Friday, January 21, 2011

Uplift Others & Uplift Yourself

Everyday we have the power to make decisions that will alter the shape of our lives and those around us. We must continue putting one foot in front of the other, overcoming obstacles along the way. Surging forward toward our golas; discovering passions, triumphs, friendships and strength.

This past week the world lost an amazingly passionate, inspirational and fearless woman. Xina Lu shared her infinate source of laughter, generosity, love and infectious smile with the world.

Always remember to Live Well, Laugh Often and Love Much my friends!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Om Symbol

The Om symbol is incorporated into much of my work.The t-shirts will be available on the store soon. = )

Om is is the one eternal syllable of which all exists, including the past, present and future. Om is the root of the universe and everything that exists together. It signifies creation and the oneness of all creation. It mystically embodies the essence of the entire universe. Just as there are 3 parts to the Om symbol there are 3 worlds: earth, atmosphere and heaven. Om in every form symbolizes that all material objects, phenomena, and thoughts are states of energy vibration.

By chanting the sound Om we move from a state of extroversion and stimulation to a more introspective, harmonious state, centering ourselves. Continuously chanting Om creates inner clarity, which may bring about insights and deeper meaning to our lives. From this practice of using Om awareness turns inward and all obstacles are overcome.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Parrot Tulip Painting

A Gift for my Cousin's Baby Girl. Pink Tulips symbolize happiness = ) Tulips also mean eternal life and are heralds of spring. Along with crocuses and daffodils, tulips are the first flowers to blossom each year, sometimes while there is still snow on the ground nearby.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Buddha's Enlightenment

After realizing that meditative jhana was the right path to awakening, Buddha discovered what Buddhists call the Middle Way—a path of moderation away from the extremes of self-indulgence and self-mortification.
Buddha was famously seated under a Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya, India, when he vowed never to arise until he had found the truth. He is seated on an open pink lotus flower to symbolize his enlightenment.

Soul Purpose of the Day: Continue to build the community of amazingly talented, determined and divine people in my life. They are the foundation of my success, strength, courage and motivation to follow my dreams into the next year and beyond.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Soul Purpose of the Day

Try not to focus on how the world effects you, but rather how you effect the world. We all have a significant part in this life, and we shouldn't forget about the bigger picture. It's easy to get caught up in every day issues, but there is a greater purpose to everything that we do... the choices that we make on a daily basis can have an amazing impact on those around us. By uplifting those around you, you will inevitably uplift yourself.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Joseph Campbell "Follow Your Bliss"

"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us."

"If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be."

- Joseph Campbell

Valentine's Day Spectacular Poster

I designed this poster for an upcoming charity fundraiser event that I'm hosting. It was inspired by vintage burlesque and Victorian style posters. The theme is Queen of Hearts. The female figure was influenced by Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of Fortune, Wealth and Abundance (aka Lady Lotus).

Friday, January 7, 2011

Creative Visualization

I just started reading this book and it's been a great tool in setting both personal and career goals.

"When we create something, we always create it first in a thought form. If we are basically positive in attitude, expecting and envisioning pleasure, satisfaction and happiness, we will attract and create people, situations, and events which conform to our positive expectations."
~ Shakti Gawain

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Ganesh: Remover of All Obstacles

Ganesha is a Hindu Elephant-Deity widely revered as the Remover of Obstacles and more generally as Lord of Beginnings. He is also a patron of arts and sciences, and the deva of intellect and wisdom.

"On the three points of his tiny crown, budding lotuses have been fixed. Gaṇeśa holds in his two right hands the rosary and a cup filled with three modakas (sweets). In his two left hands, Gaṇeśa holds a large lotus above and an axe below, with its handle leaning against his shoulder. In order to kill the demon of egotism (Mamāsura) who had attacked him, Gaṇeśa throws his lotus at him. Unable to bear the fragrance of the divine flower, the demon surrenders to Gaṇeśa."