An Artist of Life

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Advice to Agnes de Mille from Martha Graham:

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I love this quote. Here is another quote from Martha Graham's book, Blood Memory. 

I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. In each it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of one's being, a satisfaction of spirit. One becomes in some area an athlete of God.
Martha Graham 
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I also relate it to this quote, which I am working to make live in my own life. Instead of allowing the reptile mind undercurrent of anxiety to rule my moments, I am practicing the Presence and feeling love. 

Practice the Presence of God the way you would practice music.
H. Emilie Cady

From the Rainbow Iris Collection

This collection was inspired by white iris blooming in the Scarritt Bennett Center garden in Nashville. The sun was shining through the petals. I played with the colors and came up with this design. I wear the long, large scarf in the poly chiffon. It feels so luxurious. 

 

Blossoming Life

“I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which comes to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which comes to me as blossom, goes on as fruit.”

Dawna Markova

Joy in the Intangibles

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The cause of true joy is not found in anything visible or tangible; nothing causes it, it's simply the sensation of existing as a soul and spirit. So, instead of waiting to possess something or someone before you can experience joy, do the opposite: rejoice simply in the existence of people and things for, in this joy they give you, you have the feeling they belong to you. The only things that truly belong to you are those that give you joy. Your possessions, on the other hand, do not necessarily give you much joy.

Everything that brings you joy you possess, and much more than if you owned it. There is so much joy to be felt before the beauty of nature, a sunrise, or a starry sky! And yet they are not physically yours. So, the most important thing is not your ownership of anything but your capacity to experience joy.
--Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

Luminous Harmony

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You cannot evolve and truly blossom spiritually unless you consciously work on forming a collective ambience of harmony, love, peace and light, in which everyone will breathe and be nourished. The only ambiance which can be of benefit to each person is one in which love and harmony are almost tangible and palpable. But to be capable of creating this harmony you must enter into relationship with the pure luminous forces circulating throughout space; as long as you have not succeeded in doing that you will continue to be exposed to the shocks and accidents of the physical world, and of the psychic world even more so.

 So the only real work that's worth doing is to think day and night of harmonizing yourself with cosmic forces. Eventually, you will feel that anything negative in you is leaving you and that you are contributing more and more each day to the coming of light and peace in the world.

-- Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

Share the Joy

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When the spiritual life brings you moments of peace, joy and wonder, you must not keep them for yourself. Devote at least a few minutes to sharing something of these privileged states by means of your thoughts. Think of all the beings in the world who are in anguish and despair. Focus your thoughts on them and say: 'Dear brothers and sisters throughout the world, what I possess is so beautiful, so luminous, that I want to share it with you. Receive some of this beauty; take some of this light!' 

Since you know that your state of mind generates waves that spread out into the world, do not keep your happiness for yourself; share it with others. Not only will you be doing them good, you will also amplify these states in yourself. Yes, this is a magical phenomenon. The best way to hold on to your joy is to share it. 
-- Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

I came into the Scarritt Bennett garden at just the perfect time. The sun was sinking behind the trees and the light turned the iris into a living lamp. I'm sharing the joy of this iris with you....