New Year’s Resolution kept by what percent of the population?

Couple in inner city park $5 fridge magnet

Couple in inner city park $5 fridge magnet

According to Ross Freake in today’s Courier, only 28% of people keep their new year’s resolutions. My mission, should I choose to accept it, is to be more mindful of my use of time.

$5 mdf fridge magnet, tropical flowers

$5 mdf fridge magnet, tropical flowers

Old patterns are easy. Like trenches down a hill side, the water of time runs in those dug out places that practice has created. Did it work? Is it the best use of my time? Is it moving me toward my goals? These are questions I have looked at all morning.

magnet collection on cookie sheet, each for sale by artist

magnet collection on cookie sheet, each for sale by artist

My body wants to leap up and begin to do that which the mind has trained it to do, but I resisted and sat for hours this morning drawing up a calendar. Most of the morning passed in examining last year and looking toward next year. What is it I want? What can I do to move toward that which I want?

Cheerful flowers with jewels, $10

Cheerful flowers with jewels, $10

Calendar. Blocking out time. Watching the mind as it pulls like a four year old on one’s hands to become engaged in ceaseless and senseless activity.

Promoting my classes is a priority and allowing others to view my work for sale is right up there as well.

So:

Jan 10th, Saturday 10 am to 2 pm

A Gift of Yourself: Creating a Chapbook

Make a stunning hand made book of images, pictures, poems

Adult and Teen, $50

$5 comic fridge magnet

$5 comic fridge magnet

Jan 17th, Saturday 10  to 2 pm

Making Scrapbook Cards

Ages 11-16, $50

$5, mdf magnet StarFire

$5, mdf magnet StarFire

Jan 24, 10-1pm

Poetry for the Fun of It

Explore your creative side in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere

Ages 14-17

Pink nude standing, heart jewel earrings

Pink nude standing, heart jewel earrings

Jan 26 – March 9 Term Class

The Craft of Creative Writing

Explore Blog writing, creative non-fiction, creative fiction

with support and guidance.

UBC Continuing Studies

http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/continuing studies

250-807-8177

hand painted nude magnet $5

hand painted nude magnet $5

Jan 31, 10-2 pm

Writing Colorful Poetry

Use your love of color to inspire beautiful poetry

Adults and teens, $50

$10 hand painted fridge magnet, blue waves

$10 hand painted fridge magnet, blue waves

Creating a Chapbook: poetry and art class at Kelowna’s Rotary Centre

After reading through the last five weeks of newspapers, taking them out back for recyling, seeing that the walkway to the alley is obstructed by snow and shoveling for over an hour, I am ready to do what I set out to do today. Reading the news for weeks in one sitting is certainly a way to see what the “manipulators” want us to believe about the world. So many of the predicted catastrophes do not appear. Sales of Canadian goods over Christmas are up 5%, we are not having another election, the pine beetle is getting its existence frozen out of pine trees and the world has greeted the shoe throwing incident with humour and not horror.

Distractions of necessities. As I move through my day, I ask, ” Are my actions a mindful attention to that which has to be done to maintain a household, or am I just following my eyes?” I guess not being able to walk around the house freely would be seen as a call to action.

My intention was to begin to publicize my classes:

The first  Saturday workshop, A GIFT OF YOURSELF,

January 10th

421 Cawston Avenue in the Rotary Centre for the Arts.

$50 and runs from 10 am until 2 pm with all of the decorative papers, etc. supplied.

for adults and teens.

Many people have snippets of writing; journals, poetry, short narratives. These can be arranged with either photographs or with art work to create a beautiful hand-made book. A GIFT OF YOURSELF is ideal for grandmothers to give to grandchildren, for teens to give to friends or family or for a husband to give to his wife.

It certainly is a good fit with the transition away from mindless spending and consumerism and thinking more about sharing.

For information, give me a call at the Rotary Centre 250-763-4269. Also, I am available for one on one tutorials for $45 for two hours.

Tomorrow, I will have a seven minute appearance at the Okanagan Institute to just briefly present a “narrative” about Buddhist, spiritual practice. Both Stan Rule and Ross Freake has beautiful columns in yesterday’s newspaper which reverberate with Buddhist spiritualism. We do have a sanga around us, if we have eyes and ears to experience its presence.

Amusingly, all the while I was shoveling snow my busy, obsessive mind kept saying, “Hurry up and finish so you can go to the gym and work out.” HA! After nearly two hours of shovelling the concept disappeared.

Autumn harvest basking in sun

Autumn harvest basking in sun