Mandala Meditations and Full Moon Manifestations

Happy Full Flower Moon

 

It’s abundantly clear- In the era of Covid-19, nothing is certain.

Wait…Wasn’t life always uncertain, though?  

The only thing that has ever been certain is, sure as shit, things are gonna change.  Everything is always in a constant state of flux.  Nothing stays the same for long.  Maybe we just all got a little too comfy with the illusion of security for a minute.  Welp…nothing like a global pandemic to strip away that veil.  And what are we left with?  The truth that we don’t have much time.  The hard fact that we have royally fucked ourselves by horribly abusing the sacred planet that we call home.  Many of use are staring our own mortality in the face right now.  Is it even possible to find a silver lining in all this death and chaos?  Maybe, just maybe this shadow time has something to teach us.

I’ll tell you one thing, I’m creating now more than ever.  It’s not that now I have time whereas before I didn’t, or that now I have more energy.  No.  To be totally transparent, living with depression during a pandemic is a struggle.  Every day is different.  Luckily, I have the tools of yoga, meditation and art making to help me cope in healthy ways.  I’ll tell you what, this forced isolation has given me the opportunity to turn inward in ways I never have and dig deeper than ever.  From the manure of life sprouts new growth.  What’s been sprouting up for me is lots of new art, and real, true connections with other magical souls.  My sankalpa, or my life’s mission statement, is Live Artfully.  I find that now, within this crisis, I am embodying that in a deeper way.

My newest series, Mandala Meditations, is very much a product of these times. It is a response to the fear of this collective shadow work that we are all knee deep in right now.  Creating these pieces was a way for me to find my center when my mind became overwhelmed and chaotic.  Making these repetitive marks, like a moving meditation, brought me back home to myself time and time again.  The act of sharing these expressions with a world under lockdown was truly it’s own living art piece.  What a profound and priceless gift.  Thank you for being such an integral part of my world and for reminding me that this work matters.

Mandala Meditations

Eye of Earth


Essence of Svadhisthana

Desert Medicine


Whirling Anahata

Vishuddhi Howl

Ajna Prism

Flower Moon

My Love

Yin and Yang

Amethyst Dream

I Am Whole

Be.

It’s hard to put into words what making and giving this art has meant to me.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  Remember- you are never alone.  Keep going, keep creating.  May we consider that this intense and dark moment in human history is perhaps an opportunity to explore new ways of Being.

Love, love, love,

Sedona

We Are the Heart <3

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Happy Summer Solstice!  Celebrate with us at Heartland Yoga Festival this weekend, June 22-24 in Kansas City!  I will be leading a hike through the trails around Unity Village at 7am on Saturday the 23rd followed by community yoga with live music by Tony Alvarez at 8am!  If you are unfamiliar with the intention behind this movement, no one says it better than the founders themselves.

Heartland Yoga Festival Manifesto:

You and I…we are the heart. The vital essence. The center of love and compassion. The vitality of this land. Within this heart is a quickening. It started as a whisper and will crescendo to a wild roar.

Our time of disconnection is over. We’ve had enough of staring at our phones instead of looking into the eyes of our neighbors. We are done with being detached from Mother Earth. We are done being so busy that we forget to live. There is no more hiding our pain and self-criticism. There is no more illusion, no more pretending. The time to communally awaken to our beautifully connected souls is right here and right now. In the open heart of this country.

This is the Heartland. Where it’s still cool to be a good neighbor and to smile at strangers. Where ego doesn’t shake authenticity. Where we support local, and tend to the Earth with loving care. Where all it takes is a simple reason and a beautiful day to come together in celebration. Where community always trumps competition.Where we all belong. A place of great pride.

As we unite for Heartland Yoga Festival, through our connection, our shared breath, our authenticity, wildness, and utter unabashed delight, we will send a pulsing vibration of love and light. A positive charge so big that it will bleed beyond our borders, radiating outward, penetrating and changing all beings for the highest good.

YOUR heart, breath, and light are vitally important. Join us as we shift into a space of love, connection, and radical self and communal care. We are the heart and this is the Heartland.

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Ready to join the movement?  Register HERE and use promo code WEHEARTSEDONA to receive 20% off your tickets ❤

See you this weekend, friends.

