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Art City Austin

April 19, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Sacred Art


Will you be in Austin TX this weekend? If so be sure to visit Art City Austin 2010 where Touchstones artist Mickie Bellah will be one of many exhibiting artists. Art City Austin is the largest juried art show in this creative, capital city and attracts over 25,000 visitors each year. The annual show benefits local art museums.

Below are details from Art Alliance Austin’s website:

Celebrating 60 years, [Art City Austin, a] temporary art utopia is set in downtown Austin’s 2ND Street District, where urban, green, civic and cultural environments intersect and play host to the 2-day Austin-style celebration of art. 190 juried artists, site-specific art installations, local live music and good eats, a kid’s block with interactive art projects and so much more. Join us. Together we make art happen.

Hours: Saturday, 10am to 6pm & Sunday, 11am to 6pm

Location and Entrances: Cesar Chavez Street from Colorado Street to just east of Lamar Boulevard, including the 1st Street Bridge. Enter at either Cesar Chavez & Guadalupe, Cesar Chavez & Colorado, Cesar Chavez & Lamar, or South 1st Street at the Bridge. See Map.

Admission: Adults $8, Children 12 and under are FREE, and art activities are $1 per activity.


Questions for the Universe

April 16, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit


Often in meditation I go inward seeking an answer or clue to a question that thinking will not deliver. As I close my eyes on this earth,  my inner eyes open into the universe. All around me stretching forever, trillions of stars sparkle like diamonds against velvet black space and fiery, milky galaxies bob in the myriad dimensions. I let words go and slip into mystery, I am a soul poised to take flight, heading out into the real information superhighway in search of pure knowing. Read more »

Featured Artist: Abby Horowitz

April 16, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Sacred Art


Jewelry artist Abby Horowitz creates mostly one-of-a-kind designs or small series pieces that are similar but never identical. Abby’s designs have been described as Bohemian, Ethnic, Spiritual, Organic, and Timeless. Abby’s lovingly handcrafted jewelry is made to last using the finest materials including: vintage beads, freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, tribal charms, pendants, and sacred talismans combined with modern day precious and semi-precious stones, silver, and 18K gold.

Of the materials she uses, Abby says:

I use an eclectic variety of materials from around the world. I use stones and crystals which are said to enhance certain aspects of your life. These elements are a gift from our mother earth, so each has it’s own story to tell and it’s own vibrational signature.

Abby’s creative process is a unique combination of intuition and artistic experience:

I find inspiration from music, art, different historical time periods, cultures, and the world around me.The natural world and the worlds within feed my work.

Every one of my designs is the result of allowing the different materials to speak to me, and letting these components create a harmoniccombination. I call it intuitive design. Every piece of jewelry I create comes to have it’s own identity that will resonate with the person who is drawn to it. I hope you find a piece that speaks to you.

To see more of Abby Horowitz’s powerful and beautifully crafted designs, visit her page in our Sacred Art Gallery.


Featured Artist: Jan West

April 15, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Sacred Art


Artist Jan West uses paint and photography to explore archetypal, spiritual and cross cultural themes, and to tell the stories of the ages. She specializes in mandalas, organic abstract paintings, murals, force field photography, teaching and commercial photography.  Of her work as a sacred artist Jan says:

When I am truly engaged in the creative process, or to quote Joseph Campbell, “when I am following my Bliss”, I lose all sense of time and space, and experience perfect moments.

I hope to inspire others by presenting the world through a new lens. My goal is to shift limiting paradigms and perceptions of

reality one image at a time!

Jan’s deep love of the natural world is reflected in her paintings in a style she describes as Organic Abstract. With her Force Field Photography (a term she coined in 1994) Images of Orbs, Light, and Energetic Realms, Jan shows that which we can not typically see with the naked eye. This body of work especially shows that we are all interconnected, energetic beings of light and consciousness.

To see more of Jan’s inspired work visit her page in our Sacred Art Gallery.

Meditation, exercise, mindful eating

April 14, 2010 By: celedra Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit, Raw Food


I realize that I keep writing about meditating, exercise and eating because they are a constant challenge for me – but then again, I love challenges.

My grandson Jacob asked me if I would please live to be 107 years old. I told him I would do my best and see no good reason why I can’t keep my promise. Anybody out there want to join in? I love to think of all the wonderful things to experience: finally becoming fluent in French, follow Andre Rieu all over the world sitting in quaint towns on summer evening swept away in beautiful music, tangoing all night in Paris, finally doing a 3 month silent retreat, getting my gardens to the point where I can just about completely live off my own grown food – and so much more. What would you do? Let’s gather all of our dreams into a big pot and stir it up!

For me meditating, eating and exercise are the foundation of spiritual, mental and physical well being. I’ll take eating first: I have fallen in love with raw food. Someone said, If you want to be close to God, eat God’s food the way it is served. My taste buds have changed so much since this raw food journey has begun. Nothing is as good as a bowl of fresh, organic veggies all cut up in an array of bright vibrant colors with just a touch a oil and vinegar.

