Archive for the praise Category

Friendlier to self.

Posted in learning, Lenard Cohen, mindfulness, poetry words, praise, remembrance, wonder with tags , , , , on October 15, 2016 by starhandarts

Judy and FriendsIf you’ve followed this stream at all you’ll be aware that the inner self flow has been a struggle for some months now. Recently I streamed a YouTube of K.D. Lang singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. A sweet and deeply moving experience. After that, I found a Pema Chodron interview with her that also hooked in deeply. The following is a list of high lights that went deep. Isn’t it interesting that the stuff we need rolls along right at our feet? Yeah!

Practicing unconditional friendliness towards oneself.

What does your difficulty bring that  guides you?

We are fundamentally good.

Touch yourself with kindness.

The less there is of me the happier I am, Leonard Cohen story.

Be in and of service whatever you do.

When things fall apart, find the treasure being offered in that moment.

Well just wow, it’s all in those thoughts and ideas, at least I can find it there.

Walking on in a new light. Service to others and kindness to self. Keeps the balance. Treasure indeed.

Oh yes, it’s the full moon as well. Big, fat, pulling the tides and lighting the night.


Buried in the The Outlander Volumes

Posted in Artwork, Balls, painting, praise, wonder with tags , , , , , , , on June 28, 2015 by starhandarts

Balls Painted Mouthing Off YES (2)I’m reading Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander/time travel series again. I find it wonderfully engaging, again.  The first 4 probably 4x now over the years, bk 5 3x, bk 6 twice, then on to the 7th and final one. The depth and description of the historical details is fabulous. Political, personal, daily life conditions, inter-personal relationships, romantic episodes, sexuality, violence of course, intrigue, all juicy and each time it draws me deep into the story.  For me, it seems to be the perfect escape tool these last couple of months.

Fine beadwork is back in front of me also. After finishing the big sphere, previously published I’m working another project that is really pleasing to me. Winding new thread balls also to begin with Temari. Have you been watching the moon and Jupiter/Venus this month? It feels very cool to me to sit at the shore here and watch them together, close, in the twilight sky. Of course catching a fly by of the Space Station is quite cool as well.

So, this sphere above is called “Mouthing Off”. Various mouths appear in all directions with YES sprinkled around. 14” diameter, sewn and Painted, stuffed with Bison Hair.  Fun and silly, perhaps some loud and cynical, uncertain expressions coming you.

Listening to Candy Dulfer jazz, great saxophone, mellow and sweet.

Gosh, now that I have a list of cool things lined up here that describe how my days are here, it’s time to planet gaze again.  jT


Wise Words

Posted in mindfulness, poetry words, praise, remembrance, Social Commentary, wonder with tags , , , , on June 25, 2015 by starhandarts

One secret to happiness is allowing every situation to be what it is;  rather than what you think it should be.

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For Mickey

Posted in mindfulness, News, praise, Social Commentary, wonder on July 6, 2014 by starhandarts

IMG_0329Michael James Butler Jr.

March 6, 1946–June 28, 2014

Friend, conspiracy theorist, spiritual messenger of sorts, master fix anything kind of guy. A prepared in all the details for the days ahead labeled “when the shit hits fan time” person. His friends were many and varied in their interests. His internment was full of laughter and tears. It was personal, human and more moving than any other such event I’ve ever been present for. His friends dug his grave by hand, another made his coffin which had a window so he could see out. He was clothed in his favorite bits of sartorial splendor. He was lowered into the earth by his friends. then as the grave was filled in by those present we heard stories about who he was to us. A hand carved granite slab at the ready.  Stories that surely brought tears from all but also roaring laughter as reflections were shared. I saw many of the pieces of ”art” I worked on with him.  Those mind snapshots of sitting at the table drinking tea or sharing a meal and designing each piece were flashing before me as I looked around the circle. People wearing a series of hats he had me add stuff to, each with their own stubby pencil clipped to the brim(always a Mickey detail). Knife sheaths and a walking staff carried by the receivers of these precious objects.  Tenderness flows over and around me still as I ponder life in this community and on this small island without his arm waving as he passed by en route to the next job or mission. His vehicle covered in various provocative slogans and stickers will be carrying someone else from now on.   Kind and generous in every way. You will be missed. There is a Bahai principle I was reminded of recently, “Death is the Messenger of Joy”. I think the laughter and tears together are this idea in action. He would like that.

Albert Einstein’s Birthday

Posted in Albert Einstein, mindfulness, News, poetry words, praise, Social Commentary, wonder on March 14, 2014 by starhandarts

He brought “light” through the cracks in the matrix in my opinion. We as a species weren’t ready for the revelation, power or responsibility. Let’s celebrate the LIGHT!. Let us do better as we go forward.
“Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.”

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

In my mind, on my mind, today.

Posted in mindfulness, poetry words, praise with tags , , , , on February 6, 2014 by starhandarts
I’ve been collecting these quotes for some time and they all seem to fit my day. One arrived from a friend just this AM. We and everything are swimming around in the present NOW. Neither before or after, the concepts and ideas that surround us from scientific, ie. quantum theory and the spiritual, ie. everything is energy and there fore present in this moment.
Everyone likes to think of memory as this thing that lets us vividly remember our childhoods or what we did last week. But memory is designed to help us make good decisions in the moment and, therefore, memory has to stay up-to-date. The information that is relevant right now can overwrite what was there to begin with.
                                                   –Joel Voss

“If there are no dogs in heaven, then ,when I die, I want to go where they went.”                                                  Will Rogers

Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things,

man will not himself find peace     

                               — Dr. Albert Schweitzer

The Light Gets In

Posted in Anthem, God, Lenard Cohen, poetry words, praise, Social Commentary with tags , , , , on January 31, 2014 by starhandarts
Judy and Friends
“God has no body now on earth but yours
no hands but yours, no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which he pours out
compassion in the world.
His are the hands, blessing me now.
All praise to the One.
Ring the bells that can still ring,
Forget your perfect offering,
There is a crack in everything,
That’s how the light gets in.”
– Anthem, by Leonard Cohen
 Sent this hummer out around Christmas time. It moved me then and it has come around or back to me, it moves me still. What a gifted and potent center piece of my generation this man has been.