Shirshasana

gesso/gel/sands texture, acrylic, collage on w/c paper

From turbulence we dive into the deep, riding a current that obliterates, sending us into another world. . .if we survive the upheaval, the surging force of it.  Stillness within dynamism.  The eye of a storm with many eyes and nothing to see but swirling light all around, a million points of light, all blue like the ocean, grinding to bits all that would obstruct it.  Relentless. Constancy only in change, drawing us into the play, so we learn to howl at the moon and poke into the darkness with our blunt sticks.

It was a turbulent week, family crises, changing plans, heavy considerations which required decisions I had little preparation to make.  Life.  This piece was started weeks ago as a “waters of life” theme, but suddenly I knew how to finish it.  Muse Muriel noted that the figure doing the headstand was in the yogic posture which is known to be the most beneficial, the “king of the asanas”.  I’m not sure I’m ready to try it myself, but being a firm believer in the magic of art, I expect to get some of the following benefits nevertheless:

  • The headstand increases circulation to the brain, which causes improved brain function (intelligence and memory) and increased vitality and confidence.
  • It improves many ailments, such as nervousness, tension, fatigue, sleeplessness, dullness, fear, poor blood circulation, bad memory, asthma, headaches, constipation, congested throat, liver or spleen, for female disorders, the initial stages of eye and nose troubles, and general lack of energy, vitality or self confidence.
  • It stimulates four of the most important endocrine glands – the pituitary, the pineal, the thyroid, and the parathyroid glands that are responsible for our very existence, for they keep the body mechanism in good working order. Pituitary gland is called the master gland of the body. As a consequence, the practice of the headstand helps us to get relief from many of our troubles, physical as well as mental, or to prevent them. It has a very beneficial effect on the whole body.
  • It promotes hair growth by increasing circulation to the scalp.
  • It helps to put the spine into correct alignment.
  • It restores the position of vital organs by reversing gravity.
  • The quality of sleep is improved. Poor sleep is often due to an excess of nerve impulses from the reticular formation to the cerebral cortex in the brain. The headstand causes an increase in circulation to the neck, which stimulates the baroreceptors in the neck. This calms the reticular formation down, causing reduced nerve impulses to the cerebral cortex. This results in a peaceful, deep steep.
  • -from Holisticonline.com
  • If you’re still here with me I noted a couple of synchronicities (in proximate time) with this image:

    1. That first benefit of circulation to the brain – the result of my mother’s hospitalization last weekend was that she now has a pacemaker (regulating her heart beat) whose chief benefit for her is improved circulation to the brain (both hers and mine!)

    2.  The benefit of improvement in quality of sleep – I slept unusually deeply, peacefully, and long on the days before and after this art piece was completed.

    Which probably mean that all that hormonal stuff also got straightened out!  All of which is to say that when you encounter turbulence in your life, you may either balance on your head in your art journal or do a yogic headstand.  Either way you will feel better.

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    One comment

    1. or in one fashion or another, do both! … a modified headstand, done with intention and good breath control effects these wonderful results even if in a smaller degree … how to stand on our heads in our art journals is another trick … m

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