A walk in the desert.

Self Portrait (detail) water color and Crayola 5" x 7"

Self Portrait (detail) water color and Crayola 5" x 7"

I walked into the desert where I met a new life. To my delight and terror, I disappeared. 

Weather Moving, watercolor and Crayola 8" x 8"

Weather Moving, watercolor and Crayola 8" x 8"

Not really, but the prosaic walk into the desert is no joke. The Kena Upanishad asks us to wonder, Who am I? When my circumstance is new and different, that question seems extremely relevant. It has taken peace and solitude to ponder.

A friend wrote recently asking about the blog. Are you going to write soon, she said?  I smiled and replied, I have not published It’s A Beautiful Practice because I can see that my world is different. I am changed and I am keeping a bit quiet for now, as a means of honoring and observing. Sometimes quiet is a kind of worship. Like mantra practice…if you keep the thought in your heart it just keeps growing.

My life is full of beautiful things these days, art, yoga, friends, reading, biking, and yes even golf. I spend most early mornings drawing. I  cook, swim, nap and enjoy life. These last few weeks I have been reading Flannery O'Connor, perhaps I will blog about her brilliance soon. Chris and I are not alone, kind people arrive when we need them: an old friend from school, yoga community, bike club, a golf teacher. 

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Here are some drawings I have made since my arrival. They are simple, just watercolor and crayon. Part of who I am these days is an artist. We are converting our garage into a beautiful painting studio and I have agreed not to pull out my paint until then. The studio is well on its way and I have purchased supplies. Painting time is near; I can't wait!

After Avery, water color and Crayola 6" x 6"

After Avery, water color and Crayola 6" x 6"

Robert and Perry, water color and Crayola, 6" x 6"

Robert and Perry, water color and Crayola, 6" x 6"

Summer Storm, water color and crayola, 6" x 6"

Summer Storm, water color and crayola, 6" x 6"

Mesa, water color and crayola, 8" x 8"

Mesa, water color and crayola, 8" x 8"

A  Cloud, Watercolor and Crayola, 4" x 4"

A  Cloud, Watercolor and Crayola, 4" x 4"

 

 I'm off to practice my 90 minutes of yoga before it gets too hot. I hope you enjoy the drawings and I'll be in touch soon.

PS Class registration for my July  7th classes are now open, 11 – 12 AM at Fells Point and 6:30- 7:45 at Midtown. Also if you are a YogaWorks teacher you can join our teacher workshop 1- 2:30 at Midtown. Finally, you can also sign-up for my December 1, 2, 3, workshop on the Shiva Samhita and Pop-up classes at Midtown that same weekend. Why wait? 

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