My Muse & Me ~ A Feminine Expression

My dear friend Guru Kirn Kaur from New Mexico, took up her brush and has been lost to this passion since brush stroke and painted merged on canvas. An innately creative woman, this expression has awakened the creative muse within her in a way she has not experienced before and she is in LOVE!
Shiloh Sophia McCloud is an amazing artist and teaches workshops guiding women into a place of expression which is deeply moving, healing and expressive. The art created is rich and overflowing with beautifully invoking and evoking images from the soul, deeply healing the feminine in us all.
Guru Kirn mentioned that many of the pieces in the video were created by women who had never painted before. What amazing potential we all have sitting within the well of our creativity.
Take time to sit back and be present with the parade of feminine images presented through this video. The music is beautiful and the artwork stunning. A meditative break in the midst of your day. Enjoy.

Sheila Kelley & The New Wave of The Sacred Feminine ~ A Ted Talk

A woman I know was invited by Sheila Kelley, founder of S Factor to come and take a complimentary S Factor class. She fell in love with S Factor and immediately enrolled. She called me in tears saying the classes touched and moved something deep inside of her so profoundly she could not let it go. That a profound healing of her femininity and sexuality was unfolding moment by moment. When I last saw her I noticed not only how toned her body was but how confident she felt about herself, how she moved with a freedom and beauty and a smile on her face. I did not once hear her ask me “do I look okay in this, do you think I look fat, I hate this or that part of my body”. Her self-deprecation was just not there. She talked with love and enthusiasm about her love for S Factor and how thankful she is everyday that this came to her, that she gets to dance this beautiful body story, discover her “erotic creature” and play on the pole. With not once ounce of self-consciousness or embarrassment she offered to show me some of her dance. It was amazing and so beyond gorgeous. I am so pleased for her, for her ability to take the healing of her own sensual/sexual being in hand and own who she is.
I was recently sent this video of Sheila Kelley’s Ted Talk. Wow!! There is so much I could say here but Sheila says it all… and so passionately. Take time to watch, and pass it on.
 

Divine Mother ~ A Mothers Blessing

Divine Mother ~ A Mothers Blessing, Part III of the Divine Feminine Sacred Goddess Series.

Creating these videos are a time consuming labor of love, often taking months to gather and sort through images, including only those which truly express the particular energy I want to have resonate from the piece in alignment with the Sacred. The music is Mothers Blessing from Liberation’s Door by Snatam Kaur. It is very beautiful and invokes a heart essence of love and more love.

Mirabai Ceiba – Between the Shores of Our Soul

Mirabai Ceiba creates beautiful music! They have recently released a new cd of poetic songs from the works of Khalil Gibran and Rumi, melodious and pure, titled Between The Shores of Our Soul. Below is one of the tracks from their new cd titled Ocean of My Soul. The video is enchanting. .

 

Mirabai Ceiba Between The Shores of Our Souls

CD REVIEW: BETWEEN THE SHORES OF OUR SOULS
by Alan di Perna

Between the Shores of Our Souls is an album that enfolds you in a beautiful dream. Delicately wrought of shimmering sonic textures and soft, beguiling vocals, it is a dream woven from the eternal heart-play of divine love and romantic love. This intimate musical and lyrical space is a world well known to Mirabai Ceiba’s Markus Sieber and Angelika Baumbach, longtime lovers, partners in music, poetry, life and the shared path of the spirit.

Subtitled Songs of Love and Longing, the album draws from the divine poetry of Rumi and Khalil Gibran, two masters of a long literary tradition that takes the burning desire of earthly love as a metaphor for profound spiritual devotion, and vice versa. To this, Markus and Angelika add their own inspired lyrics in English and Spanish, not to mention their own distinctive musical sensibility.

