Home     Contact Us         Log in

Arts and Poetry - Category Archive

Jan 20
Friday

Shambhala Touching the Earth Collective – Elemental Expression: Anjie Cho

Filed under Arts and Poetry, Community Article

Mindful Homes
The Chinese calendar looks to the earth and her seasons to inform how our inner and outer spaces are interconnected. In January, we have the solar terms of Minor Cold on the 5th and Major Cold on the 23rd, as well as the Lunar New Year on January 22nd. Those of us in the northern hemisphere understand that this is the darkest and coldest time of the year.

In feng shui, this time of winter is connected to the yin energy of the water element. The yin qi (life force energy), has the qualities of the moon. Some other descriptive phrases that teach us about yin and water energies include the darkness, what is hidden and concealed, the undercurrent and subconscious, wisdom and philosophy, as well as our intuition and insight. In the winter, animals hibernate to conserve their qi. Farmers step back, plan, and review. It’s not a time to be outside or active, but rather to rest and be still. We are also invited to utilize this time to reflect and receive. 

I also wanted to share a bit more about water element from my forthcoming book, Mindful Homes:

Water
Our planet is mostly water with bodies of land in it. We are all connected to each other by the great oceans. There is so much depth, mystery, and wisdom to uncover when we dive in below the surface of things.

• Meaning: wisdom, intuition, connections
• Color: blacks, charcoals, midnight blues
• Shape: wavy, formless, undulating
• Movement: fluid, downward
• Material: water, mirror, glass
• Object examples: a wall mirror, wavy meandering patterns, water fountains

Water creates wood, because when we offer water to the trees and plants, that is when they grow and flourish.

I’m so grateful for the opportunity to share a bit about my practice of feng shui as a mindfulness practice. 

Photos by Anjie Cho

Anjie Cho is a creator of holistic spaces, specifically focused on designing interiors and teaching feng shui and meditation. She’s guided thousands of people to harmonize their living spaces through the ancient practice of feng shui. Anjie is the feng shui expert at The Spruce, co-founder of the Mindful Design Feng Shui School, co-host of the Holistic Spaces podcast, and owner of Anjie Cho Architect. She’s the author of two books Holistic Spaces and Mindful Homes.

Listen to the Holistic Spaces Podcast: https://www.holisticspaces.com/podcast

Study at Mindful Design Feng Shui School: mindfuldesignschool.com

Shop for curated feng shui items at the Holistic Spaces store: holisticspaces.com

Pre-order Mindful Homes, to be released April 11, 2023: https://amzn.to/3YqiSdQ

*****

This post is an excerpt from the Shambhala Touching the Earth Collective January 2023 Newsletter. To read the complete newsletter please click here.

Entries filed under Arts and Poetry


A Painting's Progression

A Painting’s Progression – HIGHLIGHT

paintings and article by Christine Labich Pioneer Valley Shambhala Center I’ve noticed lately that painting is a lot like moving forward in life. Inspiration, action, communication, and letting go seem to have their place. In the case of this painting, the inspiration came from a particular field that ... continue
Posted March 19, 2013 by
paper bags and cardboard

paper bags and cardboard – HIGHLIGHT

by Anne Anderson Saitzyk, Los Angeles Every other year, Shambhala Art teachers and graduates come together for a retreat to contemplate the Dharma Art teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, share inspirations and explore personal and collaborative projects that relate to these teachings. The Shambhala Art program is ... continue
Posted March 11, 2013 by
Dharma Art and the Yearly Festivals

Dharma Art and the Yearly Festivals – HIGHLIGHT

by the Dharma Art Guild of New York Jack Niland, Allison Pepper, Andrew Forbes, and Andi Nyiradi article edited by Andrew Forbes photos by Caitlin Strom The basic elements of cultural importance are the preservation of traditional ceremonies, rituals and festivals. As we can see in living traditions today, like ... continue
Posted March 8, 2013 by
M'Bongui

M’Bongui

M’bongui , a dance performance with music composed by Herbert Elsky and choreography by Sophie Fougère-Darcy, took place on February 15th at the 300 seat Mégisserie theater in St Junien (Limousin, France). M’Bongui M’bongui is a traditional Congolese dance ceremony that was practiced before and after a hunt.  ... continue
Posted March 3, 2013 by luz_rodriguez
Maria’s Shadow

