Dear Yogis,

I recently got some commissions for family silhouettes, and doing them I asked myself  “why don’t I do more of these? I love them”.  So I am, and I invite you to take advantage of this time.

Imagine your husband, your wife, your children painted in profile and displayed on a wall dedicated to family portraits as you can see in especially in the feature wall of family silhouettes to the left….. This is from “Hello” magazine, and as you can imagine is quite trendy.

Really only the size of the frame changes much, some are round, some are square,  some are modern some are definitely antique, especially the dominant one in the middle, yet somehow they all fit together.

The individual paintings (and they are paintings not photocopies) are all about  the same size, approximately 4 inches square which is the required size for miniatures.  Above that and they are no longer in that class. The ones to the right are more modern. I like round mounts or frames, but that is a personal choice.

My paintings are in black on high quality watercolour paper.  If you would like one of yourself, your husband, and/or your family I will need  A  clear photocopy, scan or photograph OF A PROFILE (If I can see two eyes it is not a profile) to work from.  No computerisation is involved.   The cost is $35 for one profile, $125 for  a family group of four  individual paintings and $85 for a wedding or married couple in one frame. The works will arrive ready to frame.  You can Direct Debit, PayPal and I will be putting Afterpay on my new Shop on my web site.  Email me if you would like to begin a wall of family members, so much nicer and more personal than photographs or facebook message scraps…yogafirst@netcon.net.au

They don’t have to be beautiful photographs you send.  The wrinkles and flaws won’t show… No plastic surgery or photoshopping required.  Just clear PROFILES.

JOY.  Doing these paintings (any painting for others) gives me JOY.  When it doesn’t I will stop, or change.  When I lose my joy, the first thing I ask myself “What am I focussed on? Where is the emphasis? What am I thinking about?”  When I am not progressing, it is usually because I am focussed on my problems,I am thinking about some concern or frustration in my life.  I am thinking only about what I have to do tomorrow.  When I get caught up and totally focussed on me, it is a formula for mentally spinning my wheels.

I have realised it is very selfish to go around dwelling on my life, my problems, to the exclusion of others.  One of the best things to do if you are having a problem is to help someone else with theirs.  If you want your dreams to materialise, then first help someone achieve theirs.  When we meet other peoples needs God makes sure that we receive ours.

We were created to give, not simply to please ourselves.  If you miss that truth, you will miss the abundant, overflowing, joy-filled life that God has in store for you.  It is not enough to think kind things about others, we need to express them.  As the old saying goes “Love is not love until you give it away”.  Don’t go through life as a take, be a giver.

Some years ago one of my clients in rehab who had been a pot smoker for 30 years kept asking me “When am I going to be well? and “When will I know I am well?”.  Every day, numbers of time a day he asked the same two questions.  I told him that when he left the facility it would be a good idea to go work for the salvos, or any other volunteer work to get his mind off himself which would aid in his recovery.  He left and a few months later I got a call… he said “I am working for the Salvos and I hate it. When will I know I am well?”  You can’t give on the basis of getting something in return – it doesn’t work that way.

You have to start where you are. Develop an attitude of giving.  You can pray for someone in need, buy a coffee for someone else, small things.  Somebody needs what you have to give, not your way, their way. You may have been trained to guard your assets (even if just small change) by parents who went through tough times.  You are not them. You can’t protect anything as we have learned during this covid experience.  Things happen over which we have no control….  bush fires, floods, theft, illness (even death) many things can catch us up.  If you give things away, you are just changing the notion of time – eventually everything will go away.  If you give things away before they are taken from you,  you get the joy of giving.  Your things are NOT YOURS. You are just able to use them for whatever time they stay with you.

Like my family of paintings your “things” are yours for a short time. Love them and then let them go.

LOVE AND BLESSINGS….

NAMASTE – JAHNE

 

Dear Yogis,

In spite of what is happening to the the world, your community, to the family or to you at the moment, actually nothing much has changed.  HAPPINESS IS STILL A CHOICE.  You may be thinking the your best life is still a long way off… but truly nothing could be further from the truth.  Your best life starts today!

You can choose to be happy today, or you can choose to be unhappy and go around all day snapping and snarling like a barracuda, it is entirely up to you. If you make the mistake of allowing your circumstances to dictate your level of happiness then please understand that you are missing out on the abundance that is your destiny.