Mirabai Ceiba brings something unique and entrancing to world devotional music—a sepia-toned European aesthetic. Between the Shores of Our Souls is bathed in a soft-hued aura of cinematic romance, tempered by a kind of Nick Drake/rainy afternoon introspection and the hazy impressionism of the Cocteau Twins, albeit rendered on acoustic instruments. For this is very much an acoustic album. A pristine recording by Chas Eller and Jamshied Sharifi puts you in a realm of the senses where you can palpably feel the gossamer touch of Angelika’s fingers on her harp and piano, the plangent depths of Markus’ guitar, the hushed rustle of the string quartet that embellishes many tracks. Through it all, Markus and Angelika alternate lead vocals like lovers playing a game of hearts. But the game grows most glorious when the duo’s voices twine in sweet octaves and harmonies.

Between the Shores of Our Souls is an album that is universal in its appeal, with enormous potential to transcend the “yoga music” market. For it speaks not of abstract spiritual concepts or exotic deities, but simply of love—something which resonates deeply in all our hearts. This is an album that whispers gently in your ear, a disc to spend some quiet time with either a loved one or alone with your own yearning heart. The dream it weaves will stay with you long after the last languid, hypnotic notes fade into the ether.

The Power of Music ~ Can I Get A Witness!!

Take a little time out today to sing, dance, turn up the volume; make a happy noise, put a little tap in your step, feel the love, share the love and wing-up your soul! That’s right, don’t delay, put a smile in your heart and Go…

 

Smiles on the Metro

 

Music is The Sound of My soul

 

One World ~ Let’s Give Some Love Away

 

~Also a shout out to wimp.com another great source for innovative and delightful videos.

Happy Easter ~ Happy Spring ~ Happy Rebirth and Renewal

Here is a slideshow of delightful vintage Easter postcards and vintage spring art (Molly Brett) hearkening do days gone by of simple ways and the joys of children, spring, egg hunts, Easter parade, Easter bonnets; bunnies, decorated eggs, daffodils, new born life and celebration…

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…and a little Mendelssohn Spring Song …

The Girl & Her Music ~ Once Upon A Time In The Land of Sunshine.

When I was a young girl I spent endless hours listening to music. My transistor radio rarely left my hand and I feel asleep every night to the songs coming from the radio on my nightstand. I was once grounded off my bike for doing the “jerk” while pedaling. Apparently it was not good bicycle safety, never mind there was no such things as bike helmets back then. My bike and my radio, it just didn’t get any better than that… and myself and my peeps, we sang all the time. We sang in the car, on the bus, in church, at 4-H camps; we sang on the beach, around campfires, on walks and swinging on swings. We sang Top 40, campfire songs, childhood ditties, traveling songs, church songs; songs we learned from parents and grandparents, songs from movies and occasionally naughty nonsense one couldn’t get out of one’s head, no matter how hard ya tried, the tune was just too catchy.

Dancing and singing, singing and dancing, it was a child’s life and what child does not love music.My Uncle had an endless stack of 45’s and we would listen for hours, queuing them into oblivion. It was truly boss, groovy and cool, just like it ought to be; I was in heaven.There was such a blend of music from rock and roll, to R & B, folk, soul; songs of liberation and revolution, anthems for peace and love, old standards and the new sound. The old and the new overlapped each other and brought a merge of music I didn’t see again until the internet made accessible sounds from across the globe, a music conversion to bring joy to my ears.

For a beach girl raised under the California sun, with a bike and a radio, who dreamed of dancing in her own go-go boots  while singing “…Hey There Georgie Girl”, music stole the show… and the show must go on…

So here are a few from way back in the day which I still sing about the house or in the car, to my grandchildren and for the sheer love of the song.

For my cousin Debbie ~ my singin’ dancin’ partner in crime. The Yellow Rose of Texas was never the same again.

