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Yoga and the artist- Lion’s Breath

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This morning’s pose/Pranayama (yes, it is a combo deal!) was empowering and fun. I like sticking my tongue out and pouring my breath out like a lion. I am a Leo girl so this pose/Pranayama was right up my alley. Thank you Yoga With Adriene!

This is what I’m working on now in my Sunroom Studio. This is a page process in my art journal all about meditation….

 

After I finish my Artist’s Way Morning Pages, I read something inspiring and lately that has been the remarkable book The Law of Divine Compensation by Marianne Williamson. As an artist and a freelancer (writer and publicist) it is a challenge to survive financially from one month to the other. Honestly, at the end of the day when I get everyone fed, I say a simple prayer of gratitude. “Thank you Jesus that you gave me the ability to feed everyone today and keep a roof over my head and keep a floor beneath our feet.” I’m a big prayer. I pray constantly. I flip a switch and the light comes on, I say Thank You. I run a bath of nice warm water and that’s a Thank You moment too. Everything, and I do mean everything, is essentially a Thank You moment.

So Marianne’s book is particularly helpful to me as daily financial life is a huge challenge. It’s risky to be a freelancer. But I have been in freelance land for so long, I accept the challenges as well as the ginormous blessings that come with being able to use my creativity to make a living.

It’s part of my job to create pitches for my clients. I create radio pitches for airplay, pitches to send to venues the artist would like to play, pitches to magazines to write stories about my clients. Today, Marianne talked about a friend who was a clever screen writer but who shook in her shoes when she tried to pitch a project.

“Her mind could formulate a pitch, but only her spirit could be inspired and inspire others. In summation, there are Four Rules for Miraculous Work Creation
Be Positive
Send Love..
Have Fun
Kick Ass
Amen
– Marianne Williamson, The Law of Divine Compensation

I have difficulty with the have fun part of this equation, but I am determined to try harder. I like the Kick Ass, Amen part though.

Wishing all of you a happy, positive, loving, fun and kick ass evening!

 

 

Yoga and the artist

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I’m two months into a new yoga practice. I am proud of myself and that is ok to say to myself; that I am proud. I am proud that I get up, get my The Artist’s Way Morning Pages done (that is also a new practice) and hop on the mat to “find what feels good” as Adriene, my online yoga teacher puts it.

This morning I learned Sitali, a Pranayama practice. Pranayama is breath practice; the ability to marry the breath with the movement. I am a big fan of Nadi Shodhan pranayama, which is alternate nostril breathing. It is an immediate way to calm the heck down, refocus, reshift, reset. I love it. I tried to link to Adriene’s tutorial but couldn’t get it to work. So please visit https://yogawithadriene.com and search for Pranayama.

So Nadi Shodhan is rockin, but now I am in love with Sitali as well. Nothing like siting in a modified hero pose and taking a deep breath with your tongue hanging out of your mouth rolled into a taco shape. Now that, my friends, is a great way to start a morning.

I’m still working hard (art is hard work) to record, edit, add music to, upload new art videos to my youtube.com channel a few times a week. Generally, I rise around 5:30am, put some coffee on, do my 100 (a set of isometric exercises I do while the joe is brewing) pour my cuppa, head upstairs to yoga and write, and then head back down to my Sunroom Studio to record a video. After my Moonstruck work day is done, I upload and edit the video then upload it to youtube too. Yep. That’s a lot of work. But I think eventually it will be worth it. Eventually. It has definitely kept me on my toes. I am not tech savvy. Wasn’t born with a mouse in my hand. So there’s been this giant learning curve to navigate to learn to video, edit and upload and then promote videos. It’s all rather….time consuming.

Here’s one of my latest videos. I like the idea of Gallery Wall art but all the cutesy white frames just really don’t appeal to me. So here’s a video of my take on a cool Gallery Wall piece. It’s a mosaic cross on a repurposed Belvita Biscuit box I painted black. Hope you enjoy. Thanks so much for reading.