Sunday, January 10, 2016

Where there is longing....there is love!!

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Where there is love...
there is longing!!!

~Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
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Friday, January 8, 2016

Celebrating the life of Sir Martin Luther King, Jr.- Motivational Quotes and a simple craft for the classroom!


  • The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
  • The time is always right to do the right thing.
  • Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
  • Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
  • Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?
  • Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
  • I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
  • In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
  • We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
  • Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.
  • Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
  • If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.
For the mosaic craft what you will need
  • Sheet of paper for background
  • Construction paper (  Brown, Black, White, Pink sheets or scraps for cutting)
  • Pencil
  • Marker
  • Eraser
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Picture of to Martin Luther King, Jr. to show kids
Let kids draw on the construction paper, cut using scissors and glue the pieces on a sheet of paper.

Thanks for visiting and have a colorful day!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Warli Painting - Art as an expression!!


Expression is said to be an art. Folk arts dating back hundreds and thousands of years, found carved and painted on trees, walls, and stones tell us a story of art as an expression. The people, their lives, their celebrations and fears are reflected in such rudimentary paintings. They are found everywhere in world where civilizations prevailed, left for us to interpret and bring them to life by giving them words; a journey from art as an expression to expression as an art.

Warli Painting in India is such tribal art dating back several hundred years. The word “Warli” comes from the word “warla” which means a piece of land. The Warli tribe painted the walls of their mud homes with pictures to depict their social life and mark important occasions such as weddings, birth and the harvest. Their extremely rudimentary wall paintings use a very basic graphic vocabulary from their observation of nature: a circle, a triangle and a square.

A circle represents the sun and the moon

A triangle represents mountains and pointed trees

A square represents the piece of land symbolizing fertility.

These geometric figures are joined together to form beautiful patterns. Like, two apex of triangles are joined together to form a human figure.

To make your own Warli painting:

• Choose a design

• Draw pattern with pencil

• Outline with black marker

• Fill in the colors

This art was derived from observation of nature and a limited vocabulary... Simple way to do it is just let go of all you know for few moments. Limit yourself to discover what’s unlimited and…that’s expression

Enjoy the art!!



Monday, December 28, 2015

Explore your artistic self!!


Give yourself the permission to just have fun and play without being judgmental about yourself. There is no right or wrong way to create, so just create!
Explore your artistic self..explore yourself!!

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

The story of my life!

I remember when the world broke in,
to rip apart my soul,
for years after that one event,
I thought myself not whole,
my hours were spent with trying,
to fix it up with tape and glue,
until one day I discovered,
everyone else was broken too,
here we were with pieces,
of ourselves in both our hands,
so fragile and so open,
that I began to understand,
Maybe I'd been greedy,
to want my soul all to myself,
when it could be a lot more helpful,
in the palms of someone else,
now every time I go somewhere,
I leave part of me behind,
and collect all of the pieces,
of others' soul that I can find,
So when I'm meeting someone new
it's not just me they get,
but also tiny fragments,
of all the others I've met,
and my life's become much bigger,
now that its home to things so small,
and if this is what "broken" means,
I do not mind at all.
~Erin Hanson

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Snip, Snip...Snow! ~ by Nancy poydar

A very well thought, expressive, realistic and colorfully illustrated book.
With no snow in forecast and all the winter fun on hold this book makes a beautiful read with all its sighs and squeals!!

Colormehappyworkshop!













Tuesday, December 15, 2015

I am in you as you, you are in me as me~ A beautiful poem by Sri Sri!

Words are too small to convey the truth,
Yet they can trigger the flames of wisdom,
Shower comfort on the intense longing,
Raise cheers of joy and make you know
I treasure your love for me.

Like god his creation,
The root its trunk,
Unknown, unheard, unseen,
In the silent chamber of heart
I am in you as you,
You are in me as me!


Beautifully written by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Find your happiness at www.artofliving.org



Monday, December 14, 2015

I promise~A beautiful poem by Sri Sri!

If I had to promise you something, what would it be?
I can’t promise that you would always be comfortable…Because comfort brings boredom and discomfort.
I can’t promise that all your desires will be fulfilled…Because desires whether fulfilled or unfulfilled bring frustration.
I can’t promise that there will always be good times…Because it is the tough times that make us appreciate joy.
I can’t promise that we will be rich or famous or powerful…Because they can all be pathways to misery.
I can’t promise that we will always be together…Because it is separation that makes togetherness so wonderful.
Yet if you are willing to walk with me, if you are willing to value love over everything else
I promise that this will be the most rich and fulfilling life possible.
I promise your life will be an eternal celebration,
I promise you I will cherish you more than a king cherishes his crown,
And I shall love you more than a mother loves her newborn.
If you are willing to walk into my arms,
If you are willing to live in my heart,
You will find the one you have waited forever….
You will meet yourself in my arms…
I promise.

