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Featured Artist: Mickie Bellah

March 31, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Sacred Art

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Mickie Bellah’s unique paintings are created in an utterly original manner with sacred intention. Of her magnificent work, Mickie says:

“I use no standard artist’s tools, only my intuition and the guidance of the Spiritual Realm which focuses on the energy of the paint and canvas joining together.

“I serve as the conduit to create these amazing paintings using pure color to capture God’s exquisite creations and add color to everyone’s life.

My hope is that the images that appear (of their own accord) will cause the viewer to pause for a few moments and breathe deeply feeling God’s love and presence in their life.”

Visit Mickie’s page in our Sacred Art Gallery to see more. Also, if you are in the Austin, TX area, or will be on April 24th or 25th stop by ART CITY AUSTIN 2010 to see Mickie’s work in person.


Meet Sherri Baptiste

March 30, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Teachers, Yoga

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Sherri Baptiste is the founder of Baptiste Power Yoga and an inspirational yoga teacher at the forefront of training in America. She offers classes, workshops, retreats and teacher training.Sherri’s specialties include breath-based yoga flow (for all levels), chakras, breath work, meditation, yoga with weights, yoga personal training, yoga for older adults and therapeutic yoga applications.

Her retreats and teacher training programs provide an empowering, peaceful oasis in a hurried world, a place where students can find within themselves the tools and knowledge to support and maintain a happier, healthier and more spiritual lifestyle.

Sherri is the author of Yoga with Weights for Dummies and a radio and television personality featured in video, DVD and CD programs that include “Power of Yoga” and “Power of Meditation.” Click here to view exclusive video of Sherri speaking with us about Empowerment Through Yoga, Conscious Parenting, Meditation, Finding Your Personal Practice and more. For more information about Sherri and her workshops, publications and other resources visit her page in our Sacred Living Resource Directory.


May my Life be a Prayer

March 30, 2010 By: celedra Category: About Us, Living with Intention

May my Life be a Prayer – a year ago in June, during my birthday,  I prayed this prayer.

I had decided to read Stephen Levine’s wonderful book, A Year to Live.  After 15 years of hospice work and some of the most profoundly moving weekend workshops of my life with Stephen and Ondrea, I am well aware of the very impermanent nature of this lifetime.

What is my highest purpose?  How can I serve?

The answer came – it was to create a central resource for sacred living.  A place to come for solace, respite, guidance, inspiration, community.  I love the Huffington Post and could see this blog with the double bar of topics filled with video, sacred art, conscious relationships, parenting, teachings, yoga.  A sanctuary to rest in, a community to learn from and to share with.

Today it is a bit over 9 months later.  We have given birth.  I am in awe, again, of the magic and mystery of creation.  I am so blessed to have Matsya, a treasure beyond words,  as co-creator on this blessed journey.  We thank all of you who so enthusiastically support and value this vision and bless all of us on this sacred path of life.  May our lives be a prayer!


Meet Lama Palden Drolma

March 29, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Awakening Feminine, Feminine Wisdom, Teachers

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Lama Palden Drolma is the Resident Lama of Sukhasiddhi Foundation. In 1986 she became one of the first Western women to be authorized as a lama in the Vajrayana tradition and she has studied with many of the great Tibetan masters from all lineages.

Lama Palden’s teachings have translated Vajrayana Buddhist principles and practices in ways that make them accessible to Westerners and she has a deep interest in fostering psycho-spiritual awareness within daily life.

Visit Lama Palden’s page in our Sacred Living Resource Directory for more information about her workshops and teachings. Click here to view exclusive video of Lama Palden speaking with us about the Sacred Feminine, Loving Kindness, Touching the Sacred Within, Resting in our True Nature, Empowerment Through Service and more.


Featured Artist: Nana Smith

March 29, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Sacred Art

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After traveling for 18 years as a professional tennis player, Nana Smith brings to us very special pieces of handcrafted jewelry inspired by her world travels and her love of trees. Of her pure silver Tree of Life jewelry Nana says:

“Trees are long held as symbols of life. They are beautiful, majestic & among them are the largest & oldest of all living things on earth. Trees are a part of a circle that links all life on earth. They signify strength and are a reminder that you keep growing your whole life through.”

Visit Nana’s page in our Sacred Art Gallery to see more of her luminous silver creations.


10,000 Names

March 26, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Tibet

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Among our greatest inspirations are the Nangchen Nuns. Quietly living in the remote plains of eastern Tibet are between 3,000 and 4,000 nuns who reside in approximately 30 different monasteries scattered throughout the countryside.

For 250 years these nuns have dedicated their lives to the practice of constant prayer, sending their love and compassion out to all of us. In the words of Tsoknye Rinpoche III:


“These women embody the full richness of Buddhist love, compassion and wisdom in female form.  It’s quite rare, I think.  If this light of tradition is gone from this earth, even though we have text, the experiential warmth and blessings of this living women’s tradition will be gone forever.”

