"What day is is?" asked Pooh.
"It's today," squeaked Piglet.
"My favorite day," said Pooh.
Ojai Preserve, Spring 2016
A little music to go with glorious Spring!
When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment,
our understanding of what is join on deepens,
and we bin to be filled with
acceptance, joy, peace and love.
~Thich Nhat Hanh
My friend Shea, who has taught yoga for years in Los Angeles, came up with an idea ages ago. She thought that it would be great for us to hold a combined yoga and art day, for Spring Equinox. This year, it finally happened! Our focus throughout the day, along with renewal, was on mindfulness.
We held it on the actual day of the Spring Equinox, in Ojai, California.
But first, a little water and yogi tea break!
The mindfulness "art project" was to create a sort of dream catcher mandala, so everyone could choose a tree from where they were sitting, or wander about the property to find which spoke to them.
Begin doing what you want to do now.
We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand
and melting like a snowflake.
~Francis Bacon Sr.
There were two little art sessions. The first was before lunch, after which Shea guided a mindfulness walk through the cactus garden.
Walk as if you are kissing the earth
with your feet.
~Thich Nhat Hanh
If we are not fully ourselves,
truly in the preset moment,
we miss everything.
~Thich Nhat Hanh
A little chakra clearing workshop before finishing with a wonderful restorative yoga session, under the trees, listening to the birds, rustling of leaves, and soft Native American music in the distance. (Ojai was an area where the Chumash Indians lived. The area is considered sacred to some people and filled with a incredible energy by many who live there and visit the Ojai Valley.)
Shea and I on the tennis court where we held the morning yoga session ...
Including Shea and I, there were 21 ladies. It felt like a perfect number!
A little toast later at magic hour to celebrate the beautiful day.
Be happy in the moment,
that is enough.
Each moment is all we need,
I don't know how many years it has been since I've had a manicure but I decided I would celebrate the season with pink nails! I just loved the eye candy of the spring colors, so I had to share! In the background is my "WeMoon" calendar that was on my lap at the nail salon. (artwork by Jessica Perlstein)
And to celebrate Springtime ... These fabulous artists!
Keya, 10, with her glorious mixed media landscape of wildflowers!
When you discover
that all happiness is inside of you
and the needing
are over, and life gets very exciting.
~ Byron Katie
Tessie, 8, with her Landscape of Red Poppies!
Tessa, just turning 7, with her watercolor wildflower. If that sweet expression doesn't melt your heart ...
Violette, 10, and her mixed media graphic popsicle! (wouldn't it make a cool fabric repeat?!)
And here's Lola, 6, with her pastel drawing the Easter Bunny.
I couldn't resist taking this photo with the light coming through the window ... Mia's fancy little dress for Purim. (I quickly found her an apron!)
A fabulous Easter Brunch of smoked salmon and spinach Benedict with a dear friend.
Not a great picture below, but I had to point out that the lovely sequined and metallic eggs on my chandelier are from the 99 cent store, along withe the green wire basket and grass for it in the photo above. (I made the Ukrainian eggs a few years ago.)
And I'm ending this post with a spring memory of Italy, taken at the Franciscan sanctuary of Fonte Colombo in the Rieti Valley ...
Now is where Love Breathes.
Hope your spring is off to a beautiful start! Many blessings and a celebratory rebirth and renewal to all!
Blessings and light!