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Deep Sleep

Set yourself up for sweet, happy dreams. Use this concentrated blend before bed.

The Magic Mix: 

  1. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  2. Frankincense (Bosweillia Carteri)
  3. Jojoba Seed Oil

Place a dab on your wrists prior to pre-bed meditation and practice with Nadi Shodhana (Alternate nostril breathing).

  • Lavender oil is the queen of calm, it eases anxiety and insomnia.
  • Frankincense promotes sleep and activates your meditative, focused mind.

Sculpture

Meditation comes in a multitude of forms, even sculpture.

In order to create the form you must observe the subtleties that make it unique. The act of observing a model (or anything) with complete awareness heightens consciousness. To look and see:  ridges, curves, creases, bumps, edges, lines, points. Noticing the fine details allows you to see something more fully. Only later does one step back and take in the piece fully.

Sculpture, and art in general, highlights the importance of small details. Looking closely, then stepping away, manipulating the shape but also allowing it to hold form.

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Mikaela Conley, founder and director of The Daily Saint, recently invited me to participate in her podcast to discuss the daily saints in my life. The Daily Saint is an initiative focused on seeing the good all around. Small, seemingly trivial moments of kindness to grand gestures of love are highlighted on the site.

The words, thoughts and musings of Kurt Vonnegut, one of Mikaela’s favorite writers, were a source of great inspiration for The Daily Saint. In fact, it was an excerpt from a commencement speech that Vonnegut gave at The University of Wisconsin in 2003 that inspired the website’s name. He told this story: “A sappy woman sent me a letter a few years back. She knew I was sappy, too, which is to say a lifelong northern Democrat in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt mode, a friend of the working stiffs. She was about to have a baby, not mine, and wished to know if it was a bad thing to bring such a sweet and innocent creature into a world as bad as this one is. I replied that what made being alive almost worthwhile for me, besides music, was all the saints I met, who could be anywhere. By saints I meant people who behaved decently in a strikingly indecent society. Perhaps some of you are or will become saints for her child to meet.”

The Daily Saint caused me to start thinking more about my own happiness, expression of gratitude, and compassion. It made me realize that we choose the lens by which we view the world. Acts of beauty and kindness are sprinkled everywhere, much more plentifully than anger and hate. It is within our power to see the good.

Mikaela invited me to join her on a recent Podcast to discuss my Daily Saints. I realized that The Daily Saint, in many ways, represents yoga off the mat. Making shapes, connecting the body, mind, breath, and spirit are simply means to an end. At its core, yoga is a practice of unity and love. It is about being connected to our individual essence. The love and purity a yoga practice has the power to cultivate helps individuals click into their true essence and greatness.

The Daily Saint highlights real people in real places in real situations. There are no fairy Godmothers or haloed visionaries.  They are real people doing real things. The people acknowledged are not seeking accolades or recognition. They are not looking for fame or fortune. Daily Saints simply follow their truest selves. Yoga at its core is about disconnecting from our ego and reconnecting to humanity and to ourselves. Yoga and The Daily Saint go hand and hand. Luckily, as sisters, we can share the journey.

Check out our podcast by clicking here:

http://www.creatorsbroadcast.com/episodes/listen/the-daily-saint/erin-conley-06-21-13.html

Thank you for your support. And, as always, NAMASTE. XO

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Saturn Returns Indian Ink, Acrylic, Paper, and Enamel on canvas. 8.5″x11″

Underneath the layers of ink and acrylic lie repetitive OM signs raised in enamel, symbolizing the universal vibration of birth, sustenance, and destruction. Below  the seemingly chaotic exterior of this piece lies unified repetition. In my work, I create systemic repetition, only to later ‘destroy’ the original work with chaos. The purpose of my work is to exhibit the implicate symmetry of nature, and its simplistic beauty of shape and repetition. Later, I add elements of chaos and color to cloud the simplicity and to create a wild outward emotional quality.  The integrity of Saturn Returns lies beneath the surface. It is rich with symmetrical layers that has been developed over time through various life phases. It contains varying emotional content of my late twenties.

In astrology, the Saturn Return is when the planet Saturn revisits the orbital rotation of its location at your birth. It takes Saturn approximately 29.4 years to orbit the sun. Typically, the Saturn Return reappears in your natal chart during your late twenties. It is a time of transition into early adulthood when life-altering decisions are often made.

Saturn Returns is layering of the emotional structure of my late twenties.  I began this piece living while on Nantucket in 2010 and completed it in 2013 in New York City at age 30.

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To Mikaela Ann Conley, dedicated to the betterment of humanity. This Daily Saint goes out to you:

You embody what it means to be beautiful.

Your outward beauty, style and grace captivates a room but that is not the most moving aspect of your presence. True beauty is cultivated from the inside and shines out. You, Mikaela Ann Conley, are a radiant, passionate, curious, creative person in pursuit of greatness. You actively pursue the good in people to share it with others, THAT is beauty.

Your beauty is your essence. Your beauty is your devout loyalty to do good and stand up for others. Your beauty is in your ability to walk alone and defend someone you don’t know when others  knock them down. Your beauty is your passion to ask questions and provide answers. Your beauty is your ability to blaze your own path against the grain. Your beauty is your fiery love and committed curiously. Your beauty shines from the inside out.

Mikaela Ann Conley you are a STUNNING person, in every way. Thanks for helping us ‘see the good.’

Learn more about The Daily Saint and Kaela’s mission by clicking here: http://thedailyst.tumblr.com/