To live life the easy way, abandon your focus on the future and live one day at a time.  TODAY.  We often are frustrated because we don’t know how things will work out tomorrow.  This uncertainty increases our stress level and creates that gut gnawing sense of insecurity.  If you continue down this path,  frustration and discouragement are guaranteed.

You can decide not to “sweat the small stuff”.  You can decide not to let the little things pile up. However, flip the coin and you really can make a decision that you are not going to make things escalate and you are not going to allow yourself to get upset.  It is not a matter of stuffing the upset down, repressing it.  It is about just not getting upset. Refusing to be perturbed. Choosing to stay happy.

When negative things happen, no matter how angry you get, no matter how much you rant and rave it is not going to change anything.  Life is flying by, don’t waste a moment of it being angry, upset or worried.  The Psalmist said “This is the day The Lord has made”.  He didn’t say “Tomorrow, after I get through this I will get happy”.  This is the day the Lord wants you to be happy.  Begin by making someone else happy.

One of my students told me they were “waiting for God to turn the situation around”.  That is cute, and I am sure they believed what they said.   It sounds faith based, but look closely…  it is not your place to wait on God to do what YOU want.   God is waiting on you.  He has given you the way, now you have to take it.   You must learn to be happy within yourself.  Be grateful for the blessings you have.  Your life may not be perfect, (whose is?) it may not have turned out as planned, and certainly covid is putting a spanner in the works however, the challenge is to be happy in spite of what is happening around you.  Learn to bless where you are planted.

Why not be happy right now? Appreciate today.  Enjoy life’s journey.  THESE ARE THE GOOD OLD DAYS.  Twenty years from now hopefully you will look back and say “That was a great time in my life”.

In this time of covid it is good to remember that our immune systems are enhanced  by happiness.  The Bible says “A cheerful mind works healing”.   One of the healthiest things you can do is smile more often. Make up your mind that no matter what happens you will smile (not just on the inside – on the outside too).Whatever the situation you are in, you are there for a reason.  I do not believe life is random, chaotic.  No matter what happens I believe there is a plan. I can’t see the big picture, and frankly I don’t want to.  I am busy enough doing what is in front of me today. I have abandoned the continuous questioning and I just get on with the day, trusting that God is in control and directing my steps (because I am not driving the bus).

Break out of your self-imposed prison, the door is unlocked.  Start looking at how you can bring happiness to others and you will automatically bring happiness to yourself.  Start with small things.  You have to start where you are, be faithful with what you have… If you give smiles, you will get smiles from others. If you are generous, and support others in their lives, in their business, God will make happen for you.

Somebody needs what you have to give. As John Bunyan said in Pilgrims Progress,  “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who cannot pay you back”.  Learn to give yourself away, and your life will make a difference. Or as the Government says, to rescue the economy – start spending!

For me – I am happy because I am where I am supposed to be (comfortable, or uncomfortable).  When something changes, I will let you all know.  

NAMASTE.  JAHNE

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Yogis,

Because covid cases are being discovered every day, and this I believe will continuously be the case for the next couple of years, I am wearing a face mask.  Maybe for the next 2 years I would think if one can believe “New Scientist”.   Unless like Southhampton in England we get a Government Minister is willing to test the whole Shire. Test EVERYONE in the Shire.  By the way, places which have instigated this have discovered the early return to work outweighs the initial cost of lockdowns…

Here is the facemask and I am making them for my clients and maybe for you.  I also have the size and design for guys and one for children.  In Australia they are $15 each and postage is included.  Doesn’t matter the size, the work required for each is the same. In fact the smaller they are the fiddlier they are.   I can also bead them for an extra $5 (like the one shown).  When I go out I get lots of lovely comments about the facemask. Who would bother with boring blue…? Not me!!! For Trumpites I am going to make a black one.  To order yours email me yogafirst@netcon.net.au and I can organise DD and delivery.

These Beautiful little implements to the right…. have been long time residents in my cutlery drawer, and (unsuccessfully) lusted after by my daughter-in-law.  I didn’t part with mine, but I have found some to introduce to you.  *The big tea-infuser has an unusual “injector” mechanism to accept and release the used tea leaves. *The straw like implements are just that. Metal straws/spoons.  Once you have used them you will carry one with you.  *The White bags are re-usable, compostable tea bags.  Fill them with your favourite leaves from your garden or bench top.  Use the bags, wash them and then put them in the compost.