For breakfast, I am addicted to the best smoothie ever. Here is my recipe:

Organic frozen blueberries


Bee Pollen

Aloe Vera Juice

Omega 3 and 6

Hemp Protein powder

A bunch of greens – especially love kale, parsley, chard


bit of maca, acai, msm, green powder or whatever little extra

So good! Everyone loves it and is so surprised that it can look so bad and taste so delicious.

I am filled with gratitude to be able to start every day so filled with energy and vitality and the blessings of this beautiful abundance of food.

Please join me cultivating these 3 pillars of foundation. Why not? We’re all in it together.

love and blessings,


The Five Pillars of Awakening

April 12, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Living with Intention, Teachers, Teachings


I see them as the pillars of a temple. A temple of pure, infinite being.

In the same way that a pillar actually holds the structure of the temple up, these are the poles that we need to plant and cultivate within ourself to enable everything to open up.

Spiritual teacher, counselor and author Miranda Macpherson says that your soul knows the way, and when we learn to work with it, instead of interfering or judging our own process we begin to encounter an inherent intelligence deep within – our inner teacher. When we awaken these Five Pillars we can inquire and be taught directly by life, by our own experience.

Click here to view the 11 minute video (#9 in the list) titled The Five Pillars of Awakening, where Miranda tells us what these five pillars are and ways we can approach their cultivation.

Desktop Prayer Wheel

April 09, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Mantra, Malas, Meditation, Mind Body Spirit, Sacred Art


About prayer wheels

Prayer wheels are traditionally used in Tibetan Buddhist practice to gather wisdom and good karma, to increase and dedicate compassion, and to transform negativity and enter a peaceful, meditative state. Regardless of your own spiritual tradition, prayer wheels are a beautiful addition to your environment as both sacred art, and an opportunity for daily practice.

Wound around an axel within the container of the wheels are long strips of thin paper that have been imprinted over and over with a mantra or prayer. The outside of the wheels are usually decorated with a carved or painted rendition of the mantra as well. The wheels are spun clockwise and with each revolution, the mantra written within accumulates power and is offered to the universe as prayer.

Om Mani Padme Hum is the mantra most commonly inscribed in and on prayer wheels. Tibetan Buddhist tradition tells us this mantra came from Chenrezig, a deity known as the embodiment of compassion. Chanting and/or spinning this mantra in a prayer wheel is said to invoke this archetypal power and harmonize human beings with the vibration of pure compassion, while calming, opening and evolving the mind.

From Tibet with love

While in Tibet, Celedra worked with local artisans to design these beautiful desktop prayer wheels. Each wheel is inlaid with turquoise and pearl and bears the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum in Tibetan script. Each desktop prayer wheel comes with an extra long strip of paper handmade at a Tibetan monastery. The paper is blank for you to write your own mantra or prayers to spin out to the universe!

5% of profits benefit the Nangchen Nuns of Tibet. To order, or for more information email or call (866) 409-6252.

Featured Artist: Kim Loudin

April 08, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Mantra, Malas, Meditation, Sacred Art


Kim Loudin is Director of Production and Distribution for Celedra, LLC and an expert mala maker. Kim works from her home in Sistersville, West Virginia and has been with us since January, 2007. Of her mala making Kim says:

Being a mom of two children, ages 10 and 5, there is a lot of stress, tension and anxiety, and when I’m making these malas, somehow I’m released from that everyday stress, tension and anxiety.

I wish those whom I’m making the malas for release themselves into a peaceful, happy and fulfilled life.  I know I have become more fulfilled in my life since Celedra has entered into it.

I believe there was a reason I was meant to make these malas.  In the past I have been a very nervous and anxious person… but so many things have changed since I began making malas for others and also wearing malas.  I feel very blessed.

Kim makes each mala by hand using semi-precious gemstones and sterling silver fittings. Malas and mantra have been used for thousands of years for spiritual practice. Each mala comes with a unique mantra that is based off of the inherent energetic/healing properties found in the gemstones of each mala. Visit Kim’s page in our Sacred Art Gallery to see more.


Yoga: More Than Exercise

April 07, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Mind Body Spirit, Teachers, Yoga


Yoga is a system of techniques and exercises that help build and develop that collective consciousness within – the power of our own inner potential.

More than just exercise, yoga is the oldest system of personal development. Yoga teacher, author and Touchstones resource Sherri Baptiste spoke recently with Celedra about growing up in a renowned yoga family in the heart of  San Francisco’s vibrant yoga community and delved deeply into the holistic, transformative power of yoga. Take a moment to watch What is Yoga in our video library for more about yoga for body, mind and spirit. Other videos featuring the wisdom and warmth of Sherri Baptiste include: Empowerment through Yoga, Life as Moving Meditation and more. To view all videos featuring Sherri Baptiste click here, or

Click here for all Yoga videos.

Tara, The Awakened Feminine

April 06, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Awakening Feminine, Feminine Wisdom, Teachers, Video


Wisdom, compassion, strength, lovingkindness, courage, abundance, beauty, truth and when needed, ferocity; these qualities embody the inheritance of the sacred feminine. As we explore archetypal manifestations of the divine feminine and practice embodying the awakened sacred feminine we connect to our own true nature.

Join Lama Palden Drolma and Celedra in our exclusive video Tara, The Awakened Feminine.

Just click here.

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