Here. Let's get lost here, beloved.
SEE ME Oh Toronto, among towers of steel and glass that reach the sky, the bricks and mortar of progress, a tender heart begs for mercy. The city vanishes. . . . #vicequeentravel #heartcenteredmedia #toronto #unionstation #beggar #compassion #buddha #jesus #humility #powerofnow #love #suffering #humanity #homeless #canada🍁
HERE FOR NOW Boo, universe, that GPS recalibrated a year ago ... 🤗 Why am I here? It's been two years since I even considered writing a book, when folks asked me to write more about my caregiving experiences. I've been thinking of my book as a sandwich: as a professional writer, I've penned countless words in my life, and lately, time to put that yumminess in between two loaves of bread--two covers containing the meal I'll share with you. I already love this moment, reader. This NOW that has the fullness of us breaking bread, moving each other's hearts. . . . #heartcenteredmedia #hayhouse #powerofnow #amwriting #acimi #writing #authorsofinstagram #love reading #inspiration #lovelivesthroughme
O LA LA Canada merci for reminding me I'm still incorrigible! Poutine with a side of Trudeau 😂 It's all about the gravy, baby! #vicequeentravel #joiedevivre
💛 OFF TO TORONTO for the @hayhouseinc writer's workshop. Taking these two books, plus the one I'm writing, although I've had a Course in Miracles on my mind. Two years ago, I would've never imagined this path. Thanks to @mariannewilliamson for the reminder that the universal GPS is always recalibrating! 💛 . #heartcenteredmedia #vicequeentravel #amwriting #hayhouse #author #authorsofinstagram #acimi #taoteching #faith #trust #lovelivesthroughme #creative #spirituality
ONE BY ONE, NOT TWO BY TWO is what Pamardi Tjiptopradonggo taught us about mindfully following impulses in movement at a workshop celebrating Javanese dance at the @freersackler. Over the weekend, we also learned from another dancer, Urip Sri Maney, and during their performance, enjoyed the gamelan music of Sumarsam accompanied by an ensemble whose leader, Muryanto, is the music director at the Embassy of Indonesia @kbriwashdc. . I'm so grateful for the chance to study with these masters! They make the elegant movement look light as a feather. It's deceptively simple, though-- I could feel where my muscles were tight. Robust male and gentle female forms of classical court dance choreography from Indonesia, and how they have evolved into contemporary movement, teach us much about how we hold ourselves every day . Instead of frenetic multitasking, or even broad, sweeping strokes, the practice asks us to transfer energy from one body joint to the next while setting a boundary. This, too, as in my previous post, is about negative spaces and drawing lines. It's the space between the expression that creates the dance. Wrap your mind around pop and lock with no pop or lock. It's tricky! . After I said goodbye to my new friends from Indonesia, I said I'd try to move one by one, not two by two on my way to the train, and later caught myself plodding along in my rain boots! I giggled. Living in a state of grace, and living artfully, creating beauty in every moment, is a constant awareness. . Our meditative exploration of the practice outdoors in the gallery's moon garden was soothing and reminded me of what @Zuleikha and I focused on two weeks ago in Central Park: the simple act of walking in lightness and grace isn't always so simple. . And so to the last question of where do you draw the line? I'll add how do you move through life?
WHERE DO YOU DRAW THE LINE? Last week in @jorenlindholmstudioart's drawing class at @washingtonstudioschool, we worked on negative spaces, a creative process that trains the mind to see the space around objects instead of the objects themselves. It's tricky, but fun. . Coincidentally, earlier in the week, I had written about sex not being love, referring to the evanescence of a yellow tulip--the space around the flower is love, and defines the physical boundaries for the expression of love. There ya go: negative spaces. . Interestingly enough, a fellow student in the class asked us how he could make the experience of drawing less stressful. He wasn't experiencing fullness, the process of creation as miracle--being alive and even able to draw a simple doodle on a blank sheet of paper. He was stuck in fear, a nagging expectation dictated by perfectionism, missing out on the incredible freedom of letting go and simply enjoying the playfulness of creativity. Sound familiar? We all get stuck. I'm always reminding myself to flow ... . There is much beautiful unlearning in the study of negative spaces. We need both positive boundaries and negative surrender spaces in our lives. The yin and the yang. Where do you draw the line? And how much space do you allow yourself from overthinking that line? . If we apply the drawing practice to life, dwelling in negative spaces is a wonderful exercise in unlearning, in uncluttering and giving room for the full, spontaneous expression of joy in our hearts. And then we enjoy that luscious line so much more ...
LABYRINTH At the center of the earth I honor my mother. Many steps and turns ago, I floated in the swelling of her body. River of swans, now she swirls in you. . . . #vicequeendc #heartcenteredmedia #poetry #motherdaughter #MothersDay #potomac #river #labyrinth #georgetown waterfront #earth #goddess #meditation #easypose #arlington #WashingtonDC #womb #divinefeminine #spiritual #mystic
HEAVEN IS A ROSEBUSH I had planned on buying a dozen roses tomorrow in my mother's memory. She loved roses and her middle name was Rosa. Then I walked outside ... hi mami! . . #mothersday #motherdaughter #memorial #vicequeendc #roses #rosebush #flowers #bloom #red #sexy #color #abundance #love #wow #spring #nature