Today I’m kicking off my Sketchbook Sundays Series – every sunday I’ll be posting a sketchbook page that I’ve worked on during the week. As I put more time and energy into the natural skincare side of The Lotus Root, I feel like I need something to motivate me to draw or paint each week – to keep me in the flow. Otherwise I get sucked into all of the other things I have to do to run a business and remain happy and healthy. Plus, I feel art is meant to be shared. I’m hoping it will inspire you make some art, too. Maybe we can help keep each other going.
Today I’m sharing my Flowing Chakras drawing that I later turned into this t-shirt. More next week. In the meantime, I’d love to see what you’re working on..let me know in the comments below!
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As I mentioned last week, the designs I’ve been working on are finally finished.
The first is my flowing chakras design, which I originally drew a while back for an album of Meditation music: Root to Crown.
The second is a pattern I created for my eye pillows with the third eye / 6th chakra / anja symbol from the flowing chakras design.
The eye pillows are made from recycled bamboo & organic cotton shirts from previous seasons – I haven’t decided if I’ll be ordering more fabric once I run out. They’re going fast, so be sure to get one soon if you’re interested!
You can find everything here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheLotusRoot
Also – If you’re in NYC – Vincent and I will be selling our eye pillows, tshirts, mugs, etc. tomorrow at the Inwood Greenmarket in upper Manhattan ( 9 am -1pm if the weather permits!)
http://www.grownyc.org/greenmarket-site/manhattan/inwood-greenmarket We’d love it if you stopped by to say hello!
One last thing – thank you so much if you answered my anonymous survey last week..I really appreciate your questions, sweet words and feedback! Feel free to leave a question or comment if you haven’t already.
The Coney Island Mermaid Parade is the nations largest art parade, where people dress up as mermaids, mermen + other sea creatures. It almost didn’t happen this year due to hurricane sandy – but it was saved thanks to everyone who donated to the parades kickstarter campaign. I always enjoy the creativity that goes into the costumes, floats and performances. One of these days I’d love to perform – but for the last few years I’ve been having too much fun running around, taking candid photos of mermaids on the boardwalk.
You can find more photos that I’ve taken at previous Mermaid Parades here
photos: © Elizabeth Paige Davison 2013 – More photos on my flickr page
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As promised, the new 100% organic cotton shirts with my mudra design are ready.
I’m so excited to finally have these new, limited edition shirts in stock in my etsy shop. They’re dyed with low impact dyes (no heavy metals or toxic substances – and not derived from petro-chemicals), and enzyme finished, a process that makes the cotton extremely soft, similar to a vintage tee. [Edit: These tees are sold out – to get on the list to be the first to hear about limited edition items, sign up here: http://thelotusroot.com/free-updates/ ]
Each mudra represents a different state of consciousness, and they can also be done to create different states in the mind and body. They’re also used to prepare for, and to focus during, yoga or meditation. In classical Indian dance, they’re used to communicate entire stories without words. Each finger and hand position has a different symbolic meaning.
I’ve been interested in the grace and beauty of hand mudras in artwork and dance for a long time.
I became even more intrigued by them when I first started learning about their effect on the mind and body.
Around 2001 I stumbled upon a great book, Meditation as Medicine by Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa. It’s been a favorite of mine since then. I had tried many different forms of meditation over the years, and doing the exercises in the book (which include poses, mudras, mantra & breath work) quickly became my favorite way to meditate. I love the book because it goes into detail about different physical & psychological effects that each movement, sound or breathing pattern can have. Even if you’re not one that believes in or has any interest in the spiritual aspects of meditation, you can’t deny the positive effects that it can have on the body & mind.
In my favorite meditation in the book, you do a series of hand movements, touching the thumb to each finger repeatedly. The author explains that the repetition of hand movements can actually enlarge the capacity of the brain, increase the connection between neurons and create new neural pathways. The meditation practice also includes a mantra, which is a word or series of words that you repeat. Chanting a Mantra is a great way to quiet the inner dialogue, and is proven to have physical benefits (improving the function of the immune and endocrine systems, balancing the hemispheres of the brain, etc)
If you want to learn more, you should definitely check out the book!
The Mudra on my new shirts is known as the Vitarka Mudra when its held in front of your chest. The same position (often used during yoga) when held on the knee with the palm facing up, is called Gyan or Chin Mudra. Gyan Mudra is said to calm the mind, open the chest, and improve diaphragmatic breathing.
I had a lot of fun working on this t-shirt design, and creating it has helped inspire me to get back into a regular meditation practice. Something else that helped me get back in the swing of things was this great post on Meditation by Jena of Miss Modish & The Maven Circle.
I’d love to know, do you have a daily meditation practice? Do you use mudras when you meditate?
Let me know in the comments section below!
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