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Calm in Chaos

My journey in yoga has been a long one, a one in which I’ve learned countless lessons. It has taken me through the lowest of emotional drags, and the greatest happy highs.

Not too long ago I heard a phrase during class that has allowed me to find space in my life no matter what is going on. Yoga is calm in chaos – that means that through good and bad, your mat is your escape, and it’ll always be that calm in the storm, your getaway to check yourself and emerge refreshed and refocused.

When my yoga instructor said, “…that’s what yoga is, it’s calm in chaos…” I was inspired to draw what it meant to me. I started simply by sketching out the basic lotus pose, seated, with hand in hand. It’s a settled, grounded, relaxed position that starts nearly every class:

Lotus

 

That’s the calm. Then I started on the chaos – and this is not technically finished – I had hopes of doing a lot more but time escaped me and I signed and titled it before it got left behind in the back of my sketchbook for good.

Calm in Chaos

I’m very happy with it – I think it conveys what I felt, and still feel about the peace and serenity that I can depend on amidst anything and everything that’s going on around me. You can’t control any of that, but you can control yourself and your thoughts and feelings. Taking time to look inside, check yourself and your mental state can help you to find inner calm and strength in times when you really need it.

Stay focused, stay strong, and find the calm in the chaos.

I do believe I am quite happy with this 1st attempt! 🙂

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I’m just a beach bum

I did some traveling at the beginning of March which postponed a few sketches. However, my second trip of the month was to Vero Beach, Florida to visit my grandparents. It was a fantastic vacation away from the busy-ness of life, and I welcomed the warm weather.

Life on the beach is slow – which I can appreciate – so I was very grateful I had chosen to bring along my sketchbook. 🙂 Whilst getting the first tan of the year I sat in the sun wondering how I was supposed to draw something without a subject. Note that I’m usually googling images and using them as my subject. Without my laptop I was sort of at a loss. So I decided to give it my best shot and try to IMAGINE my skeleton. I simply drew what I felt, and, being fairly familiar with the skeletal structure by now, it really wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be!

This is my first “blind” sketch (a self-portrait, if you will) titled “Beach Bum“. You’ll catch me in this position 90% of the time. 😉
Beach bum

Juxtapose this with the correct posture one should have when one is sitting about doing nothing:

Lotus

That’s Lotus pose, or seated pose, or whatever you decide to call it. Very straight, but settled. Nearly every yoga practice begins with this pose while you concentrate on breathing. I start every morning this way, too, and it works wonders. I force everything but a prayer out of my mind and begin the day with deep breaths of gratefulness. It’s good to focus on positive thoughts first thing in the morning, rather than the natural negativity that comes with early mornings [especially following late nights].

I highly recommend implementing something similar into your own routine. I do believe I am very happy with this one. 😀