Were you affected by the passing of Prince?
I was, and continue to be.
Hello beautiful people. Many of us grew up dancing and partying like it was 1999. There are so many of his songs that hold great memories for me. They take me to a time when life was a little simpler and carefree. A time when I had enough energy to dance all night into the wee morning hours and still have the fortitude to get up by 6 am and start it all over again. Those days are gone and that’s probably a good thing. And even though I still dance, nowadays I am in bed and asleep before midnight. Prince’s passing really had an effect on me. Maybe because he was just a few years older than me? All I know is that it really made me stand up and take notice and question my mortality. I loved his talent, his music, his androgynous look and his honesty. Even now when I hear Purple Rain I get sad and feel a knot in my throat. Goodbye Prince, if there is a heaven, you are in good company and I bet the music is really good there.
After hearing the news of Prince, I just didn’t feel like do anything, I was uninspired and depressed. Normally I create every single day, it’s my outlet, it’s what keeps me going! But every time I would paint, all I made was a mess.
So I decided not to push it, after all why put that ‘sad’ energy into my work?
Because of the “blue funk” I was in, I decided to take some “down time” to recharge my batteries and undergo a spring cleaning, both physically and emotionally. Over this past winter I gained some weight and have been feeling lethargic, I’m sure they both go hand in hand. I also have a congenital lung condition that is slowing me down too. So I decided to eliminate dairy from my diet and that’s hard because I like eggs and love cheese. And I really, really love cream in my coffee – I can’t drink it without it, so now I’ve given up coffee too! After doing some research in one of the books I live by “Healing with Whole Foods”, I’ve also made a few other adjustments to my eating habits, so basically no dairy, no sugar, no starchy foods, no fun. Just kidding, while I say no fun – what I really mean to say is that because I’ve been making these changes to my diet, my body is detoxifying and experiencing several ‘healing crisis” or Herxheimer effects of the die off of toxins.
I love these two books, both packed with practical nutrition as seen through the eyes of Eastern traditions, yet replete with scientific data.
As a Taoist, I find these books extremely helpful in balancing my way of being, by eating and COMBINING food properly. Food is medicine and health is wealth.
I am feeling a bit better these days. A good spiritual practice helps keep me grounded and my energy positive (despite all that political rhetoric). Soon I’ll be ready to put good, positive energy into my paintings and that positive energy will get passed onto the art collector who buys my work. I know it may sound ‘out there’, but hey, that’s just how I roll.