Sunday, June 1, 2008

Painting a Deep Breathe

Here's a painting that goes along with deep breathing. I painted it for a friend with a new baby, starting a new phase of her life. I tried to put my experience with the practice of Tonglen (described in "On Breathing") on the canvas. When I was painting it I kept thinking about the glorious healing space, it's potential with each breath, as it pulls us into the present moment, and what can be transformed as we hold it in, the space opens, then exhale.

Lee Harris and Story Waters have some visualization exercises on "The Freedom Sessions" that use a Shanti Chakra, which I found helpful to visualize while breathing. I called this one "Shanti Chakra with Silver Cord".

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