Making Sense

“Making Sense of Mindfulness: Five Principles to Integrate Mindfulness Practice Into Your Daily Life”

Book: “Making Sense of Mindfulness: Five Principles to Integrate Mindfulness Practice Into Your Daily Life.” Keith Macpherson, Morgan James Publishing, 2018.

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

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I knew I was meant to read this book when I received it in the mail and lo and behold there was the postage reading in an angelic number. It was meant for this book to fall into my hands. It was destiny at its best. I definitely noticed the significance at once and appreciated it.

I have known Keith Macpherson on the periphery as an interested person. I had him as a yoga instructor although we had not been formally introduced. I had seen him perform with his group, Keith and Renée. Further to that, I had, as many Canadians, seen him perform on Canadian Idol but as a spectator watching TV from my living room. As well, Keith and I are both teachers with a Bachelor of Education degree.

What I find interesting about Keith is how he is able to meld his singing career, yoga and spiritual quest search altogether. He highlights that Wayne Dyer was a mentor with whom he had studied with many times in Hawaii. For me, I had been introduced to Wayne Dyer’s first book “Your Erroneous Zones” which I read in the 1970s as an avid and interested teenager. At that time Wayne was more into the psychological aspects of life and not onto the spiritual aspects quite yet. This self-help book was on the New York Bestsellers List for 64 weeks and sold over 35 million copies. If Louise Hay and Shakti Gawain are the grandmothers of spirituality, then Wayne Dyer is the grandfather of spirituality. His influence is and has been immense.

To have been in the presence of this incredibly, influential man such as Keith Macpherson has had the opportunity to learn, would have been so profound and there is evidence of this affect and effect in his book.

Keith’s book, “Making Sense of Mindfulness” bridges the information between many thought leaders that are promoted and published by Hay House. As a person, who has reviewed many spiritual and self-help books, many of which are from Hay House authors, I find Keith has found a good way to combine and glean out for you, a combined knowledge of what are the essential kernels of truth from many of these same authors. In effect, you are getting the most important aspects of spirituality found in this book.

I think one of the most important pieces of this book is the section that deals with those of us, which is most of us, who do not deal with our emotions. It is kind of a culturally learned behaviour and expectation that we do not expose and relate positively to our feelings and stuff them down into a cellular level in our bodies which causes us, as Louise Hay would say, dis-ease. It is important to acknowledge and release that which we refuse to look at in order to move on.

Keith shows you a number of mindfulness techniques. I have previously reviewed mindfulness books in the past and have also taken mindfulness classes through a variety of places having worked in Social Services and Education. He is able to highlight and delve into what is important to know and practice in your daily and moment to moment life.

I would have loved to have met and known Wayne Dyer, but with Keith Macpherson, you get the next best thing. Further, I have also taken Keith’s Mindfulness course online. He reviews 5 principles of mindfulness with online videos, meditations and exercises. You can find out about it and other valuable material at his website:https://www.keithmacpherson.ca

I would like to start to wrap up by saying that I think there is a beauty in the way Keith writes that I believe he gets from his musical background in that some quotes and passages were lyrical and musical in presentation. I felt as if he said certain things in a very meaningful and poetic way that comes from a person who has the ability to capture life by writing lyrics into songs along with melodies. The passages are melodic.

Finally, I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 and I believe that if you are stressed in any way and are not sure how to deal with it, this book is for you. Keith combines all his experience as a yoga instructor, student of Wayne Dyer and also a life coach with knowledge and actual practice with valuable insights. He offers courses, personal coaching, leadership coaching, online yoga and now offers an online community called “Mindful Tribe.”

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World Tiger

World Tiger – Digital Art and Photography by Mary Mikawoz
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This is a Mixed Media creation of imagery including a Tiger, Whirlpool Galaxy and Cyclones on Earth. Together they form an incredible imagery of the magnificence of the world including the majestic tiger.

Personally, I love the combination of imagery as it is magnificent, balanced and takes you to another world of perception. 

Tiger photograph was taken by me at the Phoenix Zoo in Arizona, USA.

Whirlpool Galaxy from NASA image – “The image from NASA Hubble Telescope shows spiral arms and dust clouds in the nearby Whirlpool galaxy. Visible starlight and light from the emission of glowing hydrogen is seen, which is associated with the most luminous young stars in the spiral arms.”

Planet Earth was also taken by NASA.

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Beam of Light

Beam of Light – Photography by Mary Mikawoz
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In this photograph, the winter sunlight blazons through the sky and passes through the sunflowers as if touching and kissing them good-bye before the sun sets. I love this black and white photo because it looks like it was painted in an artistic fashion and yet it is a photograph. 

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My Hillside

My Hillside

I call this “My Hillside” because when I think of something in between a meadow and a mountain, I think of hills.  

For me this is kind of my stage between resting in a beautiful flowered meadow and very tall mountain I have to climb. I feel as if I am in the in between status of resting and going for the big goal. I am not quite resting but am acclimating to increasing my energies and heading up the trek of another mountain. 

There is rich earth from the tones of brown hues and beautiful luscious green for grass and crops to grow. Even though the blue could be water, it is beginnings and growth of a developing mountain. 

This was once a drawing I drew with coloured pens and I expanded upon it in the computer. I have added a beautiful sunrise because it is the dawning of a new day or a new chapter in my book of life. After having met my goal of posting one image a day for every day of last year, I have taken a little break and am now ready to proceed with new ambitions. 

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I Did It!

Mary Mikawoz in 2020

I did it! I did it! I did it!” I excitedly exclaim with glee in my voice!

