Every year the olive trees will get a beating. Cruelyty is not very popular in the civilized West and wife beating is under scrutiny and discussed more openly. Whenever I paint olive trees there seem to be the suggestion that the trunks turn into female bodies and maybe not only because their fluid trunk shapes. Maybe the raising of their branches like arms in despair suggest their suffering to us.
We are the ones who want the oil and we know how to get it!
We use many images in our teaching to lead the attention inwards.
Once we become more comfortable to be with oneselves, the inner world becomes more creative and many images start to be formed that reflect one's being. It is the natural turning of the senses inwards, Patanjali's fifth stage of the Astangha description, leading to meditation.
This is just one image that came about, while visualizing my own inner space....as I was painting, connecting with, rather than isolating from the environmental elements that are part of me...
I have watched this film 4 times by now and can only say that it is one of the best films about yoga and religeon I have ever seen!
made by Vikram Gandhi, who disguises himself as an Indian Yoga Guru in order to experience the meaning of his Hindu background,born and raised in America.
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Resting after a course is not doing nothing, but allowing other activities to come your way, besides sitting quietly watching the cats in front of the yoga hall, studying their behavior, which turns out to be not unlike our own. It is commonly known that animals have no soul, just like most of the humans, but what they are really lacking most, is the internet.
I have no idea of how they spend their time, so I keep a studious eye on them and once I have written my doctorate on cats, I will post it to everyone I know.