Moment of Peace by swo8 Blues Jazz

With all the kerfulle going on in Iran I’m looking for a Moment of Peace. Will you join me? 1:29 min.

The Rag-a-Muffin by L. Martel

This is a 5″ x 7″ oil on canvas board in its early stages. It is a classical “selfie” –  “me” at the age of about 3 or 4 years. Working on such a small area makes it difficult to get the facial expression right. I’m eating a cookie and it’s probably my mother who took the photo so I look to be offering her some of my cookie. In the photo I have a little more of a lean so it really does look like I’m offering it to the person taking the photo.


What is Yoga Nidra?

Thank you for insights Mountain Energy Yoga.

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I like to stay open to all the different ideas about Yoga Nidra. In this post I will be describing Yoga Nidra in a traditional sense.

According to Yoga philosophy, the koshas are layers of our being which make us whole. Sometimes the outer layers of our being can distract us from experiencing our innermost Kosha or layer, which is anandamaya Kosha, the bliss body, inner peace, joy, and stillness.

“Candle in the dark..” by fettahor is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

During the practice of yoga nidra the voice guiding you will take you from your outermost layer, through all the layers or koshas, to the bliss body, and will then return you to gently back to your outermost layers.

A sankulpa is an intention or a resolve that can help you to make positive changes to your habits and lifestyle. During the practice the sankulpa will be revealed…

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Drama in the Moonlight by L. Martel

This is a 24″ x 36″ that I started quite awhile ago. Have since done more work on it. I added more wolves, changed the water into waterfalls etc. It will sell for $1,728.00. Haven’t put it on show yet. Have yet to sign and date it. Happy New Year everyone. Leslie



Never More by swo8 Blues Jazz lyrics by Rajiv Chopra

Russia, China and Iran launched their first joint naval exercises in the Gulf of Oman, near the Strait of Hormuz, on Friday, December 27th., 2019. This comes after a US-led naval coalition including Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates launched their operation in November, 2019, to guarantee the safe supply of oil from that region. This does not sound good to me. So I’m posting the song, Never More, featuring the wonderful lyrics by Rajiv Chopra. 3:24 min.