Saturday, January 23, 2021
Sunday, November 22, 2020
What is the impact of Mindfulness Meditation on an artist like me using an simple cell phone app like the one I am using daily with Sam Harris? Like Zach Grossfeld wrote in 2019 on Medium, it is utterly transformative. I wrote in my last post that this app was a gift from my eldest son, Liam Veuve, who beseeched me to try it. I listened.
To be honest the words: WAKE; AWAKE; AWAKENING; were spiraling through my dreams, daydreams, waking and lseeping thoughts so regularly in the fall of 2019, that when I saw the title of this particular app: "Waking Up" that Liam "handed" to me, I spent zero time arguing with him. Now I thank my son and Sam Harris.
From practing mindfulness meditiation 20 minutes every day, I then started to listen in (tune in) more over to everything: my self, others around me, the sounds of the city, and to nature. As a city dweller for over 30 years (Brooklyn) I feel this latter point is important to say.
From my growing fascination with nature, made more obvious to me when the COVID 19 quarantine began in March 2020, I 'landed' on looking upwards towards the sky over Brooklyn. I have a roof and in quarantine I began to use it regularly. I looked upwards daily.
What was up there? What planets could I see? What was out there? Turns out quite a lot, despite the light pollution. I found this Stellarium page and paid pennies for an app with the same name and have been hooked/enchanted ever since.
Looking up over NYC was another sort of waking up for me. The planet Mars lighting up Gowanus was a whole new thrilling experience for me.
Saturday, November 21, 2020
The events of 2020 and my paying close attention to them and to a few select and gifted people have altered my life immeasurably. Nature (galaxies) have filled in some much-needed information I was previously ignoring due to my predictable human nature.
And now I am forever altered. I have shifted.
And that is a good thing as far as I am concerned. EUREKA!
(And, you, too can do this but more on how in future posts).
Saturday, November 14, 2020
I have been shifting enormously as an artist and as a human being since the COVID 19 pandemic began in March 2020. The planets and galaxies have told us to turn inward this year (more on this in another post) and I have listened.
I have been fully aware of all the daily political news and world events too. I have not become an emotional hermit by any means. However, with the quarantine and isolation, I have had the opportunity to do BOTH/AND: Pay attention to outer worldy events AND develop a whole new and intense focus on my inner worldly events. Thus I have experienced a fundametal alteration of myself. This is becoming obvious to me in the way I operate as an artist as a human being in my world. BOTH/AND. I thank Sylvia High for introducing me to this idea some years back in NYC.
Here is an image (the top GIF) I embrace that deeply relates to my process:
But it does not "say" everything.
In addition, there are many synonyms for the word "shift" of course:
I like some of these better than others.
Finally here is a lovely text about shifting:
But back to my new goal and primary purpose for this blog now:
I begin from this day forward to shift the content of this blog. Now I will focus on my dynamic shifting inner process as an artist and human being even as I also feature outer art world items of significance and meaning to me.
What is the reason for my decision you may ask? Stay tuned....BOTH/AND. Thanks Sylvia. A EUREKA! moment for sure. LINK
To all of you reading here: Thank you. Namaste. Stay Strong and Well in these challenging times.
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Sunday, August 23, 2020
Friday, August 21, 2020
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Last week I taught a homemade planetarium class for Paterson and other teachers. One of the simplest ways is here...(guess what I used) ...this gives a marvelous effect I must say. I have been obsessed with the sky these past months. Perseid meteor showers anyone?
Please see the below links for the STEAMemPOWERment blog piece I recently wrote on these workshops.
In addition, I am providing the WP Twitter and FB links here for the event.
Monday, August 17, 2020
Sunday, August 16, 2020
"The Fool stands on the precipice of a cliff, his head tilted to the sky and arms outstretched as if to embrace the dawn of his new existence. "