Amaryllis in bloom

This wonderful flower mesmerizing me, it had three stems with each of them had four flowers. My meditation got better by seeing the living flowers grow.

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Looking at the flowers made me peaceful and calm. It is winter now when a wrote this post. Can you imagine how such flowers could be so beautiful?

Cold air and snow outside the window was windy and blew over the roof.  But inside it was warm and cozy.

Blessings, Margherita Crystal Lotus

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Snow Meditation!

Dear Readers,

Snow is protecting plants and trees when the low freezing is coming. I love going in the winter forest. It is peaceful and silent when there are no storms.

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Have you meditated under a winter tree?

The feelings of Peace and Calm help your mind to be aware of things you have not known! Stay under a snow-covered Tree and stand with your back against the trunk. You don’t need to be there more than 5-10 minutes.

A tree trunk has energy, but it is sleeping in resilience. Trees with leaves, drop them down, but Firs and Pines have needles that stay on its branches. In the spring they all are beginning to be awake and growing.

 

How to meditate under a snow-covered tree?

#1 Find a tree with snow-covered branches. In a forest, or a park.

#2 Go under the tree and stand close to the trunk, and rest your back on it.

#3 Close your eyes. And focus into your Heart.

#4 Let all your thoughts flow like leaves in the wind!

#5 When you have calmed down, you can discover your Heart and feel your love inside.

#6 When you are ready, open your eyes and see the world in a peaceful way.

 

I have done it many times, and I always feel Peace and Joy inside my body. You can do it too! Please leave a comment, if you like!

Blessings,

Margherita Crystal Lotus

 

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Trees are wonderful and essential!

Trees are not just wonderful, but essential for our Earth!Mirabel tree This is a Mirabell tree! It is similar to cherry trees, but it feeds birds and squirrels.  I hanged up a birdfeeder last week when it was very cold.  And today is the first day of 2019.

Nature is necessary for life on the Earth, even when volcanos erupt and tsunamis hit the land near the sea.  Our ideas about cutting trees down on our Earth’s land can be good, or not. If trees have no land to grow, then the land can be like the Sahara desert.  Scientists reveal that Sahara desert was like the Amazon jungle a long time ago.

How did that happen? Some trees were cut down, and the water was not there. And the land got dry! Trees have roots to connect with the earth. And fungus helps the roots to connect. In cities where trees are planted, they soon die, because they hade to little soil and connections. Trees are the best plant on the Earth. They protect the environment and other plants seeking shelter below them.

I will share more about trees…

Blessings, Margherita

 

 

 

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Poem: Precious One

After her healing session, I got this in my inbox.. it is a testimonial about finding inner healing, not through struggle, but to experience the love that is all around us. Join me in celebrating Sherry for her achievement!

Precious One

Only five, Precious One, when I found you there
In front of a door, with a pensive stare
The door was wide, without handle or paint
Then we talked for a while to re-acquaint

After a time, the door turned bluish-green
The oddest thing I had ever seen
I brought bubbles, with which we played
Being in the moment with you, is where I stayed

Beyond the door, we were not sure
But knew we had left a joyful place secure
As time went on, door turned blue to white
Now taller, with a handle, an awesome sight!

I asked you gently, if open we should
Holding your hand, together we could
Flying wide open we paused and gazed
A beautiful, secret garden! We were amazed!

Birds, butterflies, flowers and sunshine galore
A sense of wonder, innocence, play and more
Our smiles did widen, as we ran down the path
Next making angels, laying in the grass

Soon new friends came to join in
Although shy and hesitant to play, we begin
To remember the innocence, laughter, joy and play
We had before shame, guilt and secrets came our way

Precious One, I’m overjoyed to find you again
Reclaiming all the love, laughter and joy from within
Cutting our old story, beginning a new
Our authentic self is now free to shine through
Sherry B 1

Sherry Buikema, March 30, 2013

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Smudging Herbs and How to Smudge

Margherita share some gifts from her garden, smudging herbs: White Sage, Silver King Sage (Worm Wood), Sweet Grass, Native Tobacco, White and Red Cedar, Holy Basil and Lavender.

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The teaching of a door in paradise

doodle patternOn vacation recently in St Lucia I was asked to join and share my doodles and zen tangles with the group I was traveling with. It was a relaxing and joyful experience hanging out with other zen doodle artists. We tried to look at some designs that were present in the architecture where we stayed, and this door became my meditation.  I became obsessed with trying to figure out how to draw it… and understanding the repeating unit.

