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Inspired by the Little Things

This weekend was all about chasing caterpillars and following dragonflies through my garden,
heading to the garden center to pick up flowers & herbs,
planting & decorating the flower pots with little touches like stones in the soil,
and potting giant house plants. This one is named Audrey. She was just inherited from a good friend who made the move out to San Francisco. Audrey fits just perfectly in our yoga room. Above her is a photograph of one our mentors, author, teacher and spiritual leader Brother Wayne Teasdale. In the photo he’s meeting with his good friend, the ever-so-smiley Dalai Lama
We had the pleasure & luck of becoming friends with Brother Wayne while Brian and I worked a few years ago in Hyde Park at the University of Chicago (I was in the IT department back then). We took walks along Lake Michigan & Brother Wayne taught us all about walking slowly. The first time we met, we ate lunch at a sort-of fancy Italian restaurant and I can’t remember exactly what question I asked, but it was something about his teaching and he took a pen from his pocket and drew this map right on the paper tablecloth!
  I loved him instantly! It’s a map showing all the ways to access your own limitlessness. Something I never thought I would be exploring through my own artwork & daily living at this point in my life. It’s amazing what little things pop up and inspire us as we carry on. Thank you Brother Wayne and all of the incredible teachers in the world!


  1. Hi Juliette!
    So nice to meet you – and thank you for the lovely comments on my blog! Your work is simply wonderful. I'll be adding your blog to my reader and will stop my frequently!

  2. You are very lucky to have such a neat person to be your mentor!

  3. Cool story about Brother Wayne…I am constantly trying to “walk slow” and take my time…and notice the little things …lucky for you to have him as a mentor.
    Your plants look good, how lucky are you to have your very own yoga room!!!

  4. Hi Juliette,
    I can not believe we are only about one half hour from one another!
    How cool.. we ought to set up and meet at my house or somewhere half way.. email me okay?
    Just want to say.. the map he drew.. I bet it is great.. I enlarged it and could not see it to well.. but is it mind, body and spirit?
    Love your flowers, herbs and oh gosh.. all of your cool paintings.. Hugs, xo

  5. Hi Juliette! I'm poping in from FLying Lessons. 🙂 You're art is beautiful. I'll be following you from now on. 🙂
    See you around.

  6. HI Juliette! Thanks for taking time out and visiting my blog + sharing your kind words! It so made my day. I love your work! Man, I am enjoying being exposed to new people and their inspirations it's, well, INSPIRING! I especially like TRUST IN WHAT LIEW AHEAD – Adore this message! Adore it! THanks for sharing!

  7. I really like your colourful lacquered pots in your second photo. They sure can add character and vibrancy to the garden. Good message too.

  8. That map is fantastic…in many ways.

  9. I just love how you name your houseplants… I just might start doing that!

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