Friday, August 29, 2014

Travel Tale | Unseen

It is practically impossible to visualize Yellowstone National Park without its colors, the prismatic brights, earthy oranges, pristine blues, fresh greens and calcium whites, but underneath all the vibrant colors lie an unkept ruggedness, wilderness screaming at us. Nature at its best, that makes us feel minuscule and insignificant — a beauty that can only be seen without those colors.   

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Liminal Spaces

Now and again it is necessary to seclude yourself among deep mountains and hidden valleys to restore your link to the source of life. Breathe in and let yourself soar to the ends of the universe; breathe out and bring the cosmos back inside. Next, breathe up all the fecundity and vibrancy of the earth. Finally blend the breath of heaven and the breath of earth with your own, becoming the breath of Life. —Morihei Ueshiba

As I dip inward to find answers, I navigate the center of a large ocean of feelings.I can easily become exhausted around the banter of noisy egos. I don’t enjoy superficial but flourish in meaningful. I’d rather have silence, a good book and some dark chocolate than attend a party. I’m not cool or hip. I don’t dress flashy or in-style. Fitting in, is difficult. I sort of blend but I don’t mix well. I can play the extrovert but prefer my introverted heart. The former leaves me exhausted. I’m also extremely sensitive.

When hurt, my heart bleeds black and blue.
I can feel your bruises too. 
I can hear emotions hiding in the shadow of false bravado. 
I can see when eyes truly twinkle or blink back a tear.

It’s exhausting to feel all of the time, so I am hanging out in low gear. It is a space above an imaginary watermark. It’s not an easy place to be. I tread the water in my soul. I hide under a lily pad, peeking out occasionally but mostly staying tucked in. The water is tepid and the weight of the lily pad is comforting. So for now, I put a straw into a cloud and sip the solitude like the creme of espresso, hold on tight to the weirdness of who I am and what I feel. It’s okay to rest. 

I need to rest in this quietness,
Give myself permission to recalibrate my heart of emotions. 
It’s a sandstorm of chipping away debris and filling it with love. 
My inner camera lens seeks truth.

My overly sensitive radar leads to miscommunication. It happens. Words are spoken and I misinterpret it as harsher than it might be. Perhaps it was harsh but then I take it a step further, jump off a cliff and ruminate the meaning into an introspective hell. He, she, it blamed me for, said to me. [Fill in the blank]. 


It doesn’t matter. Sometimes when this happens it’s not my stuff, it’s theirs. Accepting responsibility for my actions is enough to sort through. Let it go and let it be. Let the muddy colors change to persimmon. Let the breeze caress the harsh words. Let the birds channel serotonin to my tired synapsis. I need to let myself know, I have the power to stop the thought process as well as the ability to fuel the pain.


I will listen to the wind. Write. Sit in a sunspot even on a cloudy day and recharge my heart.

“Solitude matters, and for some people, it’s the air they breathe.” —Susan Cain

It’s a dose of nature that often settles and heals me. I walk through my tiny garden and the flowers, mixed with weeds, often speak to me; poised and tranquil, they bend with the breeze but remain standing. The rain makes them heavy and the sun lifts their buds. It’s a walking meditation as I methodically watch the process unfold.

Retreat, restore, regroup, relish the silence and breathe.

I either fully trust or tiptoe along the edges and fear trust. I send and receive mixed messages especially to those who have the same issues. It’s not a coincidence we are given the same lesson. Instead, it is a wake-up call to step back and sit with the mixed feelings and learn. I’m giving myself a chance to tap into where do I begin and end? I learn more each time and let go of those thorn-like expectations of how it should be. I reflect and see. Give and take what is needed. It’s an infinite recycling of refinement.

I love to give and I cherish my friends. I’m protective and will defend like a lioness would her cubs. I need to do the same for myself and protect my tenderness; Step aside from the mainstream flow and trust my genuine self.

All the answers lie within my heart.

I can’t actually climb to a cave, meditate and eat berries. Instead I have to go through each day doing the norm. This is where I find who and what the real pillars are verses the illusions. Actually it’s all an illusion, but I live in this world, therefore I must occasionally carve a small imaginary cave and retreat. It’s not a negative thing. It’s proactive and protective like letting a nasty gash heal, however slowly, it teaches me patience. I’m in a sacred moment with my thoughts and it brings a smile of inner compassion. The frankincense burns and protects the space. Earlier a goldfinch peered into the window. He seemed to be checking on me. Thunder rumbled in the distance: nature’s drums. The universe is watching and I’m not alone.

Solitude is different than loneliness as the rain washes my soul and the sun dries it.
Outside there’s a stillness of being in between time as I lay down my heart in the folds of a sunset colored rose, aptly named. Peace.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Lookback Sundays | Fall

Stories of October & November
One: Sand Neutrals
Two: Pieces
Three: Nature and pattern

Four: Hello November!
Five: The last colors of the season.
Six: Tea High
Seven: New Today
Eight: Festive brights

Nine: Pumpkin fever

Ten: Transformations

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Lookback Sundays | Lemon and Mint

June-July Brights
One: Sunny Mornings
Two: Long Weekends
Three: Pastels

Four: Beachside
Five: Nostalgia
Six: Type Forms
Seven: Walpaper*
Eight: Mint Overdose
Nine: Corner Cafes
Ten: Veggie Lineup

Monday, May 13, 2013

Travel Tale | Personal Meditation

This film explains wanderlust for me.
The breathtaking nature, cultures, religions, colors, architectures and wonders, known and unknown, captured so beautifully - It flows.

I was introduced to this piece of art by a friend sometime back and it never left my mind. It never does once you have seen it. Hope you enjoy.

Lookback Sundays | Blush

Stories of May-Madness

One: Blossoms and bright blue skies
Two: Pretty tiled
Three: Summer drinks
Four: Tulip love
Five: Voodoo Donuts
Six: New doorways
Seven: Cinco De Mayo
Eight: The Great Gatsby
Nine: Only in San Francisco
Ten: Bay to Breakers

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Lookback Sundays | Indigo

Stories of April
One: Home decor
Two: Glorious sunsets
Three: Blueberry morning
Four: Tiled
Five: Spring bloom
Six: Blue greens
Seven: Wanderlust
Eight: Seattle skyline
Nine: Last snow
Ten: Ocean & Indigos