Poem written by H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

For the last 31 days of year I plan to~

Organize myself, my thoughts, my belongings and my mind.

Declutter life physically, mentally and emotionally!


My mantra ~
Own less ~ live more:) ❤️ 
Those activities which you have to do, do them and rest...
Those activities which you don't need to do, leave them and rest!!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Eggless chocolate/chocolate chip cookies

What you will need

•1 1/3 Cup organic whole wheat/all purpose flour 
•1/2 Cup organic chocolate chips (Sun spire 65% cacao)
•1/2 Tsp organic vanilla extract (optional)
•1/2 Cup organic sweet cream butter melted at room temperature (we leave the butter out overnight)
•Pinch of salt (Skip if you are using salted butter)
•4 Tbsp organic milk
•1/3 Cup organic coconut palm sugar
•2 Tbsp organic cocoa (add for 'chocolate' choco chip cookies only)
•1/2 Tsp pure baking soda
•Pizza stone or cookie sheet

 Here is how to..
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degree F.
  2. In a large bowl whisk well dry ingredients (add cocoa for chocolate cookies only) 
  3. Whisk together butter, milk and sugar in a large bowl until fluffy
  4. Mix wet and dry ingredients and knead well. 
  5. Pinch off tablespoon-size pieces of the dough, press them gently and place them on pizza stone.
  6. Bake in oven for 10-15 minutes or till they are golden brown. Remove from oven n cool on a rack.
  7. Enjoy!!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Eggless/vegan chocolate cake!!

What you will need
  • 2 Cups organic whole wheat pastry flour (Bob's Red Mill organic pastry flour) 
  • 2 Cups organic coconut palm sugar (Madhava organic coconut sugar)
  • 2 Tsp pure baking soda ( Bobs Red Mill pure baking soda)
  • 1/2 Tsp freshly grounded organic cardamom ( Frontier organic cardamom)
  • 1 Tsp salt (real sea salt)
  • 6 Tbsp organic non alkaline cocoa powder(Ahlaska organic baker's cocoa)
  • 2 Cups water
  • 2 Tsp organic vanilla (Frontier organic vanilla)
  • 2 Tbsp white vinegar 
  • 10 Tbsp organic canola oil (Spectrum organic canola oil)
  • 1 Cup organic walnuts ( 1/2 cup to mix in batter, 1/2 cup to sprinkle on top)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat pan with oil and flour. Add an extra bowl of water to oven to keep cake moist.
2. In a large bowl mix dry ingredients and whisk well.
3. In a separate bowl mix well wet ingredients.
4. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix them together with 1/2 cup nuts
5. Pour batter in pan and sprinkle with leftover nuts.
6. Bake for 35-40 minutes
7. Cool in pan for 15 minutes
8. Loosen edges, and turn out onto wire rack to cool completely.

Enjoy!



Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Vasistha's Yoga ~ An ultimate masterpiece for the spiritual seekers!

This world-appearance is a confusion: even as the blueness of the sky is an optical illusion. I think it is better not to let the mind dwell on it, but to ignore it. (1.3.2)

Yatah Sarvani bhutani pratibhanti sthitani ca
Yatrai ‘vo  'pasamam yanti tasmai satyatmane namaha. (1)

Salutations to that reality in which all the elements, and all the animate and inanimate beings shine as if they have an independent existence, and in which they exist for a time and into which they merge.

Jnata jnanam tatha jneyam drasta darsana drsyabuh Karta hetuh kriya yasmat tasmai jnaptyatmane namaha. (2)

Salutations to that consciousness which is the source of apparently distinct threefold divisions of 
knower, knowledge and known.
Seer, sight and seen.
Doer, doing and deed.

Sphuranti sikara yasmad anandasysa ‘mbare ‘vanau 
Sarvesam jivanam tasmai brahmanandatmane namaha.(3)

Salutations to that bliss absolute (the ocean of bliss) which is the life of all beings whose happiness and unfoldment is derived from the shower of spray from that ocean of bliss.

Have a colorful day:)


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

"LOVE" by Alexandr Milov ~ One of the most powerful art pieces!

The sculpture of two adults after a disagreement with their back to each other. Yet the inner child in both of them simply wants to connect and love the other. Age has taught us much, but what we all can live without is Ego, Pride, Vanity and Grudges that prevent us from forgiving and moving ahead. The free spirit exhibited by children IS OUR TRUE NATURE!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Mantra of peace!


OM!
Asato ma sadgamaya!
Tamso ma jyotirgamaya!
Mrtyorma amrtam gamaya!
Om shanti, shanti, shanti!

OM
Lead me from unreal to the real.
Lead me from darkness to the light.
Lead me from death to immortality.
Let there be peace, peace and peace!

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Aap saab ko Diwali ki bahut bahut shubh kamnaye!


May this Diwali fills your life with loads of happiness, light and love:)
Sharing a note by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar explaining the meaning of Diwali
Have a colorful n joyful day!!