Its three days past the elections. I started 11/9/2016 with a post on my Facebook page about how my heart sank as I heard the news of who was supposed to be my president and how I was going to break the news to my soon to be 9 years old son; specially since I have always tried to teach him not to be a bully, to respect women, to respect others, not to lie or cheat, etc. etc. But now he gets to see a person that is a bully, racist, disrespects everyone, lies and cheats become the president of one of the largest nations on earth! I decided to sit with my feelings and my girls (I think this is a good time to mention that inside my head its much like the cartoon Inside Out). I had a chance to see why people may have voted for Trump and also wonder about the big picture. And a big thank you to a 16 years old young man, Amir Kalantary, for putting it all into perspective more clearly with his Facebook Post to show how much we (the non-republican camp) have been sore losers, to consider the reasoning of the people that voted for soon to be president Trump and the mistakes of the Democratic party overlooking the voice of the larger population asking for change. I looked back at my own life and how that there was also so much good that came out of each horrible time/tragedy in my life and that those bad times is what was needed for me to get closer to and receive my wishes.
So let us be real, open and honest with ourselves and with each other. At some point in our lifetime each and every one of us (yes including me) has been a bully, a victim, liar, cheat, racist, and made fun of some other culture/community/nationality. Just think back how many times you may have told even a white lie; or said a joke that was making fun of a group; or the times you influenced someone by playing to their weaknesses in order to get what you wanted (definition of bully). I know you are all reading this and thinking there is no way that you have ever been a bully or racist. But when you consider that a bully is by definition someone that knows another persons hot buttons (what makes them tick, scared, angry, sad) and uses them to manipulate the person. Every time you have used guilt or fear to manipulate a situation or someone you have been a bully, so this alone covers Catholics, Muslims, Jewish communities (even if you are not religious but grew up in those communities), parents and most kids. Every time you have made a joke making fun of a certain group of people you have been a racist; my Iranian brothers and sisters hands up on this one. Every time you were behind a car that is going slow and getting close to the lanes and you made a comment that it must be a female or Asian or both, yes you are being a racist. So now you are all saying, come on that is taking things a bit too far and yes you are probably right. But the point is that society is OK and good with a certain level of bullying, racism, and lying as long is a white lie, the joke is funny and its a White Color bullying. Or better yet as long as its not in your face lie, racism or bullying.
peace and healing to our world. And the way to unite, love, heal, and peace starts with each and every single one of us to first recognize, accept, and to love without judgment but with compassion our own different personas; because its then and only then that we can truly see the others with loving, accepting, compassionate eyes and step into their shoes and realities. One side does not have to be wrong for the other one to be right and vice versa. We are all different sides of the same coin; we all share common fears, worries, sadness, concerns and judgments; and we all want better lives for ourselves and our families. It is not about right or wrong, good or bad; by accepting and showing compassion you are not saying it is OK to bully, be racist, lie and cheat. By accepting and showing compassion and love you are shining your light bright and becoming a full size mirror for the other to see themselves so that they can see, accept their parts and so that they no longer react from a place of fear, anger, judgment and guilt.
We have let the media and our pasts run our lives and the present moment. We have allowed the media to bully us using our fears and judgments. So lets get started with cooling our hot buttons so that they can no longer be used against us and we can stand naked, fully showing all parts of ourselves even the parts we wish no one would see, look in the mirror and love what we see. And use that same loving compassionate eye when you are looking at others specially the opposition and those whom we feel have wronged us.
I see this time as a time of hope, clarity, love, compassion, standing up fully present, stepping away from negativity and drama, away from those that want to use our fears and judgments against us. Let us be the light and mirrors for each other so that we can brighten the path to peace and unity. It is only with light that darkness can vanish. But even darkness serves a purpose; it is so that we can find the light inside and light the way for ourselves and others.
We are all creation in progress, life in progress. Light the candle inside; make it stronger; make it shine brighter and brighter; be a compass for others to find their way out of the darkness. Love, Light and Peace. Atousa :)
Continuation of meditation and self awareness 101. Talking about being self aware and mindful as you prepare and eat your food. This helps with loosing weight, enjoying your food, eating what your body desires and needs.
