That New New

Another year has come and gone. Yesterday I reread the lyrics, if you will, to Bodhisattva Vow and thought how Adam totally got it and that I hope one day we can all get it.

In case you’re unfamiliar or missed the other time(s) I’ve posted it…

As I develop the awakening mind

I praise the Buddhas as they shine

I bow before you as I travel my path

To join your ranks, I make my full-time task

For the sake of all beings I seek

The enlightened mind that I know I’ll reap

Respect to Shantideva and all the others

Who brought down the Dharma for the sisters and brothers

I give thanks for this world as a place to learn

And for this human body that I know I’ve earned

And my deepest thanks to all sentient beings

For without them, there would be no place to learn what I’m seeing

There’s nothing here that’s not been said before

But I put it down now so that I’ll be sure

To solidify my own views

And I’ll be glad if it helps anyone else out too

If others disrespect me or give me flak

I’ll stop and think before I react

Knowing that they’re going through insecure stages

I’ll take the opportunity to exercise patience

I’ll see it as a chance to help the other person

Nip it in the bud before it can worsen

A chance for me to be strong and sure

As I think on the Buddhas who have come before

As I praise and respect the good they’ve done

Knowing love can conquer hate in every situation

We need other people in order to create

The circumstances for the learning that we’re here to generate

Situations that bring up our deepest fears

So we can work to release them until they’re cleared

Therefore, it only makes sense

To thank our enemies despite their intent

The Bodhisattva path is one of power and strength

A strength from within to go the length

Seeing others are as important as myself

I strive for a happiness of mental wealth

With the interconnectedness that we share as one

Every action that we take affects everyone

So in deciding for what a situation calls

There is a path for the good for all

I try to make my every action for that highest good

With the altruistic wish to achieve Buddhahood

So I pledge here before everyone who’s listening

To try to make my every action for the good of all beings

For the rest of my lifetimes and even beyond

I vow to do my best, to do no harm

And in times of doubt, I can think on the Dharma

And the Enlightened Ones who’ve graduated Samsara

And since it’s Music Monday…

THIS

Which Way

I ended the year of jewelry making, making the most made item I make. The item with probably the most meaning. The item that is the most meditative. The item I will never stop making. The item I always hope brings the wearer in connection with both the earth and themselves. The four directions aka 4-Points.

Thank you all that found your way to or back to me. I love nothing more than sitting at my bench being able to make and create. Your support allows me to do that. Know it’s something I never take for granted and deeply appreciate.

May you all have a joyful year to come!

It Always Does

I was born by the river in a little tent

Oh and just like the river I’ve been running ev’r since

It’s been a long time, a long time coming

But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

It’s been too hard living, but I’m afraid to die

‘Cause I don’t know what’s up there, beyond the sky

It’s been a long, a long time coming

But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

I go to the movie and I go downtown

Somebody keep tellin’ me don’t hang around

It’s been a long, a long time coming

But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

Then I go to my brother

And I say brother help me please

But he winds up knockin’ me

Back down on my knees, oh

There have been times that I thought I couldn’t last for long

But now I think I’m able to carry on

It’s been a long, a long time coming

But I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will

Sam Cooke

Forever Feathers

This is one of the first pieces I made, when I started Birds of Prey. It’s a piece I’ll always make. It’s been earrings, a cuff and a ring, but the necklace still remains.

Created from my logo, which was designed by the former Mr. Martin. Wait, does that work in reverse? Either way, I’ve got a pretty awesome and talented ex, who whipped this up, once upon a time. I’ve made a few this holiday season and this is one of them.

Rock on Gold Dust Woman

I really do love working with gold and wish more people would order things made of it. Thinking I’ll start wearing more of it too. Anyway, I made these midi stackers for my love, Katie, for her birthday.