3.29.2015

meditation // venice, ca














Please join me for a special night of healing on Thursday, April 9th / 7:00 - 8:30 pm
$30 - space is limited - please RSVP
Bring a mat or blanket to lay on, an open heart, and your sense of curiosity. 
Please also be mindful and arrive before 7:00 pm to settle in, the circle will start on time. 



Working with minerals and crystals, essential oils, elements of nature, and music, Lauren creates a space of healing. She leads her students through a two part active Pranayama Breathwork meditation. Though the breath is simple to learn it is quite powerful and profound to experience. The breath clears emotional blocks and stuck energy, allowing you to open up, connect to the universe, and tap into your truth. Through quieting the mind you create space to listen with your heart, leaving you feeling peaceful, grounded, and expansive. Lauren is passionate about encouraging everyone to be empowered by their own feelings. Her students learn to be healers for themselves.
Lauren is an artist, writer, and grief specialist as well as meditation teacher. In 2012 she completed the four levels of David Elliott's Healer Training. She has taught many workshops around Los Angeles at spaces such as The Hammer Museum, Dream Collective, and Cedar Grove in Griffith Park. She teaches meditation regularly on Sunday night's at Yogala in Echo Park.




3.20.2015

new moon // solar eclipse // march









NEW MOON

//

SOLAR ECLIPSE







Crow Moon
Friday, March 20th, Pisces, 2:28 am PST

BIG things are happening in the skies! It's important to remember that it's not just on these New and Full Moons, Eclipses, Retrogrades and Equinox's that we are being effected by the cosmos. It's constant. But, there is no denying that days like this where so many things are colliding and aligning are very powerful and extremely important opportunities to be used in our growth and understanding. 

Let's see what's happening: the New Moon in Pisces, a Solar Eclipse, the Spring Equinox, the final exact square of Uranus and Pluto (since 2008), and we've got Jupiter and Saturn both in retrograde. You might be thinking what I am thinking... that's a whole lot to be feeling. But that is the way life has been feeling these days, we are all dealing with so much intensity while feeling like life is moving faster than ever. This is a big time of transitional energy. The Moon moving from Pisces (the last sign of the zodiac) to Aries (the first sign in the zodiac) (a transition from water to air), the Equinox as we move out of Winter and into Spring, and the final push between the Uranus and Pluto square. We are no doubt in a time of transition, a time of letting go of the old to move into something new. It is a great time to surrender to this energy and use it in your life. Think about the things that you wish to let go of. Think about them in relation to what you want to call into your life. I think we all understand in our minds this concept of letting go of the old to make way for the new, but rarely do we honor that process. We want to speed right through it like it is as easy and simple as tossing out an old pair of shoes, focusing on looking ahead only. But it takes time and awareness. It's a process, one that isn't a straight line, the past and the future are connected and interwoven. You don't want to keep dragging the past around with you, but instead using it as awareness can inform how you make different choices about the future. Try working with your past and future during this time, a balance, just as the days are in balance of light and dark. That is one of the amazing gifts Spring time gives to us, balance, renewal, rebirth, new beginnings. With this new energy the old is also at play - being brought to the surface, brought to our attention. Try to notice this and see it as just a way the energy is trying to get your attention, it's letting you know it is time for it to be released. Eclipses are a wonderful time release stuck emotional energies. 

With this super New Moon in the final degree of Pisces - this energy is all about loving kindness, compassion, sensitivity to others and Mother Nature, and an empathetic heart. She is the most watery of all the signs, the most emotional, and sensitive. Pisces is also the most spiritual aspect of ourselves connecting us to something larger than our minds, a greater energy, our intuition, and something less fixed and defined. It can be equal parts freeing and scary being in this unknown, abstract world of Pisces. It requires us to cultivate a large amount of faith in the things we know but can not see, and the willingness to be vulnerable. Vulnerability is powerful.  

Tap into this place as you think about your future. What are you willing to let go of in your life, that you are gripping to, to move into a place of surrendering to something that is bigger than you? It reminds me of one of my favorite Native American prayers - May you be grateful for the many unknown blessings already on their way. Can you let go and take that leap, while staying connected to your heart and making choices from that place and not from fear? It's like jumping off of a cliff into the ocean with your eyes closed, trusting that what you can not see will catch you. It's really about the faith of the self. 

This is a powerful moment for the self, for you as an individual. Connection to your truth with your heart open will allow you to fully help to heal others in the world. Coming from this place is incredibly powerful. You are incredibly powerful. What will you do from this place?