These devoted women live without electricity, heat, running water or adequate medicine and our dedication to them is supported by our non-profit, Tara Malas and by this community of sacred living. As a token of our love,  we will present the Nuns with a scroll of 10,000 names.

In addition,

For every 10,000 names we will donate $1,000 to the Nangchen Nuns of Tibet whose lives are dedicated to prayer for the blessing of all beings.

By adding your name to the scroll you affirm that you share our vision of intentional living and participate fully and courageously in the sacred journey we all share.

Simply post your name in a comment on our 10,0000 Names page to add your name to the scroll.

Namaste,

Matsya Siosal


Meet Sherry Ruth Anderson

March 26, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Aging With Grace and Glory, Awakening Feminine, Feminine Wisdom, Sherry Anderson, Teachers, Uncategorized, Video

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Sherry Ruth Anderson, Ph. D. is the co-author of the The Feminine Face of God: The Unfolding of the Sacred in Women and The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People are Changing the World. From her Jewish heritage, Sherry learned to love questions.  In her thirties, she met the Korean Zen Master Seung Sahn Soen Sa Nim, studied with him and became Head Dharma Teacher at the Ontario Zen Center in Toronto. During this time, she also hosted a daily radio talk show on psychology and consciousness and co-produced (with Paul Ray) a four part documentary series for the CBC titled “Changing Our Minds.”

Another topic that fascinates Sherry is the process of becoming an elder in contemporary society. Currently she is writing a book on elders and what it is to truly ripen. She also leads inquiry groups for women, for elders, and for writers.

For more information about Sherry’s profound and inspiring body of work please visit her page in our Sacred Living Resource Directory, or click here to view all of her video on our site.


Featured Artist: Marina Petro

March 26, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Sacred Art

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Marina Petro is a self-taught artist who presents workshops on Intuitive Painting and Developing Intuition. Her artwork has been used to illustrate magazine articles, music CD’s, wine collections and has been featured in a variety of spiritual publications and national magazines.

Of her sacred art, that graces private collections worldwide, Marina says:

“Many of my paintings are created intuitively from my imagination and spirit. Painting from my inner world demands existing in the moment–responding to impulses and impressions asthey arise and seek external life.

I am driven to create. It is an inescapable force that flows from the very depths of my being. Art enables us to glimpse and experience Divine Manifestation – the ‘Great Creator’ continuing the activity and spirit of creation through the world’s artists. Painting is my essential link to the sacred. I aspire to create the masterpiece that may, some day, come close to expressing the inexpressible beauty of the world we can see, and the worlds just hidden from view.”

Visit Marina’s page in our Sacred Art Gallery to be transported with more of her ethereal work.


Featured Artist: Diane Fergurson

March 25, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Sacred Art

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Diane Fergurson is an exhibiting fine artist and jewelry designer whose work explores our symbolic relationship to spiritual tradition.  Her ongoing series of Mandala paintings depict the

consolidation, balance and organization of the energy which is manifested within each and every one of us.

The “Connecting Heaven and Earth” artwork takes this idea a step further and explores the concept of the center (mandala) being in a continual stream of energetic movement: ascending, descending, mixing and merging…always connected to the free flow of universal energy.

All of the paintings in the “Mandala” and “Connecting Heaven and Earth” series were made on

a canvas covered wood surface. The images were not computer generated or manipulated. Diane employs various processes of acrylic painting and combines them with encaustic techniques, mixed media and found objects.

Visit Diane’s page in our Sacred Art Gallery to see more of her captivating and richly executed work.


Featured Artist: Halla Ayla

March 24, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Sacred Art

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Halla is a mixed media artist and designer with a focus in fine art photography. Her work is a poetic blend of east and west and she is greatly influenced and inspired by her Islamic heritage. Its unique art, architecture and calligraphy, as well as the many facets of everyday life in the Middle East.

Since the tragic events of September 11, Halla has been moved to share her passion and appreciation for Arab and Islamic art and culture with America.

Her desire to build cultural bridges between the US and the Arab world has led her to launch a 7-part series of exhibitions in the US , entitled The Arab World Unveiled. Each of the 7 exhibitions focuses on a specific country or region of the Arab world and presents it by way of art, photography, slide shows and educational talks. Thus far, she has presented 3 of the series and is currently working on her fourth exhibition for Winter 2010, which will be on the Arab Gulf Region, mainly United Arab Emirates, Qatar and the Sultanate of Oman.

Her desire is to reveal the more enchanting aspects of the region, bringing a greater humanity and dignity to the Arabs and their cultural and historical legacy.

Visit Halla’s page in our Sacred Art Gallery to read more about Halla’s internationally collected work and to see more of her beautiful mixed media pieces.




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