Monday, 12 January 2009

Greetings to LotusHaus

Christmas is definitely over for this time, even here up north. I want to thank Joanna at LotusHaus for posting my Christmas Ikebanas on her blog. That was a nice surprise. Thanks also for the kind words coming all the way from Seattle.

Joanna is a great blogger with lots of things going on. Check it out on LotusHaus!

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Balancing Heaven and Earth

Since I can't control the contents of the video bar from YouTube in the left column, I'm posting my favorite video here as well.

It's an Ikebana demonstration at the Shambhala Meditation Center in Boulder, Colorado. 48 minutes long, so sit back, relax and enjoy as Alexandra Shenpen explains how they work with ikebana as a way of meditation.

I especially like the focus on balancing heaven and earth, or the visionary and the down to earth principle in life. It's fascinating to see how Shenpen is working with this in her ikebana arrangement. Another interesting thing is the way she's talking about mans place in between heaven and earth from an ecological perspective.

The Colors of a Winter Morning

Hyacinth, Ilex and Ranunculus.

Those minutes when the day break and the sun is coming out of the dark winter colors everything else seems to stand still. We've had some really spectacular daybreaks this winter. I was trying to capture the colors of one of them in this arrangement.

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