/ADHD 
Daniel Amen, M.D. Healing ADD (revised ed. 2013) 
Edward Hallowell, M.D. Answers to Distraction
Totally ADD online


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

Oil Painting by Dahlis
Courage, The Journey of Black Wolf

Saturday, November 8, 2014

MAGIC MARKINGS

Sun Dappled Sancat


Animal Prints!

Spots and Stripes Forever
Spots turning into Stripes?  Some research suggests that spots came before stripes, rosettes and swirls.  Both Sancat and Sasha, brother and sister, have a row of small round spots on each side of their spinal dorsal stripes.  Their mid sections, legs, necks and faces show "tiger" stripes.  Under their eyes, both sport war paint markings.

Magic markings render the cat, wild or tame, and other creatures nearly invisible outdoors. They blend with leaves, twigs, shadows and sun shade dapple patterns of nature.  Unless they move, we and others may not spot them.

 
Fashion Statement, "My spots, stripes, and swirls go with everything!"





Orange Poses


Prints Charming:
Orange, our newest and youngest cat, is the color of a newly minted copper coin.  He sports tiny webbed feet.  Orange has a short thick, sleek coat.  He feels like a densely woven cotton blanket.  His muscles bound and leap like steel springs.  When you pick up Orange, he feels like a solid steel ball.  

Orange's swirls look like patterns in solid marble.  He has a corkscrew tail and curls it like a prehensile tail found on ancient furry mammals.  Did Orange's ancestors hang from trees by their tails?  Orange's swirls resemble Valicotherium, a furry mammal in the Jurassic Period, who resembled today's flying squirrel.  Orange's back recalls SW Native American art, like viewing a totem pole from neck to tail.  He has moth-like figures complete with eye spots at base of neck, all "painted" in fur.  

Orange is very active~ready to accelerate into high gear from a resting state.  A steak of orange in the yard, he is here, there and everywhere all at once.

Balancing Act
Orange reminds me of a Sumatran rainforest tree climber mixed with British cats.  Orange was up our giant oak tree last week.  I helped coach Orange down and encouraged him by talking to him in "Cat" language.  I got a bit of food in a dish and said, "Row" like a cat.  "Row means "food or dish."  All of our cats say it!  We trilled at each other, making sounds of confidence and safety. 

He carefully looked for a way down.  But instead of leaping the great distance to the ground, he studied the tree.  We both studied the tree.  Orange found the best branch for his descent and climbed onto it carefully.  Then Orange realized one hind foot was tangled in a smaller twig.  Still poised to leap, he slowly unwound his foot by rotating his hip joint outward, like a Tai Chi/Yoga move.  He now carefully placed the hind foot securely on the branch.  Looking downward, he bent forward, again like Tai Chi/Yoga, leaning and stretching forefeet head and neck at an angle down on the tree trunk.  His hind claws were still hooked firmly onto the branch.  Orange pushed off the trunk with his forefeet, sprang back at the tree with his leaping steel spring hind feet.  He was airborn!  Orange had safely and gently leaped to the grass! 

We both celebrated the event in our warm home with much purring.



Reptilian


Sasha, our dark tabby, waves or slashes he tail quite a bit. Sasha is a Triceratops! Sasha is a Stegosaurus!  Sasha is a dark leopard cub!  Little leopard cubs encourage their tree resting mother, to get up and hunt for them by "beating" her with their tails.  She yawns and stretches.  When Sasha wants food, we get a similar treatment along with pleading kitten screeching noises to stimulate us into action. 

A Clouded Leopard has markings similar to a boa constrictor.

Snow Leopard's body and tail have rosettes. Their tails also can look reptilian with patterns resembling a snake's head.  Snow Leopards have snowshoe feet and extra thick coats for protection.  Their ice patterned coats of gray, black and silver match their high mountain homes.

Tom, our grey wolf in cat's clothing, has a white tail tip, an 11 million year old "tale."  Tom,  has fine barring under his coat, visible in certain lighting similar to a Bobcat.  Prehistoric three toed donkey like animals have the same grey-tan pattern with leg barring like Tom! Tom has a Cheetah tail with rings and white tip, however Cheetah is a separate genetic line of cat.  Domestic cat line (small Felids) and Cheetahs developed on Earth at the same time.  Lions, Tigers, Panthers etc. came later, branching off from the small cats.




A Tom Cat in A Pear Tree



* A purring lap cat comforts itself and you at the same time.  Cat's Purr has healing frequencies.  Cats sound different, some, like Tom and Sancat, are thunderous purring machines.  Others like Orange and Sasha purr quiet and mighty.  When one chooses to sit on my lap, the vibrations stemming from each cat feel different.  Orange vibrates out of his tiny strong foot pads while Sancat's purr center is his mid section.  

** A Cheetah's purr is very loud, but at a much lower frequency than the domestic cat.


***  "Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty
Little Ball of Fur
Sleepy Kitty, Happy Kitty
Purr Purr Purr"


Phoebe, A Norwegian Forest Cat




Unicorn Tapestries have fanciful animals similar to ancient cats.
              