*Note: I could post music for days. There are so many songs which framed my childhood and it was tough choosing such a small few. Sadly I have to limit myself or I would need to retitle my blog Sadh Bakshish ~ The Gifts & Bounty Music Blog. 🙂

 

 

A TED Talks Twofer

TED Talks ~ I love them. When I get a moment and am so inspired, I take a gander into TED Talks land and see what is new and inspiring, innovative and revealing, expansive and cutting edge. There are many things happening in our world which bring concern and challenges… and there are many things which are instigating change in the way we think, live and experience, not only this planet but the greater realm of being and the vast complex existence we all share. Take a little time out for TED. Hear the voices and see the faces; smart, intelligent, compassionate, innovators… the list goes on and on, as we all do everyday.

 

For more TED

 

Amrit Sadhana Khalsa Boyd ~ Die Fledermaus

Video

My youngest daughter Amrit Sadhana, graduated from U of O with a degree in Vocal Performance several years back. She was recently cast as Adele in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Operas production of Die Fledermaus. What a delight to watch her perform with such passion and joy in her craft. May she continue to find her way upon the stage be it grand or modest and may she continue to sing to her hearts content and ours.

Here are two of Amrit Sadhana’s video clips, arias from Act I and Act III.

 

 

Color Me Kindness

A compassionate woman extended a beautiful act of kindness towards myself and my husband last night. I was so thankful and filled with gratitude I did a little dance of joy around my kitchen table. Everyday miracles, answers to prayer are extended through kindness everyday, all day from one being to another. Most come in a simple form, for kindness is a humble sharing. Some come in big bold packages for that is the vehicle it arrives in, nonetheless, the giving and receiving end of the gift of kindness leaves its mark upon us. It opens up our hearts and allows the blossoms of love, generosity, and compassion to fill our cup. It is a grand running over as we are filled to the brim. When we extend kindness it is not bound by linear action, it moves forward, backward, sideways, up and below. It moves through, around, beyond. Kindness can be given where there is love or no love, forgiveness or not, anger or peace. It can be present at all times and in all circumstances. Kindness is an endless grace which softens the hardest of hearts, healing in the gentle sweep of its extension; innocence and purity personified. It is truly a hallelujah moment. Sharing kindness brings a gift to others and ourselves, as the old adage is true “In the giving is the receiving”. Pay it forward 🙂

A Little Here, A Little There, A Little Everywhere

I will be away for the next 10 days to 2 weeks. In the meantime I am posting a few “love” notes. . .

~ Be happy, be well, be mindful, be kind, be the One you have been waiting for ~ “work out your own salvation with awe and trembling”, the journey of life . . . and know that God is GOOD. Share goodness and drop all the other b.s., look to the heart and live the truth of your existence, know who you SERVE, be brave, bold and beautiful, and don’t forget to pray and dance, my favorite Supersize!! life combo.

Start with a little POV (point of view via karmatube)

Boonaa Mohammed “Kill Them With Love”

 

A little music for the love of voice.

Edith Piaf ~ C’est Un Monsieur Très Distingu

 

Fear A Bhata ~ Niamh Parsons

 

Wise words from my wise brother Tim . . .”Faith is not built so much on what God has done in the lives of others.  Faith is built on remembering what God has done in each of our lives personally.  Faith is built on remembering…”

Remember creativity is limitless . . .

Passion Up!!

Find your passion and let it flow, let it ride in the wind, traipse across the sands, kiss the peaks, travel the rapids. Let it rise up from your belly and bloom upon your fingertips. Let it lose time and visit in your dreams. Let it be your muse and insist on expression. Let it capture your imagination and bring a smile to your lips and joy to your heart. Passion Up!!! … and CREATE.

Some inspiring and innovative passions.

Wind Powered Art ~ pretty innovative and amazing.