For quite some time I have been wanting to do short videos to share my experiences and thoughts in hopes of providing guidance. Through out my life I have studied the work of many gurus and spiritual masters as well as receiving my own guidance from the universe. So hopefully by guiding you through some things that were challenges for me you will have an easier ride. My first of many video blogs to come :) to is to get you started on self awareness and me to be able to get over the hump of recording myself :)
So instead of a regular blog, and since I have not written a blog for a while, I decided to do this blog differently. It works out since I haven't painted with acrylics for a while either :) Hope you enjoy the story behind my latest painting "Shine Baby Shine".
Shine Baby Shine -
Yesterday was my one year anniversary as an Artist :)
I have been absent from my blogging for a while due to holidays and life ... well let's just say that I think I can get my law degree in Family Law right now ;-)
I wanted to give my appreciation and thanks to everyone that has and/or continues to support me and my work by liking, commenting, sharing my posts on social media sites, visiting my website, purchasing my artwork, sending me comments, recommending my work, coming to my exhibitions, promoting/featuring my work on your websites and/or blogs but most of all for your love and support :)
One year ago I pursued a dream of a career that in most people's mind was "crazy and unrealistic"
Well in the past year here is what I have accomplished as an artist/photographer:
Dont take life so seriously, enjoy, love and everyday be thank-full for even the little things that are happening around you from a beautiful sunrise, a smile or kind word from a stranger or a friend, your favorite song playing on the radio (or pandora in my case :) ) , hugs, kisses ... and so much more :)
I'll be starting my blogs again soon. This was just a quick one to say a big THANK YOU and a BIG BIG SQUEEZEE HUG to each and everyone of you.
Stay tuned .... THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING :) :) :)
Keep on Watching, Living, Loving and most important of all enjoying the journey. I will leave you with one of my recent favorite songs <3 xoxo :)
So I have been trying to write this blog for some time, but every time I thought I got the hang of riding the wave a nice wave would come and try to knock me down, and to be honest the crashes were not so fun.
So the idea for this blog started when I finished my painting "Riding the Cosmic Wave." When I started this painting I was in a pretty peaceful place and I had the image of what I wanted to paint in my mind. I started the painting, and the next night I came to add to it, but I was in, lets just say a different place. The next morning when I looked at the changes I had made the night before I was not happy at all with the result. Of course I did what anyone else would do and said to myself "I am going to FIX it" ... so funny that little word FIX gets us in trouble more often than we like to think :) :) :) And yes you guessed it; it got me into trouble. Because when I was done with my changes to the painting my thought was "What the **** was I thinking" "This is not even nearly close to what I had in mind." At this point I had to just walk away. When I came back to it the next day, I said to myself "just consider this painting as experiment." And that is exactly what I did.
The next move on this painting was about mixing blue and green layers of different types of acrylic paint. Still no luck; had to step away again. Next time I returned, I tried a technique that I wanted to try for some time but because of fear of ruining the painting I never tired it. However this time since I already considered the painting ruined and as experimental, I had no fear. And as I started lifting layers of paint to reveal other colors , the painting and I clicked. I can not even begin to describe the fun and excitement as I was lifting the layers ... It was as if I was being freed. This painting was meant to come this route and bring me with it so I could remember to let go of my fears, trust, and just ride the cosmic waves.
When I was finished with this painting it reminded me of the process a surfer goes through. A surfer does not fear the waves nor does he/she fear crashing in the wave. The surfer's purpose is to ride the wave no matter how big or small and to enjoy the process. The surfer does not question the destination, he/she simply enjoys riding the waves.
And as I learn to ride the waves and enjoy the waves no matter how big or small, crash or stay on top, what shape or form ... I simply trust and joyfully ride the waves :)
During the process I came across the quote from Deepak Chopra (below) which was a perfect match to what my painting and I were going through. As always remember to keep on Watching, Living, Loving, and most important of all Enjoying.
"Situations seem to happen to people, but in reality, they unfold from deeper karmic causes. The universe unfolds to itself, bringing to bear any cause that needs to be included. Don’t take this process personally. The working out of cause and effect is eternal. You are part of this rising and falling that never ends, and only by riding the wave can you ensure that the waves don’t drown you. The ego takes everything personally, leaving no room for higher guidance or purpose. If you can, realize that a cosmic plan is unfolding and appreciate the incredibly woven tapestry for what it is, a design of unparalleled marvel.” Deepak Chopra
Artist thoughts on life, love, happiness and spirituality.