Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Here's a photo from my friend Brian Granader at Red Lotus Yoga of the painting I did for their beautiful new studio in Rochester, MI. If you haven't been there, I highly suggest you check it out! Happy Holidays, y'all!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Yes, it's time for a giveaway. How about a lovely journal with my "Pink Easy Pose" on the cover? It's a great little journal for taking notes, keeping a journal, tracking meditations, or collecting great quotes. I keep one in my purse at all times...for when inspiration hits!
To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment and tell me your favorite yoga pose or pilates move. That's it! I'll enter your name and draw a winner (or winners!) next week. Good luck!
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
We are officially southerners now! I heard my very first "all y'all" the other day and knew we were officially here. Besides the stifling heat, we are adjusting quite well and really liking our new home.
Just wanted to let everyone know that my shop is back open- you can find my prints, cards and journals at www.lindsaysatchell.etsy.com.
Also, I wanted to share something special- a video from my teacher, Mira, of a yoga practice that helps cultivate generosity. It's a lovely practice, and Mira is a perfect teacher. http://mirashani.com/offerings Enjoy!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
That's all we need.
Good thing there's a Goodwill store about a mile from our house.
One of my favorite blogs, Zen Habits, has great tips on simplifying your life. And yesterday's blog, the best goal is no goal had the same message as the book I'm currently reading:
...which happens to have the same message as the lecture I'm currently transcribing (Lama Marut's commentary on the Ashtavakra Gita). That message is:
I don't have to do a bunch of stuff. There's already plenty to do naturally, just keep going. Don't add to the pile with loads of stuff and hobbies and meaningless relationships. Do what you're passionate about, take care of your friends and family, and the rest will fall into place.
Okay, I'm listening. Yoga, art, family, friends. Got it. Anyone else experimenting with simplifying?
Monday, July 26, 2010
We are getting ready to officially move down to South Carolina, so "everything must go", as they say. My prints and cards and journals want to get out into the world. They want to see your yoga room, your meditation space, your friend's house...
I will be closing up shop starting August 1st for a few weeks. So if you want to get in on the sale, don't delay! Stock up on cards for your pals. Or your yoga teacher! Yes, please give your yoga teacher a nice gift, even some kind words would do. He or She is working so hard to bring you a beautiful tradition that is changing your life.
Also, there are some great jewelry pieces on sale in my other shop- www.lindsaykristine.etsy.com. Check it out.
Monday, July 12, 2010
I've been thinking a lot lately about cleanliness.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
I've had issues with my shoulder/arm/wrist/hand for YEARS. It first started as a college student, when I was painting houses as summer work. Then it flared up again when I was doing antiques restoration, and hit the zenith of pain and numbness when I was a bench jeweler. That kind of repetitive strain causes long-lasting damage. Hairdressers, dental hygienists, computer-bound folks - you hear me?!! Yup.
So over the years it has gotten worse and worse, and last week I couldn't even hold a paintbrush. Couldn't spoon-feed my son. Couldn't hold the steering wheel with my right hand. What's an artist's worst nightmare? Losing the use of your hands.
But thanks to Faith, I am back in fighting form. Yes, there are stretches to do and emotions to release still... but I am 100% on the road to recovery. And I promise never to let it get this bad again.
So here's the latest progress on the little drawing I'm playing with. More to come!
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Unfortunately, during the moving process we lost our cat, Jack. He was 3 years old and just had a check-up last month, but the vet thinks he had a heart condition that couldn't take the additional stress of moving. We are terribly sad and miss him so much. He was my buddy. Here is a new little painting, dedicated to him.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I also decided to make my favorite soup, and thought I'd share this gem of a recipe. So here you go. Try it- I swear, you'll love it! Full of good stuff like lentils, garlic, coconut milk and turmeric. If you don't eat much turmeric, let me urge you to reconsider. Read this.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
They say that Mothers are the holiest beings of all -- so be sure to thank your mom for all she's done for you. If your mom isn't with us anymore, or you don't have a good relationship with her... you can still thank her in your mind for raising you, teaching you to tie your shoes, or any small kindness she showed you. You'll get some serious karmic rewards!!
