A very respected, hmm, teacher I suppose, once said…

Ok, he did not just say it once, I have seen the movie(s) more times than I would like to admit in public. Kung Fu Panda’s Master Oogway said two things that changed my life completely:

“One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it.”

and

“Your mind is like this water, my friend. When it is agitated it becomes difficult to see. But if you allow it to settle, the answer becomes clear.”

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Inner peace is probably one of the most important things in my life. I know it sounds a little crazy (especially if you know me well), but it really is. And trust me, inner peace is not on my 21-easy-things-to-achieve list. When I think about all the effort that goes into being zen, it is somewhat ironic to think that so much work and chaos can help you to just be. My mind is a hurricane on the best of days, and my studio is pretty much a visual interpretation thereof, so I make an effort to explore my options.
I have never been famous for being conventional. Not in life, not in business, not in relationships, and not in religion. I have my Bible, Louise Hay’s Heal Your Body and Sons and Daughters of the Buddha: Daily Meditations from the Buddhist Tradition by Christopher Titmuss on my bedside table. (Amongst other things, like pencils, a textured paper sketchpad, a journal, a plain paper sketchpad, expired pepper spray, a couple of children’s books, an empty shoe box(??!), wafer wrappers, coffee stains…) So yes, in the midst of this chaotic hurricane I am happily living in, there is an eye. A quiet space I have in me that makes me cope with daily life.

I cope by reading up on Reiki and other holistic practices, different meditations, moon phases and star signs, Wiccan traditions, Adams Family memes, Bible verses, everyday psychology, Oscar Wilde and other clever people quotes. I watch Kung Fu Panda 2 (the inner peace one) or Lethal Weapon(s) whenever I am stressed or angry or sad or happy. I pay close attention to signs and symbolism in day-to-day life and also try to keep my chakras aligned. I pray daily. I am lovingly sharing these processes with you in hopes of making a change in your life. Even if it is just an essential oil recipe to use for Christmas gifts this year.

So, there you have it. Listen to Hyde and make Master Oogway your teacher. Let’s just try to be zen.

I finally smudged something other than paint!

For some time there has been an overflow of smudging and "not enough sage in the world" and why you need to smudge posts in my Pinterest feed. Of course, repetition makes things stick (no pun intended) with you for longer. So, I read up on this whole smudging thing,...

Don’t worry about the future

Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum.
The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind.
The kind that blindsides you at 4 pm on some idle Tuesday.

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