Love,

Sedona

 

What does making dream catchers have to do with yoga?

Arts and crafts are good fun and all…but what in the hell does messing with willow sticks and tying knots have to do with YOGA?

Everything, my friend.

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Everything about the dream catcher is symbolic.  The hoop itself (a “mandala”, in Indian culture) is a sacred circle that stands for unity and oneness.  Sound familiar?  Yoga literally means “to yoke”.  We use our yoga practice to unite our minds with our bodies.  We use the repetitive act of weaving our dream catchers to join the mind and body.  You can experience flow through yoga asana or through crafting netted sculpture.  Both are “art making”.  Both are ways to explore moving meditation.  Join our community circle o’ creativity this Saturday at Hagoyah (1-3pm) to experience moving meditation/flow!

Ps- I love this blog post detailing the history behind dream catcher making in Native American culture.  Happy reading!

Love,

Sedona

Catch Your Holiday Dreams

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You have one more chance to get creative with me this year.  Learn the sacred art of dreamcatcher making and the art of moving meditation.  I will teach you the SIMPLE weaving technique and provide all materials.  Just show up with an open mind, ready to create!  All levels yoga class included, NO art making or yoga experience required.

Trade your store bought gift for a beautiful, one of a kind, handmade piece of art crafted by YOU!  sign up HERE

Here’s what else I’ve been up to- tons of art, yoga and play!  We had our first ever pumpkin pARTy at Hagoyah.  It was the perfect day to get outside, enjoy some afternoon beers and get crafty 🙂 Of course, we also had our annual Tarot Glow Show at Westport Yoga.  We accommodated 60+ yogis in our little studio for a night of glow in the dark yoga, tarot readings, live music and local art!  Here’s a recap:

So much JOY!  I feel damn lucky to wake up every day and share what I love.  What’s on the agenda for November, you ask?

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Ruby has got the right idea.  Reflection.

Granted, the only time you will EVER see this spaz in a state of zen is after a vigorous game of fetch.  She goes and goes until she simply can not.  Sound familiar?  I and so many others are guilty of the grind.  Hey, what other option is there for the starving artist type?  Besides to, well…starve.  If you are going to be your own boss and juggle 2 jobs at 8 different locations, you had better take time to hit the pause button.  No matter what you do or how busy you are, there is always time in the day to be still.

I challenge you to take time this month for yourself.  Start today.  Start small.  Book a message, book a healing session with Lisa Lola Healing Arts, take a restorative yoga class (I teach 3 per week, see my schedule), take 5 minutes out of your day to sit quietly with yourself.  It doesn’t take any effort.  In fact, that is the point!  Sometimes doing nothing at all is the best and most productive thing.  Before diving head first into the holiday season, take a giant step back.  Breathe.  Listen.  Between bursts of energy, we must take time to renew to avoid burn out.  Before we give all of ourselves to others, we must give to ourselves.  You can not pour from an empty vessel!  Go, fill yourself up!

Take this advise from Agent Cooper:

Happy November!  Take care!

Love,

Sedona

The Pitch- Best of KC

Hey wonderful people of the world!  If you are KC based (or you just love the city) please take a moment out of your day to take this survey!  It’s really fun and a great way to show your favorite local individuals/businesses some love!  It would be really cool to see myself or one of my fellow deserving peers win best visual artist.  You only have to vote for 20 different categories to make it count!

The Pitch-Best Of KC Awards

You rock 😉

lovelovelove,

Sedona

the details

Puttin’ the finishing touches on this show!  Plenum Space Gallery, this Friday, 6pm-10pm…can’t wait!  In the  meantime, I’m having way too much fun faming with my good friend, Addison Stonestreet.  He’ll be showing for First Fridays as well, make sure you check out his work at Silver Screen Salon in the Crossroads Arts District.

Rock and roll

lovelovelove,

Sedona

 

happy weird wednesday

 

Just some weirdly advise from one of my favorite mythical creatures.

In a paint by numbers world, we’ve gotta remind ourselves to keep it strange at all costs.

Don’t compromise…if people think you’re crazy, chances are you’re doing good work.

Keep it real.  Keep it weird…Keep it real weird.

lovelovelove,

Sedona