Maria’s Shadow – HIGHLIGHT

A Story for the Child in All of Us by Mercedes Lawrence Maria was a happy shadow. She did all the things that little girls do. She loved to ride her bicycle, swim in the lake and play Frisbee with her dog. She had lots of shadow friends and she was ... continue
Posted March 2, 2013 by
Shambhala Music-Making: Second Movement

Shambhala Music-Making: Second Movement – HIGHLIGHT

A Story in 2 Movements by Madeline Bruser David’s Story Sometimes a musician is ready for a major breakthrough. David came to my weeklong summer program at Karme Choling hoping to rediscover the joy he used to feel in playing the viola. Twenty years ... continue
Posted February 28, 2013 by
Shambhala Music-Making: Joining Two Lineages

Shambhala Music-Making: Joining Two Lineages – HIGHLIGHT

COLUMN: In Everyday Life In which we visit with Shambhala practitioners from all walks of life to hear stories about their life, livelihood and how their meditation practice permeates their everyday experience. In this story, presented in two movements, as it were, we find out about the path ... continue
Posted February 24, 2013 by
Baucis and Philemon

Baucis and Philemon

A Greek myth from Ovid translated by Rolph Humphries read by Celsiana Warwick at Paul Warwick’s Sukhavati February 5, 2013 An oak tree stands Beside a linden, in the Phrygian hills. There’s a low wall around them. I have seen The place myself; a prince once sent me there To a land ruled by ... continue
Posted February 17, 2013 by
Saving the Planet with Rhyme and A Little Reason

Saving the Planet with Rhyme and A Little Reason

Saving this Planet With Rhyme and a Little Reason As I contemplate this worlds ’sad and sorry state; Abominations of global warming, and massive pollution, Problems to which luck and serendipity are mans’ only solution I realize ... continue
Posted January 6, 2013 by
The Buddha, Humming

The Buddha, Humming – HIGHLIGHT

Short story by Lorna Drew When I walked into the room, the Buddha was humming. I knew because the rice kernels in the bowls were tinkling, and because the Buddha had done this before. He’d been humming for a while now, but I’d never confronted him. This ... continue
Posted December 17, 2012 by
A Precious Gift

A Precious Gift – HIGHLIGHT

As it nears the beginning of winter in the northern hemisphere, the Shambhala Times wanted to warm our readers up with a summertime story about dathun. Dathun is a month of meditation that provides a deep experience for the practitioner, on and off the cushion, whether ... continue
Posted December 12, 2012 by
Burning Lake

Burning Lake

burning lake Ourside altar and offerings at Burning Lake, Bumthang province, Bhutan. November 2012 each flag offers a prayer for all sentient beings, and behind that the hopes of the hangers for a better life, for better luck next time. here, they hang from every high place, dancing in the wind like fruit on the ... continue
Posted December 9, 2012 by
Rites of Passage: Longing

Rites of Passage: Longing

Grand Tetons by David BrownLonging poem written by the group that went through the first Rites of Passage for the stages of life, held at Karme Choling, autumn 2012 Broken hearted kiss Embracing the planet It’s good to grow old Soft green blade of grass Drops of dew Tomorrow there will be frost Grieving ... continue
Posted November 26, 2012 by
Sky Dancer

Sky Dancer – HIGHLIGHT

Introducing a new series of photographs called Sky Dancer photos by Dana Marshall, Bussum, Netherlands The power of the female body is that it is the link between heaven and earth. Sky Dancer touches on embodied feminine energy. These images are a proclamation of strength and playfulness. They are ... continue
Posted November 18, 2012 by
The Sakyongs Have Returned

The Sakyongs Have Returned – HIGHLIGHT

Introducing a new a collection of contemplative poetry and prose: The Sakyongs Have Returned by David Whitehorn Spontaneous poems and toasts are a delightful part of Shambhala culture. Perhaps like other long-time Shambhala practitioners, throughout the years I have been writing down spontaneous poetry and prose whenever the ... continue
Posted October 28, 2012 by

RSS feed for the Arts and Poetry category

View all posts from authors in Arts and Poetry: jillian_johnson natasha_west



Website Development by Blue Mandala using Wordpress MU.
All content and source Copyright © 1994-2023. Shambhala International (Vajradhatu), Shambhala, Shambhala Meditation Center, Shambhala Training, Shambhala Center and Way of Shambhala are registered service marks of Shambhala USA
Privacy Policy
Translate »