Category Archives: Life

Beauty and the Muck

Today’s post features a painting hanging in the Art and Zen Sanctuary.

Beauty and the Muck
Beauty and the Muck

This work is painted in acrylic on a hand-crafted custom wood panel, painted around the 1.75″ edges and measuring 96” x 24” with rounded corners.

The significance of the lotus flower in the Zen tradition is about beauty rising out of the muck where it grows. This is similar to freeing our minds through meditation, rising above the mess around us in the world today…the mess we all need to deal with everyday. How about we work together to clean up what causes us to suffer and rise like a beautiful lotus flower.

Bless you all as you deal with task of finding the best space to elevate your consciousness.

 

Perfect

Frank's staff
Frank’s staff

There was an artist in the city of Kouroo who was disposed to strive after perfection. One day it came into his mind to make a staff. Having considered that in an imperfect work, time is an ingredient, but into a perfect work, time does not enter, he said to himself: It shall be perfect in all respects, though I should do nothing else in my life.

Henry David Thoreau

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Frank carries a staff with him on some of his walks. It was hardly crafted at all from a fallen branch in our forest sanctuary, being perfect in its natural form. It becomes more perfect all the time as Frank adds a natural patina from his handling of this tree, often admired by others he encounters on his walks.

We are perfect, and getting better all the time.

 

Backup Your Hummingbird Feeder…

Frozen Hummingbird Feeder in the Art and Zen Sanctuary Video (2:15):

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A Big “Thank You” to Jingle Punks for providing the music for this video!

Please remember to assist others when you get the chance…thank you.

Happy Halloween to All

Happy Halloween to All

Halloween or Hallowe’en (/ˌhæləˈwn, ˈn, ˌhɑːl/) is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It initiates the triduum of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers. Within Allhallowtide, the traditional focus of All Hallows’ Eve revolves around the theme of using “humor and ridicule to confront the power of death.”

Wikipedia

Life Lesson from Robin Williams Tragedy…

As people try to understand the death of Robin Williams, it is valuable to find a teaching that helps us all deal with many of the same issues in our lives.

This post is about moderation. Without becoming judgmental in any way, it is important to realize that we all must moderate our actions if we are to strike a balance with life’s experiences. Ultimately we can experience joy throughout our lives in such a way that every moment is precious.

It is difficult to consider moderation in our age of exuberance and super sizing. But, Zen teaches us about moderation and taking the middle path. This practice is life saving and ultimately a more joyful experience. Extremes take their toll in causing us pain and suffering in the long run. It is better to enjoy our lives and reduce suffering through wise choices and moderation.

Take a deep breath; then exhale and consider where you are, and wisely take your next best step.

Moderation

Moderation

Taking your own life or that of another living being is an extreme act, one of finality. Pain and suffering are part of life, an important element of our existence. As Sakini put it, “Pain makes man think, thought makes man wise, and wisdom makes life endurable.”

We don’t have to face suffering alone or take extreme measures to avoid it. Moderation allows for small adjustments that can overtime reduce suffering to a tolerable level.

Life can be taken in sips of both the joyful and the painful. This is our life to live, we should not throw it away, no matter how hard it may be…it is far too precious to everyone in our world.
Be blessed…bless yourself.

Hope Returns…

Things have not been going well for the grays in the sanctuary lately. It seems like the browns are asserting themselves and taking down their competitor species. So, to do honor to the grays, here is a repost of…
Hope…Standing for Nature in the Art and Zen Sanctuary 


A squirrel… stands then and there for nature.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Thank You” to Silent Partner for the music used in this video.

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Learning from, and Living in…History

Learning from History

A few months ago, Mary asked Frank for a new painting in the living room. They decided to recreate a meaningful as well as decorative art work. They wanted to hang a piece that would influence future art production through a better understanding of the earliest art produced thousands of years ago. They decided on recreating a cave painting from the photos and information about the first art created by early artists. After building a custom wood panel, Frank applied heavy impasto coats of acrylic paint with a sponge to simulate a cave wall surface for this 30″ x 60″ painting.

Early Art... Respect for life
Early Art… Respect for life

Living in History

Now as Mary and Frank sit and discuss the day and future directions, they are blessed with a sense of the earliest art, and bring a bit of history forward in time.

Early Art... Respect for life
Early Art… Respect for life, and … “Do you want to play a game?”