 

Whenever I find myself at the beach (which is as often as I can get there) I walk along the beach and gather a stick, some seaweed, bits of driftwood and shells and create a piece of artwork. Not even close to the grandness and sophistication of the artist in the video, but a simple  love offering of what beauty I can create in those moments. I create for the love of the art, for the love of life and in offering and gratitude to the beauty and majesty. In my own way it is a humble bowing to the unwavering goodness and grandness of God. And then it is gone, washed away by the tide. And it makes me smile every time. Create for the sake of creating, not for permanence. Permanence will always carry on, but the moment, the moment needs to be embraced now.

 

For those regular readers of my blog you all know how I feel about dancing! Dancing is exuberant and ecstatic creativity. So here it is the ultimate get up and dance video. And again, brothers and sisters, get up and dance, get up and dance, get up and DANCE!!!

All We Are Saying Is Give Peace A Chance ~ Still & Still & Still

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview. This was in the midst of Lennon’s “bed-in” phase, during which John and Yoko were staying in hotel beds in an effort to promote peace. 38 years later, Jerry has produced a film about it. Using the original interview recording as the soundtrack, director Josh Raskin has woven a visual narrative which tenderly romances Lennon’s every word in a cascading flood of multipronged animation. Raskin marries traditional pen sketches by James Braithwaite with digital illustration by Alex Kurina, resulting in a spell-binding vessel for Lennon’s boundless wit, and timeless message.

Taken from I Met The Walrus by Josh Raskin

 

Leonard & Antony ~ If It Be Your Will

I  originally posted these song lyrics by Leonard Cohen back in 2007. I was thinking of the song this morning and decided to resurrect it with music and video. I love Leonard Cohen and this song is so very beautiful, lyrics from the heart of supplication. Cohen’s way with words is pure poetry – how can one not love this mans voice and art. Antony sang this cover of If It Be Your Will at a Leonard Cohen tribute in the film I Am Your Man. His passion and delivery take my breath away. I remember when I first saw it I rewound, watched and listened over and over. I could not get enough.

If It Be Your Will by Leonard Cohen

If it be your will
That I speak no more
And my voice be still
As it was before
I will speak no more
I shall abide until
I am spoken for
If it be your will

If it be your will
That a voice be true
From this broken hill
I will sing to you
From this broken hill
All your praises they shall ring
If it be your will
To let me sing
From this broken hill
All your praises they shall ring
If it be your will
To let me sing

If it be your will
If there is a choice
Let the rivers fill
Let the hills rejoice
Let your mercy spill
On all these burning hearts in hell
If it be your will
To make us well

And draw us near
And bind us tight
All your children here
In their rags of light
In our rags of light
All dressed to kill
And end this night
If it be your will

If it be your will.

If It Be Your Will sung by Antony Hegarty of Antony and  The Johnsons

All You Need Is Love

All you need is love  ~ In:

 

 

Sanskrit ~ केवलं प्रेम तवावश्यकमस्ति

Afrikaans ~ alles wat jy nodig het, is lief vir

Chinese ~ 所有你需要的是愛

Greek ~ το μόνο που χρειάζεστε είναι αγάπη

Czech ~ vše, co potřebuješ, je láska

Persian ~ همه آنچه نیاز دارید عشق است

Russian ~ Все, что вам нужно это любовь

Armenian ~ Ձեզ անհրաժեշտ է սեր

Polish ~ Wszystko czego potrzebujesz to miłość

Macedonian ~ се што ви треба е љубов

 

 

Color Me Ageless

One of my very favorite blogs is Advanced Style. Ari Seth Cohen interviews and photographs women around NYC who capture his attention with their style, grace and beauty. The women are all of a “certain age” who defy the concept of aging with vigor and aplomb. This little blog has become my Saturday morning delight as I sit with my toast and tea, taking in the delightfully spunky personalities, personal artistic, stylish expression and the unabashed freedom these women embody. Below are three videos Ari recently posted.

Zelda, in her 90’s, has a love of textiles and cloth, wearing her self-designed creations whenever she leaves her home to let the beauty of the weavers art tell its story.

