Growth After

Growth After – Drawing & Digital Art by Mary Mikawoz
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Growth After

I was reading a book or listening to an audiobook. I forget now but the purpose of the drawing is to indicate that when we grow, we develop our minds and the fruits or in this case, flowers or a garden, begin to grow. It can be growth mentally, physically, emotionally or spiritually. 

I have put a person meditating and coming to some realizations and therefore is producing amazing thought patterns which manifest in reality. She is vibrant and beautiful. I have included a rainbow of colours to illustrate the fullness of her/our abilities. 

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Swaying Dandelions

Swaying Dandelions – Photography and Digital Art by Mary Mikawoz
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Swaying Dandelions

This is a photograph that can be literally taken almost anywhere as technically dandelions are considered by many people to be simply weeds although they carry nutrient value. They are good in salads and also teas. 

According to the Medical News Today website, “Dandelion is a plant with yellow flowers. Taraxacum officinale is the most common variety of this plant, and it grows in many parts of the world. Botanists consider dandelions to be herbs. People use the leaves, stem, flower, and root of the dandelion for medicinal purposes.” 

I took this photograph and added some effects to highlight the beauty of nature. I love the flow of the dandelions against the green backdrop. 

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Shedding Time

Shedding Time – Photography by Mary Mikawoz
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Shedding Time

This is a younger small big horn sheep who is shedding his winter coat and so it looks kind of ragged. Tourists often mistake this for a sheep being sick or undernourished but this is part of its yearly pattern. Everything is cyclical. 

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Swirly Top Mountain

Swirly Top Mountain – Photography by Mary Mikawoz

Swirly Top Mountain

This is a photograph I took in the National Parks near Jasper and Banff, Alberta. I love the swirly top effect of the mountain. It kind of reminds me of a chocolate and vanilla swirl ice cream cone.  

It has not been strip-mined for trees as that would be rectangular and boxy in appearance. This is natural and probably represents where normally the snow lands when it is winter time. I believe we had hiked up quite high in the mountains when I took this image. 

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Portrait of Jesus

Portrait of Jesus – Drawing & Digital Art by Mary Mikawoz

Portrait of Jesus

This is my drawing and digital artwork of a portrait of Jesus Christ. I have drawn it in honour of my father who died and transitioned to Heaven this day many years ago. I was raised in a Roman Catholic family and believe that my father is up in Heaven in a reunion with God. His spirit and soul are at peace.

I have drawn Jesus in a darker skin colour which more would represent what he looked like and with darker hair too. I have purposefully used a transition of colour from purple, pink to gold to indicate the ascension to Heaven via light. He is an ascended master. 

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The Iceman Speaks

The Wim Hof Method: Activate Your Full Human Potential”

Book: “The Wim Hof Method: Activate Your Full Human Potential,” Wim Hof, Sounds True, 2020

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

Book available: October 20, 2020

This is quite an interesting book starting with the point of view of Wim Hof’s life beginning as a forgotten twin in the uterus of his mother. It is extraordinarily special that she knew something was different and that there was another being inside of her still. It is amazing that she spoke and pleaded, “Oh god, let this child live! I will make him a missionary!” He has, in essence, become a missionary in real life.

Wim Hof has turned out to be an incredible person who has set numerous Guinness World Records by defying medical doctors and scientists with his personal feats. He has been able to override his autonomic nervous system and control his body which was thought to be not achievable. He has done amazing things such as run a full marathon in the Namib Dessert without water and then to the other extreme, he ran a half marathon about the Arctic Circle in his bare feet and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts.

Wim Hof has had many other accomplishments despite his personal tragedies. He credits his Wim Hof Method with the ability to do many great things that he says anyone else can be taught to do. They are basically three main concepts and training of Breathing, Cold Exposure and your Mind Set.

This book gives you examples and leads you through the processes with exercises and examples. He has actually taken many people who were not functioning at their personal peak to climb a number of mountains despite their physical conditioning after proper training with the Wim Hof Method.

Personally, I have implemented the cold showers at the end of a warm one. I have also swam or dove into Lake Winnipeg which has turned cold already as it is north of the 91.5 degree parallel latitudinally. In the winter time, it ices over completely although it is huge and was once an ancient inland ocean such that there are winter roads across the ice where not only cars and trucks but semi-trucks cross the ice highway. 

Also, Winnipeg has been colder than Mars on December 31, 2013 when temperatures including windchill factors dipped down to -53 degrees Celsius which is -63.4 Fahrenheit for my American friends. I think living in Winnipeg is a good way to implement Wim Hof’s method of colder temperatures for the body.

I have been doing the breathing method with Wim Hof’s app that I downloaded off of his website and have been improving daily. Finally, I have been working on improving my mind set for over 40 years plus as I journey along a spiritual pathway.

I highly recommend this book as it is reflective of a man who is determined to make a difference in the world and teaches us how to do it. 

“The Iceman” will not disappoint you. “We are limited only by the depth of our imagination and the strength of our conviction.” I give this book a 4.25 out of 5 as a rating.

He has a website online that you can access for more information which I highly recommend. You can pre-order the book at major book distributors.

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Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker – Photography by Mary Mikawoz
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Pileated Woodpecker

This is what we commonly refer to as the Red-Headed Pileated Woodpecker or if you are old enough as “Woody Woodpecker.” 

According to the Canadian Wildlife Federation, “At an average 18″ in length, the pileated is the largest woodpecker in Canada. These colossal birds, with their striking red crest and resemblance to prehistoric pterodactyls in flight, are thought to be the inspiration for the once popular cartoon Woody the Woodpecker. As Woody had his loud laugh, pileated woodpeckers also make noise to match their size. Their drumming, reminiscent of construction machinery, can be heard up to a kilometre away.” 

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Trzy Budynki

Three Buildings
Trzy Budynki – Photography by Mary Mikawoz
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Trzy Budynki

I have decided to call this photograph “Trzy Budynki” in one of the three languages I know. It means “Three Buildings” in Polish. 

This image is a beautiful blend between the dark, blue, stormy sky and the lush, green, viridescent grasses with the barns and sheds in between. 

This picture was taken in the rural municipality of Morris, Manitoba which is south of Winnipeg. 

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Glacial Opening

Glacial Opening – Drawing and Digital Art by Mary MIkawoz
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Glacial Opening

I was listening to a book written by Bob Goff called “Dream Big.” He was talking about a man who took him to a glacial opening. The beginning part was very small but as he and the other gentleman went in, it opened up into a much wider and interesting cavern.  

His point is for us to do the same with going deeper within ourselves. I was, therefore, inspired to create this original drawing to reflect an opening in the green glacial opening up front. I then took the image into the computer where it was completed. 

There is a treasure of gold inside each one of us. 

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The Storm Cometh

The Storm Cometh – Photography by Mary Mikawoz

The Storm Cometh

In this location, we were surrounded by weather systems. To the east, north, south and west of us, were patterns of clouds and rain. We came in and out of the downpour. 

This is a photograph of a barn in the rural municipality of Morris, Manitoba. It is south of Winnipeg. I like the dramatic sky in the background.

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