TEA INFUSER $15 + $2.50 post,  METAL STRAW $8.50 each + $2.50 post and TEA BAGS $7.50 for 15 tea bags postage free. THE FACE MASKS $15 or $20 beaded (let me know if it is for female, male, child so that I can choose a suitable fabric) .   As above, email me at yogafirst@netcon.net.au to pay via DD and I will organise delivery. We will soon have a new shop on our web site and PayPal available.

THE URINE THERAPY:  I have had feed back, and I hope that you all don’t find the waste from your own body repulsive, unless of course it is.  My urine, I hasten to add, is sparkly clear.  It is no hardship to take homoeopathically although I would not like to drink gallons of it, but I could.  It does not take a special sort of person. Just a curious one.  I use it in every which way – only because I can feel a difference.  My motto with everything is this “if it doesn’t work don’t do it”.  But you have to give something like this a trial run before you know if it works or not, and before you can discard the idea.

CBD AND COVID. Last year I devoted quite a lot of time to discovering more about the endocannabinoid system… and will continue to do so.  And so should you.

Coronavirus Causes Cannabis Demand Surge.   COVID-19 hasn’t just forced researchers to look for novel ways to treat the virus, but also prompted consumers to increase their demand for cannabis, especially on the dark web. A UN  report suggests that a lack of access to black market dealers has led to an increase of online sales through the darknet.

According to researchers, some high-CBD strains “down-regulate serine protease TMPRSS2, another critical protein required for SARS-CoV2 entry into host cells.” Further research is required to determine a strain’s effects on a larger scale. Researchers believe extracts could be used to develop inhalants, mouthwash, and throat gargle products for clinical and at-home use.

Igor Kovalchuck said, “Imagine a cell is a large building. Cannabinoids reduce the number of doors in the building by approximately 70 percent, which means that access is severely limited. So you have a better likelihood of fighting with [COVID-19].”

The pair of researchers focused on marijuana strains with high CBD because they believe people will be able to handle higher doses without experiencing the psychoactive and impairing effects of THC. CBD elicits more calm and clear-headed effects.

Worldwide Cannabis Research.  Canada isn’t the only place cannabis research is being performed to determine cannabis’s effects against the novel coronavirus. Israeli researchers have started clinical trials of CBD as a treatment to repair cells damaged by COVID-19.

Researchers hope to deliver the CBD-loaded exosomes via inhalation, which in turn could produce anti-inflammatory effects in the infected lungs. Another Israeli study aims to use CBD along with corticosteroids to treat those with COVID-19. A preliminary study on 10 patients with coronavirus is underway.

In Philadelphia, FSD Pharma has been approved to begin a clinical trial to test the effects of synthetic cannabinoids on the treatment of COVID-19. FSD plans to use micro PEA, an anti-inflammatory nutraceutical used to treat influenza and the common cold, to treat coronavirus.   Additionally, a marijuana research company called Cannasoul Analytics is formulating a medication taken through direct inhalation intended to suppress damaging immune responses without impairing immune function.

Cannabis in all its forms (especially CBD) is becoming recognised as a very interesting and accessible solution to the long term effects of covid.  It is a route that is available worldwide.. but not readily available in Australia due to the continued criminalisation of CBD/cannabis.  We need to decriminalise cannabis at the very least so that we can study the endocannabinoid system in the body and  cannabis in all its forms.  This understanding is necessary in order to prescribe it effectively..

Here at the Studio we hold regular information sessions on the Endocannabinoid system  and  using and cooking with hemp oil, seeds and meal (we can all start there).  Our books, and etc can be found on www.myyogabooks.etsy.com  

Cooking? try “KANANBIS KITCHEN” and “The CerebroSpinalFluid” on etsy.   I think that understanding the endocannabinoid system  is VERY important.  We work with it every Restorative Yoga Session we do, and we do lots.  It is THAT important.

You can make a difference… speak to your local MP.  Impress on him/her the urgency of this situation (if they don’t realise it already).

 

CHANGE YOUR THINKING, CHANGE YOUR LIFE.. 

NAMASTE. Jahne