Have you had an idea in your mind that was almost impossible to figure out? If so, you might understand my troubles here. My friend Louise advised me to align the kite shapes, but yes it would work if one did only a line of them. Here I ventures to go to the dept of this pattern construction. It drove me nuts… It took many days and some hours to replicate, but to find an easy step by step instruction, is another matter. . . Mind you we are dealing with one kite shape and a small square. Four kites and the small square makes the larger square. On top of this the larger square rotates four ways around a small square, so the math becomes complicated indeed.

The villa was located near the divided remains of an exploded volcano called the “Pitons,” which decorated our view over the pool. This did somewhat distract me in my math quest. Swimming in the immense pool I often brooded over the door problem. I felt like this door was the entry to the real paradise: that of my mind.

The Pitons, St. Lucia, as seen from our pool.

If I were to solve this mystery, all my other problems would seem insignificant. Or rather this door was teaching me about what is important in life. I found that friendships and doing something together like zen drawing, are more worth than material assets. Without friends one is really nothing, just an empty bleep in space. My thoughts ventured into what might be accomplishments in my life, but the door to my mind might still be shut. In the magical story the word that could open the door was more worth than all the gold hidden inside. Open Sesame was the key to this door, and in my case I craved this key, this solution. And when my seeking came to an end I was resigning myself to just copy down how it looked like, without the formula. You be the judge. Mind you, this door was also the entrance to the majestic dutch kitchen, a main feature of our location, where all the delicious food was prepared.

Here is my attempt to solve the door pattern:

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St Lucia island design from a door on the villa we stayed at.

As you can see it is not that easy! Notice that I have rotated the entire design to align with one set of the large squares, compared to the door design, which follows a vertical line of kite shapes. If you can give some pattern instructions, go ahead and share it, Please.

Margherita (investigative doodle artist and zen tangle obsessive)

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Nagas, zen doodling and emotional freedom

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Mermaids and mythical sea creatures capture our imagination, here I share a category of zen doodle drawings I call Hair Maids. They usually have a female head in profile and a snake like body, or just a head with long strands of hair cascading out.

Imagine creatures based within the water element, not on the physical realm but in a different dimension. While Zen doodling, an activity I try to do every day, my pen took a new twist. I found myself drawing something like a mermaid but it was just a head with curls on. I just went with the process and drew several of them in the coming weeks. I came up with the name hair maids because they seemed having very long hair and no body. So I started to ponder this.  Anything coming out on the paper in the drawing process (also called zen tangle) reflects processes in the subconscious mind. So what could this symbolic shape mean?

Looking at the drastic changes I made personally in the last 18 months, I could venture to explain my drawings as tangled emotions related to the changes I did make in my personal life. Expressing each tangled strand in a nice smooth way, and then decorating it would also pin down the knots in my emotional body. I think most of us have embedded emotions like that after a difficult separation. And to heal stuck emotions, I go to my zen doodle notebook, and put down some dots, lines and curves…

What I had drawn above could be considered to be a “Naga.”  Nagas are snake like beings, which are depicted in early Hindu and Chinese art as humans on the upper half, or just the head as in this image above. Buddhist iconography depicts Nagas as giant cobras or more like dragons without legs. And in some cases like mermaids: as human with a snake like fish tail. In Buddhist scripture and myths, Nagas are either very wise and beneficent or negative that can cause us many disturbances including illnesses related to water imbalance. Nagas are also considered as water deities, which are protecting rivers and lakes.

Emotions are watery in essence, and are in fact flowing energy forms that we create inside ourselves based on the reactions we have to inner and outer events. A gift of a kindness may generate joy, but a criticism might make us feel angry. If one look at these energy forms from a healing point of view, they appear as moving fields, or strands emanating outward from the person having the emotions. If the emotions are suppressed and left unchecked they can become enmeshed as physical knots or emotional tensions which might cause insomnia, stress and fear.

I love my zen doodling as it is a way to sort out my mind without thinking about it. When I focus on my drawing my mind relax and naturally other parts also relax and can be freed of unnecessary baggage. Why not try it yourself!

Blessings, Margherita

Resources: Description of the methods see: http://www.zentangle.com and for listing of various patterns to draw: see http://www.tanglepattern.com

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