I was thinking about New Moon wishing last night - wonder about this idea that has been beat into us about manifestation. This idea that if we imagine it then we have the power to create it. A new idea that came to me is that maybe "wishing" is just a mask for our intuition. That when we are connected to our souls, our hearts, our truth... it's the wisdom and power of our intuition that has the ability to feel into the future to what is coming to us, or what is possible for us. And that all we have to do is allow it to happen, and believe that we are worthy and deserving of it, and have faith. 

Think about that as you make your wishes this month. Really dive deep with your wishes right now. This is an especially important time to be "wishing" from your truest self, your whole heart. Be pure in your intention and in your words. Feel into them as you write them. If you want to leave some in the comments section I fully welcome that. The more you share the more powerful the energy of them becomes. For more information on how to wish head over here

Happy New Moon!
Happy Spring!

What seeds will grow and blossom that you have been planting?!







Richard Serra


3.19.2015

3.15.2015

from around










- Barbara Hepworth is one of my favorite sculptors, I had no idea of her drawing skills, but I stumbled upon this interesting series she did of doctors in the operating room. The drawings are really interesting as they have a lightness and gesture to them. Be sure to read her writing on the similarities of purpose, movement, and intention between being an artist and a surgeon. 

- Gilda Radner is one of my favorite heroes - I simply adore her. A few weeks ago I went on a hunt for old clips of her performances and I was talking to a friend about her and she mentioned this story Bill Murray told about the last time he saw her before she died. I had to share because I think it is so wonderful. 
I also found this clip where she is talking to Candice Bergen about dating, which I had never seen before - I laughed out loud - some things are still the same #moderndating

- since I have been doing a lot of drawing lately that means I am doing a lot of listening to podcasts. Here are some good ones:
can math help you fall in love?
finding love... and aliens
just a little nicer - compassion
a great new show - Invisibilia - on fearlessness

- really into listening to the recordings on the gold record from Voyager 1

- researching Grenen Beach - where two seas meet together - see here

- feeling like I need more minimalism in all areas of my life - I really into this - and might put it into practice ASAP

- can you read people's emotions? It's all in the eyes. Super interesting! Take the test here

- I'm a super fan of Ray Kappe - take a look into his beautiful home

- watched Eric Rohmer's A Summer's Tale - super cute

- still swooning over Chanel's SS15 couture stage set










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3.05.2015

lsk // aa











G R E E K   R E D - F I G U R E   P O T T E R Y   S H A P E S   / /   B E T W E E N   5 0 0   T O    4 8 0   B C 



super excited to have done something inspired by Apiece Apart's SS15 collection.
I am a total fan of everything they do, and if I had it my way my closet would be full of only their clothes! 

a huge thank you to AA and Leigh Patterson



see the full story here






full moon // march








FULL MOON






Crow Moon
Thursday, March 5th, Virgo, 10:05 am PST

Full Moons are always a time of high contrast, as we simultaneously reach with one hand towards the Moon sitting in one sign and the other towards the Sun in it's opposite sign. Holding two truths at once is good practice. Noticing how we simultaneously hold both is valuable awareness to have, reminding us that when we activate one energy, it's opposite is always in play as well. Not just in the cosmos, but also in us. 

This stretching, or activation of opposites, can bring a lot to the surface, it's one of the reasons Full Moons are times of emotional highs and lows. If you are very sensitive you can feel it coming on days in advance, or if you know someone who is really sensitive pay attention to them, you can feel into this rise of emotion and gage how intense the Full Moon will be. It's a good time to have lots of compassion for yourself and others. I always write this, and need to remind myself of it especially during these Moons.  

Notice how the two energies are at play in your life right now. The Sun in Pisces puts us in touch with our emotions and intuition. It feeds the dreamer, the artist, the seer in us, and is most at home in the less tangible world: the space of the imagination, the undefined realm of spirit, the unseen but felt, the abstract. Those places excite the Pisces! Virgo brings us down to earth, keeping our feet on the ground, with a desire to get things organized and make things happen. Virgo is all about the defined, the details, the precise communication, the clarity of understanding, and comfort that comes from having it all under control (along with this comes lots of worrying)

This is a great time to dream something up and have the ability to move forward and see it through. Tapping into the energy that allows you to feel more easily what is right for you, what is calling your name, while at the same time feeling anchored giving it the possibility of making it a reality. Don't be afraid to ask for help during this time. Even if that help is from spirit. I have been doing this a lot lately, learning so much about energy, the flow of giving and receiving. Try it out. There is so much energy at play that is waiting to support you. You aren't alone.


Don't forget to put your rocks or minerals out tonight in the light of the Full Moon to clear their energy. I like to leave mine out into the next day so they also get strong Sun light, to balance their feminine and masculine.   










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