Ruth is 99 years old, is studying Pilates and still pulls her mat out regularly to move her body with the mantra “Just do it”

Ilona is an artist and recently resurrected performance artist who fills her life with color, teaching and intelligent expression. AND do not miss her eyelashes!

So share the love of all things woman and dust of your colorful self, dance a wild woman dance across the floor and giggle like a young girl at the sheer joy of life. Grab your brightest scarf or don your most amazing earrings as you head out the door – take a walk, qi gong your body, yoga your being, swim your senses, bike under beautiful blue sky, marshal your wisdom; let the world smile at the rainbow of your life ~ AND ~ make sure you smile first!!

~ Earth Song ~

This says it all. Let’s keep waking up, keeping up, loving up, healing up, fixing up. Let’s keep it together and sidestep all the short circuits, limitations, doubts, challenges, defaults and apathy which whispers words of smallness and impossibility. Let’s do it and then do it again until the thing is done. Props to Michael for bringing it so powerfully. Full tilt ~

Punjab Panache ~ Pakistan Fashion Week

March 29th was the kick-off of PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week in Lahore, Pakistan. Pakistan is new to the Fashion Week circuit, this being its third year, organized by the Pakistan Design Fashion Council. The week showcased 36 designers.The colors, textures and cuts are beautiful. Thought you might like a look…

Gallery Photo Links:

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Pakistan-Fashion-week-continues.html

 



 

 

For more coverage and information: fashion.telegraph.co.uk

A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall ~ Chernobyl

This post is on a serious note. I came across this story and documentation of the aftermath of radiation from Chernobyl, its survivors and the children born from its meltdown. What is being built today, who promises the safety of our future? Nuclear energy is a resource, but it is not sustainable and the containers which house its energy are impermanent and flawed. When they fail … it is devastating, grief filling our hearts, toxins spilling into our waters, seeping into our soil and poisoning our air. The damage from radiation is immeasurable. “Oh radiation you are a deadly disease, a vapid pandemic unrestrained and born in the mind, bones and tissues of your victims.” And there is nothing which can be done. There is no cure available for the tragedy of suffering, and no measure for its toxic shelf life, as it lives on and on and on in the very microbes of existence.

Is there an argument against nuclear energy? Yes. Is it a viable and necessary argument? Yes. Do the benefits nuclear energy provides outweigh its dangers? I don’t believe so. For when it breaks – and it surely breaks, there is no turning back. It marks us and we know it as a power truly beyond our control. We are playing with fire and control is an illusion. We play the sleeping giant is under our care and no harm shall come to the hamlet of our land. Have we not after all, safeguarded and provided every safety net available for containment and well-being? Yet, as in the realm of myth, the giant awakens, the hamlet is threatened; damaged and suffering. What risks do we run when concerns for nuclear giants are relegated to antiquated myth? Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, Fukushima.

As human beings we are gifted with being stewards. It is the gift which comes with the embodiment and capacity for consciousness beyond instinct and survival of the species. It moves through I Am to We Are.  We are given to be grand participants in the nurturing and husbandry of a planet and her inhabitants; ensuring the protection and honor of all life as intrinsically valuable to the whole ~ past, present and future. This is a blessed life, in a sacred world, upon a delicate planet. Wouldn’t it be best served for us all to remember ~ remember who we are, what we are here for and how we can best serve the Grand Design of such a priceless and irreplaceable gift.

“Bless the beasts and the children
For in this world they have no voice
They have no choice…
Light their way
When the darkness surrounds them
Give them love
Let it shine all around them…
Bless the beasts and the children
Give them shelter from the storm
Keep them safe
Keep them warm…”

*Please note this video contains disturbing images as well as a tragic story. We must all know, see and hear, if for no other reason than to bear witness to our brothers and sisters. We need each other and walk the same path of humanity.

“We are all human; therefore, nothing human can be alien to us.”  – Maya Angelou

… even if what is done to us alters the boundaries of humanity.