Autumn Majesty by L. Martel

This is a 12″ x 16″ oil on canvas inspired by a photo taken by Marilyn Armstrong. I just started it today but when I saw her photo, it spoke to me. It will require more work.

BTW we had our Federal election yesterday. The people have spoken. Pretty boy has had his wings clipped. It’s a minority government and I’m happy with that.


Feel It : Part 3

Thank you for Part 3 Mountain Energy Yoga.

Mountain Energy

Making mantra meditation a daily practice helps us to practice it during the day as well. While you walk to the bus stop in the morning, the mantra is “walking”. You become more aware in each moment, another way to say, you become more mindful.

If you are in the habit of avoiding uncomfortable emotions and physical pain, this type of meditation will now help you to face it in your day to day life. You can use mantra. Identifying where the physical pain is. Feeling it. You can learn ways to move that might alleviate some of the pain or prevent it.

Hopefully you will notice that you are more comfortable feeling your emotions. At first you might struggle with this because you don’t know what you are really feeling. Perhaps because you have been avoiding these emotions for so long. Now you can allow yourself to really feel…

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The Senator’s Blues by swo8 Blues Jazz

Canada is having a Federal election on Monday. There were a large number of Canadians who took advantage of the advance voting polls and this is a warning sign for the incumbent Prime Minister. The people are mad. When a number of our Senators were milking the system I was enraged enough to write this song. Yes that is me and I’m hopping mad. I didn’t go to the advanced poll. It’s a secret ballet and I not letting them know until the last minute….mainly because I’m undecided. But you can be sure that pretty boy isn’t on the list of eligibles.

The Potala Palace Tibet by L. Martel

This is an 11″ x 14″ oil on canvas I started about two weeks ago. I did the origin drawing on a sheet of paper then drew it again on the canvas. I started to fill it in, working on the sky then the mountains (Himalayas). It is considered the “Jewel of the Himalayas” or the “roof top of the world”. Down below the Palace the devoted approach the holy site prone. Wooden slats attached to their hands they throw them selves down upon the ground and pull themselves forward. Monks walk by in their saffron gowns. The White Palace contains the main ceremonial hall with the throne of the Dalai Lama, and his private rooms and audience hall are on the uppermost level. Within the Palace are 698 murals, almost 10,000 painted scrolls, numerous sculptures, carpets, canopies, curtains, porcelain, jade, and fine objects of gold and silver, as well as a large collection of sutras and important historical documents.


The Rose of Black is Sacred music by swo8 Blues Jazz Lyrics by Shelby Courtland

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The Fort Worth Police officer who shot and killed a woman in her home early Saturday morning has been booked into the Tarrant County Jail and charged with murder. Apparently a neighbour was concerned about the wellbeing of the woman and called the police. “That beautiful 28-year old woman is dead, shot right in front of her nephew just because her neighbor called the cops for a welfare check and she ends up dead less than a second after a cop barks orders at her to “Put her hands up” in her own damn house.” Shelby Courtland.

The Setting, – Thanksgiving Weekend in Canada 2019

I’m pretty tired. Just cooked a 15 lb. turkey for 12 people. One of our clan couldn’t make it, so 11 of us sat down together for this special meal. I thought we’d talk politics but that was earlier in the afternoon. We are having a Federal election a week Monday. Everyone is fed up with the present regime. There’s a strong “Green” movement amongst us. I just want to send the present entities packing. It’s going to be an exciting election. It’s such a good feeling to turf the bums out. But we seem to swing from one set of bums to the next set of bums. Oh Lord, where are the honourable statesmen of our country? Happy Thanksgiving everyone.



The Quarter Man by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Unfinished Business in iTunes

We are having a Federal election on October 21st so tonight I went to an all candidates meeting. The question I posed was about the Temporary Foreign Workers Program. This is a “globalist” approach to maximize benefits to the upper echelon of “big business” while thwarting the benefits to the average worker. A company goes to their MP and tells them they can’t find workers and they need to bring foreign works in. Truth be told, they can’t find workers who will work for the paltry wages they want to pay so they want to bring in workers who will. This is tantamount to slave labour in many cases and it’s the inspiration for the song The Quarter Man. 4:21 min.

The Potala Palace Tibet by L. Martel

This is a mere, quick paper sketch of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. After doing the Prayer Wheel of the Jokhang Temple of Lhasa, it is imperative to do the Potala Palace which was the winter palace of the Dalai Lamas from 1649 to 1959. The one thing that stands out in my memory of this place is the room where the Dalai Lama left in a great hurry. He left behind a book on a table and his prayer beads. It is a magnificent building that meanders all over the mountain with stairways here and there, as you can see by this drawing.


Feel It: Part 2

Thank you Mountain Energy Yoga for Part 2.

Mountain Energy

While practicing mantra meditation, the mind will wander. When the mind wanders away from the breath, you then determine where your mind has wandered.

People often wish to avoid physical pain and painful emotions. Instead you are going to feel those things, also you are going to identify where the pain is and take your mind there. If the pain is in your neck, you take your mind to that place and feel that pain, and the mantra becomes “pain.”

If you are experiencing a painful emotion, you will identify which emotion it is, and you will use the word which describes that emotion. The mantra may become “feeling angry,” or “feeling sad.” Once again you do not avoid it.

Let it happen. Feel it. And when you notice it has passed you can go back to observing the breath, using the “rising” and “falling” mantras again.

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