I am so happy to have set up what seemed like an insurmountable goal and yet I accomplished it! I have been doing photography seriously for about 40 years and creating artwork for my entire life pretty much. I have had my website for over 10 years but did not display my work very often which was unfortunate.

So, this past year in 2020, I had it in my mind to do baby steps each day with posting my photography, abstract art, mixed media and digital artwork – one each day.

There have been many difficulties along the way along with computers not working, cords not working and the internet not working. Despite that and with the constant support of my husband, David Elliott Atwell, I was able to succeed.

2020 was a leap year and so for 366 days, I was able to post a creative image each day.

If I were to give advice to someone who is setting out to accomplish a similar type of goal, it is to not want or need perfection. I would have been happy having done 5 out of 7 days instead of 7 out of 7. It was a layer of undue pressure that I did not need to place on myself. Towards the end of the year, the pressure became very overwhelming because I had come so far and was so invested in “just making it happen” to completion.

I will continue to post more pictures but it will not be as frequently. If you would like to follow me on Fine Art America, there is a button where you can join up and get weekly announcements. I would appreciate your support.

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If you would like to see a chronological view of the images posted from most recent and going backwards, here is the link to where they are https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/mary-mikawoz?tab=artwork

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Thanks so much for reading, looking and supporting me in whatever capacity you are able to do so.

I really do appreciate it! All my best to you as we enter a New Year!

Mary Mikawoz

Bursting Through

Bursting Through

I drew the original “Bursting Through” in coloured pens and then scanned it into my computer where I endeavoured to produce a new digital creation. It is a representation of how we all make progress in life and burst through to the other side of positivity and well-being. It is a metaphor for the year of 2020 where there was a pandemic that created great concern and consternation in the world. 

It is a time to greet the New Year with determination and a path of least resistance. We need to garner our forces to become more seamless and more evolved as we venture into a more optimistic direction. It is time to make and take the steps to burst through our barriers and confines to evolve into better human beings. 

This is and has been a symbol for me and if you wish, also for you. We are all on our path or journey in this Earth. Give it your best! There is a bright light at the end of the tunnel! 

We are like a child emerging out into the world from his or her mother’s womb – from darkness into light! May you have a joyous beginning to the New Year of 2021 and may all your steps on the path be fruitful, prosperous, happy and healthy. All My Best! Blessings!

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Changing Times

Changing Times

This is a photograph I took just to be fun with encouragement and influence from my son. I took a photo of the iconic Big Ben on an angle or akilter. It is cast with a dramatic sky of foreboding clouds in the background. It is kind of a reflection of this past year since the pandemic hit the world with a fury and changed our lives with lockdowns and restrictions. 

It is time to make Big Ben upright, straight and strong. Did you know that in 2012, it’s name was changed from Big Ben or The Clock Tower to the Elizabeth Tower to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. 

The Original Tower website indicates that, “So far, Big Ben has chimed during the reign of British monarchs Victoria, Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII, George VI, and currently Elizabeth II.” 

Time is, after all, an illusion and we only have the practicality of time pieces to plan for the future and reflect upon the past. Our only moment of power is in the present moment which is now. Let us go into the New Year with anticipation for positive change and hope for a new and better world. Happy New Year! 

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Familia

Familia

This photograph is in honour of our family and specifically for my husband’s birthday today. He has always been the head of the herd just like the bison, being in charge and taking leadership as a privilege whether it has been him serving as Lieutenant Colonel of the Fort Garry Horse Regiment twice or being a Manager in Information Technology or co-leading our family. Here is an article explaining more – https://mikawoz.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/fort-garry-horse-lieutenant-colonel-david-atwell-leader-of-the-pack/ 

I grew up in a very tight knit family and I hope we have instilled the same kind of belief systems and values in our son. I thank my husband, David Elliott Atwell, for being a caring and loving soul. Thank you for being my partner in life this time around.  

Familia is the Spanish form of “Family” and it is the choices you make to love and care for certain people who cross paths in your life. This photograph is a representation of Dave, myself and our son. 

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Directional Signs

Directional Signs

These directional signs are from a series of photographs that I took while visiting the Royal Parks around Buckingham Palace in London, England. They point you in the direction you might want to go in. You have many choices of where you can venture to. Which one will you take? It is a decision we make each and every day and in fact, moment to moment. 

The birds or pigeons know a good spot when they see it. It is high up and has a good advantage point and is a good resting spot before carrying on with their flight. We have been in this landing zone for the past year while we consider our next options and where we want our lives to go to. It is up to us, as inhabitants of this Earth, to decide which aspects of the new-normal we want to incorporate as we forward into the future and what we want to leave behind to history. The decision is ours! 

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He Statue

He Statue

I did definitely take this photograph but I can not take credit for the original craftsmanship or integral beauty and perfection of this marble statue. I found it in the Musée d’Orsay which is found in Paris, France. 

It is exquisite in its detail but I wanted to add some effects to it and so I did. It is so well put together that it looks as if a real male in the nude is sitting there. It is called “Despair” or “Le Désespoir” and was created in 1869 by Jean-Joseph Perraud. Someone could look at this and think this is a picture for the year of 2020 but I do not see “Despair,” but see a man reposing and reflecting upon life that this year has offered us and now hoping for a better future that 2021 and onwards will bring forward for humankind. 

According to Wikipedia, “The Musée d’Orsay is a museum in Paris, France, on the Left Bank of the Seine. It is housed in the former Gare d’Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography.” 

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