Friday, May 7, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Today I was on the way to a doctor’s appointment, feeling annoyed and anxious with a cranky baby and a gas tank on low. I stopped at the gas station and stood there with the pump in my hand thinking, “Man, this sucks.” Then I caught myself and asked, “Am I actually unhappy?”
Recalling a mindfulness meditation, I continued. “Am I breathing?” Yes. “Am I in any pain?” Nope. “Am I in any danger?” Not at all. “Have I lost anything important today?” Thankfully, no. And suddenly I was aware that I was, in fact, happy -- because the real definition of happiness is the absence of suffering or unhappiness.
Chances are, like me, you’re not in pain... you’re not in any current danger and you haven’t lost anything important today. (I’m assuming you’re still breathing if you’re reading this.) Consider the entire population of the world and what most people are dealing with, and I think we can agree - we've got it pretty good!
So then my mind started scrolling through what was going right today, and what I was enjoying. Standing there watching the traffic go by, I noticed:
- It was a gorgeous day
- The breeze felt lovely on my skin
- My baby might be cranky, but he’s healthy
- I am fortunate to have a car that runs well and the money to fill the tank
What a quick switch from annoyed to happy!
So are you happy?
Here’s a quick test. Ask yourself these questions:
are you breathing?
are you in pain?
are you in any danger?
have you lost anything or anyone today?
Simple as that. If you are in pain or danger or have lost something, then hang in there. Maybe try to help someone else feel better. But chances are, you just haven’t checked in yet to find out how happy you truly are.
I shared this blog entry with my friend, Megan (thanks for the free editing, Meg!) and this was her response:
“It's important to take stock and put things into perspective. I read somewhere once that we always seem to notice the red lights we hit, but we almost never go through a green light in a state of gratitude.”
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Fresh off the presses! New pocket-size journals featuring 2 different seated poses-- Pink Easy Pose and the new Teal Seated Pose. These sweet little journals are perfect to put in your pocket... keep in your purse, or anywhere else your little heart desires! Wouldn't your mom love one for Mother's Day??!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
There are many reasons to stop eating meat, but that’s a pretty good one! Think it’s too hard to go veg? Try eliminating just one meat-based meal per day and you’ll have a significant impact. Come on, you can do it. And it’s cheaper than buying a Prius.
Gardening is one of my passions and just happens to be good for the environment. I have two small gardens based on Mel Bartholomew’s book Square Foot Gardening. This method is a more compact way to grow, and uses less water to grow.
I love heirloom seeds (www.seedsavers.com). They are a great way to support the environment because they are seeds that come from plants that have been around a long, long time. This means they are resilient and proven to be good growers, requiring less fertilizer and fewer insecticides. They are traditionally organic and are NEVER genetically modified.
I’m sure you’ve heard about the bee crisis (in fact, i blogged about it HERE), so I make sure to have plenty of wildflowers that attract bees. I also plant indigenous species so that I can use less water and fertilizer. Here in Michigan that includes day lilies, rose campion, Black-Eyed Susans and yarrow.
3. Online Banking
Online banking reduces paper usage, so we don’t do any paper bills anymore. Not only do I love that bills don’t stink up my mailbox, but we’re saving a whole lotta paper (and trees)! Some employers, including mine, have the option of online pay stubs. Good idea, Wayne State University!
4. Green Lunches
Lunchtime for me is an opportunity to be green. First, locally-grown produce not only tastes better, but it travels less and therefore uses less fuel to get to my plate. If you’re interested in the local food movement, I recommend reading Plenty by Alisa Smith and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.
Above are some links to adorable reusable lunchtime accessories! You didn’t think I used disposable lunch bags and paper towels, did you?!!
Gross, right? Not really. I had reservations, but then I researched cloth diapers and talked to friends who did it. Turns out it’s not that much more work. Sure, I have to do laundry every other day. But I have a kid-- I’m doing that anyway! The amount of water used to wash the diapers turns out to be less than the amount of water used to produce disposable diapers in the first place. The biggest reward: no disposable diapers in the landfills! Yay!
And...there are super cute diapers out there! One of the most popular (and one of our favorites) is Bum Genius. There’s an entire community of parents that cloth diaper out there, so it’s super easy to get support. www.diaperswappers.com
Those are just a few ways that I try to be green. Have you learned any handy tips lately? Please share! We’d all love to hear it. And honestly, I can’t save the world by myself. So let’s posse up.