Published July 28th, 2014 by

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On Jan 2, 2014 I set into motion my new year’s resolution to “draw something” everyday.

That same afternoon, I sat with my 6-year old granddaughter and together we drew pictures, or doodles, or whatever we wanted to do. I explained to her that I was going to draw a picture in this ‘book’ everyday. Recently when we visited in June, she asked to see my ‘book’ and was delighted to see I had continued what we had started together.  In looking thru my sketchbook it’s stunning to see what happened from late May thru June!  You don’t need to be an art therapist to see that something interrupted my ‘usual’ flow.

 

The underlying intention for me with this practice was to let go of any ideas of good drawing, bad drawing, and just try to let something come through that wasn’t………………………words. You see, I don’t draw. I write. I play music. I have other creative talents, but I have never really focused on drawing/painting etc. Except maybe when I had to take a couple of architectural drafting classes in college. I loved that kind of drawing. The ruler, the compass, the straight edge, and all those wonderfully sharp pencils & fine point pens, all were tools of delight.

Today, I am completely obsessed with my drawing practice. It’s the most pleasant, calming thing I do, excluding of course yoga, music practice, and playing with my cats. (who was it that said if your work is your passion then you never really ‘work’ a day in your life. ?)

I’m carefully watching my process and my progress with rapt attention ribbondoodlecropped I continue to practice what I surprisingly learned during May, 2014, and that is a ‘new’ found drawing/meditation technique known as Zentangling. ( I thought I was onto something ‘new’ myself, having come to the website quite by accident.) Anyway, I’m onto my second sketchbook, in record time,  and recommitting to my new years resolution of a drawing a day, or as it’s looking right now, ” A Doodle A Day” !

One of life’s synchronicities showed up when I recently opened Kripalu’s Fall catalogue. Right there in the first few pages on the upper right corner was an ad for the upcoming weekend with the founders of Zentangle at Kripalu! Life gets tangled up, you know and there’s more to this story than I care to write about right now.

But, it is revealing and interesting to look back at all the pictures since January and see the (artistic) representations that have developed. It’s easy to see. It’s visual.

 

 

..to be continued.

Published July 18th, 2014 by

Hi Everyone. ThFBjuly92014doodle_thumb.jpgis is my first post on this newly-designed website. I don’t have much time to write right now. I hope to get back here later today to discuss a few things. Meanwhile, click around, and let me know, please, what needs some editing/tweaking etc. I will turn the comments on for this post.

I don’t think the link to subscribe by email is working yet.  Need to figure that out.
Jai Bhagwan.

Published July 1st, 2014 by

Yoga and Meditation are still at the top of my list for managing change and achieving a well-balanced life. Scroll down for my current schedule of classes. I’ve also added a Google Calendar here. Technology has sure come a long way since I first launched this site in 2002. Things are changing behind the scenes here at ifcullen.com and I’m hoping to bring this website to the next level……of what, I’m not sure, but it is most certainly a work-in-progress. FYI I do participate in social media as best I can, so if you do find me, will you please like me? I guess that’s the way it works in the land of virtual relationships.

It says that we’re in Summer, and I am definitely enjoying the longer days whether or not they’re sunny & warm. It’s a great season to attend to some self-care that might have been neglected during the last few months. Why don’t you try a tune-up with a Personal Yoga Therapy Session designed for you. I’m offering a summer special if you book a session in July. A session can also be a nice gift for someone you love. For more information go here.

Group Yoga classes are multi-level and suitable for all bodies. If you are a beginner to yoga call ahead and let me know you’re coming. I’ll be happy to meet with you before/after class. Just show up if that’s the best you can do. 732.531.9013 is the number to leave a message if you wish to speak to me. Be patient. It may take a few days to return your call. Email is best. (ida@ifcullen.com)

Astrological Knowledge is also at the top of my list as an unparalleled tool for self-study, self-diagnosis, time-management, and spiritual guidance. Look for more experiential workshops and a study-group to continue our discussions.

View the Schedule here