                     Thousands of Years Ago Cats Were Worshiped as Gods, 
                                      Cats Have Never Forgotten This.




Blog Search, Key Word Cats

Related Posts:
Enter Extra Orange, a story of rescue and wonder  (Feb 2014)
The Invisible Cheetah "There's got to be a Cheetah attached to that tail."  (Aug 2013)

Mrs. Harris is a Sand Cat and Fully Present  (May 2012) 
Creature Teachers  (Jan 2012)


Escape Artists (Feb 2011) 
Stars and Snow, Spirit of Phoebe (Nov 2010) 


Resources:
Book of Cats, illustrated by Reader's Digest, history of coat color and family tree of cats plus markings and breed descriptions.

* Cat's Purr Cd by Chet Day, binaural beats, nature sounds, and Chet's cat Lucy add relaxation to your day or night.  Healing benefits of cat's purr (50-70hz) may include increased tendon and bone healing.

** Cat's Purr, Wiki

*** Taylor Swift, singer songwriter, a fan's poem comment on Taylor's Facebook page, July 2014.  Taylor got a new white kitten and named her Olivia Benson.

How to Speak Cat, The Essential Primer of Cat Language by Alexandra Sellers

"Imagine"
Unicorn Tapestries
Fanciful Creatures 
Dinosaur Train, PBS Kids, animation, comedy, education.  Meet "Vlad" Valicotherium, plus Furry Lizards and other prehistoric creatures.


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


Images
Photos:
Sun Dappled Sancat, here San's stripes and spots appear like swirls in the lattice of sun and shadows.  Photo by Dahlis
Orange Poses, photo by Emilie

Sasha all curled up and Tom, poised to leap, photos by Dahlis



Oil Painting by Dahlis

Stars and Snow, Spirit of Phoebe

Saturday, November 1, 2014

MIND AND SEEK

Wind and Clouds



Mind Fields
Take a Hike!  Any Hike Anywhere!

A quick outdoor break (yes please) from work or home into to a courtyard, garden or open space is so needed.  Feel quiet, relaxed and refreshed.  If it is storming, like today, imagine your hike in a beautiful space as you walk or practice other exercise indoors.  Music is here!




Mind Games 


Connect the Dots




* "God is live stream!"

"How do you feed your creativity?"

"Go Play!"

 
"Exercises I tried on...."  I liked that, "exercises I tried on." .Feeling the right exercises for your body as needed, even bits and pieces of exercise feel wonderful.

"Bring Back the Mountain!"  While hiking in the mountains, you feel rock solid and empty sky experiences.  I think of Long's Peak in Colorado USA, the sacred mountain.

"Home from the Mountain...."  "The Grand Invitation.... The Sweet Mundane."
The ever present "Now" is here.


"Actively Pray:" ask for, listen, journal, poetry, sing, speak, dance, observe..."sweat!"

** "Spirituality is going beyond belief,"  Pema Chodron



Focus-Breathe- Relax-Laugh

I saw a group of people on the streets of New York City on TV  coached into a brief meditation: 

Hold Hands with the person next to you.

At home, I was alone, I imagined holding hands.  I felt energy instantly all over.

*** Deepak Chopra softly suggests to think silently and slowly to yourself positive words you need to hear such as Safe,  Secure,  Reassurance,  Love,  Truth,  Beauty,...."

"When you are ready invite 'Laughter' to enter."  The audience chuckled and smiled, I actually felt laughter here at home.  I laughed out loud!  Invite laughter every day, feeling lighter and happier helps you and others.

Just yesterday I was in a large local store.  The manager and his team were laughing out loud!  I happened to be walking along...I caught them laughing!  I stayed back a bit.  The group broke up when they saw me.  The manager spoke to me still smiling:

"How are you today?"

I smiled widely, and meant it.

"You know," he continued, "Sometimes when we're all having a challenging  day, you just gotta laugh!"



Pink Lotus



Related Posts:
Dreaming Full Circle and enLIGHTened Travel  Long's Peek Mountain Adventure (Oct 2014)

Going within Clouds  (Sept 2014)

The Pink Lotus  (Apr 2013)
Carry Water Chop Wood  (June 2011) 
See Spots Run  (Mar 2011)


Resources:
OWN Network Super Soul Sunday interviews:
* Alanis Morrissette, Singer, Songwriter, Sept 28, 2014
** Pema Chodron, Author, Buddhist Nun, Spiritual Teacher, Oct 26, 2014

***  Deepak Chopra, M.D. Author, Spiritual Teacher, Meditation Expert
OWN Help Desk, Sept 28, 2014

"Exploring the genius of every child." 
Vinci is a proud sponsor of Dinosaur Train on PBS Kids.org 

Dinosaur Train, One Big Frog, Oct 31, 2014, "You guys have a lot to learn about the sit still and wait method,"



Dahlis Roy Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor

Art Work by Dahlis
Wind and Clouds, Yin and Yang Moon, oil painting
See Spots Run, Cheetahs at Play, oil painting
The Pink Lotus, Dreaming Out Loud, crayon sketch